International Fieldwork: At a Crossroads
Occupational Therapy / Social Justice

International Fieldwork: At a Crossroads

I attended the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Conference in Baltimore last Thursday, which was my first AOTA Conference experience. It was invigorating to see and hear from many OTs interested in topics that I too am interested in, like international and cross-cultural work, social justice, community-based practices, and work with underserved populations like refugees etc. … Continue reading

Guatemala / Occupational Therapy / OT Without Borders / Social Justice

Occupational Therapy in Guatemala and Nicaragua

Ryan was my housemate in Guatemala for the NAPA-OT Field School last summer. He completed this video as part of a project/scholarship he was involved in and discusses what he saw and learned from volunteering as an OT student in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Ryan is pretty incredible – he just passed the NBCOT exam, is … Continue reading

So what is this field school anyway?
Guatemala / OT Without Borders

So what is this field school anyway?

In very general terms, we are here to try to understand barriers to social justice in Guatemala by learning about all the different aspects of Guatemala (its history, the social, political, economic, agricultural factors, gender norms, violence and peace issues, family structures, culture, and any/all aspects associated with public health that are relevant to Guatemala) while experiencing the … Continue reading

Guatemala / OT Without Borders

Guatemala’s Children Languish from Malnutrition. What can OTs do?

Tomorrow is the big day…I depart early tomorrow morning for Guatemala! But first, here’s a short video that thoroughly highlights the huge and serious problem of malnutrition in Guatemala and how it negatively affects growth and development, both physical and mental. Here’s another short video about a former NAPA-OT Field School student from Eastern Michigan … Continue reading