From May 23-June 13, nine Eastern students traveled to Nepal to study the health care system in that country as the focus of their three-credit Comparative Psychology course. Associate Professor of Psychology Carlos Escoto and Geeta Pfau, retired associate director of health services, accompanied the students, as did ITS trainer Barbara Williams. The students traveled to Kathmandu, Dhulikhel and Pokhara, visiting two hospitals, a free medical clinic, Kathmandu University, an orphanage, two psychiatric facilities and an Ayurvedic clinic. Students also toured several Buddhist and Hindu temples. During the trip they were hosted by Little Angels College, which coordinated ground transportation and provided them with a guide throughout their stay.
Eastern's students were most impacted by their visit to Maryknoll Nepal, the first non-government organization providing psychiatric services throughout the country. Students and faculty made a donation of clothing as well as a donation in the name of their host school coordinator Shristi Limbu. The gift donation was sufficient to cover the medication costs for 10 patients for one month.