Peru lies on the southern border of Ecuador, and like its neighbor, the geography is quite diverse, with coastal plains, high mountains and tropical rain forest. It also shares with it's neighbor a turbulent political past that has left 40% of the population in poverty, but there has been relative stability for the past twenty years and the country is recovering well.

 

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For many years now, BandS has worked with Olive Branch Ministries International which conducts medical missionary trips to the region. Both the accommodations and working conditions on these trips are good, so it is an excellent opportunity for first time volunteers. The Peruvian people are also very warm and friendly, providing volunteers with the satisfaction of knowing that their help is much appreciated.

 

Another added bonus to the trip is the opportunity to explore the cultural remains of the Inca Empire which once flourished in Peru. Volunteers usually take at least one day at the end of the week to visit ancient ruins. This often includes a trip to the most famous ruin, Machu Picchu, which is a sprawling complex that sits high in the Andes mountains and provides a spectacular view.

At a Glance

Capital: Lima

 

Official language: Spanish

 

Land Area: 496,225 sq mi

 

Population: 29,496,000

 

Per Capita GDP (Nominal): $5,593

 

Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)