Tuesday, August 16th
Today was spent preparing and reviewing materials for our classroom presentations, hearing screenings, and university seminar. Since we have spent the last nine months preparing for our time here, our preparation here in Peru has been very efficient and smooth. We worked alongside members of the Vive Peru organization to make our visions a reality. These pictures are just a quick snapshot of the many hours we spent on Tuesday, Wednesday evening, and Thursday evening working towards our goal of expanding awareness of hearing health across many ages and conducting efficient hearing screenings.
|Outside Vive Peru Headquarters|
|Getting to work inside Vive Peru Headquarters|
|Greg and Jenna work with Janice from Vive Peru|
|Jenna polishes her Spanish skills with Janice|
After an evening of work, we left headquarters feeling ready to hit the ground running the next day.
We also took a trip to the grocery store in Real Plaza after dinner to get some local snacks. The store was enormous, brightly lit, and still bustling at 10pm.
|Jenna and her snacks (including chicken-flavored Lays chips)|
Wednesday, August 17th
We woke up bright and early for our first day of putting our audiology plans into action! We spent the day at a local school Institucion Educativa Antonio Torres Araujo.
|Jennifer Phelan, AuD instructing some kiddos for hearing tests|
|Greg conducting otoscopy|
|Jenna conducting otoscopy|
|Clare and Shannon use a tuning fork to teach about the energy in sound|
|Clare and Shannon use a thermometer to show how different sounds have different loudness levels|
|Shannon, Clare, and classroom 4A|
Thursday, August 18th
Today, we arrived at the school even earlier to ensure we had enough time to screen every child in classes 4B, 5A, and 5B. Shannon and Clare got right down to work teaching classroom 4B while Greg and Jenna conducted hearing screenings.
|Shannon and Clare with classroom 4B|
|Shannon conducts otoscopy|
|Clare conducts otoscopy|
|Greg shows how sound creates vibrations that bounce off of the eardrum, like rice on a plastic-wrapped bowl|
|Jenna helps a kiddo match the everyday sound to the loudness on the thermometer|
|Greg and Jenna with classroom 5B|
At the end of the day, we were all very happy with how much progress we made and the kids' great attitudes.
|Our entire team with classroom 5A|
We celebrated meeting our goals for the day by going to a nearby seaside town called Huanchaco for lunch. Huanchaco is known for its great surfing and hand crafted reed boats on the beach.
|Enjoying the beach breeze|
After lunch, we piled in a taxi and returned to Vive Peru headquarters where we spent the evening preparing for our university seminar the next day. We had an early bedtime to ensure we were rested up for our next big day! We will cover the seminar in a separate blog post. Also, after all our work is done, we will make a blog post detailing exactly how many people we helped, what we learned about hearing healthcare in Peru, and how we will incorporate our findings from this trip into future Northwestern audiology teams at Vive Peru!