Hands to Care (structured medical missions)

Hands to Care is designed specifically for university students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, global health, public health, etc. Trips are available during winter, spring, and summer breaks.

As a Hands to Care volunteer, you will get a once in a lifetime experience learning the ins and outs of health care in Trujillo, Peru from local health professionals. Volunteers will get to partake in special health campaigns in CESAPU 2-3 times per week, and they will rotate in the Peruvian hospitals and health centers 2-3 times a week. The 5-week Hands to Care program will give our interns over 100+ hours of direct patient contact and medical observation.

Also included in the Hands to Care program are 3 medical classes per week, taught by HOP staff of health professionals. These medical classes will help prepare you for what you will see/do in the HOP clinic and in the hospitals. No previous medical experience is required, as you will receive adequate training in these classes.

Class topics include: Vital Signs, clinical history, public health in Peru, administering vaccinations, labor & delivery, chest & respiratory exams, suturing, glucose tests and more!

All Hands to Care volunteers will receive assistance in Spanish medical terms and are expected to study in their down time and before the session to be able to better assist to the patients in health campaigns.

Hands to Care volunteers will get exclusive access to participate with the family medicine residents from Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, as well as exclusive access to local doctors, nurses, and other health professionals for observation and learning purposes.

All volunteers are required to take the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop before their arrival to Peru.
https://www.healthcareers.umn.edu/courses-and-events/online-workshops/global-ambassadors-patient-safety

All volunteers are responsible for bringing the following: scrubs, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, lab coat.

Shadowing

All volunteers will be able to shadow local doctors in one or more of the following rotations in a local Trujillo hospital: ultrasound, surgery, dentistry, physical therapy, pediatric, topical, X-rays and labor & delivery.

Volunteers who are in undergraduate programs:

Triage: The volunteer will be expected to be able to take height, weight, blood pressure, respiration rates, pulse, and clinical history in CESAPU.

Additional: The volunteer will also be trained to do the following: glucose meter tests for diabetes, vaccinations, and other non-invasive basic medical procedures in CESAPU.

Interns who are in graduate health programs: Please see group mission trips if applicable.

Triage: The volunteer will be expected to be able to take height, weight, blood pressure, respiration rates, pulse, and clinical history in basic triage in CESAPU

Additional: The volunteer will also be trained to do the following: glucose meter tests for diabetes, auscultation exams, and potentially assist the nurses with administering vaccines. Students already in post-graduate programs will be encouraged to get more hands on experience with the patient under the supervision of a physician. They may be able to assist with pap smears and/or prostate exams. Physical therapy, chiropractic students and dental students will be able to get experience under their respected licensed doctors as well.

Research: All graduate students enrolled in Hands to Care will be required to produce their own investigative study. Topic can be of your choice, and you will be accompanied by local doctors and HOP staff to help guide you, but you are ultimately responsible for your investigation project.

PROGRAM FEE AND DATES

Special Sessions
Dates Sessions Deadline Program Fee
Winter Session December 16 - January 6 (3 weeks) November 15 $1200
Spring Session I March 3 - March 9 February 20 $500
Spring Session II

March 10 - March 16

March 1

$500

Summer Session I

May 18 - June 22 (5 weeks)

April 18

$1750

Summer Session II

June 29 - Aug 3

May 29

$1750

Full Summer Session

May 18 - Aug 3

April 18

$2550

Note: Refer a friend and get $100 off! Refer 3 friends and get $500 off!

What this includes:

Included Not Included
Airport pick up/drop off from Trujillo airport Airfare to Peru (must fly into Lima and purchase connecting flight from Lima → Trujillo)
Comfortable home-stay (WiFi, warm water, and other amenities) Travel Insurance
3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included in your homestay Hostel stay and meals in Lima and meals you choose to eat outside of your homestay
Transportation to the worksites and to the programmed activities. Personal vaccinations and medications and coverage of medical expenses in case of an emergency
3 cultural activities (tours of ancient Chimu and Moche ruins, show of Caballo de Paso, and sandboarding lessons) Extra Activities - Club HOP: These are optional activities that you may chose to partake in during your stay in Trujillo / Huanchaco
1 weekend travel (lodging for 1 night and transportation via bus included) Personal spending and meals of the weekend travel
Hop volunteer t-shirt & other HOP merchandise Hop outerwear & other merchandise at HOP store
3 medical classes per week   Personal Expenses
24+ hour support from volunteer coordinator  Trip to Cusco / Machu Picchu
All tools and equipment necessary for the health and education campaigns.

- Arrival and departure dates are flexible according to your university schedule.