Thank you for donating to my wishlist for my amazing journey to Peru! I will be going for just over 3 weeks to do a nursing placement at a local hospital in Cusco, a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range, where there is a real lack of quality health care that is affordable.
Here are my reasons for choosing my placement and Peru:
- I speak Spanish fluently but I want to develop my language skills and learn clinical/medical terminology in Spanish.
- I wanted a change of scenery and I also wanted to move away from the luxuries we enjoy every day and go back to nursing essentials.
. - My degree is in Adult Nursing, so I wanted exposure to family and children's nursing. The hospital specialises in family medicine, children, some preventative health care, and provides specialised clinical services in areas such as general medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, neurology, obstetrics, dental, and more depending of the specialist available. They also have a small infirmary, day emergency room, triage, well baby care, and psychological care. They clinic see around 150 to 180 patients daily.
- I chose to ignore those bigger/better advertised companies and go with a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation so I know that everything I pay for will go directly to the people that need it and not topping up some fat cat's pockets :-)
- Finally:.if I'm going to go far and away, I wanted to go somewhere with lots of things to see. Cusco is the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. I aim on visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley and if I get a chance, Lake Titicaca too.
Even if not an organised charity event. I would like to dedicate my trip to The Together Trust...and that's where you come in! I am funding the whole trip myself, but if anyone would like to make a small contribution towards my trip, a donation to the Together Trust, or a donation to the hospital in Cusco I would be very grateful!
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