Just Another Training Day… at 12,000 Feet

Sacred Valley Health recently led its third promotora training, this time in the high-altitude town of Yanamayo. Despite a few challenges, it was largely a very successful and positive day! We began the training with a comprehensive review of the previous training themes (CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver, and indicators of grave illness), before moving on…

A Fresh Look at Life in Rural Peru

As I stepped off the plane and into the terminal in Cuzco, two things struck me: I was cold and I was tired. I had just flown overnight from New York to Lima, and then Lima to Cuzco. At the time I was baffled by how the driver, who had been sent to get me,…

Working Out in the Andes

Living at 9,000ft (and growing up at sea level) has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Advantage #1:  I live in the Andes.  Point blank, that is pretty cool. Advantage #2:  I sleep like a baby.  Or a rock…an Andean rock.  I’ve always slept well at altitude – must be my tendency to under-breathe while sleeping, therefore…

One Week in Ollanta – A Visitor’s Perspective

Yo hablo un pequeño Español. I wish I would have had time to learn (re-learn) more Spanish and medical Spanish!! 5/18 JFK à Bogota à Lima (4 hours of sleep) Avianca Airlines is amazing. Can’t believe we’re actually going to Peru, especially with such a great group of people. One person, una persona, speaks Spanish….