CASL Vision Screenings Go International

Seeing More Clearly in Haiti

This year, CASL and Study Away Programs have partnered together to bring vision screenings to the city of Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Missouri State students have been trained to use specialized vision care equipment to test the eyesight and vision health of Haitian children and adults during the week of spring break.

The trip is being led by Lora Hobbs, Missouri State senior instructor of Religious Studies, who has taken over 20 services trips to Haiti. This trip marks the first time CASL's vision screening program has gone overseas.

In addition to performing vision screenings for schoolchildren and staff in Haiti, Missouri State students will learn and explore cultural aspects of the community.

No small part of the decision to visit Haiti was affected by the frequent reports of instability and natural disasters over recent years. Leaders for trip hope that bringing the opportunity for better vision to learning institutions in Haiti can begin to improve education and overall health for the community.

The Office of Study Away Programs facilitates high quality academic programs to increase the cultural competence of the Missouri State community, while developing the global leaders of tomorrow.

Service-learning is a type of experiential education that combines and pursues both academic achievement and community service in a seamless weave. The goal of service-learning, through linking academics to the community, is to develop the skills, sensitivities, and commitments necessary for effective citizenship in a democracy.

For more information about this trip or Missouri State's vision screening program, please contact CASL Program Coordinator, Erica Stark:

417-836-5774 | ericastark@missouristate.edu