Our journey was amazing. Travel was affordable well planned, orderly, comfortable & safe. We worked hard and helped many people. I hope to continue to serve with this organization.
This was my first experience volunteering medically outside of the U.S. I have to be honest and say that I was definitely a little nervous about what I was getting myself into but Promise to Peru did a great job in making me feel comfortable once we were there. I think that this organization does a great job in helping the people of Peru and working with the Peruvian municipalities in order to organize follow up care after we saw the patients. I would highly recommend A Promise to Peru to anyone considering doing a medical mission.
I just completed my first trip with A Promise to Peru and could not be more then mystified as to the commitment a group of doctors, nurses and techs can have. The professionalism and teamwork this group gave to every patient they saw whether they had cataracts, trauma, needed readers or just preventive sunglasses , whether the patient was 3 or 103 was beyond any I have witnessed. This team of 16 traveled from New York to Riobamba, Ecuador for one week with supplies in tow and saw over 500 patients in the clinic and in outreach to rural farm communities. Not only was the medical care suburb but the devotion to assuring every patient left with a smile was evident. Tears were brought to my eyes as every patient couldn't thank the team enough with hugs, hand shakes and the biggest smiles. Volunteers, each and everyone of them, left their families, jobs, and patients at home to assure the world can be a better place by spreading a little help, hope and lot of love. This community of patients are all in a much better place than before A Promise of Peru touched their lives.
This organization is so responsible with the money people donate, it has an all volunteer board of dedicated people that care so much about the poorest of the poor! I have volunteered time and money to them for years now. It’s top notch!
This past summer was my 5th time joining A Promise to Peru. Each experience has reinforced how much preparation and thought goes into the execution of each trip to make sure that the necessary materials (medications, supplies, etc) are brought down, and that public advertisement of the team's arrival is made to maximize the amount of patients that are seen. Every volunteer, both professionals and students, makes it clear through their tireless work each day that they have joined the mission because of their genuine desire to use their skills to help those who need them. Most importantly, all of the work that Promise to Peru does, whether it be via their cataract or medical mission, is geared towards the unique medical needs of the region that is being served. The cataract mission offers a safe, permanent cure to a life-altering disability with the appropriate post-operative follow up and the medical mission is able to distribute medications such as antibiotics and antihypertensive medications that can be costly and hard to come by in the local market. I have been lucky to volunteer so often with an organization that is so committed to delivering medical aid in a sustainable and thought-out way.
I am a pediatrician. Since I was in med school and pediatrics was not even in the horizon I always wanted to participate in a medical mission. But life is life and things happen here and there and then I was never able to fulfill that item in my bucket list.
It was an early morning staff meeting and Dr Coritsidis appeared and in 15 min turned my world upside down. I was inspired, challenged and I was finally facing the chance of a lifetime: participate in a medical mission, in my beloved South America (I am form Argentina) and helping this wonderful NGO who was desperately looking for a pediatrician to participate. The need was there, the opportunity also. I went home asked my husband (who is a real hero as he stayed w/ my 2 kids for a week- so you can do this even if you have small kids-.) and off I went. The experience was what I expected and so much more.... the group, the organization, the excitement of the unknown but at the same time feeling so safe and sure I could do this.
All was so smooth that at one point I felt I was on vacation.!!!. But then we started the real work, with the people... so many needs. A lot of patients came just to see the "gringo" doctor but others just needed reassurance about something so just with a word that was suddenly magical I could give to a parent the knowledge that their kid didnt have something serious or was just growing fine. On the other hand I also faced sad moments were I had to put a name to a long-suspected condition. But at least those parents left my "tent/office" with knowledge the comfort that might bring.
The team of students was amazing. Working by our side at all times,helping with everything and using all opportunities to learn (so i also fulfilled one of my other passions which is teaching).
I dont have enough words to explain the experience, the feelings, the bombarding of all my senses every time I headed to a work day. I will do my best and more to go next year and keep moving forward the work I started as a pediatrician with A promise to Peru.
PS: and by the way I got to visit Machu Picchu!!!
I've worked with A Promise to Peru as a physician for a couple of years and each experience has been amazing. We have served hundreds of people in rural parts of Peru in both medical and surgical missions, providing basic medical care and education, as well as removing cataracts and providing glasses to restore the vision of many. I've been inspired by the medical students and other staff that come along each year, with their energy and commitment to helping others. The directors and leadership are wonderful human beings that pour their hearts into all that they do, which makes it easy to keep coming back to help!
A Promise to Peru by far exceeded my expectations, I am beyond grateful to have been able to take part as a medical student. A mission that works hard to respect the people, and culture of a country is one that should be highlighted. I hope one day to return to Peru with this organization and continue to make a positive impact. I highly recommend it to others.
I participated in a medical mission trip to Peru with this organization. It was incredibly well run and organized. It was an invaluable experience for me as a medical student. I hope to participate again in the future and would recommend the experience to anyone interested in an international medical trip.
I volunteered with this nonprofit for the first time in June 2017 and it was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my medical school training. I am graduating in May 2018 and this trip fortified my interest in international medicine; it provided the perfect exposure to establishing a sustainable and impactful relationship with underprivileged patient populations and their local medical providers. I am forever grateful to the leaders and organizers for granting me the opportunity to participate.
