Friday, April 26, 2013

(Hello everyone!)

DAY 1 and 2

We made it! Sorry for the delay on starting the blog, we’ve had access problems, but we are now up and running! We have had an amazing first two days here in Antigua, starting with the most beautiful accommodations!

The first day we toured Antigua and saw the city square, visited the markets, mingled with locals and learned our way around the city. We topped off a wonderful first day at Café Condesa to celebrate Megan’s birthday.

Day two started with some students going to Las Obras to meet the staff, orient and start working with patients. Students and faculty worked in pediatric, young adult and older adult units of 250 people side by side with Guatemalan physical therapists and physical therapist students. Students arriving to Las Obras in the afternoon were in for a special surprise. It was the Day of Santo Hermano Pedro, the patron saint of Las Obras. Students and members of leadership team participated in the parade through the hospital by assisting residents with wheelchair mobility. The celebration continued in the great hall with music, skits and us assisting residents and patients enjoy pastry and refreshment. It is amazing how the staff can do so much with the limited resources that they have and how much they are needed and appreciated.

In addition to spending time at Las Obras everyone also got a chance to hablan español (speak Spanish) at the language school. Students practiced for 3 hours in small groups and found it very beneficial. After, a few students treked to nearby Pastores (were the rural clinic is located) to shop for cowboy boots. The store owners measured each person's feet individually and students were able to design their own style! Que bien!

We are off to a great start!
Thanks for following us so far! Now that we are up and running more entries will be coming soon!!

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