Volunteer

Help create a bright future for children in Peru!


Join our pediatric strabismus surgery project or

our vision screening project for adults and children!

 

**TRIP INFORMATION FOR 2024!

We have two trips happening in 2024!  Please see the tentative information!

TRIP #1:  A four-day Adult Vision Screening project in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Peru, Hospital de Apoyo II-2 in Sullana, Peru.  This project will be our second vision screening project in Sullana, and will provide vision care, referrals for cataract surgery and other care, and eyeglasses to adults and children over the age of 7 years, as directed by our partners in the Ministry of Health.  Vision screening team should plan to arrive on August 24 and depart August 30.  Training will be provided.

When: August 26-29, 2024

Where: Sullana, Peru

 

 

 

 

 

TRIP #2:   A five-day strabismus surgery project in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Peru, Hospital de Apoyo II-2 in Sullana, Peru.  This project will be our second in Sullana and will provide surgery to 60 children identified by our partners in the Ministry of Health as needing treatment for strabismus.  Surgical team should plan to arrive Aug. 30 and depart Sept. 7.

When: September 2-6, 2024!

Where: Sullana, Peru

 

 

 

Who Can Volunteer?

On our vision screening projects we need optometrists.  Documentation of education, licenses, and certifications as required by the Peruvian Ministry of Health.  Enthusiastic volunteers for vision screening are needed.  Medical background and Spanish language skills desirable. Translators who are fluent to bilingual English-Spanish are also needed.

On our surgical project, pediatric ophthalmologists and anesthesiologists who are currently licensed and board certified are eligible to join us.  Also needed are experienced scrub techs, OR and PACU nurses, and circulators with current licenses, certifications, and references.  Translators who are fluent to bilingual English-Spanish are also needed.

 

 More information

2024

Lodging, Meals, Surgical Project Supplies

ACCOMODATIONS:  VER arranges for all lodging, meals, and local transportation during your volunteer service. Lodging will be arranged locally at a hotel in Sullana. Upon registering for the Peru project, volunteers receive a complete “Welcome and Orientation Packet” to prepare and plan for the trip. Peru is a country of many natural wonders.  You may decide to book an excursion afterwards to one of many locations including Cusco and Machu Picchu, Iquitos and the Amazon River area, one of the many beautiful Pacific seashore areas, or historic and modern Lima.

SUPPLIES:  VER provides all surgical project supplies (via SEE International) and needed equipment and arranges for surgical facilities in-country.  VER provides all optometric supplies needed for Vision screening plus all glasses dispensed to patients.

 

Cost

VER is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that relies on donations to fund our sight restoring projects.

  • The volunteer participation fee for the Peru project is $1,250 for physicians and $750 for all other volunteers.
  • Volunteers also provide their own roundtrip airfare from their home city to the Piura airport in Peru plus emergency medical/evacuation insurance.
  • The flight from Lima to Piura needs to be coordinated with ground transportation provided by VER from the Piura airport to the city of Sullana, 25 miles to the north, so please do not book this portion before receiving guidance on the times that ground transportation will be available.
  • Airfare, medical insurance, and the volunteer participation fee are considered donations and are tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax professional for details. VER provides a donation receipt as required by the IRS.

 

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