Students participating in this one-week study abroad and service learning experience at the Health Sciences campus of the University of Sao Paulo, Bauru, Brazil will learn about the delivery of medical and speech pathology/audiology services to individuals with complex communication disorders due to craniofacial anomalies or severe hearing loss. Students will observe the Cleft palate program, from the initial visit of babies and their families, surgical treatment, to intensive speech therapy. They will also observe the Cochlear Implant program, including surgery, CI mapping and hearing aid fittings, the after school auditory rehabilitation program, and the audiology telehealth services.
The host institution provides on-campus housing and access to the University’s academic and cultural facilities. The host faculty and students will translate lectures, observations, and service learning activity interactions from Portuguese into English; our students will have the opportunity to learn and practice basic phrases in Portuguese with Brazilian students, faculty, clients and families.
The benefits of this program are that students will gain in-depth knowledge of medical and speech-pathology/audiology services delivered to patients with complex communication disorders in Brazil. They will have the unique opportunity to interact with patients, families, health care professionals, as well as faculty and students, and to develop a deeper understanding of the cultural similarities and differences of Brazil and the U.S.
Students will fly into São Paulo, Brazil and travel to Bauru, Brazil, where the University of São Paulo’s Health Science campus is located. Bauru is in the center of the state of São Paulo, lying near the Batalha River at 1,640 feet above sea level. Bauru is a trade center for an agricultural region (fruits, peanuts [groundnuts], rice, feijão [beans], and corn [maize]) and is also a manufacturing center, producing textiles, ceramics, furniture, plastics, and other goods. The city is home to a major league football (soccer) stadium. In addition to being an important railroad junction located 190 miles (300 km) northwest of São Paulo, the state capital, Bauru is also accessible by highway and air. Its closest major neighbors are Jaú, 40 miles (64 km) to the east, and Marília, 54 miles (87 km) to the west. Population is approximately 343,937 (Retrieved 9/2014 from http://www.britannica.com/).
Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) is the largest higher education and research institution in Brazil, and it is within the best universities in all global evaluations, not rarely being the top-ranked in Latin America. Internationalization is one of the USP guidelines. It welcomes people from all continents, and stimulates this process via networks and consortiums, such as Erasmus Mundus, Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa, Rede Magalhães, among others