Once again, I will be facilitating a global service learning program for speech-language pathology students, who are teaming up with students from physical therapy and occupational therapy to offer various services (e.g., literacy enrichment) in rural communities outside Antigua. I know the students are excited and, the fact is, so am I. I can't wait to be in a Spanish speaking environment, in a town where people can walk everywhere and there is piazza culture, and where I can eat some real, homemade tortillas.
|Guatemalan sweets at a street stand|
Thus, I am going to Guatemala tomorrow with a few questions in mind for the week. Hopefully, I will be able to make some follow-up posts exploring some answers. Here are the research questions for the week:
1. How can we foster sustainable relationships with community partners in the towns we will visit?
2. How can we find out, from the communities themselves, how we can participate with them? What do they really want from this collaboration?
3. What are the long-term impacts of global service learning on the participating students? How will this experience influence their academic and professional inquiries and applications at home? What is my role as a facilitator in supporting/enhancing the students' learning?
Stay tuned for approximations to these questions, and, certainly, even more questions, as the week progresses. ¡Hasta pronto!
|In January: An SLP student reading with a shopkeeper's daughter|