Tianna Robb

International Experience Country:
South Africa
Cohort Year:
Home Institution:

Lincoln University

Heinz Programming Area:
Children, Youth, and Families
International Experience Summary:

Tiana Robb spent six weeks of her summer volunteering in various medical institutions in Cape Town, South Africa.  Throughout her six week stay, Tiana visited Red Cross War Memorial Hospital, Health Promoters of Stellenbosch, Douglas Murray Home Retreat, Retreat Day Hospital, and, lastly, Robs Ferreira Tertiary Hospital.  At Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Tiana volunteered with Friends of Red Cross to administer play therapy to toddlers in varying wards.  This play therapy was beneficial to the patients because it was an opportunity to take their mind off of their medical condition.  By spending time with these spunky children, Tiana was able to learn new dances and lingo. While at Health Promotors of Stellenbosch, Tiana was able to assist with the revamping of many old medical PowerPoints. This editing was necessary because the out of date slides used medical language that could not be understood by certain communities.  At Douglas Murray Home Retreat, Tiana assisted the nurses with feeding many of the frail care patients that are unable to feed themselves.  During the last two weeks in South Africa, Tiana visited Retreat Day Hospital and Robs FerreiraTertiary Hospital. These medical institutions varied because of the type of care they provided. In both institutions, Tiana gained the trust of many medical doctors and nurses, in which she was given her own patients to administer help to. Tiana's most memorable experience was helping with the delivery of a premature baby, and then being able to provide follow-up care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In addition to these hands-on experiences, Tiana traveled to several provinces to help with the education of health disparities in the community such as hypertension, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malnutrition.  On the weekends, Tiana joined many of her colleagues with traveling around to South Africa's most famous landmarks. Tiana returned to the United States as a more culturally immersed individual, with  a great love for the country of South Africa.

Community Engagement Experience Summary:

CEE Title: The Real Hunger Game

My CEE, "The Real Hunger Game", aimed to heighten the comprehension of world hunger.  World hunger is a major issue, especially in conjunction with health. During my time abroad, I assisted in the South African effort towards health equity, so I wanted my CEE to tackle a major component of health, in this case adequate nutrition.  Without adequate nutrition or the ability to ensure proper nutrition, families would not have a chance at health equity.  My CEE consisted of two crucial parts in order to think globally and act locally.  Our first effort was to volunteer at a church and package 10,000 meals. The goal of this effort was to send nutritional relief to countries around the world.  From our time spent volunteering, we were able to create a video as well as posters that gave students alternative forms in which they could get involved in a global effort.  Our second effort was centered on bringing awareness to our Lincoln University community of the issue of hunger.  The program successfully educated attendees on the real hunger aspects that plague the world on a daily basis. Our program aided as a network of opportunity for many students to create their own ideas to join a global effort.