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Program Description


Student Clinic


Quick Facts

  • March 16 - April 25, 2020 (Session B)

  • This program fulfills the global health major study abroad requirement (credit through School of Human Evolutions and Social Change). Program is open to all majors.

  • Students work with Vive Peru staff to implement community health programs at the household and community level on the coast of Northern Peru.

  • Orientation provided by Vive Peru.

  • Stay with a host family!

  • Earn six credits. Graduate course credit and honors contracts available.

  • In your free time, visit the Peruvian Andes and Machu Picchu.

Application Instructions

Step 1Students must apply directly to Vive Peru through their online application. Please indicate in the Is there anything else we should know about you? (Interests, hobbies, etc.) Section that you are an ASU student and plan to receive credit. Questions about the application can be sent to Applications must be received by Vive Peru by December 1, 2019.

Step 2: If selected by Vive Peru and in order to receive credit for this experience, students will be contacted by the ASU Study Abroad Office to sign up for the internship program through the ASU Study Abroad Office application system. Students participating in the internship for academic credit are required to complete a ASU Study Abroad Office application for this program by December 10, 2019.

Step 3: Once accepted into the program in the ASU Study Abroad Office's online application system, students will be able to register for 6 credits of ASB 452 / SSH 402: Community Partnerships for Global Health (General Studies: SB/L & G and/or Science and Society).*

*Please note: Receiving credit for this experience is optional.  However, Global Health students who wish to receive academic credits toward their study abroad requirement must register for 6 credits of coursework.



Location Details

Trujillo, home to more than 800,000 people, is the capital of the northern Peruvian coast and is known locally as the capital of eternal spring.  Culture and tradition run through the city’s veins, extending from the region’s rich archaeological history to its well-preserved culinary and cultural traditions.  Trujillanos are proud of their colonial history, which is alive in the Spanish colonial mansions that are still standing in the city’s downtown area.  To this day, locals gather in these luxurious casonas to enjoy their rich cuisine and their region’s typical dance, the marinera.  Volunteers staying in Trujillo are only a 15-minute bus ride away from some of Peru’s most important historical sites, including the ancient Moche and Chimú administrative and religious centers that predate the Incas by 1500 years.

Although Trujillo receives thousands of tourists a year, the living conditions in the outlying communities of the city are often extremely impoverished and underdeveloped.  Substandard living conditions contribute to the most common health problems seen in local medical facilities, and many medical institutions struggle to provide the communities they serve with basic care.  Clinics are understaffed and underfunded, and as a result, doctors struggle to give patients the comprehensive care and health education they need.
Just as the living conditions range from extremely impoverished to luxurious, so does the quality of education.  Children from poorer areas of Trujillo are unable to attend better-funded and higher quality private schools, and the quality of education at public schools is often sub-par, due to large class sizes and a lack of ability to attract talented teachers.  In addition, public schools are largely underfunded, leaving them with the inability to develop quality extracurricular programs, which are powerful resources in helping keep lower-income children off the street and in school.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

Students must: 
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) 
  • be in good standing with their home institution.
  • Spanish language proficiency is strongly encouraged
Non-ASU students must provide a recent transcript with their applications. If you are a non-ASU student, please also view the instructions for application. 

Students with a GPA below 2.5 or in poor standing for any other reason are required to submit two letters of recommendation (preferably from current professors) with their application, in support of their suitability as applicants.

View the Sample Vive Peru Schedule for Public Health Volunteers. Individual volunteer experiences will differ depending on the priorities of the public health program and communities throughout the year.


Students participating in this program for academic credit will receive 6 credits of ASB 452 / SSH 402: Community Partnerships for Global Health (General Studies: SB).*

*Please note that these courses count towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   
Prerequisites are usually waived.
Graduate students also can be accommodated with graduate course credit.
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Program Information

Program Information

Volunteers in the Public Health program will work together on public health initiatives led by Vive Peru staff.  Work will focus on the Parasite Prevention Program and Health Education & Training Program, which you can read more about in the Community Outreach Programs section of the Vive Peru website. 

Vive Peru works primarily to prevent parasitic infection and anemia and promote nutrition in children under the age of 5.  They work in conjunction with community leaders who they have helped to form, primarily women and mothers, the local health center and our volunteers and staff to reach their goal.

Volunteer activities will include community visits to collect laboratory samples, home visits to collect data and provide counseling to families, preparing and presenting talks on disease prevention for community members as well as participation in community medical campaigns.  Vive Peru also collaborates with the local government on nationwide and regional initiatives in line with the government's yearly plan and goals.

Vive Peru hosts an in-country orientation for all program participants that includes training in local cultural norms, navigating Trujillo, and Spanish language relevant to program activities. Students will have free time in the evening and on weekends to engage with their host families, host communities, and to participate in local cultural activities. Students will be able to travel during non-program time.
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Program Housing

Students will live with local host families in groups consisting of at least two students per host family. Host families will provide meals for students. These homestays provide a rich cultural and language learning experience for students. Homestay families are thoroughly screened by Vive Peru staff.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Peru, students with mobility challenges will find the streets and sidewalks in Peru quite difficult to traverse. Despite recent efforts to improve accessibility, little infrastructure exists to accommodate those with disabilities, and few places make any accommodation for those with physical disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Peru, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. LGBTQIA travelers will find some gay-friendly establishments in the larger cities; however, in smaller towns and rural areas options will be sparse or non-existent.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Peru, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring 2020 is $2,620.

Program Fee includes: Preparation and training before departure, orientation activities, airport pickup and transfer to hostel, transportation from Lima to volunteer site, transportation to and from volunteer activities, food and housing for duration of program, ongoing staff support and supervision, and international health insurance. Not included: ASU tuition and student fees, round-trip airfare to and from Lima, passport & visa fees, vaccinations recommended by the CDC, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.