Come to Peru and participate in global health internships in the Andes. Work with a project with an NGO and/or local community clinic that reaches out to the rural communities around Cusco promoting public health, healthy nutrition, and/or improved health care access. In high altitude rural communities, the reliance on potato crops results in high levels of malnutrition, and a lack of general health education leads to many easily avoidable problems. Internship activities may include working in local community clinics, providing health education workshops or sessions, working to improve nutrition standards for mountain communities, or working on initiatives to promote healthier kitchens though sanitation, clean burning stoves, and water filters.
BYU is partnering with Kaya Responsible Travel, a social enterprise organization, who works with local teams providing sustainable health and nutrition projects. Kaya will match each student’s skills and interests with the needs of these sustainable projects in order to ensure a meaningful internship placement. The program is based in the historical city of Cusco in the Andean mountains of Peru. Cusco was known as the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century when Pizarro conquered the area. Known for its cobblestone streets and Incan influence, Cusco attracts people from around the world to view its astonishingly preserved archaeological sites and architecture. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the surrounding region is home to amazing landmarks like Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, and it is filled with breathtaking mountain views, traditional Quechua communities, colorful Peruvian clothing, tasty Andean cuisine, llamas, salt flats, market towns, and ancient ruins. Throughout the duration of the program, there are many opportunities to explore the area and what Cusco offers, including exploring historic ruins and churches, cafes and restaurants, hikes, shopping, and more. The program includes a two-day Machu Picchu tour, a Sacred Valley tour, and Marinas Salineras (Salt Flats) tour.