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!!