I had the pleasure of going to Guatemala with 20 other of my classmates to take 2 weeks out of our schedules to serve the impoverished populations in San Lucas and Antigua.
I would like to start the post by thanking everybody who supported me and my classmates with prayer and financially for the trip. We made a significant impact during our 2 weeks in Guatemala and that would not be possible without all of you.
Our trip was broken down in to 2 separate weeks:
- Week 1 Physical Therapy services in San Lucas
- Week 2: House Building in Antigua
Week 1: Patient Care in San Lucas
Every day we would have approximately 6-11 patients on our caseload and we were led by a guide as well as an interpreter to help with patient communication. We got to ride out to the communities in style by piling into the back of trucks.
When we got to the home of the patient we were given a brief patient history and then we went right into performing a typical evaluation with treatment. This proved to be very challenging even with an interpreter present! I was told that by the end of my trip my Spanish was “Really Okay” so I consider that a win.
Below are some pictures of my classmates and I in San Lucas treating and visiting with people.
Week 2: House Building in Antigua
While we stayed in Antigua and it is considered a more touristy town, we drove to the more impoverished locations to meet our house building families that were selected through the God’s Child Project to receive a small house.
Houses that were build by the project are painted a bright blue to help show the impact that it has had on the community. Below are some pictures from our week in Antigua of house building. We were able to present the house to the family and pray over the home, that I would be a new beginning and the God would bless their family. Such a humbling experience to be a part of and I will never forget it.
Main takeaways and learning points:
- How content and happy the people of Guatemala are despite having extremely limited resources.
- Even though I took Spanish from Elementary to High School, I still don’t know what in the world I’m doing sometimes.
- I can build a house when I have a very experienced construction worker telling me what to do – so that’s nice.
- Inspiration for the profession through realizing how much we were able to change the trajectory of peoples lives with assistive devices, shoes, and treatment.
- Even though America has it’s fare share of problems, I came back with a refreshed perspective on how blessed we are to live in this country.