Go Global students make a difference in India
Posted: 13 February 2014
Curtin University’s health sciences students have a unique opportunity in their final year of study to travel abroad as part of the Go Global program, which includes an interprofessional fieldwork placement.
In November 2013, a team of 13 students from a range of courses including nursing, pharmacy, speech pathology and occupational therapy travelled to Tamil Nadu, India.
Through the Go Global program, a partnership was established with a rural school in the region. The school, which has 1,500 pupils, caters for children from kindergarten all the way through to Year 12. It also has a classroom for children with disabilities.
During their visit, the Go Global student team worked with the school on a number of projects including a hand hygiene initiative, first-aid training and physical activity.
The student team also gave a number of educational toys to the school, which were kindly donated by Noah’s Ark Toy Library and the Independent Living Centre, both based in Western Australia.
The new toys were hugely popular with the pupils, but also with the teachers, as they will be using them in the future for skill development, learning and fun.
The experience was valuable for the Go Global team too, as they learnt about the importance of play, being creative and finding ‘fun’ in any situation.