Hands to Care

founded in 2013
Hands on Peru
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Coordinator | Anna
Coordinator | Anna
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Welcome to the First Public Health Center of Perú. At CESAPU, we believe that we can improve the health of the people by implementing interactive programs that generate healthy attitudes and behaviors
CESAPU is a pioneer center in the practice of public health that develops programs to promote physical, mental, and communal health in the village of Villa Los Angeles, Huanchaquito Peru.
"I definetly miss every single one of the staff members and the young children that inpacted extremly in my life. They made this trip worth it" - Yareli Rodriguez
Experiences beautiful sunsets every night at 6 pm in our project location and in on our neighboring beach! Also it is surrounded by humble and friendly neighbors and many loveable children
Peruvians are known for being warm and friendly people and they will want to teach you all about your culture and traditions!
Volunteers needed from around the world for hands-on projects in our community public health center. It is not only for health careers. You can share your time & talents This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Wheel Chairs

Our projects are centered around making a positive impact. Your participation with HOP creates positive change and inspires students to continue making a difference with a deeper sense of global and public health. We are driven to provide a sustainable, positive impact, alongside our local project participants and our global partners.

As a HOP international volunteer you can participate as :

-a Global Health Intern supporting one of the CESAPU programs, ideal for MPH students to do their practicum, health professionals and students in health careers with passion in public health, community health, global health or primary care. Also, NO MAJOR or career path is mandatory to participate like an intern. We have opportunities for various disciplines. You can make a difference, just with the willingness to give back to a community in need.

As an intern you are expected to work at least 4 hours per day.

- Premed Program : It is a structured program for medical or pre medical students, includes medical lessons and workshops, rotations in health centers and clinics, local doctors shadowing. You will get an once in a lifetime experience learning the ins and outs of health care in Peru.

- We host Group mission trips! : Organize a class trip or a mission trip with friends or work colleagues. We have an extensive experience working with groups. We specifically need help in the following professions: Public Health, OB/GYN, Primary Care Physicians, Dentists, Pediatricians, Ultrasound technicians/ Radiologists, Nurses, among others.

Typical day

A typical day with Hands on Peru depending of the way of volunteering you are participating.

Hands to Care: You will be expected to be able to take height, weight, blood pressure, respiration rates, pulse, and clinical history. The volunteer will also be trained to do the following: glucose meter tests for diabetes, auscultation exams, and potentially assist the nurses with vaccinations and other activities of primary care. Also we have opportunities to shadow doctors or health centers rotations to learn more about the local health system works.

Year Round Medical Volunteers in our Public Health program : You can participate in education, children care, women's empowerment, environmental interaction, sexual and reproductive health rights, nutrition and cooking class, mental health, community engagement, economic opportunities, among others.

Free-time activities

HOP programs specific activities for each session or type of volunteering. The activities are based on the time, the climate, the number of volunteers, and the possibility of the activity being available. The extra activities are basically into the premeds in special session included. And are activities that include tourism, leisure in the free time. It will be communicated to you during your orientation. The activities may include: tours of ancient Moche ruins such as Chan Chan and Huaca del Sol, sand boarding, surfing, salsa lessons, Marinera show (local typical dance), typical dinner out, etc.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
Health careers, education, marketing, engineers, pedagogues, sports, business administration, economics, idioms, fashion design and more at University is ideal but not mandatory level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

What's Included

Services by Hands on Peru
What's Included in the Program Fee for Special 5 week group Sessions: "Hands to Care" or "Hands to Teach"
- Airport pick up/drop off from Trujillo airport
- Comfortable home-stay (WiFi, warm water, and other amenities)
- 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included in your home stay
- All Educational, clinical & outreach volunteer experiences
- Transportation to the worksites and to the programmed activities.
- 5 cultural activities
- Hop volunteer t-shirt & other HOP merchandise
- 2 to 3 medical classes per week taught by health professionals
- 24+ hour support from volunteer coordinator
- All tools and equipment necessary for the health and education campaigns.

What's Included in the Program Fee for Global Health Intern, Graduate student in a health profession, and Healthcare Professionals
- Included Airport pick up/drop off from Trujillo airport
- Comfortable home-stay (WiFi, warm water, and other amenities)
- 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included in your home stay
- Transportation to the worksites and to the programmed activities.
- 1 cultural activity per month
- Hop volunteer t-shirt
- Rotations in health clinics
- 24+ hour support from volunteer coordinator
Airport Pickup at Trujillo Airport

All volunteers will be picked up at the airport by a HOP staff member or representative of HOP. We encourage volunteers to fly directly to the Trujillo/Huanchaco airport. This requires flying through Lima, and going through customs in Lima. If you are not able to fly into Trujillo due to delays, arrangements will be made for your safety and your lodging in Lima.

Please note: The process of Peruvian customs, baggage claim and baggage re-check in will take about 3 hours. Please plan accordingly.

Volunteers live with a Peruvian family in Trujillo or Huanchaco. You get the opportunity to hear their experiences, enjoy their stories, and form a special bond with them. This is a great idea for those who prefer to be completely immersed in the Peruvian culture. Peruvians are known for being warm and friendly people and they will want to teach you all about your culture and traditions! From taking you to their favorite restaurant to buying local fruits and tamales from their favorite street vendor, you will get a truly authentic experience of what Peru is like from someone who has lived there all their life. The home stays in Trujillo are about a 45 minute micro ride (Trujillo’s main form of public transportation) to our CESAPU clinic. The Huanchaco home stays are 10 minutes from our clinic.

*Home stays differ in their degrees of luxury, as some families are wealthier than others and the living standards differ from city to city. All home stays have been reviewed by HOP staff and are clean and  comfortable with western-style toilets and showers. You may be sharing a room with another volunteer, or you may have your own room. Depending if other volunteers applied same time than you.

According to previous volunteers, the home stay experience is one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences of their trip.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Three meals per day are provided at the home stay. We work with our host families to accommodate each volunteer's dietary needs, but it is important to keep in mind that the same foods that you eat at home may not be readily available in Peru, and we encourage you to be flexible and take advantage of the opportunity to try homemade Peruvian cuisine. Peruvians are very passionate about their gastronomical tradition and are excited for you to try all of their favorite dishes.

*We will accommodate around dietary restrictions, vegans and vegetarians are welcome!

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Trujillo Airport (TRU) in Trujillo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

In CESAPU”. We offer exceptional experiences for people who seek a platform for social impact, giving them the opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of global health. This internship is designed for passionate, dedicated  individuals who are dedicated to projects for development, to help research, design, implement, evaluate, and assist one of our community programs.

 This opportunity is available year-round and dates are flexible to the schedule of the intern. Most interns are recent college graduates, between the ages of 21-29. But there is no age requirement or limit.

Interns will be encouraged to choose 1-3 of the CESAPU PROGRAMS, in which they will dedicate their time and effort. They will be expected to take a leadership position, and if necessary, help fundraise money if they want to implement a large-scale program. This program is ideal for MPH students to do their practicum. But also health professionals. We also have functions for people of other disciplines. They are expected to work at least 4 hours per day.

Duration: 1 month minimum is the ideal but we can adapt us to your availability.

Requirements: Intermediate/basic Spanish

*Price, Duration & Requirements are flexible for nurses, doctors, radiologists, and other health professionals.                                 


We have opportunities for graduate students and healthcare professionals and they have the opportunity to can pick their own dates.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
3 weeks
5 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$483 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Hands on Peru will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Hands on Peru during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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