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USC OT at Yonsei University in South Korea!

Claire


by Claire

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안녕하세요! (Annyeong Haseyo! Hello!)

That is the greeting used in South Korea!

It was nearly two years since I’ve traveled internationally, and it sure felt great to use my passport again.

This trip was for our Leadership Capstone course for the Master’s in Occupational Therapy at USC; the purpose of this externship trip is to see the development of leadership and administration in areas related to OT! We had two weeks in March to complete our leadership externship. With six other fellow Trojan OTs, we traveled across the world to South Korea, thanks to the coordination of Global Initiatives at USC OT! Their Facebook page is facebook.com/USCChanOSOTGlobal.

We were hosted by the Department of Occupational Therapy at Yonsei University and they did a spectacular job at taking care of us. I am excited for their students to come visit the United States!

Here is a picture of our team. Check out the beautiful banner that they made for us!

Here is a picture of our team. Check out the beautiful banner that they made for us!

Yonsei University's mascot is an Eagle. The OT building is located in the most historical building on the Wonju campus.

Yonsei University’s mascot is an Eagle. The OT building is located in the most historical building on the Wonju campus.

Considering that my Korean vocabulary is limited to short phrases, I am grateful that our Korean OT colleagues worked hard to speak English with us. I am also incredibly grateful for our Korean-speaking classmates who have stepped up to the challenge of translating for us!

This picture is of us 7 USC students with the Bachelor's OT classes, after our presentations!

This picture is of us 7 USC students with the Bachelor’s OT classes, after our presentations!

Korea’s culture is very different from Western American culture, and its impact on the Korean occupational therapy profession has been a regular theme in our conversations. We have been meeting with the OT graduate students and professors, and every single one of them is extremely passionate about pioneering occupational therapy in Korea. We got to learn about their research interests, how to translate western OT assessments so that they are relevant in an eastern cultural context, and how different policies affect practice. We also had the opportunity to visit different sites, including a community based mental health organization and a private pediatric clinic.

Here's a picture of us with some of the Yonsei University OT Research Assistants.

Here’s a picture of us with some of the Yonsei University OT Research Assistants. We met in their ADL (activities of daily living) room. One of these graduate students participated in USC OT Global Initiatives’s Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion program!

The wheelchairs include some designs by OT students!

The wheelchairs include some designs by OT students! They also collaborated with engineering students to create these designs. I love the interdisciplinary collaboration.

We got to experience a lot of food and culture too!

We got to experience a lot of food and culture too!

The first full moon of the lunar new year is a huge festival!

The first full moon of the lunar new year is a huge festival! We got to experience some traditional Korean cultural activities!

There are simply too many stories and pictures to be shared! Overall, it was a wonderful visit. We all left feeling more connected with other OTs around the world — no matter what culture, our mission is the same! I think all of us are also a lot more culturally sensitive to the clients who we work with too!

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I really enjoy watching your wheelchairs designs. Amazing
As an occupational therapist I really enjoy this post.
Hope you well done