Wrap-up meeting

Today was the wrap-up class for Team SLHS in Zambia 2014. We started with the course evaluations, then watched the powerful TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” (http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story). Then we started our discussion: our grand finale pow-wow. The students shared their thoughts including:

  • The program impacted them both professionally and personally
  • Made them realize how privileged they are
  • Several students said they learned so much more than they gave
  • Several also said that they want to go back and their families are surprised at that 
  • They noted the similarities they saw
  • Several also commented on how they had heard horror stories about safety but they had not experienced any such thing
  • They talked about the culture shock of coming back to the US
  • And about the difficulty of talking to others about the program and its impact because others just do not understand
  • Several said that although nervous at the start, they gained confidence in their clinical skills over the course of the program
  • And they appreciated how there was always someone available to help if needed
  • They commented on how they were looked upon as the “experts” and people asked them questions
  • And how AAC was so useful at several of the sites we visited
  • They appreciated the weekend break which allowed them to get back to work the 2nd week rested and ready to go
  • Finally we spoke about the only negative aspect of the program – the driver who was a “little too forward” 

As suggested by Julia and agreed upon, we then decided to go for our “Fountain Run” – a Purdue tradition, but one that I had never heard about despite having been here for 15 years!

The team BEFORE the run:


Drinking from the lion’s mouth (another tradition apparently)…


The fearless leader went first!!


Followed by the rest of the team:


Ready for Fountain #2:


After the 2nd fountain:


Happy it’s done?!




The soaked program leaders!



What a team building way to wrap up the program!! 


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Claudia Mornout
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 22:55:51

    Congratulations. I’m pleased all went well but really glad to have you back!


  2. sibks
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 02:04:11

    Fantastic finish! Really fun photos!


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