A Firsthand Experience Teaching First Aid

On Friday, May 18, Sam and I made the short trip down to Yachay Wasi, the local kindergarten, to teach the first-ever clase de primeros auxilios (first aid class). After finalizing a basic curriculum and frantically rehearsing our Spanish, we showed up ready for anything and were greeted by a small but eager group of…

Meet Some of Our New Promotoras!

As a returning volunteer from last summer and here in Ollantaytambo for only a short time, I have had the pleasure and privilege of helping launch the new promotora (community health worker) program. Many communities around Ollanta have either already selected women to go through the 12 month training to become a health worker in…

Ducks, Firewood, and Cacti – All In a Day’s Work

Sacred Valley Health’s disabilities campaign has been working hard collaborating with two other organizations to open a school for children with disabilities. Between running from one meeting to the next, talking with parents, and coordinating with the school’s teacher and program coordinators, I can say that these past weeks have been very hectic. But through…

No Time Clock Required

Although you know we often adventure to general assemblies and mobile clinic days, what is it that we do on all those other days? With an organization as active as ours, it can be hard to explain everything that falls into the category of “all in a day’s work.” In the office, we collaborate on research proposals,…

A Road (Much) Less Traveled

Sacred Valley Health’s most recent mobile clinic provided care in the rural, high mountain community of Patacancha, nestled between snowcapped peaks and glaciers at over 12,000 feet above sea level.  The day-long mobile clinic began early on a Wednesday morning, as four Sacred Valley Health volunteers, our nurse (+baby), medical student and doctor gathered at…