Local Opportunities

Community-based practice experiences

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Camp Rising Sun

Camp Rising Sun is a camp during the summer designed specifically for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. There are two camp sessions during the summer, one for children ages 8 to 12, and one for teens ages 12-17. You can be a camp counselor at Camp Rising Sun and experience a wonderful and fun learning opportunity. The mission of Camp Rising Sun is to provide a specialized summer camp experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their peers, provide and opportunity for students, community volunteers, and professionals to gain experience working with those diagnosed with ASD, and to provide respite for parents and caregivers of children with ASD.

“I had the privilege of attending teen camp and kids camp and they were some of the best weeks of my life! It was an exhausting and incredible experience. I recommend becoming a camp counselor to everyone I know.”

– Paula Walker, MOTS

Group photo of students at Camp Rising Sun
Group of students during this year's field school at Camp Rising Sun.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald house logoThe Ronald McDonald House provides temporary affordable housing to families whose children are hospitalized or receiving treatment for an illness or injury. Students can volunteer their time to help cook a meal for all of the families that are residing at the House. 

“Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House was amazing.  I wanted to volunteer because my parents stayed at the Ronald McDonald House 26 years ago when my sister was in the hospital, I wanted to help the program that helped them.  The families there were wonderful and so sincere in expressing their thanks to us.  It made the experience  so rewarding, and we’re planning on going again very soon.”


Albuquerque Opportunity Center

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The Albuquerque Opportunity Center (AOC) is a shelter for men suffering from homelessness. UNMH has set up “Snack-N-Chat” to allow for students of various disciplines to go weekly

"The University of New Mexico's Occupational Therapy Masters Program places great value in creating caring practitioners that want to create healthier communities. They do this by providing the students community outreach opportunities such as "Snack and Chat" at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center (AOC). The AOC is a shelter for men experiencing homelessness. The facility has a vision of transitioning its residents into permanent and supportive housing. I share this vision with the facility and am honored to be part of a program that emphasizes the importance of reaching out to our community."

-Erika V. Velasco, Class of 2017