Buenas tardes MSPP, this is John Pratico again, touching base from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Our clinical rotation at Fundacion Crecer has concluded; all of the children were wonderfully warm, were quick to embrace us into their worlds and (not surprisingly) quite resilient. The four of us met with the head psychologist and director of Fundacion Crecer and provided our findings, perception and recommendations to the treatment team.
Our new site - a local elementary school - has been equally energizing and it is clear that the work we are providing is both needed and beneficial. We have been providing brief academic assessments and have been conducting clinical interviews that pertain to school and psychosocial functioning. There is one psychologist for the school, which serves approximately 500 children, of which 100 students require some degree of psychological services. Needless to say, she is appreciative of the added service that we four can provide.
In terms of travel, we traded last weekend's fishing poles for this weekend's beach gear. We went to Montanita, which is a moderately sized surfing town on the Pacific Ocean. There were plenty of tourists as well as locals, but everyone seems to live by the "surf all day, party all night" mantra. The highlight of the weekend was the parachute-sailing extravaganza over Montanita's cliffs and water. I've attached a picture of the Ecuador crew when we were on the ground and one of us in the air (below).