Global Health Internship Spring 2018
Come to Peru and participate in global health and community development internships in the Andes. Public health students will have the opportunity to work on initiatives promoting healthy kitchens though sanitation, clean burning stoves, and water filters. Students with a pre-medicine focus or interest in a clinical health career will intern in local community clinics providing assistance and shadowing doctors and health care workers. There are also placements available in NGO management, microfinance, marketing (within an Inca jewelry-making initiative), and teaching and therapy placements within a special needs school, based on the student’s academic focus. The program is based in the historical city of Cusco in the Andean mountains of Peru. Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century when Pizarro conquered the area, is 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 is also filled with breathtaking mountain views, traditional Quechua communities, colorful Peruvian clothing, tasty Andean cuisine, llamas, salt flats, market towns, and ancient ruins. You will have 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.