Human Services Dominican Republic Practicum 2012

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Human Services Dominican Republic Practicum 2012

  1. 1. School System• Schooling is free• Students have access to minimal resources: • chalk board • small teacher’s desk • Students sit in chairs instead of desks
  2. 2. Inspiring Messages from Preschool Children“I wish every child could have a house” “I wish every child could be protected”
  3. 3. Kids CreatePrivateSchoolDaycare
  4. 4. School Yards • No playgrounds
  5. 5. Cultural Observations • Limited electricity • Limited running water • Barred windows
  6. 6. We played “What time is it Mr. Wolf?” with the kids at thePeurta Plata school. Even though the kids did not speakEnglish, and we did not speak Spanish, we were able tocommunicate with them, no problem.After a couple rounds, I got one of the little boys to helpme out by being the wolf, and after that he was glued tome and hanging off me like a monkey for the rest of theday.
  7. 7. Teaching Health and SafetyWhile in Neyba, we were split into three groups to help the world vision groupcome up with ideas on how to promote health and safety.This was a group of people from the ages of 14-35, and they wanted to knowmore on the importance of washing your hands.It shocked me, at how little theyactually knew, but it felt goodteaching them what they wanted tolearn. We slowly got six steps onwashing your hands done. We hadto get a volunteer to do the art workof each step.I wish we had more days like thiswhere we were able to set upactivities, workshops or any lesson,and interact with people from thecommunity. I felt like I wasaccomplishing what I went downthere to do.
  8. 8. This trip was a major eye opener for me in many ways. It was tough to see the way peoplelive down there. It was nice knowing that people respected what we were there for, andthat they made sure we knew they valued everything we did for/with them. It makes mewant to go back and continue what we were doing!
  9. 9. Alaina Diebolt

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