In August 2017, I spent a week with Push International in Mazatlan as an occupational therapy student intern from Calstate Dominguez Hills, and it was an enriching, life-changing experience. I loved working with and was especially impacted by Sergio, who is the director of wheelchair distribution and uses a wheelchair himself. My fellow student interns and I served on the 41st team to come to Mazatlan to assemble, repair and distribute much-needed mobility equipment to the local community. 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of Push International, and during this last trip, we gave away the 5206th piece of mobility equipment. This number is a testament to the incredible impact that the work of this organization has on families who otherwise would not have the means of mobility to engage with their environment and to perform essential occupations of daily life. I am honored to have been a part of the team, and I look forward to returning in 10 years to see that number reach 10,000.
I was part of team 41 that went down to Mazatlán as part of a collaboration between California State University, Dominguez Hills MSOT fieldwork students and Push International. It was both a challenging and rewarding experience. Thank you PUSH for the giving us this opportunity to help people with disabilities and their families in Mazatlán.
5,000 low-income families (read: practically NO income) already served abroad. Then ADD 5,000 donors from the USA = 10,000 families recycling and sharing critical mobility & therapy equipment internationally. Need your daughter's wheelchair repaired? Stop by the shop today! or tomorrow! We are there. Or if she has grown out of her chair and needs a larger size... we are there too! Gratis! The repairs & the service will be supervised by our Mexican director who is also a wheelchair user. Now THAT's how Push does SUSTAINABILITY!
Push international is an amazing organization. I went on a trip with them and fell in love! I'm hoping to be able to go again soon!
My trip with PUSH International was such an amazing experience. It was well planned and executed, and there was never a moment that I did not feel safe. It was such an eye opening week. My experiences in Mazatlan changed the way I provide care and has made me a more client centered and compassionate occupational therapy student. The trip helped me understand how culture, family, community, and early intervention shape outcomes. During the week I got to do so many hands on things that I would not have experienced otherwise in my graduate occupational therapy program education. I am so grateful that this was an option for me. I’m already thinking about when I can go back!
I am one of many students that went on a PUSH trip to Mazatlan early this May. Everyone on this trip from this nonprofit was well-organized, well-connected, and very well-informed. After embarking on this journey I feel more competent in my skills as a future occupational therapist and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to go with my peers and professor. What I love most about this organization is that it is sustainable and puts the people first.
The experience of working with Push International provided me with an inspiring, incredible, and life-changing experience that will help me in my future practice. All the memories with my classmates and the clients will stay with me forever. The leaders were very knowledgeable and gave us feedback and opportunities to enhance our learning and experience. I would recommend volunteering with Push without a doubt.
I am a Professor and Clinical Instructor of Occupational Therapy in Carson, CA. This is my second time in Mazatlan providing community service with several of my students working with PUSH International. As an OT working for over 16 years, I can honestly say that the experience is heart warming and transformative. The interaction with the children and adults were different both times but they were also the same, in that, the incredible impact of giving of yourself has such huge lasting effect on both you and the individuals your serving.
This was a great experience. My expectations were definitely exceeded. The opportunity to work directly with the children and the community at large was tremendous. It felt like we were really making a difference, especially with the wheelchair distribution day. The recipients of the wheelchairs were gracious and patient with the communication barrier. The leaders of the trip also provided us with several cultural experiences and in general made every evening a good time. I would goo on this trip again in a heartbeat if my schedule lined up.
I am an occupational therapy student and really enjoyed my trip with PUSH to Mazatlan. Even though I do not speak Spanish and understand very little, I felt like a member of the team and community at the center. The hands-on expereince with the kids was so helpful- to integrate both what I am learning in school as well as hear about techniques and treatement perspectives from other (both American and Mexican) therapists. I was encouraged to plan treatment and ask questions about how to implement the therapy. I felt like I was able to be independent in coming up with treatment but supported by expereinced therapists if my treatment plan did not address a skill I wanted to target or where a modification to my treatment plan would be more therapeutic. I also really enjoyed the wheelchair distribution day, home visits, wheelchair sports, adaptove driving, and the city tour. I would very highly recommend this trip to any student (PT or OT), regardless of the year in the program! I also think one could benefit from this trip coming from a non-therapy background. The leaders were great about explaining things simply and clearly, and I really appreciated their openess to our questions. The hospitality of the center was also wonderful- lots of smiles, good food and flexibility for everyone's needs.
