A Spirit of Reciprocity: Service-Learning Opportunities at Iowa For a number of years, faculty and students from the University of Iowa have been providing services to orphans in China. To improve sustainability, the effort was increased to also include training to hospital and orphanage staff as well. It became clear that the scope of our tasks and the ... Article
Article  |   October 10, 2017
A Spirit of Reciprocity: Service-Learning Opportunities at Iowa
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ruth Bentler
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Ann Fennell
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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  • Financial: Ruth Bentler and Ann Fennell have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Ruth Bentler and Ann Fennell have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of this manuscript are adapted from an earlier piece in The ASHA Leader.
    Nonfinancial: Portions of this manuscript are adapted from an earlier piece in The ASHA Leader.×
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Healthcare Settings / Professional Issues & Training / International & Global / Part 1
Article   |   October 10, 2017
A Spirit of Reciprocity: Service-Learning Opportunities at Iowa
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2017, Vol. 2, 24-29. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.24
History: Received April 19, 2017 , Revised June 1, 2017 , Accepted July 12, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2017, Vol. 2, 24-29. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.24
History: Received April 19, 2017; Revised June 1, 2017; Accepted July 12, 2017

For a number of years, faculty and students from the University of Iowa have been providing services to orphans in China. To improve sustainability, the effort was increased to also include training to hospital and orphanage staff as well. It became clear that the scope of our tasks and the amount of preparation for the students involved was exceeding what we could fit into the spare time of the typical graduate student and the mentor-of the-year. With the onset of a second humanitarian project—demanding similar training preparation and planning—a course was developed to better prepare the students for both the upcoming trips, as well as a lifetime of international collaboration and reciprocity. Funded entirely by student/faculty fundraising efforts (and personal resources), our commitment to global teaching and service is a strong one.

Acknowledgements
Ruth Bentler is professor and chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. Contact her at ruth-bentler@uiowa.edu.
Ann Fennell is an associate clinical professor in the same department. Contact her at ann-fennell@uiowa.edu.
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