MedTreks Peru

 Mountain Medicine Seminar & Cultural Tour 

 

” You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you”

 ~ John Bunyan

EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS

Join us in Peru for a

Mountain Medicine & Multi-Sport Cultural Adventure

This trip combines a 2 day Mountain Medicine Seminar  with a 9 day hiking, culinary and cultural tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Program is in collaboration with Sacred Valley Health, Ollantaytambo, PERU

 

– Participate in Mountain Medicine Skills workshops

– Review key phrases and symptoms in Medical Spanish

– Learn traditional uses for herbs and plants in the Andes

– Work side by side local community health professionals during a mountain health campaign

– Attend workshops and discussions on Global Health & Travel Medicine

*** Nurses get 10 CEs for this course

 

 

About the Global Health & Mountain Medical Field Seminar

 

 MedTreks collaborates with Sacred Valley Health in Peru, a non-profit, global health organization doing incredible work with the indigenous cultures in the highlands of Peru. Using a model that MedTreks aligns with, known as Train-The-Trainer, this organization specifically focuses on training community health workers or “Prometoras” to help improve the health of the communities living in the high mountain villages.

Working side-by-side the local “Promotoras” or community health workers, our MedTreks teams will have an authentic service learning experience-sharing knowledge and collaborating in the global health arena.

***Nurses get 10 CEs for this course.

 

Sacred Valley Health

 

About Sacred Valley Health

Improving Health through Education, Access, and Empowerment

Sacred Valley Health was formed in early 2012 to improve health care access and equity in Peru’s Sacred Valley. With a dedicated staff and a team of volunteers, we recruit, train, and support community health workers (​promotoras de salud)​ who work in their home communities.

 

The Need.

The remote indigenous communities of the Ollantaytambo District are medically underserved for a variety of reasons. Rural communities l​ack access to primary medical care​ as a result of geographic isolation, poor road conditions, and irregular transportation. Poor socioeconomic conditions, malnutrition, lack of basic services, and poor education further worsen health outcomes.

The mission of Sacred Valley Health is to promote health in underserved rural communities of Peru’s Sacred Valley though our pillars of work:​ ​Access, Education, and Empowerment.

 

Field Seminar Includes:

8 hrs of Mountain Medicine & Global Health Instruction

1/2 day health campaign

MedTreks T-shirt

Certificate of Course Completion

Global Health Topics include: Mountain Medicine skills in remote settings, Medicinal plants and their traditional uses in teh Andes, Sustainable Humanitarian Medicine, Traveling & Staying Healthy Abroad. 

9 Day Multi-Sport Cultural & Culinary Tour 

Join us on a hiker’s paradise trip through the beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru. A perfect mix of adventure and luxury. This train trip to Machu Picchu, allows travelers to enjoy the wonders of Peru by spectacular hikes by day and cozy lodge rooms by night. Our journey to Machu Picchu begins in Cusco, the crown jewel of the Inca and one of the most fascinating small cities in Latin America. Enjoy lovely hotels as well spend 10 days touring this spectacular Inca Empire.

Global Health Topics include: Mountain Medicine skills in remote settings, Medicinal plants and their traditional uses in teh Andes, Sustainable Humanitarian Medicine, Traveling & Staying Healthy Abroad. 

 

Trip Highlights: 

  • Visit ancient Incan ruins, ceremonial centers and archeological sites that are some of the most spectacular in the world
  • Experience Peru’s magical landscape while winding through the Urubamba River Valley which is considered sacred to the Inca
  • Enjoy the colorful ambience of local hand craft markets, an excellent opportunity to observe Quechua traditions and artisan creations such as the beautiful hand-woven textiles
  • Witness the vivid expression of culture through Peru’s farmlands from its beginnings in ancient Peru until today
  • Stroll through the charming countryside of the well-preserved Inca ruins-appreciating the Inca terraces, aqueducts, great architecture and amazing views of the Sacred Valley. Check out Highlights of Exploring the Sacred Valley HERE
  • Explore the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until it’s rediscovery in 1911

 

View Full Itinerary HERE

 

DETAILS

DATES:

TBA (2022 Projected Dates: May 1st-May 10th, 2022)

Includes all lodging, all meals, all ground transportation, all instruction/lectures/workshops, nursing CEs, T-shirt, course materials, donation to Sacred Valley Health. 

Does not include: international airfare, domestic flight from Lima to Cusco and return, and items of personal nature such as tips, laundry, travel insurance and souvenirs.

 

HOW TO SIGN UP

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at the time you sign up and this will secure your place on the trip. 

frequently asked questions

What distinguishes your programs from others?

Our programs were designed by world-class faculty who have had extensive experience in global health and international medicine.  Our experience has been that healthcare professionals want to give back and make a difference in the world, yet the often don’t have the skills or even know where to begin. We design our courses so they are a mixture of education, hands-on skills and emersion in the local communities. Combining adventure travel and global health education is what we love to do!  

Who will be the faculty on this course?

Faculty for the MedTreks Peru Course is: Dr. Phil and Ari Rasori, FNP. Dr. Rasori has been leading international medical CME trips all over the world for the past 30 years.  This spring, he is returning to Peru and the heart of the Inca Empire. During the 1990s, he led many field seminars to this area. Ari Rasori is the medical director of the MedTreks Kenya program and has been leading the MedTreks programs since their inception.

Can I bring my loved one/family member on this trip?

Yes! This trip is designed so that the Mountain Medicine Seminar is mixed in with the cultural tour. The bulk portion of the Mountain Medical seminar will take place in the town of Ollantaytambo, which is a great mountain town to explore with lots of great food and shops. Those who do not want to participate in the Mountain Medical Seminar will be able to have a few day in this lovely little town.

Mountain Medicine Seminar

The Mountain Medicine seminar combines topics in travel medicine, wilderness medicine, global health and humanitarian medicine. This is a hands-on experience working with a local healthcare program of Peru. The idea is to help expand the scope of the public health services that this program provides, but also to equip the MedTreks participants to feel more confident in their skills and strategies when they global health work abroad in other regions. Our goal is to strengthen the global health workforce through collaboration, education and empowerment. Looking forward to having you join our mission.

What is your program model?

We are working to build healthcare capacity and create fun & engaging professional development for medical providers around the world. We provide opportunities for medical professionals to collaborate in cross-cultural settings. Our trips provide opportunities for networking in the Global Health arena while offering high-yield skills that professionals can use to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

This particular Mountain Medicine experience is in collaboration with Sacred Valley Health, a public health program that provides training for community health workers be more effective in their remote, mountain communities.

Can Nurses get CE’s for this Peru Experience?

Yes! There are 10 hours of Global Health & Mountain Medicine instruction throughout this 9 day cultural tour. This combines hands-on skills as well. Nurses will receive a certificate of course completion. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP16597 for 10 CEs.

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