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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Respiratory Therapy Program faculty and students have recently completed their third annual visit to Peru where they have been educating and learning from healthcare professionals across the country. In 2012, TRU which is located in British Columbia, Canada, sent two faculty members supported three students, and offered Peruvians two cardiopulmonary healthcare conferences, as well as their aid on a rural medical mission. Since then the initiative has grown to include three TRU Respiratory Therapy Program Faculty, three Critical Care Respiratory Therapists, two Community Respiratory Therapists, and eight Student Respiratory Therapists. In addition, this year marked the first student enrolment into the Field Course in Cardiopulmonary Healthcare, a three credit course offered by TRU. This allows students, both working RTs and aspiring therapists, a chance to have their contributions in Peru be put towards their Bachelor of Health Science. Students and therapists interact with the local healthcare team through conference lectures, equipment workshops, and hospital rounds. Participants enjoy an immersion into the world of Peruvian healthcare, enhance patient care, and are rewarded by the influence they are able to have on the developing RT system.