Nearly 5,000 miles from home, 22 Washington State University health sciences students are applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to helping impoverished families in Peru live healthier and happier lives.

The nursing and pharmacy students are currently entering the second week of a nearly three-week trip to Iquitos, Peru where they are working with the People of Peru Project to provide relief of human suffering, care for children and self-help education at local healthcare clinics and other locations in the community.

The nursing students are blogging daily about their adventures that have ranged from experiencing an earthquake to providing medicine and vitamins to young families and visiting a local school for the deaf.

In addition to sharing their own knowledge and expertise, the WSU students also have had the opportunity to learn from Peruvian healthcare providers and other local experts on topics such as traditional herbs and medicines. They will conclude their trip with a visit to Peru’s iconic Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca citadel, located on a nearly 8,000 ft. mountain ridge.

This summer marks the 14th year of the partnership between the People of Peru Project and the WSU College of Nursing and WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.