I am so glad I decided to travel to Peru and work as a medical volunteer with this program. I was unsure at first, but as soon as I arrived in Peru, I felt at home. Everyone who works with Hands on Peru (and every Peruvian I met!) is warm and friendly. They all want you to have an amazing experience and will bend over backward to make sure you do. My host family made me feel so at ease and I feel as close to them as I do to my family in the U.S. Rosa, the program coordinator, is absolutely lovely and will be both your mentor and best friend.

While on my trip, I volunteered in four different hospitals and got hands on experience in several different fields. I really enjoyed the public health rotation, during which went out into Peru’s poor communities and provided community members with free injections and much-needed health education. I also got the chance to see several births and one c-section, which was really cool!
I stayed in Trujillo, but also had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Lima and another in Punta Veleros, which was so much fun! The program isn’t just about working hard, but also having fun, and there are plenty of opportunities to do that. While traveling around Peru, I made friends from all over the world.
I had an amazing time in Peru, and I know you will too. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions!


Alison Landes, US, Boston College (US)