The cost of this trip for each volunteer is a tax deductible donation of approximately $800.00 to Global First Responder. We will post the final cost for this trip as soon as possible. Volunteers are also responsible for purchasing their international airfare. Volunteers should not purchase airfare before being notified by their team leader that the trip and dates are confirmed.
About the Trip: Join Global First Responder as we travel to Iquitos, Peru – our starting point for the Amazon – as we travel by boat to provide medical and dental care and health education for small communities along beautiful waterways. The hospitality you receive from your patients will amaze you as they welcome your skills and expertise to care for themselves and their children. Our partner organization works in the communities you will care for all year. The communities will know you are coming and will be waiting for the care you provide. You will have the opportunity to dedicate a new community center to one of the communities where you will work and to share the joy of evening volleyball and football (soccer) games (with some friendly wagering going for a good cause!), playing with the kids, and short hikes to see the community, medicinal gardens, and make some house calls.
Sustainability: A COMMUNITY CENTER AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CLEAN WATER! With your help, GFR provides health education to all patients. In partnership with Amazon Promise, a local NGO who has worked in this area for more than 25 years, GFR will provide medical and dental care and health education. But there is more to sustainability than medical care. GFR will also send a construction team to build a 9 x 20 meter community center with a platform for a water purification system consisting of 3 x 2500 L tanks! GFR provides water purification systems around the world but in Peru, our partner organization will provide the system while GFR provides needed infrastructure for this project.
Check back for more information about other sustainability projects as we continue to plan this portion of our mission.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TRIP BEFORE YOU APPLY: We want you to be prepared for volunteering and caring for others! Please read this section carefully and make sure that you are capable of participating fully in the following conditions. Our team leaders are for your safety and to ensure that the clinical experience is excellent for our patients and providers – they are not able to change the conditions you are working or staying in!
Physical Conditions: This trip requires good physical condition including the ability to get on and off a rocking boat without help or gangplank, carrying supplies over moderate distances, and withstanding high temperatures and humid conditions. You will be traveling by boat on large rivers and tributaries each day. It will be hot and humid, it may rain, and there will be a lot of sun. Please bring your own supply of sunscreen, bug spray, anti-itch and anti-fungal creams.
Food: Food is served family style – you will not get to choose what is prepared but there are plenty of fruits and vegetables served at every meal and a variety of meat and fish served during the week. Food, other than fruit, is not available outside of scheduled meal times. You may bring snacks or other personal food with you. Please remember you will also be asked to bring supplies for GFR.
Lodging: You will be staying in raised cabins with a single room with multiple beds – single rooms are not an option. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet; there may not be water available for showers at all hours or hot water. There is no air conditioning – expect hot and humid conditions at night. The cabins have electricity run by a generator – lights out time is based on the conditions at the time. Laundry is on your own (sink washing). Please bring only biodegradable soap/shampoo.
Personal Electronics: You may not be able to charge personal electronics every day as generator charging is used first for medical/construction equipment brought by you and GFR. Please bring a solar charger or extra batteries as required for your personal items.
Arrivals and Departures for the Medical Team: Your team will need to arrive in Iquitos, Peru by January 12, 2024 for an early breakfast and departure from Iquitos on January 13. Please plan to depart from Iquitos no earlier than late afternoon on January 20.
What’s Included: This trip includes lodging, transportation, translators, drinking water, and all meals for the official dates of the trip. Transportation from the designated hotel in Iquitos to our lodging in the Amazon and back to the designated hotel in Iquitos is included. Most clinic supplies and any special projects or construction work are covered by GFR but in 2024 your fee includes a $200 per person fee to cover the increased cost of medications and supplies. This added cost will help us continue to supply our clinics with everything you need to provide excellent care.
What’s Not Included: Your international airfare, snacks and drinks other than water, vaccines, and pre/post trip travel costs and expenses, trip insurance, your online e-visa (if required), and any post- trip adventures you wish to engage in while in Peru!
