ANIMAL HEALTH PROJECT
“A few things I learned while working with ICP were the new skills I learned in the animal clinic. I learned how to give antibiotics, shots, and place an intravenous catheter. While in Peru I enjoyed exploring Trujillo and Huanchaco with the other volunteers and looking for souvenirs for my friends and family. One thing that really impacted me was seeing how difficult the lives of some of the children and families are in Trujillo and realizing how fortunate I have been. When we held a clinic the school and vaccinate some of the kids pets I felt like I was really providing them with something they wouldn’t otherwise have the means to get.” Madie,University of Arizona-Pre-Vet
TEACHING & EDUCATION PROJECT
“The most impactful thing I learned from Peru is the aspect of humility. Even though people may not have much, they are always willing to give and share with others. Life isn’t like that in the United States and it’s what I loved most about Perú. Even on the last day of class when we gave out pizza to the class, all the kids left right away to share it with their families. I’m not too sure if it had something to with them not liking the combination of cheese and tomatoes, but it was still so sweet! I also really liked how people work for whatever they get. They don’t expect free handouts for not doing anything like people do in the United States. People try to sell you items, give you services, or play music instead of just asking for money. As for exploration, I enjoyed exploring everything in Peru- from the beaches and capital in Lima, to the bustling city and crazy drivers of Trujillo, to the ethereal landscapes of the Andes near Machu Picchu. I love how geographically diverse Perú is and would definitely come back soon to explore more regions like the Amazon, Nazca lines, and Rainbow Mountain. The trip has impacted me as a person because it exposed me to a different way of life, different societal structure, and different mindsets. It was my first time leaving the United States and I’ve realized how much of a bubble I’ve been in. I’ve lived in the Californian suburbia my entire life and didn’t really realize how much I take for granted- like clean running water, paved streets, and a functional sewer system, to name a few. My grandma would tell me stories about her lifestyle growing up in Iran, which paralleled that of the Peruvian children in Alto Trujillo very closely, but to see what she actually meant myself was something else. I feel more grateful for what I have, but I’m also saddened that I can’t help more.” Emily,University of California, Santa Barbara
SOCIAL WORK PROJECT
“Going to Peru was definitely a life changing a experience! I️ learned that family is a huge importance which was beautiful! I really loved exploring the different cities and cultures. One thing I️ learned is that everyone here is very hardworking and optimistic! I am definitely planning on coming back soon!”
“Honestly, I was scared at first to get out of my comfort zone but I am so happy that I did because I would of never met the wonderful kids that I taught, my loving host family, and the like minded volunteers that I worked with. Never have I thought these people would change the way I see the world and I thank them for that. Now that it is all over, I miss my home away from home so much. My experience in Peru was definitely a growing experience and I am truly thankful that I had the opportunity to be apart of IChange Peru.”
Jennifer Gonzalez (University of California, Riverside)
On September 13, 2017, the donations for Hospital Victor Guardia in Huaraz, Peru were delivered. During our summer sessions, volunteers were able to shadow doctors and nurses in areas such as pediatrics, surgery, physical therapy and emergency. Volunteers are asked to observe the need for materials in the hospital because part of the project fee includes a donation to their worksite. Also, volunteers are encouraged to speak with hospital staff about necessary materials and equipment. We were able to donate medical supplies such as stethoscopes, blood pressure tensiometers, suturing kits, trauma shears, mosquito clamps, kelly pincers, hospital bed sheets, electric stove and a manual resuscitator, which were distributed to different departments in the hospital. The donations also included elastic bands, foam roller and dumbbell set for the physical therapy department.
This summer we had our volunteer from Riverside, California participate in our animal health project. She was able to shadow and assist veterinarians in a local vet clinic and help clean and feed wild rescued animals in a zoo. Our volunteer stated “Taking part in the Animal Health Project was an amazing opportunity. I gained hands-on experience as part of the team. The local veterinarians were a great help in teaching me how to treat animals such as giving vaccines and taking part in a surgery. I was able to witness the love these people have for their pets and feel the gratitude when I helped their animals”. To conclude the project, a vet campaign was held for the community of Alto Trujillo providing free rabie vaccines, anti-parasite oral medication and anti-flea spray. Our awesome volunteer and with the help of a local vet vaccinated 33 dogs and 2 cats. It was a fun day to see the members of their community bring their furry family members to keep them healthy!
To learn more about our animal health project go to www.ichangeperu.org/animal/
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Recent flooding in Peru have impacted many communities in the department of La Libertad. Today food, water and hygiene items were delivered to the community of Tupac Amaru in Porvenir. We want to thank our donors and volunteers who made this possible! It’s amazing to see people come together to help those in need.