Owens Dental Hygiene Faculty and Students to help Chimbote residents during Perú Study and Service Abroad Program, May 15-25
A group of Owens Community College Dental Hygiene Program faculty and recent graduates will have the opportunity to impact the lives of residents in Chimbote, Perú through volunteer efforts as they participate in the academic institution’s first Perú Study and Service Abroad Program, May 15-25, 2012.
Owens recent graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program participating in the international service learning experience are: Rachael Kline of New London, Jaclyn Niese of Leipsic and Jordan Hoppe of Green Springs. Owens Dental Hygiene Program faculty accompanying the recent graduates to Perú are Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene Susan Wannemacher of Toledo and Adjunct Instructor of Dental Hygiene Vielka Cover of Monclova.
“I’ve always wanted to go on a service learning trip,” said Owens dental hygiene graduate Rachael Kline. “I really enjoy helping people and this is an opportunity to help people who are truly in need.”
For Owens recent graduate in dental hygiene Jaclyn Niese, the trip to Chimbote provides a unique chance to open her horizons to a different lifestyle.
“I have never been to South America,” explained Niese. “I am really looking forward to the chance to share my world and experiences with the Chimbote people and at the same time learn from them.”
Coordinated by the College’s Office of International Programs and Services through a partnership with Community College for International Development and the organization’s Troika Study Abroad Programs, the Owens group will arrive in Chimbote on Tuesday, May 15. During their 11 days in the impoverished city of Chimbote, Owens participants will have the opportunity to learn about social, economic and other aspects of life in the city and its surrounding neighborhoods as well as engage in a variety of cultural and custom-specific activities with the local residents.
Owens recent graduates and faculty members will also volunteer their time at several local shelters, clinics and agencies during their visit to Perú. Volunteer activities will include working in soup kitchens and daycare centers as well as providing dental education outreach for Chimbote residents.
In addition, Owens representatives will have the opportunity to explore the culture and history specific to different regions of Perú during visits to Lima and Trujillo.
Owens representatives will share their service and educational learning experience in Chimbote with faculty and students from partnering American community colleges, including Davidson County Community College in Lexington, N.C. and Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn.
Group members are expected to return to Northwest Ohio and Owens Community College on Friday, May 25.
In addition to the study and service learning abroad initiative, Owens’ Office of International Programs and Services provides educational opportunities to international students. Over 90 students from 26 countries are pursuing a higher education at Owens. Countries represented in Owens’ international student enrollment are Kenya, Egypt, China, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia, Serbia and Saudi Arabia, among others.