Peru: Health Promotion in a Developing Country | Faculty-led Program
The most recent Peru: Health Promotion in a Developing Country faculty-led program took place in May 2019.
This faculty-led program may be offered again in May 2023 or May 2024.
This faculty-led program to La Merced, Lima and Cusco (Machu Picchu), Peru, is designed to create experiences in health promotion and education in a developing country. The major topics of this program include cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, healthcare in a developing country, and personal reflection. Much of the experience will be hands on from which you will gain valuable experiences. This course is particularly valuable for those going into a health related field, particularly becoming a clinician of some kind including P.T., M.D., D.O., P.A. or O.T., etc. Course participants will attend 5 preparatory sessions before traveling which are intended to familiarize the group to the upcoming experience. Students will spend approximately 20 days traveling to and in Peru for both a volunteer experience (approximately 2 weeks) and a historical/cultural experience in Lima and Cusco, Peru as well as Machu Picchu. Throughout the experience you will be exposed to Peru's culture and its interaction with its healthcare system and health of its citizens. The 2-week volunteer experience will include a homestay, as a group, immersing you in Peruvian food and culture.
Students will need to be able to endure tropical conditions in the Fall season in Peru (May) which is typically about 80-85 degree during the day and there is no air conditioning. This takes a bit to get used to but is not overwhelming. Sometimes we will travel in a van for up to 3 hours getting to remote communities for health education presentations. In order to visit some of the ruins, including Machu Picchu, students will need to be able to climb steep, short distances of approximately ¼ mile in any single climb at higher elevations.
A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport
on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.
Peru: La Merced, Lima, and Cusco (Machu Picchu)
21-23 days in May
6 credits in HERS 396
- Priority acceptance given to Movement Science students.
- Second priority will be given to HERS students.
- The third priority would be given to students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
None, only instructor's permission
- The typical cost range for this program is between $5,800 - $6,600 depending on enrollment min/max.
- The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied to the program cost.
- Includes: WSU tuition/fees for HERS 396 course, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, most meals, lodging, admission & event fees for group excursions, international health insurance for the duration of time in Peru, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee.
Dr. Kent Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
STUDY ABROAD CONTACT INFORMATION
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs