Speech Pathology Volunteering Overseas with Projects Abroad
Volunteering in the field of speech pathology abroad is a worthwhile experience. You will be helping support the lives of some of the poorest people in the developing world. Not only this, but you can use this experience to help further your career in speech pathology.
Speech Pathology is not a common profession in many of the countries in which Projects Abroad works; however, there are many settings where your skills are highly valued.
The settings that speech pathologists can work in include centres which care for children with disabilities and also with children who have hearing impairments.
The placements are open to students and professionals alike, as there is very little local guidance from professional speech pathologists, a confident and positive approach is required, often educating local staff in what speech pathologists can achieve. Through listening, learning and being proactive, volunteers can offer great practical benefit in placements where these skills are not always seen and used.
Speech Pathology Volunteering
Speech Pathology volunteers work mainly with children and young adults who have physical and/or mental disabilities. By helping them to improve their communication skills you will also be helping improve their quality of life and their future prospects.
You may also use speech pathology to help some individuals with integration into mainstream society. You will be working in a developing country and may work in conditions you are not used to. Funding may be poor and the facility may lack basic equipment.
You will, however, be working alongside qualified and dedicated senior staff who will appreciate your support and will ensure your time here is well spent and worthwhile.