HEREDIA, Costa Rica – University of the Sciences cross country senior Delaney Booth spent her Spring Break in Costa Rica, providing occupational therapy services to underserved populations and communities who do not have access to healthcare.
"Walking through underserved communities provided me with a new perspective on all that I am so blessed and lucky to have," said Booth. "All I wanted to do was give these patients everything I had, and I am confident I did so."
Booth worked alongside USciences physical therapy students to evaluate, co-treat, and provide the utmost care to patients, whether it was in the free clinic they set up, a nursing home, or an adult day center.
"It was so meaningful to work alongside physical therapy students to make a difference in healthcare on a global level," she commented. "I learned so much about myself, my profession and the physical therapy profession, and this trip gave me knowledge, experience, and memories I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
The trip gave Booth the chance to refine her experiential learning, as well as see a new part of the world from a unique healthcare perspective. She got hands-on experience with a variety of conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal disorders to developmental disorders, to name a few.
"This was such a meaningful and eye-opening learning experience, and I hope I can do something like this again in the future," she concluded.