MPH Panama Practicum 2013: Panama Comes to an End

Phillip Daneshgar

July 23, 2013

My journey at Panama has finally come to an end. These past two weeks have been some one of the most eye-opening, inspiring, and educational trips I have ever been on. Most recently, my group and I have taught young elementary students how to perform and pronounce English words for a play about tolerance. The play illustrates ways to deal with frustration and anger by using dental props. It was quite entertaining and fun to sit down with one of the students and over exaggerate syllables and teach him how to make certain facial expressions.

Another highlight of my final days here was witnessing the presentations of the door decorations at the elementary school. After putting up flyers for a tolerance competition that requested for each classroom to decorate their classroom doors, it was nice to see their impressive and artistic decorations. Each class had such a unique take of what tolerance meant to them. One Pre-Kindergarten class has set up old baby photographs of themselves and received the most creative award. The class the stood out and was the first prize winner was one of the 4th grade classes. They had gone above and beyond having a tolerance skit with different letters of the word tolerance on students? heads and also created crafty flower shaped messages about tolerance for judges to take home. All though there was a first prize winner, we decided as a group that all classes should be winners. Therefore, we awarded a clock to each classroom.

All though my time at Panama is finished, I have made such good bonds with various members of my USC group as well as the students at Centro Educativo Altos de Cabuya. More than this, the level of work that we accomplished is more than I could have ever imagined.

About the MPH Panama Practicum

A group of University of Southern California graduate students are researching public health in Panama City, Panama, for a two-week international practicum, organized by the USC Master of Public Health (MPH) program. This post was excerpted from panama.usc.eduView all posts in this series »