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International Workshops & CEU Opportunities for SLPs

International Workshops & CEU Opportunities for SLPs
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Current International Workshop Offerings

Belize: Immersive Workshop On Cultural And Linguistic Diversity For SLPs

Join us July 17-23, 2022, to earn all of the ASHA CEUs you need for your 3-year interval and a certificate in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Workshops designed for professionals to take a short break from the usual, earn CEUs, and develop new skills that matter. Individuals of any nationality may apply.  Friends and family members of therapists are welcome to join any of our trips as guests.

Whether you are new to your field, mid-career, or retired, our programs are designed for life-long learners and adventurers to gain valuable cross-cultural competencies, develop cultural humility, cross-cultural communication skills, and professional development facilitation skills. Bring back unique perspectives and practices from abroad that can be incorporated into your practice. Meet new people, earn certificates on important topic areas, grow your network, and experience a new country and culture!

We understand that planning for international travel can be a challenge. Our goal is to take the hassle out of international travel. We make each opportunity easy to join, accessible, and in many cases less expensive than domestic conferences and workshops. Our award-winning programs are designed to give professionals exciting new learning opportunities within a safe and easy travel experience

We do our absolute best to design workshops that meet the diverse needs of our clients and community partners across the globe. 

If you are interested in more information on other programs and future opportunities please contact [email protected]

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Graduate Health Sciences Adventure: Speech, Occupational, Physical & Behavioral Therapy

Graduate Health Sciences Adventure: Speech, Occupational, Physical & Behavioral Therapy
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Graduate Health Sciences Adventure: Speech, Occupational, Physical & Behavioral Therapy

When Can I Travel?

Applications are currently open for 2023. We have a rolling admission process, which simply means that the window for applications closes when all of the spaces are filled. We also offer discounts to students who apply early!

Where Am I Going?

Turks and Caicos is a territory of the United Kingdom located near the southeastern end of the Bahamas. TCI is comprised of 40 islands and cays. Ninety percent of the population is of African heritage while English is the official language. TCI has a rich blend of religions, beliefs, and customs that originate from the native Taíno and Lucayan people, African slaves, and the French and Spanish explorers.
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Who Should Sign Up?

Graduate students and students enrolled for graduate school 

Why Should I Travel with Therapy Abroad?

More than ever, OT, PT, SLP, and Behavioral Therapy employers are looking for well-rounded graduates who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. You will work with and learn from a distinguished group of licensed, professional occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists in a cross-cultural setting.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with OTs, PTs, SLPs, Behavioral Therapists and other professionals in formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children and families with special needs. 

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What Will I Do?

Your cohort will work directly with the Ministry of Health to bring services to children in Providenciales and/or Grand Turk. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals, our licensed professionals will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your field. Students will work directly with pediatric and adult clients. 

 

Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screenings, direct rehabilitation, evaluations, referral and/or care to promote fitness, health and wellness and capacity building in the provision of occupational, physical, and speech therapy to individuals, organizations, and communities. You will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

 

Excursions: While you will earn clinical hours, there will also be opportunities for fun, cultural excursions. Some activities planned include snorkeling and swimming at the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will also learn about the history of the islands on a locally guided tour.

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2023 Program Dates
2023 Program Dates
  • November 30 - November 30

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Will I Get Observation And Volunteer Hours?

Yes! Our TCI program is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed clinical and volunteer hours. The experience working in an interdisciplinary setting will set you apart from others on your resume as well as prepare you for real-world settings. The bulk of your hours will come from running our award-winning Adventure Camp for kids with special needs.

What is the Itinerary*?

*sample itinerary can vary based on the group and dates **students taking their own flight will pay a $300 admin fee to cover the cost of private transportation to/from airports and a Therapy Abroad staff person.
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Where Will I Stay?

You will stay in nice, 3-star hotels on the island walking distance to the beach. Every day you will have access to Wifi. Meals will be a combination of local and Western cuisine. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to TCI’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home in no time!

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Benefits For Students Who Participate In This Program:

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Tuition:

7 Day Program price is $1,900 USD not including *international airfare.

*Airfare from the Continental US is estimated at $600. 

What’s Included?

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. 

 

With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. More specifically, your program includes:

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be enrolled in a graduate program for physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, or behavioral Sciences to participate. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.

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Pre-Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

Pre -Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
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Bulgaria & Greece: Pre -Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

When Can I Travel?

Applications are currently open for June and July of 2023. We have a rolling admission process, which simply means that the window for applications closes when all of the spaces are filled. We also offer discounts to students who apply early!

Where Am I Going?

Start your adventure in the Eastern European country of Bulgaria, located on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. It is one of the oldest states in Europe founded in the 7th century. Bulgaria joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2004 and of the European Union (EU) in 2007. The country is a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures, which can be seen through its cuisine, its architecture, and its religious heritage. Bulgaria will be your home base for the clinical portion of your program. Finish your journey by traveling to the neighboring country of Greece and spending 4 days taking in the sites of Athens & Santorini. Taste your way through traditional markets and wonder the historical cities, explore the ancient town of Akrotiri, explore the acropolis and more!
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Who Should Sign Up?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates and post-bacc students. There are no prerequisites to join.

