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  • Locations: Iquitos, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 05/01/2020
Rolling Admission 04/27/2020 08/31/2020
Summer 2021 06/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 11/02/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Joy Wanderi Program: Third Party
Program Faculty Advisor: Conway, Kate, Dr. Supporting Department: Medicine, Boonshoft School of
Eligibility Restrictions: Yes
Program Description:

Contents:People of Peru Project


Program Description:

Students will provide medical outreach to villages in the Amazon without access to healthcare. Students will be exposed to healthcare disparities experienced by residents of these villages and how treatment plans must differ when treating patients with no opportunity for follow-up. Students will experience all areas of health care under the supervision of medical doctors. Medical students will work with other medical teams providing the outreach.
Students will provide preventive health education and community outreach to Amazonian villages and communities in the city of Iquitos. Students will research and prepare an appropriate educational curriculum prior to the trip.
Students will obtain first-hand experience with varying cultures in the Amazon and learn how non-medical factors, such as traditional beliefs, may affect these patient’s treatment plans. Students will broaden their knowledge of medical Spanish and learn about care of patients within a Hispanic culture.
Students will engage in oral/group reflection activities with other students and healthcare professionals throughout the trip. Students will be encouraged to journal about their experiences, their interactions with members of the community, new situations, assumptions challenged, and lessons learned.


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Academic Course Information:

Student will engage in extensive orientation about Amazon culture, diseases, safety, the health care system and function of clinics, medical Spanish, and expectations of them prior to traveling to Peru.
Student will directly observe and participate in mobile healthcare activities with physicians and students from other health professions, gaining experience in interpersonal clinic skills, and working as a team.
Student will learn how to interact appropriately with healthcare providers, community members, and children in rural and urban areas while providing public health information.
While in Peru, student will engage in oral/group and self-reflection activities throughout the experience.

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About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Kate ConwayKate Conway, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine is a graduate of the Wright State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and Master of Public Health at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland and focused her studies and clinical experience on global health and underserved populations. She spent the next five years working in Cleveland at a Federally Qualified Health Community Center where she was the director of a refugee health program and later the medical director of a new start-up clinic specializing in refugee and immigrant populations. She has traveled to Guatemala as a medical student, resident and alum to work on various community health outreach programs for the indigenous Mayan populations. Dr. Conway also completed a fellowship in academic medicine (FAME) through Northeast Ohio Medical University. She has a background in theater and creative writing and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Paul OppPaul Opp is the President and founder of People of Peru Project. Paul graduated from Walla Walla College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Youth Services Leadership. He served as a youth pastor and taught classes from religion to health education. He was a school administrator in a variety of educational settings, ranging from private Christian schools to the Florida, juvenile prison system. For fifteen years Paul was self- employed, owning several different businesses. From March of 2000 until December of 2003, Paul continued to operate his family business and began the foundational work of the People of Peru Project. In January of 2004, he shut the doors of the business and entered into this project on a full-time basis.

Camilla Garcia AmaringoCamilla Garcia Amaringo, BSN, Medical Program Director.
Camila is from Panguana village in the Amazon.  She has been employed as a full-time nurse for the organization since June of 2004.  She has three children, Andrea who is a pharmacy student and Russel, and Marcelo are studying English and computers in high school.  Her husband, Antonio, works selling handicrafts in tourist markets.

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Meals and Accommodations:

Aurelia is in charge of the food service program at the Headquarter facility. Her role is to plan menus and make sure everyone is fed, quite a job when volunteer groups are here.
More importantly, she teaches and mentors the girls in our program in and out of the kitchen as their own mother should. Each university girl  has "kitchen duty" and Aurelia makes sure that they have a meaningful experience while learning to cook.


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Students must be enrolled in the Boonshoft School of Medicine. 
Student must participate in faculty-led post-trip reflection and didactics.
Student must complete and submit on-line an IPE self-reflection, responding to questions designed to assess fulfillment of phase objectives addressed in the module.  

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Before You Leave:

Students will be required to do some readings that will be available to them online. Students will also be required to meet 2-3 times before departure to prepare for travel.

Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete mandatory pre-departure information online a few weeks before departure.

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Getting There:

Students will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from Peru and should travel together, if possible.  To book your group flight, contact the group booking agent at the airline of your choice or the travel agent of your choice. For individuals, please book your flight with your own preferred airline or travel agent. 

UCIE suggests the following travel agencies that work with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.
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Program Costs:

All students will be required to pay the $100 application fee to UCIE upon registration.  This fee covers the International SOS Medical & Travel Security Services.
It is required that all participants have short term travel insurance, also offered through Travel Team brokers at the best rates we can find! The cost is only $30 for an adult and $25 for a student for the entire week. 
Check with your international carrier to make sure the exit fee is included in your flight cost.
For questions about trips, contact


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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact to make an appointment with the financial aid advisor.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.

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Passports and Visas:Peru

You are required to obtain a visa for Peru.  Information will be provided about securing the visa.  Applying for the necessary visa is the responsibility of the individual student. 

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

Students participating in this experience will receive additional instruction and training in universal precautions while abroad. 

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with a UHP Health Insurance Packet  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Joy Wanderi
Education Abroad Coordinator

Department Contact:

Dr. Kate Conway
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine; Director of Medical Education, Family Medicine

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