I have participated in two trips with A Promise to Peru, once as an undergraduate and once as a medical student, and both trips were some of the most memorable and fulfilling moments of my life so far. Under the guidance of Dr. Messina and the multitude of team members the trips are well organized (from travel to packing everything necessary for a functioning OR) and make it possible to make major impacts on the lives of the people we are fortunate to work with in Peru. I was able to assist with translating, taking medical histories, performing eye exams and visual acuities, and was also able to work closely with the physicians and surgeons on the mission during patient encounters and surgeries. Being able to work with a patient through all of the steps: from initial eye exams to post-op instructions, and being on the receiving end of their thankful hugs and smiles following the procedure is truly a life changing experience and definitely puts all of the hard work/education into perspective.
This group does amazing work- literally restoring sight to the blind through free cataract surgery and eye glasses. They also instill their sense of professionalism and service in others by including medical and optometry students in their efforts. An outstanding organization.
Every time I accompany this medical mission I find myself growing as a person and with the individuals involved. This is a great organization that does very meaningful work! I volunteer to help others and myself.
I stumbled upon this organization several years ago when I attended a fund raising dinner on a Thursday evening when my wife was working. I thought they’d have a dozen people show up, so I went in support of a friend who told me he was going on this medical mission. I was quite surprised to see over a hundred people turn up for this event. I was so intrigued by the concept of the mission and the zeal of the leadership that I signed my wife and myself up to join the mission on that year’s trip to Peru. We have both become quite involved in helping the organization, volunteering on multiple missions, helping organize fundraising activities, packing and unpacking supplies and equipment, and participating in planning and Board of Directors meetings. The mission work involves taking time off as vacation from our jobs, paying our own way to travel to South America, and volunteering long hours each day during the mission week. The people that we examine, treat and operate on are truly thankful, as am I from the satisfaction I receive from being able to help these individuals who would otherwise not have their sight. Promise to Peru is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds and organizes individuals to volunteer to improve vision and restore sight to poor and impoverished people, a truly wonderful mission.
I am very grateful to have been able to participate on a trip to Peru with this organization. As a medical student, I was able to participate as a Spanish translator, take medical history, perform eye and physical exams on patients, observe cataract surgeries, and work with a group of amazing volunteers who appreciated each other and enjoyed working and learning from each other and from the patients.
My participation in Promise to Peru solidified my desire to become a physician. I truly enjoyed helping enact a meaningful and visible change in these patients’ lives. The team of volunteers who came to Peru were an excited and inspiring group of individuals that made this experience even more special.
This non-profit is an amazing organization that provides health care to the rural populations of Peru. As an ophthalmologist I had the opportunity to see many diseases that I have only read about and deliver care to people who desperately need health care. The mission provides general health care as well as ophthalmic care. I highly recommend this nonprofit.
I have been fortunate to work with A Promise to Peru as a volunteer ophthalmologist on three occasions. These trips have been very rewarding both personally and professionally. The physicians who comprise our team are excellent. The academic affiliation with SUNY Stonybrook allows medical students to join in this experience and provides a "one on one" teaching opportunity.
Our patient population is largely rural and indigenous with few local options for eye care. Many of these patients have severe vision loss due to cataract, which we are able to treat with a short surgical procedure. The local physicians are very supportive of our mission to serve these patients and our interactions with them are very positive.
On a personal note my family members and I found the group dynamic very unique. The dedication by all members of the team made these trips enjoyable--both during our workday and during our free time. I plan on returning again this year!
As a veteran of previous medical trips in developing nations I was particularly impressed by this experience. This is wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who planned and executed a very successful mission. I plan to return for a third trip!
“Promise to Peru” es una organización sin fines de lucro, que hace un trabajo arduo y una labor loable
con la gente mas desvalida y olvidada de Perú dándoles esperanza y regresándolos a la vida con una cirugía de cataratas o con un par de lentes de medida que transforma su vida.
Los organizadores preparan todo minuciosamente logrando un éxito total, a pesar de contar con un presupuesto reducido y un centro medico con muchas limitaciones.
Mi experiencia como interprete ha sido fascinante e incredible y siendo Peruana, he tenido la oportunidad de ver a mi gente de comunidades lejanas que vienen a ver a todos los doctors y sentir una satisfación indiscreptible cuando veía esas caritas felices, si saber como agradecer o haciéndolo a su manera de que pueden ver y regresar a sus actividedes diarias.
Felicito a todos los voluntarios por realizar una labor incredible, trabajan desde el amanacer hasta el atardecer para tratar de atender a todos los pacientes que vienen buscando esperanza y solución a sus problemas de salud; sin una queja, al contrario todos ayudando de la mejor manera.
Me siento orgullosa de poder ser parte de esta misión y contribuir con su digna causa y lo repetiré las veces que sea necesario.
I’ve had the privilege to be a part of this medical mission for over 5 years. For me, it started out as a great group of professionals helping others. I now consider it THE BEST example of a loving family helping our worldly neighbors. This starts out almost a year prior, getting permits and making travel arrangements to make the mission possible. During the days of the mission, in our remote locations, some patients travel long distances to receive medical care for the first time in their lives. I have witnessed time after time, the positive, life changing care given, creates smiles, and even tears of joy, for all involved. This creates a lasting bond between the doctors, nurses, translators, and volunteers to do all this amazing work again. It is truly an honor to have been a part of this outstanding charity.