Why should I go to Arequipa, Peru? To answer God's call to serve others by using your talents and resources. It is a beautiful act to help restore or improve someone's eyesight. You will be a blessing and be very blessed.  

What are the trip dates?  July 21 to August 4, 2018

Where will we be working?  Arequipa is the second-most-populous city in Peru and is located at 2,328 metres (7,638 ft) of elevation above sea level, with the lowest part of the city being at 2,041 metres (6,696 ft) above sea level in the area called Huayco Uchumayo while the highest is located at 2,810 metres (9,220 ft) above sea level.

The central part of the city is crossed by the Chili River from north to south; to the north and east of Arequipa are the Andes mountains, while to the south and west there are minor mountain ranges associated to the Andes. The valley of Arequipa, open toward the coast, plays a key role in allowing Arequipa to be a city that strategically links the coastal and highland regions of southern Peru.

Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru’s Arequipa Region. Framed by 3 volcanoes, it's filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone. Its historic center is anchored by the Plaza de Armas, a stately main square flanked on its north by the 17th-century neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, which houses a museum displaying religious objects and artwork

Who will we be reaching? Mostly Quechua and Aymara peoples who speak mostly Spanish but some Quechuan.

Who are we working with? We will be joining a Medical Ministries International Canada team. The local Peru MMI team who will organize and facilitate to work. They will be evangelizing while helping the eye team.

What will we be doing? We will be providing eye care to the indigent people of Peru. Eye care professional are needed.  There is a also need for non-medical people to help with vision testing, eyeglass collection work, dispensing glasses and readers, moving patients, translating.  Everyone is busy on this trip!

Ophthalmologist will be rotating in screening, consults and surgery (if able).

We do manual small incision cataract extractions.

We encourage you to bring you instruments, direct scope and charger, and surgical supplies, coordinating with the medical director.

Optometrist will work in screening and refractions.

Nurses will work in minor surgery or surgery (pre and post op, circulating-on the job training for non-OR nurses and a manual is available)

Eye Techs may work in consults, A-scan, auto-refraction, or surgery.

Where are we staying and what will it be like?

We will be staying in a nice hotel usually near the town center.  Food will be prepared by the MMI Peru staff (safe) that is familiar to N. Americans with S. American influence.

How will we get there?  We will fly to Lima, Peru and then take an in-country flight to Arequipa, usually on Latam Airlines.

Do I need a passport to go? Yes

What is expected out of me as a team member? A willing and teachable spirit. Flexibility. Transparency and excitement...this is going to be fun!

Will I be trained? Yes, as much as needed to know the basics. There is so much that is learned “in country”. We will advise you what you need to pack, and what to expect while you are gone. We have instruction sheets for all stations.

How much will it cost? About $3,200 for two weeks ($1,400 for room, board and travel insurance for 2 weeks, $1,100 for 1 week;  about $1,500 for international airfare; about $300 for local flights). Each team member can send out letters to family, friends, their church for financial and prayer support.

Other information:

Each morning we have devotions.  Clinic is from 7:30 AM to 5 PM

Weekend in the middle of the mission is for resting, shopping or touring local area.

Consult with a travel clinic for suggestedmedications and immunizations.

If traveling from San Antonio, we probably will ask you to carry a bag of supplies.

If you have extra room in your personal bag, you can bring gifts to give out (Bibles, school supplies, small toys, travel size toiletries, toothbrushes but no candy to give out please).

MMI has expressed the good news of the gospel for over 40 years by caring for those who have little or no access to medical care.

What do you need from me now?

Go to MMICanada.ca and click on join a team; click on US applicants; Click on apply now. For information, scroll down to July and click on the Peru eye mission. 

$100 Deposit – can be paid with a check or made online to/at I Care San Antonio (www.icare-sa.org) 1 Haven for Hope Way, Suite 200 San Antonio, TX 78207

Copy of your passport (If you have it already) – can be submitted online with your application.

Send off for your passport…TODAY! (If you don’t already have it)

Start working on your support raising letters.

You can contact Dr. Rice for medical information  Bob Rice MD rrice3@satx.rr.com   or Libby Bentley for other information LBentley@Almovision.org (210) 220-2361.