FAQs

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Are there any scholarships available?

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Unfortunately, there are not many programs that fund volunteer travels. Many of our volunteers have requested and received funding from their universities and others have created successful GoFundMe pages. Additionally, we have given out a few special scholarships through the third party nonprofit called Volunteer Aid. Please visit www.volunteeraid.org for more information.  We try to make the price as low as possible to cover all of your living needs, your planned activities, and the donations we make and what it takes to run the program. If you decide to volunteer for a shorter period of time than the complete session, then your cost will be reduced depending on your length of stay.  Money never has been, and never will be, the purpose of our program. If you have issues with the payment structure or the deadlines, or the cost in general, please feel comfortable to speak to a HOP staff member about your concerns and we will do our best to accommodate.

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Are donations tax-deductible?

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Yes. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered with the state of North Carolina. All donations are tax deductible, and if you need any additional information do not hesitate to e-mail handsonperu@hotmail.com

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Where does my money go?

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Your money goes to 3 major branches:

  1. You : Your food and lodging, your activities, your airport transportation, your transportation for work, weekend travels, t-shirt etc. More detailed information found online /Sessions.
  2. Donations : This includes all of the donations we make to the worksites in Peru. We take these donations very seriously and plan extensively what they are going to be. For example, computers, hospital use sensor pulse-oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, a new TV for the psych ward, just to mention a few. We also donate medicine, vaccines and syringes, among many other medical and functional supplies used during the medical campaign. The doctors we work with during this medical campaign are also paid.
  3. Maintence of HOP as a functioning nonprofit, including website maintenance, registration fees, coordinator and employee benefits, HOP promotion, administrative work etc.

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Why Hands On Peru?

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Hands on Peru was founded by two dedicated women who have witnessed first hand the poverty of Peru and the rest of the world and the glaring disparities in health and education. Our overall goal is to contribute to reducing these disparities while inspiring future doctors, nurses, educators, social workers and public health officials to take action. We are named Hands On Peru for just that reason – we give you an incredibly unique, HANDS ON opportunity to work with the people in these countries who so desperately need your help. We want you not only to lend a helping hand to needy Peruvians, but also to to learn and experience and grow as a person and find inspiration to continue to promote humanitarian efforts in the world. Hands on Peru is a FAMILY of passionate people who are truly capable of instilling global change.

Volunteers are high priority. We make an extra effort to make sure our volunteers are comfortable in their host homes and clinics and urge open communication between coordinators and volunteers. We truly care about our volunteers and want them to have the best experience possible.

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What are the basic requirements for the trip?

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-We require that you have a hand to help and a heart to serve.

-Spanish is not required for this trip, although the more Spanish you know, the better you will be able to communicate and the more you will get out of this experience

-There are no medical requirements, either. The Hands to Cure program will set up about 3 classes per week with a Peruvian doctor that speaks English and that will prepare you for what you will see in the clinics and train you for the medical campaign. You must be at least 18 years of age.

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Is it safe?

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Safety of our volunteers is of the upmost importance. Peru is a low-income, developing country, therefore some violence exists in the city of Trujillo, but it is easy to avoid with proper due-diligence. Theft is the main worry, and we urge volunteers to constantly keep track of their belongings, not carry too much cash at one time, not pay with credit or debit card, and to be constantly aware of their surroundings. We take safe, secure buses in our travels between cities as to avoid any security problems. We prearrange all of the transportation to and from volunteering and to and from HOP activities. We urge volunteers to travel in groups when exploring in the city. The host families are trustworthy, middle class Peruvians who have great security measures on their homes and who truly care about the volunteers.

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Does my family speak English?

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Some of the members of your family can speak some English, but not everyone. We place volunteers in host homes with other volunteers according to their level of Spanish and the same with the worksites to make translating and communicating easier.

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Does the Peruvian staff speak English?

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Of course, this is our main requirement for the Peruvian staff.

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Do I need a visa for Peru?

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No, if you are visiting for the 5-week session, you will not need a visa. Similarly, if you visit for both summer sessions and stay for a total of 10 weeks, you will not need a visa as well. You will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your intended stay. When you arrive in the Lima airport, you will receive a document called “Tarjeta Andina de Migracion” (TAM) and a customs declaration form. The immigration officer will stamp your passport and write the number of the amount of days you are permitted to stay (Typically 60). The maximum stay for a tourist visa is 183 days. You will need to keep the TAM card for in-country travel purposes, and for returning to the airport on the day of your departure. It is an overall easy process. More information can be found here: http://www.limaeasy.com/peru-info/peruvian-visa#tourist-visa-peru-needed.

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How much extra money should you bring?

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Depending on the length of your stay, you will spend about 50 dollars a week; therefore a 5-week session will be an average of $250, depending on personal spending habits. Also, If you choose to plan a trip to Cusco, it will average between $500-700.

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Does this trip include Cusco/ Machu Picchu?

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Many volunteers do travel to Cusco. Most of the planning and coordinating takes place once you are in Peru; as it is easier to coordinate flights, hostels, and tour guides with the other volunteers. This trip is not included in the HOP program, but HOP staff will assist you in planning the trip. Some volunteers extend their time in Peru by a week to be able to spend more time in Cusco. The trip will be about $500-$700 depending on a variety of factors such as flights, tour agencies, amount of time spent there, any hikes you may do, etc.

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How do I pay the down payment?

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Once you have decided to come to Peru, a HOP coordinator will give you instructions to make a direct deposit in a HOP Wells Fargo account.

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Can I get academic credit for this trip?

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Yes. If you plan accordingly with your advisor, you can get credit for this trip. This is your responsibility, and we will sign off on any documents you need.

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Will these volunteer hours be applicable for graduate school?

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Yes. In the 5-week session, you will acquire an average of 100 hours in medical clinics in a variety of disciplines. HOP staff can sign off on these hours if the volunteer is applying for graduate school in the medical field.

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Will HOP give a recommendation?

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Yes. If we are impressed by your efforts while in Peru, we will be more than happy to write letters of recommendation for graduate school applications.

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What is the adventure abroad program?

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The AAP is an option for HOP volunteers who have already completed a summer or winter session. After you have attended a session, you are welcome to apply to this program to be received by a host family in Europe; we have families in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. The idea is to promote cultural exchange. The time you will stay with them is limited and you will have to let us know at least 6 months in advance before you go. This program doesn’t have a set program fee, but you are responsible for your airfare and in-country costs. The Adventure Abroad program, ultimately, is for you if your desire is to travel and you need connections in other countries.