Team Member Questionnaire

If you are interested in joining a future mission team, please fill out our Team Member Questionnaire and email to linda.nite@scalpelatthecross.org

Team Member Questionnaire

 

General Trip information

HOW WE BUILD TEAMS

First we ask that all potential team members fill out a team member questionnaire and return it to us. At that point you are put into our database.

When we have set a date for an upcoming trip we email all of our potential team members to see if our date aligns with their schedules. From there we build our teams. The team members are not all medically trained; we take non-medical as well.

TRIPS & FOLLOW-UP PATIENT CARE

Our trips are usually 10 days in length. The time in Pucallpa is typically broken down into 1 day of clinic, 3 days of surgery and then rounds the day we depart the jungle. The team will also spend a little time in Lima. We have a Peruvian medical coordinator who does follow-up on our surgical patients after our departure. They are seen at 2 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 4 months and 1 year post-surgery.

 

FAQs

What is the weather like?

It will be fairly cool and overcast in Lima, but hot and humid in Pucallpa.

Where will I stay?

In Pucallpa, the teams stay at the Scalpel guesthouse, known as “Jungle Bunks.” The house is stocked with bed linens, towels and basic shower supplies. A local Peruvian housekeeper will assist the team with cooking, laundry and maintenance of the house during their stay as the days in Pucallpa will be very busy. The laundry capability allows us to limit the amount of personal items you have to bring in your luggage, which gives us capacity to take medical supplies or items for gifts (toys, clothing, etc.).

In Lima, we book hotel rooms for team members.

I don’t have a medical background, can I join a team?

Absolutely! We welcome team members of all professional backgrounds. We have lots of tasks for non-medical team members such as managing data entry, preparation of supplies, etc.

Is whole trip casual? Any need for coat/tie?

The trip is fairly casual. The only requirement we have is that team members wear long pants while at the hospital. We also recommend casual pants and dress/polo shirts for the church service on Sunday.

Need anything for venturing off into the jungle or other day trips?

There may be an opportunity to visit a tribal village while in the jungle, and some may choose an adventurous swim in the Ucayali River. Please keep in mind the conditions in Pucallpa are such that you may want to avoid taking any clothing that you do not want to risk getting damaged.

What vaccinations will I need to get?

Prior to departure (we recommend 2-3 months if possible), it is necessary to get properly vaccinated. The following vaccines are advised:

  •  A recent tetanus booster
  • Yellow fever (Effective for 10 years)
  • Typhoid fever (Effective for 3 years)
  • Hepatitis A (Effective for 10 years) - 2 injections: 2nd administered 6-12 months after the 1st
  • Hepatitis B (Effective, possibly, lifelong) - 3 injections: 2nd and 3rd administered 1 and 6 months after the 1st
  • Malaria* – Prescription obtained from healthcare provider

*According to the “in-resident” missionaries in Pucallpa, malaria has not been problematic in the area we are serving in over 10 years. Please discuss your personal decision regarding this with your healthcare provider.

Do I need to bring scrubs?

We have a supply of scrubs, however, if you wear scrubs in an uncommon size, it might be helpful to bring your own.

Is there a safe place if I bring camera, computer, etc.?

During your time in Pucallpa, the team will be staying at the Scalpel guesthouse, known as “Jungle Bunks.” It will be safe to keep your valuables here. If you would like an added level of security, you could bring a suitcase with a lock and keep your valuables stored in the locked suitcase while the camera/computer is not in use.

Any need for voltage converter, plug adapters, etc?

Yes, please bring a plug adapter/voltage converter if you plan to charge your electronics while in Peru.

What official documents will I need to bring?

We recommend that you bring your passport and a copy. We also recommend that you travel with your medical insurance card, including an international phone number. If you plan to purchase travel insurance, it is handy to have that information with you also.

Will there be places In Pucallpa where I could purchase something I might need?

Yes. Most basic items are available for purchase in Pucallpa, if the need arises. For purchases, we recommend cash. Traveler’s checks are generally not accepted in Peru. There are currency exchange kiosks at Lima airport, so you should have an opportunity to exchange dollars for Peruvian soles upon your arrival in Peru. As always, if you plan to use a credit card, please contact your credit card company before leaving to let them know of the dates that you will be traveling.

What will happen regards my tickets for flights?

We check-in the team 24 hours before flights to and from Lima. The in country-flights from Lima to Pucallpa are usually done at the airport or at the hotel.

Will I have internet access?

While in Pucallpa, you will not have internet access at Jungle Bunks (the Scalpel guesthouse), but our neighbors on the SAMAir compound have wireless connection points. Jungle Bunks does have a house phone, and we have in-country cellphones for use upon arrival and during the trip. You are welcome to call home using the house phone and the cell phones during your trip. If you anticipate that you will need some internet/phone access while in Peru, you may choose to activate an international plan on your cellphone. Please contact your cellphone carrier for rates and more information.