Occupational therapy majors are currently required to complete 30 hours of service learning. Traditionally, this has been accomplished in the greater Cincinnati area where students have worked with and learned from persons who sustained traumatic brain injuries, are mentally ill, developmentally disabled, or local elementary school children.
Now, they have yet another option: to work with and learn from those who live in homes for children in Guatemala. Faculty, practitioners, and colleagues of the Department of Occupational Therapy accompany them. This is an exciting opportunity and privilege for all.
There are also three excursions: to Mayan ruins and villages, a volcano, and an NGO associated with the largest landfill/"dump" in Guatemala.
Students will be housed in a conference center in Antigua, Guatemala, sharing a room with three to four other students. The grounds provide a park-like setting, and all accommodations are simple, but very clean and peaceful.
Program fee: TBD (includes all in-country transportation, excursions, room and board, and six credit hours)
***Practitioners will pay the program fee minus the cost of tuition, rate TBD.
Application fee: $50 (refundable only if student is not admitted to the program)
Personal expenses: varies by student (international airfare, passport, souvenirs, miscellaneous, visa if needed)
The deadline to apply is 18 November 2011.
***Practitioners must apply by 16 December 2011.
Dr Scheerer: firstname.lastname@example.org / 745.3310
More info: www.xavier.edu/ot/guatemala