Wilderness Medicine Program

The Wilderness Medicine Program is a collaborative program with Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic Wilderness Medicine Fellowship where graduate promotoras (community health workers) are trained annually in wilderness first aid skills. This program is unique because it not only gives promotoras the chance to receive this advanced training in first aid skills, it also gives them the chance to earn income by helping train both local and visiting groups in wilderness first aid. In this way, we are also shifting the paradigm of global experience toward experiential learning and cultural exchange. If you’re interested in participating in a wilderness first aid course with Sacred Valley Health, click Learn More.


Sacred Valley Health hosted our student group last summer, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences during our trip to Peru. The SVH team not only introduced us to their programs and promotoras, as well as taught our students hands-on wilderness first aid skills, but also took special time with our group to discuss current issues with the health care system in Peru and their perspectives working in public health. Our whole group left inspired by the work being done at SVH. Thank you for everything!

Our partnership with Sacred Valley Health provides our traveling students with an incredible way to engage with health issues in the Sacred Valley through hands-on training in wilderness medicine and discussions with promotoras about their work in the community.