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Who can go?

The group will be comprised of up to 18 students and 18 practitioners. The following persons are eligible to apply:

  • All occupational therapy majors in the graduating Class of 2016 who select this option in partial fulfillment of the course requirements for HOCS 405 Occupational Justice II
  • Practitioners, friends, and colleagues of the Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Faculty from the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Carol Scheerer, EdD, OTR/L, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and instructor for the HOCS 323 course, will serve as group leader.


Who should go?

Thinking about going?

You should consider going if you are interested in:

  • Studying abroad
  • Working with children
  • Learning more Spanish
  • Working for social and occupational justice.

You should consider going if you have an aptitude for:

  • Working with children
  • Being flexible
  • Being creative
  • Getting along well with others.

Undecided? Not sure if you have the right aptitude or ability to get along well with others? Keep reading. . .

Daniel Goleman, a Yale-educated psychologist, coined the term “emotional intelligence” commonly known as emotional quotient or EQ (Goleman, 1995). He proposed that emotional intelligence is just as, if not more, important than one’s IQ or intelligence quotient especially when working with others. One’s EQ determines how well one gets along with others, and it is that factor that will serve you well in Guatemala – the ability to get along well with others. Four major factors of EQ that Dr. Goleman identified in his hallmark book are as follows:

  • The ability to-
    • soothe yourself
    • read others’ feelings
    • delay gratification
    • handle anger.

How do you rate yourself on those attributes using a scale of 1 to 10 with one being low and 10 being high? Likely, the higher your rating, the more you will enjoy the trip and the more your colleagues will enjoy spending time with you.

Reference: Goleman, D. (1995). Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ. New York: Bantam Books.


Why go?

If you are a student consider going to:

  • Fulfill the required service learning hours for HOCS 405
  • Serve as a translator, therapy aide, &/or play partner for children who too often do not have enough adults in their environment to care adequately for them
  • Learn from experienced practitioners

If you are a clinician consider going to:

  • Use a train the trainer model to instruct and educate caregivers how to further the development of each child
  • Give of your skill and expertise to children who do not often enough receive the therapy services they need
  • Model therapy techniques and the process of educating caregivers for Xavier University undergraduate occupational therapy students

If you are either a student or a clinician consider going to:

  • Experience the beauty of the Guatemalan people & their country
  • Develop an appreciation for the interconnectedness & interdependence of human beings
  • Compare & contrast how people occupy their time & how that occupation influences health & well-being
  • Develop a broader vision of how decisions in one community/country influence another
  • Learn how issues of justice concern us all


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