Project Peru, Huancayo

Challenge:

 As a gateway between Lima and the Peruvian jungle, Huancayo is a bustling mountain town.  The town´s location makes it the closest destination for many health care needs from the surrounding villages in the region of Junín.  As a result, Huancayo houses numerous orphanages, shelters, and outreach services to support the great social need for medical assistance.  FIMRC works with several social assistance organizations and medical facilities to provide much needed preventative health education.

Mentor/Staff Support:

Ambassadors/Fellows will partner with the Field Operations Manager (FOM) and Site Coordinator in project development and implementation.

Commitment:

Though each project will have different time requirements, it is expected that Ambassadors/Fellows work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Housing and Transportation:

Ambassadors/Fellows will live with a host family in Huancayo, providing home-cooked Peruvian meals three times a day. Transportation around the site for work-related purposes will be conducted using trusted taxis or FIMRC transport.

Cost:

Details are available upon request during the recruitment process.

Visa Requirements:

Ambassadors/Fellows will receive a tourist visa of either 90 or 180 days upon entering Peru.  If an Ambassador/Fellow was to overstay his/her visa, $1 for each extra day will be paid to the Peruvian migration office upon exiting the country.

Past Projects:

  • Conducting a public health assessment of need for future FIMRC interventions in a home for adolescent mothers and in the San Juan Diego home for children affected by HIV.
  • Designing a curriculum on hygiene, infant nutrition, and preventative health lessons for girls and teenage mothers at the Rosario Orphanage and the Beneficiencia Adolescent Mothers' Home.

Project Peru, Agallpampa

Challenge:

Remotely located in the sierra of Peru, the people living in and around Agallpampa suffer from several preventable diseases.  Respiratory issues, digestive problems, complicated births, and poor nutrition all attribute to poor health, which is further complicated by poor roads and a dispersed population in remote villages. The four health posts that serve the 41 remote villages do not have adequate resources to provide comprehensive health care to their population.

Mentor/Staff Support:

Ambassadors/Fellows will partner with the Field Operations Manager and the Agallpampa Site Coordinator in project development and implementation.

Commitment:

Though each project will have different time requirements, it is expected that Ambassadors/Fellows work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Housing and Transportation:

Ambassadors will be primarily housed in Trujillo with a Peruvian host family.  When traveling to Agallpampa, Ambassadors/Fellows will stay in a family home with meals provided. Travel between the two sites takes about two hours and climbs to about 10,000 feet above sea level. Buses frequently travel to Agallpampa, but transport to surrounding areas can be tricky as the roads are very rudimentary.

Cost:

Details are available upon request during the recruitment process.

Visa Requirements:

Ambassadors/Fellows will receive a tourist visa of either 90 or 180 days upon entering Peru.  If an Ambassador/Fellow was to overstay his/her visa, $1 for each extra day will be paid to the Peruvian migration office upon exiting the country.

Past Projects:

  • Assessing the need for and launching the Viviendas Saludables (Healthy Homes) project.  This project works with mother leaders in 23 example homes in the district surrounding Agallpampa, teaching mothers healthy living skills to improve the health of their children, and to teach to other community members in their villages. 
  • Developing the English for Health curriculum in order to incorporate important preventative health concepts into English lessons the children of Agallpampa already actively participated in.

Project Peru, Trujillo

Challenge:

The largest city in northern Peru, Trujillo is a sprawling costal metropolis plagued with poverty due to rapid growth.  Health services are incapable to meet great demand due to lack of personnel and proper resources.  Currently FIMRC is focusing efforts on the poorer district of La Esperanza, working with schools, health centers, and families.  In particular need is the area known as Nuevo Jerusalen, a "pueblo joven", or new development, with an extreme deficit in water, protection from the environment, electricity, and proper waste disposal. 

Mentor/Staff Support:

Ambassadors/Fellows will partner with the Field Operations Manager and the Agallpampa Site Coordinator in project development and implementation.

Commitment:

Though each project will have different time requirements, it is expected that Ambassadors/Fellows work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Housing and Transportation:

Ambassadors will be housed in Trujillo with a Peruvian host family where three meals a day are included.  The home is located in a safe and beautiful part of Trujillo. Transportation around the site for work-related purposes will be conducted using trusted taxis or FIMRC transport. 

Cost:

Details are available upon request during the recruitment process.

Visa Requirements:

Ambassadors/Fellows will receive a tourist visa of either 90 or 180 days upon entering Peru.  If an Ambassador/Fellow was to overstay his/her visa, $1 for each extra day will be paid to the Peruvian migration office upon exiting the country.

Past Projects:

  • Conducting community focus groups to detect needs and population desires for public health intervention in Nuevo Jerusalen.
  • Creating a curriculum for child health education lessons in Nuevo Jerusalen based on community need.

Featured Ambassador


Gieric Laput first became involved with FIMRC in December 2008 when he volunteered as a Global Health Volunteer at the Las Delicias clinic. His loyalty to FIMRC’s mission continued in 2009 with a trip to Project Alajuelita under the Global Health Volunteer Program. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a major in Biochemistry and minors in Health Policy Studies and Art History, Gieric once again looked towards FIMRC to put his multiple talents and interests to use, applying for a position as a FIMRC Ambassador. Gieric’s interest in art as a medium for youth and community development earned him a spot on Team El Salvador, where he served as an Ambassador from May to July 2010. Gieric is currently preparing for medical school and is also involved with Beyond Basics, a non-profit organization that offers art and literacy enrichment programs to children attending Detroit public schools.

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