High Altitude Living
Along the one hour drive from Cusco’s historic center to Urubamba, you’ll transcend from the bustling cobblestone roads of the big city to a mountain village small enough to walk across. We love the fact that Peru is full of contrasts to explore and are certain you'll agree after even a short time as an intern in either of these great locations.
Improve Air Quality in Rural Homes to Improve Family Health
Install alternative technology for cooking stoves into the homes of rural Peruvians, improving air quality for women and children who spend a majority of their time indoors.
The Clean Water Project
Public Health interns will develop research on common health ailments associated with poor water sanitation and malnutrition and implement into educational materials for local/international public awareness campaign. You will also measure the effectiveness of the water filters in communities and develop a tracking system for the outreach program. Economic Development interns will research and propose possible options for improving the distribution and manufacturing methods. NGO Management interns will collect marketing collateral to build the media library for awareness and fundraising purposes. Interns will also develop a fundraising campaign and assist with grant applications.
Intern in Peru Hospitals and Clinics
Interns shadow nurses and doctors, observe hospital/clinic operations and learn the country’s healthcare system, common ailments and local procedures and remedies. Doctors and nurses will allow interns to perform certain procedures if they are qualified to do so.
Interning in Peru
As with most Intrax internships, dressing for work will be conditional on your environment. Health interns will wear scrubs and comfortable shoes, while interns in rural communities will wear warm, comfortable clothes - make sure to have boots designed for walking long distances. Peruvians consider punctuality to be less important but we recommend interns arrive on time to at the beginning of their placement. Lunch in Peru is the heaviest meal of the day. Peruvians will ordinarily go home at 1pm and return to the office at 3pm. In some companies, the entire staff will eat together at a restaurant or by heating up a home-cooked meal.
Live Like a Local
We're sure you'll want to join the tourists headed to Machu Picchu, but your internship in Peru will do more than help you adjust to the altitude. By the time your program ends, you’ll have explored modern cites, remote villages and Incan marvels. Here are some tips to get you started living like a local.
- (Summer) Cool, Dry
(Winter) Cool, Wet
- Spanish, Quechua
- Nuevo sol S/
- Taxis & Buses
Walking is the most popular form of transit in Urubamba, but in Cusco you’ll have to know where you’re going. The bus system is the safest and most reliable choice with about 30 routes covering the city. Be aware that taxis are unregulated - fares fluctuate and passengers provide the directions.
Things to Do
It’s hard to not suggest Machu Picchu. The 15th-century Inca site may be heavily visited by tourists, but there’s a reason the highly preserved landmark is called the Lost City of the Incas. Sacsayhuayman is another Incan ruin to see. Walking along the zigzags of this military fortress will provide a stunning panorama of Cusco.
Useful Phrases in Spanish
Hola / Hello
Adios / Goodbye
Gracias / Thank you
Puedo tener... / Can I have...