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USF Bulls (Los Toros) landed in Spain this Summer

USF Bulls (Los Toros) landed in Spain this Summer

The School of Social Work under the leadership of Drs. Carrion and Joshi organized an Education Abroad to Spain. Undergraduate and graduate students engaged in a comparative study of socio-cultural context of people's health in Barcelona and Alicante, Spain. Students engaged with professionals in the former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and La Casa Dels Xuklis "The Butterfly House" for children with a terminal illness and their families.  Dr. Estape at the Federation for the Education and Information of Cancer in Barcelona educated the students about cancer and its impact on older adults and their families. Students also visited a School of Social Work in Barcelona and learned about their emphasis on social action and the macro perspective. In Alicante, the students lived with host families and through daily interaction learned about the culture, traditions, values and foods of the family members. 

The education abroad courses in Spain were extensive and the engagement included interaction with the Proyecto Hombre - an inpatient holistic addiction recovery facility, Centro Especializado de Atención a Los Mayores - a state sponsored senior-citizen prevention facility, and a social services center within the Cathedral and Caritas Parroquial Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia.  The students considered it a privilege to participate in a service day at the Casa de Cottolengo where terminally ill adults reside. Surprisingly, while at the San Juan Hospital and Medical School in Alicante, Dr. Carrion, as well as four students, were invited to "go on air" by the director of the radio broadcast studio affiliated with the university. You can see their impromptu dialogue at https://youtu.be/xLP04hQ9X5Y and our blog at https://usftorosenespana.wordpress.com/.

The program ended with a visit to the magnificent Sagrada Familia, a cultural visit to Elche a world heritage site and a relaxing day at the amazing Parc de Montjuic.  It was a brilliant finale to our epic journey in Spain.