Chelsea Tessitore

Bio Summary
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Home Institution: 
Waynesburg University
Heinz Programming Area: 
Children, youth, and Families
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International Experience

Chelsea Tessitore spent six weeks in India traveling to various places while studying traditional medicine and healthcare practices. During her stay she learned about Ayurveda, naturopathic medicine and yoga. She observed many health care procedures and practices with in naturopathy. She spent ten days in Naini Tal, where she worked with at Aarohi Liveihood Center which is a Non-Government Organization (NGO). Aarohi provides medical care to the people of Satoli, and provides them with employment opportunities. She spent one day working with children playing a variety of games out doors and was involved in an exercise program. Aarohi has a large medical bus that they take to the people of Satoli who cannot travel a long distance to the clinic. During her study abroad experience she also received a few classes of Hindi to become familiar with the language. While staying in Satoli, she got to participate in cooking and playing games with her host family. For her field study research project, Chelsea focused on women’s health which consisted of interviewing doctors, nurses and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). She also participated in several morning yoga classes. During her study in Rishikesh she was exposed to a week-long yoga theory course, which broke down yoga poses into what they are used for medically. Finally, when she was not in class, Chelsea shopped at the markets to practice bargaining, went on a variety of excursions and experienced the culture of India.

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