Taeyana Williams

International Experience Country:
Costa Rica
Cohort Year:
Home Institution:

Duquesne University

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

Taeyana Williams spent her study abroad experience for five weeks in San Jose, Costa Rica studying Medical Spanish and Costa Rican Healthcare and Tropical Diseases at Veritas University. She learned how to interview a patient and take vitals using the native language. She also learned about the differences and similarities between the Costa Rican and American healthcare systems through class and various trips to hospitals. She had the opportunity to utilize her assessment skills from nursing school to take blood pressures and blood sugars of local students and faculty of the university she attended with her teacher who was also an alternative health doctor. She learned the common Costa Rican diseases and what approaches to take to treat them, such as dengue fever and snake bites. She was also able to visit and interact with a town of natives with her teacher, where she learned about different plants used for medicine and their healthcare methods. On the weekends she immersed herself into the Costa Rican culture by exploring the regions of Costa Rica by going to areas such as Tamarindo, Monteverde, Puerto Viejo, and Arenal where she was able to see a volcano. She grew to appreciate all that Costa Rica had to offer and plans to return in the near future to interact more with the people and the culture.

Community Engagement Experience Summary:

We decided to host a screening of the film Miss Representation. This film represents how women are portrayed in the media, including the social media and in politics. We held the film on campus, inviting both male and female Duquesne students. We also strived to have students of differing majors. Since we all come from different fields of study, we tried creating a group this way. We had students from the Women and Gender Studies field, the healthcare field, and the liberal arts field. These varying types of study provide even more diverse ways of thinking and in response, completely different answers. After the movie, everyone participated in roundtable discussions consisting of about 10 -12 questions. Our questions focused on gathering everyone’s individual opinions, feelings, and personal experiences. We created some questions that were specifically geared toward the males, since their input would provide a completely different perspective. We were extremely grateful for their input and they were possibly the ones that provided the most responses. We wanted to create an environment where everyone was able to put in their two cents and add to the group. We had a small group of people of about 10-12, but they were all so active and insightful, that it worked perfectly.