Drury University – Field trip and outreach

Drury University - GroupFIELD TRIP AND OUTREACH TO ENGAGE LOCAL COMMUNITIES, SHARE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND CARING IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Department of Behavioral Sciences of the Drury University in United States dedicated time in the communities of Worcester and Stilbaai (Melkhoutfontein) in January of 2013.

The purpose of the field trip was to share and use the skills of the two senior faculty lecturers at the University to engage individuals and groups who have to cope with challenging circumstances in their communities.

Simultaneously students with skills in pharmacy & chemistry, sociology, counseling people living with HIV/AIDS, psychology other medical and para-medical disciplines, were given the opportunity to gain practical experience and insight into working with a wide range of adults, youth and children living and coping in recurring poverty and depressed socio-economic conditions.

The group stayed amongst the people at Dreamcatcher Homestays with Kamamma’s in Melkhoutfontein and volunteered at the Dreamcatcher Home Office, working with the Dreamcatcher Kids, at the local care centre, in the community and one senior student volunteered at the local Pharmacy in Stilbaai close by. The group also met various Dreamcatcher Kamammas and Bhutis, enjoyed meals and meaningful discussions with them and also met 2 of the Dreamcacher Trustees.

Prof Rachael Herrington - Drury UniversityDr Jennifer Silva Brown, PhD (Health Psychologist and Assistant Prof. Rachael Herrington PhD, (Clinical Psychologist) from the Department of Behavioral Science, led the groups of 12 students
A report on her experiences is shared by one of the volunteers on the volunteer section.

And on the Drury website also has an article on the trip to South Africa: “Drury students conduct service on study abroad trip to South Africa“.

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