PERU PRIVATE DAIRY

This opportunity is from a true jewel in the dairy industry in Peru. It is owned by a family who truly believes in the value of international experiences, and has enjoyed their own travels and hosting immensely. (They own farms in both Ecuador and Peru.) They also greatly enjoy good dairy cattle, and utilize the best practices from various countries. This is a great example of a farm that understands the climate and has adjusted other country’s technologies and management practices to what works in Peru.

SOME ADDITIONAL DETAILS... Housing is a seperate room, with access to a bathroom and a shower that are shared with other workers on the farm. The farm is located only 35km south of Lima, capital city of Peru. The farm work visitors do includes shadowing the farm's veterinarian and technicians. A typical week would cover things such as: inseminating cows, injecting hormones and supplements, treating mastitis, observing heat, preg checks, moving cows from pen to pen, culturing milk, helping with calvings (July/August are top calving months), etc.

Peru is considered to be a "politically safe" country. Normal travel precautions should be followed, of course (like not carrying large amounts of money, not drawing attention to yourself, etc). No special shots are necessary for Peru. If you do plan on traveling into the jungle at some point, a yellow fever shot is recommended. Please check with your own health care provider for more specifics.

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS:
*Some ag background is best; basic knowledge of agriculture definitely necessary.
*Enthusiasm for a new culture and new experiences.
*Basic Spanish. (The more Spanish you speak, the more you’ll enjoy the experience!)

TYPE OF PLACEMENTS OFFERED:
This is a dairy located at sea level, with 300 cows milked three times per day in a double-12 herringbone milking parlor. It is confinement and freestalls, and heifers are raised on site.

ENTRANCES:
No set date; arranged at the convience of the farm and the intern visitor.

LENGTH:
Usually 3-6 months; minimum is 2 weeks.

IN-COUNTRY COSTS:
*Travel to the international airport, and return ticket home.
*All personal expenses, and transportation.
*Health insurance ($70-$90 per month for different coverage options and different ages).

BENEFITS:
*Food.
*Housing.
*Pick up and return to the international airport.
*Learn Spanish, provided you have a basic knowledge when you come in.
*Gain experience about local culture and farming practices.
*$200 per month stipend given.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
*Complete an initial interest form and return to Global Cow.
*Have initial interview with Global Cow via phone or Skype.
*Upon acceptance, pay $600 to Global Cow. (Repeat Global Cow participants pay only $450.)
*Prepare to travel!