I love receiving emails from SLPs who love to travel and hear the amazing adventures that they have with our profession. I wanted to share some new opportunities that I have come across and hopefully inspire some of you to go abroad.
THE 5TH EAST AFRICAN CONFERENCE
Travel to Mombasa, Kenya for the 5th East African conference. The theme for this years conference is ‘Umoja ni nguvu’ – Unity is Strength and aims to bring together professionals from East African countries (such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) as well as speech therapists from around the globe. This would be an exciting opportunity to develop professional networks, clinical skills and knowledge as well as discovering a new country at the same time.
Click on the poster below or visit this site for more information.
VOLUNTEER IN KENYA
Click to read about Yellow House Children’s Services, a community based multi-disciplinary child development service organization in Kenya. Under their ‘volunteer’ tab they list the current volunteer information, previous SLP experiences and a general understanding of the places you can work. Their goals are listed below:
- To offer free or affordable (re)habilitation and educational support services to children with disabilities.
- To provide access to books and other resources, and create locally produced education materials to individuals, families and teachers who work with children with disabilities.
- To support the growth of the speech language therapy profession in East Africa so that more children can receive therapy.
VOLUNTEER IN FIJI
I highly recommend the AYAD program for any Australian SLPs aged between 18-30 years. This is the program that took me to Samoa and is supported by Austraining International. There are currently two-year long ‘Speech Pathology Trainer’ positions, departing June 2013. You have until the end of the month to apply for the position in Suva or Lautoka.