I’m writing to tell you about a great winter internship opportunity for college students. I work with a non-profit organization called Vive Peru that organizes volunteer internships students abroad in Peru, in the areas of Social Work, Teaching English, Teaching Music, Engineering and Clinical Medicine. Interns work directly with Peruvian staff and gain valuable professional experience as well as give back to communities in need. Interns live with host families for the duration of the program, and thus are able to have an enriching cultural experience, must use their Spanish to communicate, as well as grow as professionals in their understanding of their field of interest. In the past two years, we have had the privilege of working with students from prestigious universities such as Stanford University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame. We currently have a partnership with the University of Notre Dame, who sends students on our summer program every year through the Kellogg Institute of International Studies. You can see the link to our program at http://kellogg.nd.edu/students/internship/latinamerica.shtml, under “VivePeru”.
Through these volunteer internships, students gain international and professional experience, and the organization is able to support development in the region. In the past 2 years, 207 university students from across the country have joined us to donate 30,780 volunteer hours and over $32,100 in donated materials and outreach programs to communities in need in Peru. At local medical campaigns on the coast and in the Andes, we have attended to 2607 patients with medical consultations and medications. Vive Peru is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status dedicated to fostering understanding of Latin American and Peruvian culture and providing much-needed aid to Peruvian communities. We work to promote cultural understanding and implement innovative and self-sustainable programs in the areas of health, education, music, social work and engineering.
It’s a life-changing opportunity that challenges students to grow both personally and professionally. The application deadline is September 28, 2013 at noon PST. Applications are available on our website at www.viveperu.org/apply.php. To learn more about the experience, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/viveperu or online at www.viveperu.org.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns
Executive Director, Vive Peru