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Calendar and Outline

The schedule and issues to be dealt with are TENTATIVE. The instructor and community partners reserve the right to alter the syllabus, its activities and pace as is needed. You will be notified accordingly.

Weeks 1 & 2 (In the U.S. - Greensboro)
  • Introductions to the course; review of course packet; where are we going and why? Travel logistics - forms, itineraries, what to bring, contact information packets, etc. Preparedness assessment (interviews/surveys). Service-learning overview and reflection.
  • Overview of the region (Zambia), language and culture, public health issues
  • Cultural competency and professionalism in overseas experiences
  • Introduction to Field notes, journaling, photography, GOOGLE SITES and blogging
  • Basic first aid
  • Final planning and pre-trip discussions/ reflections & Departure
Week 3 (Destination site/Host country- African Impact and Livingstone, Zambia)

Day 1 - Welcome to Zambia! You will arrive at the International Airport in Livingstone. Our Zambia community partner/host will meet you/the group at the "Arrivals Hall" before transporting you/us to the accommodations where you will be given a chance to settle in and freshen up. Should you wish to do so, there will be a little time before our meal for you to stretch your legs and explore the "downtown" of Livingstone. This will also be your first chance to see the real Zambian way of life!

Day 2 - The group will be given an in depth general induction during the course of the morning, regarding orientation, the program for the trip, cultural awareness pertaining to meals, attire, climate, lodging and most importantly, your safety. During the course of the afternoon students will be given a medical induction/training covering specific service activities: where activities will occur, the significance of these in the community, who within the community they are aimed at, how they are to be conducted etc. Depending upon the time remaining, a short tour of service projects/facilities in the community may be arranged if not initiated in Day 1. If not, then you and other members of the group will need to spend the rest of the afternoon planning so that the next 3 weeks will be as productive as possible for each member within the trip's timeframe.

Day 3 - The group will be given another condensed tour of projects. (N.B. There are far too many sites to see in 1 day). The group will be split into two smaller groups. Each group will tour different routes in the morning, swapping over in the afternoon. You will be taken to your various project locations around Livingstone in order to get a feel for the area and a better understanding of what your work will entail over the next 3 weeks. Not only will you be visiting clinics, but also other community areas such the farm and the brick building operation.

Day 4 & 5 - Your days will consist of assisting in a number of different areas of the primary health care system (e.g. community clinics & HBC, community development projects). Volunteers will be put into work teams and rotate through projects for their time in Livingstone. This will give each member the chance to be exposed to a broad range of aspects of primary health care and society in rural/peri-urban Zambia. Volunteer activities will be conducted in General/adult and Under 5-year old Clinics, Home Based Care, Old People's Home, Family Support, building structures, farming for hospice support and adult literacy classes.

Home based Care (HBC) involves accompanying community volunteers as they visit homes of persons impacted by TB and/or HIV, those that are bed ridden or immobile patients and those suffering from chronic illness. HBC providers have a duty to provide basic health care advice, comfort and assistance. This may mean taking vitals (blood pressure and temperature), following up on adherence to meds, asking about general needs, or helping with simple household chores they are too weak to perform themselves. Other patients, without family and friends to assist them, may just need a healthy dose of conversation and companionship.

Day 6 - Victoria Falls guided tour

Day 7 - Choice of activities: Visit local church; Do Elephant back safari/ markets/ Victoria Falls National Park (all at an additional cost TBA)

Week 4 (Destination site/Host country-Livingstone, Zambia)

Days 8-12 - Your days will consist of assisting in a number of different areas of the primary health care system (e.g. community clinics & HBC, community development projects) as mentioned above.

Day 13 - Zambesi River/wild life cruise

Day 14 - (optional tours in Livingstone - additional $$)

[If you opt not to go on the weekend trips, then you can participate in one of the other local options e.g. visit the market, shop at local craft centers, attend a church service, get caught up on journaling, Wiki material or just rest!!!]

Week 5 (Destination site/Host country-Livingstone, Zambia)

Day 15-19 - Your days will consist of assisting in a number of different areas of the primary health care system (e.g. community clinics & HBC, community development projects) as mentioned above.

Day 20/21 - Departure and travel to home

Week 6 (Destination site/Host country-Livingstone, Zambia and back to Greensboro)

Return to Greensboro

  • Rest
  • Debriefing
  • Post-preparedness survey/interview
  • Post-service learning reports/reflections
  • GOOGLE Site
  • Lessons learned, cross-cultural skills and other competencies
  • Course Evaluations