UNC PT Outreach 2012

UNC PT students, faculty, and alumni visited Guatemala from April 25 to May 3 for the third annual UNC PT Outreach service learning project. Initiated in 2010, UNC PT Outreach aims to meet the needs of underserved populations while increasing cultural competence among future PTs.

UNC PT Outreach 2012 click to enlarge Aisha Jones, Amanda Reed, and Sadye Paez Errickson with patients at Las Obras.

As in previous years, the UNC group worked with the patients and staff at Obras Sociales del Hermano Pedro, a facility in Antigua that provides a home and care for people of all ages who are mentally or physically challenged or chronically ill. Over the course of the eight-day trip, the UNC team provided seven educational presentations to the therapists of Las Obras, educators and families at a community school for children with disabilities called Ensename a Pescar, and the health care providers and patients at the rural clinic Clinicas Medicas San Jose.  The team also delivered 40 pairs of shoes to Clinicas Medicas and a heaping pile of notebooks, pencils, Spanish language workbooks, flashcards, crayons, and other school supplies to Ensename a Pescar.

The 2012 trip was the first to include UNC PT alumni. Amanda Niles (’05), Catherine Noonan (’10), and Darcy Little (’11) joined faculty members Sadye Paez Errickson, Lisa Johnston, and Katie Ollendick, and students Katherine Culver, Christina Gray, Aisha Jones, Leigh McLaughlin, Nikki Oladele, Derrick O’Neal, Samantha Price, and Amanda Reed. Noonan and Little had participated in previous PT Outreach trips to Guatemala as students.

For more information and photos about the trip, visit uncptoutreach.blogspot.com.