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HUGS United Spring Break

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    Juliana Horvath
    Office for Study Abroad           

    The HUGS (Helping the Underprivileged by Giving our Service) program is an alternative spring break experience welcoming students from ALL academic disciplines. Volunteers help work with children and provide medical care and physical and occupational therapy in rural clinics; run a micro lending program and provide Spanish translation services.

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  • Bahamas

    Students will work with our community partners: the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled; the Stapledon School, a government sponsored school for special needs students; the Bahamas Emergency Youth Hostel; and the Adventure Learning Science Center. Students will stay at the Adventure Learning Science Camp where there are group cabins, shower facilities and a dining hall. Recreation time includes trips to the Nassau’s Straw Market and Junkanoo Beach, Atlantis, as well as a few short runs to the “canal” where students can swim.

    Majors: Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Environmental Studies/Engineering/Science 

    Anconcito, Ecuador

    This is a medical mission trip lead by Carrie Beebout, faculty member in the Physician Assistant Program, in cooperation with our community partner in Ecuador, the Foundation for the Medical Relief of Children ( Anconcito is a small fishing town on the western peninsula. In recent years, there has been an influx of fishermen and their families in search of a better life which has put a strain on the town's infrastructure and health clinic. Potential activities include shadowing doctors in the local health clinic, a tour of the local hospital, assisting doctors with nutritional advice and home visits to pregnant women, newborn babies and disabled patients. The official language of Ecuador is Spanish so the trip is appropriate for Spanish minors, in addition to all majors in the School of Health Sciences. A day-long group excursion on Sunday is included in the cost of the trip.

    Majors: Physician Assistant, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Spanish / Education and Spanish minors

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  • Zachary lahart testimonial

    "I theorized that I knew much about myself and humanity, but after my brief immersion in the suburbs of Nassau, I realized that I was wrong. I grew incredibly stronger in my faith and was touched by the amazing efforts being done to educate and aid the underprivileged children of the Bahamas. I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to attend the trip."

    Zachary Lahart, Education/Biology

    Ashlee Stants testimonial

    "This was one of the most clinically involved, hands-on trips that I have ever experienced. We had the opportunity to work in a clinical setting and practice Spanish conversation with real patients. I am very glad that I took this leap of faith to travel to this country and help others."

    Ashlee Stants, Physician Assistant

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