Cost: The cost of this trip is approximately $800.00. We will notify all applicants as soon as the cost is finalized. You are responsible for purchasing airfare that meets the required arrival and departure times. We always suggest giving yourself extra time for delayed or cancelled flights and that you purchase trip insurance from a reputable carrier. This trip is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You or your donors will receive a tax receipt upon making your donation.
How is your cost calculated?: At Global First Responder we strive to keep your costs low and our quality high. We value your participation and willingness to volunteer your time and expertise. Everyone at Global First Responder is also a volunteer, donating their time to administrative tasks and paying their own way to participate in medical and construction missions around the world and here at home. The fee you pay covers the actual cost of your expenses during the trip, including lodging, transportation, meals, and translator fees and expenses. In 2024, we are adding a $200 general fee to each volunteer cover the increased costs of medications and supplies so that we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients. At GFR, no one is paid a salary and everyone is a passionate volunteer, doing our part to help drive our mission of “One Global World, One Global Family”.
After the trip: What is there to do in Peru? Well – The Amazon is an amazing place to visit! You’ve spent time working, now spend some time playing. Spend a few nights in an ecolodge, take a multi-day tour to see the amazing birds, snakes, and mammals, consider fishing or working with manatees at the Manatee Conservation Center.
Want to head back to city life? Lima’s gourmet food, museums, and cultural exhibits are unparalleled anywhere in the world. Take a tour to visit the Nazca Lines and Huacachina Oasis. Visit wineries, hike, or simply sit by the pool at a great hotel. Lima is a magnificent cosmopolitan city that shouldn’t be missed!
Click here to apply for this trip: I want to join the GFR team in Iquitos, Peru!
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Prior to Day 1: Plan to arrive in Iquitos, Peru so that you can get some rest prior to the start of the trip. If you arrive prior to the official start date for the team, please plan on having meals and lodging “on your own”. The official start time for the trip on Day 1 is 8:00 AM. Please don’t miss the departure time as you will be responsible for the costs to meet the team in the Amazon.
Day 1: This is the official start of the GFR trip. You are required to be in early in the morning to catch your transportation to the Amazon! Join the team for breakfast in the designated hotel to meet with your team leader and team. Your team will travel by car and boat to a simple but comfortable guest house where your team will spend the rest of our trip. The family style food is delicious and plentiful! Upon arrival at the lodge, your team will come together to organize supplies and get ready for the week.
Day 2:: Today is your first day of clinic. Your team will share the load as you carry all of our supplies to the boat for transport on the river to the first community. Lunch will be provided in the village and your boat ride back, close to sunset, will be beautiful! Dinner at the lodge will make you forget how tired you are and the community will welcome you, inviting you to walk, play, and learn in the evenings.
Our construction team will depart early for their first day of building a community center. You will see them again each evening! Get ready to have some fun with these hardworking team members!!
Days 3 and 4: We will again travel by boat to surrounding communities where we will join our translators and health educators to provide basic medical and dental care and education for 70-100 patients each day. These communities are small and they will welcome you with open arms.
Day 5:: Today is your free day! You can choose to rest at the lodge, do some fishing off small boats, hike through the local medicinal gardens, or play with the local kids! Don’t miss the fishing – piranha are pretty cool!! And of course, you get to share the catch with your fellow team members.
Days 6 and 7: We will continue to work in 2 more communities, traveling by boat with our translators and health educators, providing health care for 70-100 patients each day. Traveling by boat will be your new normal by now. In the evening (and again in the morning) we will say goodbye to new friends and thank them for their hospitality.
Day 8: Your transfer to Iquitos is provided. You may choose to fly home in the late afternoon/evening or choose to extend your stay in the Americas! You might continue to explore the Amazon or change it up and explore the world class city of Lima. Please don’t schedule early flights as river transportation can be slow. Early flights can not be accommodated but arrangements at your own cost can be arranged. We thank you for your hard work and for giving your time and skills to help the people of the Peruvian Amazon. Airport transportation is on your own.
Global First Responder is a non-religious, non-politically affiliated, not-for-profit organization.
We are a volunteer organization, no member of the staff or board receives any compensation.