Making a Difference in Morocco!
"TRIP OF A LIFETIME!"
- Mariah Easton
The Morocco Adventure
During Spring Break of the 2011 Spring semester there were 16 Physician Assistants, Nursing, and Elementary Education students that went to Morocco. The objective of this trip was to aid in providing health care and English language instruction to a village in the High Atlas Mountains. The students provided the people of the village of Tighfist with vitamins and nutrition education as well as basic conversational English instruction. One of Morocco’s health problems is access to health care and a lack of health education in order to reduce illness. A Nursing student that went said that they showed them to, "cough into their elbow instead of using their hands to cough into because they do everything with their hands and the germs spread quickly." The trip helped the 16 students gain clinical and classroom experience in the developing world.
- Students in the above pictures are providing English language instruction and clinical health care in the village of Tighfist in the High Atlas Mountains -
What it means to students.
"Deciding to go on the spring break trip to Morocco was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was an amazing experience. We lived with families in the village of Tikhfist in the Atlas Mountains and the people were so kind. It's such a different kind of beauty there. I think it was best put by an alumni who went on the trip the first year it was available when she was in school, "That is what I imagine Heaven looks like." I would highly recommend this trip to other students. They will come out of it with a different look on life, I know it made me appreciate what I had a lot more and also realize that we can be happy without cell phones and internet. It was such a rewarding and refreshing experience."
" Each day that I was in Morocco I learned something new about myself and people in general. I found that I could be happy with the simple things in life and not need all the materialistic objects that I find myself caring way too much about! It also opened my eyes to the fact that even in the worst of times people still are beyond generous and that trait is hard to come by in our country today. The main goal of our trip was to reach out to the undeserved and provide health care checkups and screenings. We provided the people with vitamins and suggested that most go to the clinic in the city for the remainder of their problems. The problem was that none of them had the money to go into town and be treated so we had to find ways to teach them simple health tricks that would aid in reducing the villages illnesses. "
"I loved the everyday adventure, the people, the simplicity, the children, and the visit to the city in Marrakesh but most of all I LOVE AND MISS THEM ALL!!! I had such a great experience that I hope to next year go back."
- Mariah Easton