Volunteering with Push International was an enlightening experience. The push staff was very warm and welcoming. Push International was very helpful in facilitating our trip as student volunteers and providing a beneficial experience for both our learning and the people whom we had the ability to help. With the help of Push we were able to interview, fit, and distribute wheelchairs to several members of the disabled community in Mazatlan thus providing mobility for those who previously were not able to access their community. Push also promoted and facilitated an experience that provided for cultural learning. This experience has impacted and changed my life, and I can only hope the same for those that we served.
Push International is an incredible organization that provides such an amazing service in Mazatlan, Mexico! I was fortunate enough to spend one week with fellow occupational therapy classmates and other health care students from Washington state at Padres y Compadres, and had a life changing experience that not only affected me and the way I will lead my professional career, but also the people of Mazatlan who benefit from Push International. This organization provides mobility and freedom to local residents with disabilities and helps these people learn to enjoy life again through wheelchair distribution events. One gentleman in particular had not been out of his home in 3 years due to his disability and the gratitude and joy he felt when he received his wheelchair was a moment I will never forget! I will absolutely be seeking funding to participate in future trips to Mazatlan with Push International!
Push International offers so much to the people of Mazatlan! They work with locals to specifically meet the needs of the many families they help. My experience there left such an impact on my life and I only hope that I left an impact on the hearts of the beautiful people of Mazatlan. Being a Physical Therapy program, my time in Mexico will also impact my future professional decisions. It is a wonderful organization and I know my time with them is not over.
Push International brings to Mexico, an experience in learning. Not only for the local people, but for the students who give there time. Push helps students and disabled adults and children get together, for a positive, interactive experience. Bringing mobility and smiles to everyone involved.
This organization does a wonderful service to the local community in Mazatlan, Mexico. Through providing mobility devices to those in need, people are able to participate in their communities and decrease the amount of care they may need. Additionally this organization provides ongoing supports for people who access this service to make sure that their mobility device is continuing to meet their needs. They have built a strong relationship with community members and have become a place of hope for those in need.
My wife and I loved the experience. The people we met were so nice. The most memorable moment for me was when I helped seat a man who had been lying in bed for a whole year. He was so happy and so was his mom who was crying with happiness. Push International helps change people's lives. They give people opportunities to be independent and live fruitful lives. We hope to go back and volunteer again. Push International is an excellent organization.
I am so glad I went on the trip to Mazatlan with Push International! During the trip, we were able to distribute mobility equipment and enhance the therapy services at Padres y Compadres. I had an amazing cultural experience, I learned so much about occupational therapy, and I gained more confidence in my abilities by getting hands-on practice and instruction. It was great to be part of such an amazing organization that really helps the local people and allows personal growth at the same time.
I was part of the 28th team to travel to Mexico and distribute wheelchairs. During my time there it was obvious that Push International has been embraced by the community and been able to make a tremendous impact on the individuals it serves. During wheelchair distributions there was one young girl who we fitted for a new wheelchair that had an amazing smile. She was there to receive her second chair because she had outgrown her first one, which she had received a few years before. I will never forget the moment that the founder of Push, Bree, realized she had given this young girl her first wheelchair a few years before, saying she could never forget that smile. It was very touching experiences that brought tears to many eyes to be able to see and hear how Push International had made a difference in this young girl's life. This volunteer experience was the best I have had and I am returning again next year.
Wonderful people and warm atmosphere at Padres y Compadres. I loved the entire experience, from the cultural aspects of the locals and town to the wheelchair distributions and treatment we provided. Overall, it was an amazing trip. I'm going back next year to help again!