Oticon and the AAAF sponsored Jamie Shumaker and Julie Verhoff for a unique humanitarian mission to South Africa led by Jackie L. Clark, Ph.D./CCC-A; F-AAA, University of Texas at Dallas. The mission brought much-needed audiological care and supplies to remote villages including Mpumalanga, the location of the Oticon Xanthia Hearing Clinic. The impact of thier good works continues today.
Here we have the opportunity to see Jackie and her expedition team in action!
My time spent in South Africa will be forever memorable. I am sincerely grateful to Oticon and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation for giving me the opportunity to once again work with Dr. Jackie Clark and her team of humanitarian audiologists. Working alongside such amazing professionals, students, and the Read More
I had such an amazing experience while in South Africa! Due to spotty internet conntection we were only able to blog sporadically, so I wanted to submit another blog with summarizing some of my thoughts regarding the trip. Our time in South Africa made me realize how much we have Read More
Annie Cardella Third-Year AuD Student, UT-Dallas Friday, July 30, 2010: Before the Mission had Begun It is very early in the morning, and I am on the tail end of a flight from Frankfurt Germany to Johannesburg South Africa. Breakfast just arrived, and it is surprisingly delicious considering the food Read More
We had another great day at Xanthia. We started the morning with the students participating in a group discussion about the differences in audiology in the US and South Africa. Following that discussion, we travelled to Xanthia and Julie and I worked with some of the Witz students to complete Read More
Today was a great day. We woke up early and ate breakfast at the lode with the other faculty from Wits. Then we went to the lodge across the street where the students were staying and held a workshop where the students from the US and the students from Wits Read More
This morning we ate breakfast with the supervisors for the group from the University of Witwatersrand. Then we picked up the students (about 30) from the Kruger Adventure Park lodge across the street and head to Xanthia. The students at the University of Witwatersrand are in a four year post high Read More
Today we were up and in the micobus by 7:00 am in order to make it to town to pick up our guide. Everyone worked together to get breakfast ready, the equipment all packed up, and snacks packed for lunch. As soon as we arrived at each of the preschools Read More
Another busy day! Again we tested over 100 children today! We had another great day testing in various preschools. We also enjoyed interacted with the children and Julie had the opportunity to teach the children how to play duck, duck, goose! At the end of the day, we got to see a Read More
VERY BUSY DAY!!! We visited 6 preschools today and tested over 100 children! We were greeted at each preschool by the excited children. The schools had various conditions; some of with dirt floors and some with linoleum floors, several of them had educational pictures on the wall. Our testing conditions Read More
The indentifying mark of a school in a township are the painted tires sticking out of the ground. Some of the schools were in different locations than the addresses we had. Someone would shout, “This isn’t it, there aren’t any tires!” We played with some of the children at one of the Read More
Today was a busy day. We went to five different schools and tested over 100 preschool children. Luckily one of the occupational therapists that knows the area we were working in well, helping us to navigate the town and find each of the schools.
We had another great day. It started early as we had to be up and ready to leave by 7:15 am to head out to several preschools to complete otoscopy, cerumen management, tympanometry, otoacoustic emssisions, and behavioral thresholds. We had a great time traveling to the schools and interacting with the children!
Today was our official first day of working in the field. We started the day by picking up Brent, the audiologist/speech language pathologist from the Sasleborg hospital. Brent is the audiologist/speech language pathologist for his territory. We were all very excited to see that she arrived at the Huis Emily Hobhouse assistive Read More
We had a great day at Senior Home where we were able to work with several adults. We performed otoscopy, cerumen management, tympanometry, hearing screenings, and hearing aid fittings. Fortunately, Kelli, our team member that had gotten delayed several times in her travel to South Africa arrived today! We were happy to meet Read More
SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010: MEETING UP WITH THE TEAM AND TOURING SOWOTO AND CHRIS HANNA BARGWANATH HOSPITAL.
Jamie and I feasted at the Outlook Lodge for breakfast before heading to Africa Centre Lodge to meet up with the other team members. We ended up arriving at the Africa Centre Lodge a few minutes late because the driver at the Outlook lodge was running late. Fortunately the inn’s Read More
I finally arrived in Johannesburg today at 8:35 am. The flight on South African Airlines was not as comfortable as my flights on Continental, but we left on time and arrived early in Johannesburg. Stupidly I gave up my aisle seat and ended up sitting in an aisle seat next to Read More
As our team members slowly make their way into the country, we have at this moment 5 who have already arrived after their arduous excursion. Unfortunately, one of the team members missed her connecting flight in Washington, D.C. If there were more than one flight to South Africa per day Read More
Arrived in Munich around at 7:30 this morning (1:30am EST). Got off the plane to see passengers eating breakfast and drinking beer. I’ve never tried eggs and beer, but it looked like people were really enjoying it.هه The three hours of sleep I got on the plane must not have been Read More
The entire team will start arriving into O.R. Tambo Airport beginning tomorrow (Friday) morning through evening. Hopefully after a day and evening of acclimating to the COLD and 7 hour time difference following their 15 – 32 hour travels to arrive in Johannesburg they will be ready to tour a Read More
The backpack I purchased for the trip has definitely come in handy. Just when you think you have filled every last nook and cranny there is still more room. However, I am not sure if this is a good thing or not considering I have to carry the bag myself. But it is Read More
In the usual Africa style, the challenges are erupting as we are close to departure date. Planning has been going relativley smooth (for Africa). Urgently at hand is the plans for ground transportation to take us through 3 S. African Provinces. Our original “quote”/guesstimate was R1000 (i.e. US$136.96) per day has Read More
Eight days to go until I fly out to South Africa to officially meet the rest of the team! I can not believe it is almost here! I have been praying for several years for the opportunity to take part in an Audiology mission trip. I feel so blessed to Read More
Passport is ready, vaccines are all up to date, laptop is a go, and now I just need to figure out how to fit supplies and clothes for two and half weeks into a backpack and small carryon? Any ultalight backpackers out there with a few tips? Those “As Seen On TV” Read More
Though called the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is also known for it’s stark contrasts. Even after traveling to South Africa for the past 13 years, I continue to be in awe of it’s beauty, friendliness of people, and numerous curiosities. Though a Rainbow Nation the country is much like the Read More