University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Summer 2018: Peru HLTH Internship - micro

Program Dates June 09, 2018 - June 29, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview Peru is a developing country steeped in ancient history, with the earliest evidence of human presence dating back to 9,000 BC. Its geography varies from the arid plains of the pacific coast to the Andes Mountains to tropical forests of the Amazon Jungle. These three regions are why Peru is one of the largest bio-diversity countries in the world, hosting over 25,000 plant species with over 1400 of those herbs having medicinal properties that benefit communities around the globe. The people are multiethnic and speak predominantly Spanish. Perhaps best known for Machu Picchu, Peru is considered to have some of the most sacred sites in the world. Presently the Peruvian culture still flourishes as did its ancestors, with traditional clothing, cuisine, pottery, textiles, and music.

Over half of Peruvians live in poverty and there are many barriers in accessing basic and emergency health care services. Outside the cities, Peru has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, equaling areas in sub-Saharan Africa. Partnering with USAID, the government is now taking steps to address the inequities in health care that exist in this country and as of 2010 is providing free medical facilities for the poor. This is great but there are many rural villages so remote that health care does not make it there. In addition if babies are born in the mountains the government does not provide them with a birth certificate and thus no insurance.

This global internship will take the student on a journey that meshes ancient cultures with modern times. We will travel to these remote villages and complete needs assessments and then provide follow-up education. One such community is the Qeros nation which sits high in the Andes at ~14,500 feet. We will spend 4 days amidst the people with homestays. There is no electricity or running water. We will be providing education on reproductive health and education to all ages. The Qeros are said to be the last remaining intact link to the Inca culture.

Students will be able to evaluate health care services, assess needs in high-risk populations, explore holistic health care practices in particular herbal remedies, and assist in providing health education across the life spectrum. Internship hours will be a combination of hospital and community time.

Based in the Sacred Valley, students will be a part of the local community and learn the customs as well as see some of the most amazing sites in the world. This internship will include all of the following: Day trip to Machu Picchu including train and entrance fees, 2 nights in Cusco preparing for trek to Qeros, all tranpsortation to Qeros, all meals and accomodations (home stay) there, entrance fees to all of the following sites: Saqsaywaman, Kenqo, Tambo Machay, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Circles of Moray, and the Maras Salt mines. Students will be housed in safe, comfortable hotels (excl. Qeros), with breakfast included. All meals in Qeros are provided, plus five dinners and one lunch.

This program will meet the NURS 390 hours for Nursing majors. Spanish majors are welcome to apply. We desperately need translators and those fluent in Spanish would be paired with nursing students with no Spanish. There is minimal English spoken in Peru and none in the villages. Students will be speaking Spanish extensively in the three weeks in country. This internship is open to other majors as well and the educational piece can be fine tuned to students' particular major.

The Program Fee includes accomodations, some meals, group excursions, in-country transportation and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does not include airfare to or from Peru, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Peru. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. All students must enroll in at least 1 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
HLTH 395: Global Internship in Health Sciences (1 credit)
UNIV 374-012: Study Abroad - Peru HLTH Internship (0 credits) pass/fail

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$495.00$1,328.00
Final Program Fee$3,250.00$3,250.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $3,775.00$4,608.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,500.00$1,500.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Lisa McBeth
Faculty Director
301A McDowell Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on November 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on November 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: December 06, 2017

Interest Meetings:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.