Why Should I Travel with Therapy Abroad?

More than ever, Occupational Therapy (OT) program selection committees are looking for well-rounded students who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. You will work with and learn from a distinguished group of professional Occupational Therapists in a cross-cultural setting. We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with OTs and other professionals in formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children and families with special needs.
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What Will I Do?

Your group will collaborate with our local community partners to bring services to children and adults in the town of Sevlievo. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals, our AOTA licensed Occupational Therapists will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your field. Our community partners have developed a brand new health clinic that will offer occupational therapy services and also include a fully functioning pharmacy. Students will work directly in the pediatric clinic for the majority of their time, providing services and running a camp for kids with special needs. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit and provide services in a local long term care geriatric facility. You will also be working directly with patients in the main hospital in Sevlievo. In addition to your supervisors you will have interpreters and guides with you during your entire trip.

 

Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screenings, direct rehabilitation, referral and/or care to promote fitness, health and wellness and capacity building in the provision of occupational therapy to individuals, organizations, and communities. You will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

 

Excursions: While you will earn observation and clinic hours, there will also be opportunities for fun, cultural excursions. Places you may visit in Bulgaria include the Devetashka Cave and Krushina Waterfalls, city tour of the capital of Sofia, the Veliko Tarnovo and Tsarevets Fortress, a monastery, and an oasis.

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2023 Program Dates
2023 Program Dates
  • June 30 - July 15
  • July 14 - July 29

Will I Get Observation And Volunteer Hours?

Yes! If you are interested in becoming a future OT, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for graduate school. Our OT service program in Bulgaria is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation and volunteer hours.

What is the Itinerary*?

*sample itinerary can vary based on the group and dates

 

**students taking their own flight will pay a $300 admin fee to cover the cost of private transportation to/from airports and a Therapy Abroad staff person.

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Where Will I Stay?

The “Center” is a cultural retreat center located in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains in Stolat, Bulgaria. Spread over 2,200 acres, it is geared towards bringing together people from around the world to share in all the rich heritage that Bulgaria and Eastern Europe have to offer. You won’t find a better place to enjoy the rich heritage of Bulgaria in a safe, supported, and comfortable way.

 

 

Every day you will have access to Wifi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Bulgarian and Western cuisine. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Bulgaria’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home in no time!

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Benefits For Students Who Participate In This Program:

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Tuition:

15- Day Program price is $3,950 USD not including *international airfare.

 

*Airfare from the Continental US is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from New York, JFK International Airport as soon as airfares have been published.

What’s Included with your tuition?

Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. All domestic transport, meals, accommodation, all activities, supervision, and all excursions. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. More specifically, your program includes:
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.
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Speech-Language Pathology & Global Public Health

Speech-Language Pathology & Global Public Health
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Uganda: Speech-Language Pathology & Global Public Health

When Can I Travel?

Applications are currently open for July and August of 2023. We have a rolling admission process, which simply means that the window for applications closes when all of the spaces are filled. We also offer discounts to students who apply early!

Where Am I Going?

Uganda is located in east-central Africa and is roughly the size of Great Britain with approximately 44 million citizens. Uganda consists of dozens of ethnic groups while the official languages are English and Swahili. Known as “the pearl of Africa,” Uganda has many ecosystems such as volcanic mountains, forested swamps of the Albert Nile River, and rainforests in the central plateau. The country is also home to Africa’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria. Uganda is also known as the garden of Africa, it’s a shock of emerald flora. Roads are lined by mango, jackfruit and banana trees, humpy hills form shamrock-coloured tea and coffee plantations and lakes and rivers are flanked by clumps of tall elephant grass. Expect the unexpected on this trip!
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Who Should Sign Up?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates and post-bacc students.

Why Should I Travel with Therapy Abroad?

More than ever, speech-language pathology /speech therapy program selection committees are looking for well-rounded students who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. SLP graduate programs, clinical rotations, and clinical fellowships are increasingly difficult to get into. In particular, learning about, observing, and gaining hands-on experience on the medical side of the field can seem almost impossible. In this program, you will work with and learn from a distinguished group of professional SLPs, medical and public health workers in a cross-cultural setting at a local hospital! You will gain direct hands-on learning in a medical setting and enjoy the beauty of Uganda.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with professionals in your field for formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children, adults, and families with special needs. 

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What Will I Do?

Your group will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, and our local community partner organization to bring services to children and adults. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals, our ASHA-certified Speech Therapists will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your field.

The brand new hospital, located 25 km from the capital in Sayii, serves multiple communities that have a population of approximately 20,000 people. Prior to the hospital being built this region had no existing health care facility. You will work at pop-up speech clinics, work directly in the hospital, and work in the local schools. You’ll also experience being out in the community going door to door to meet families and check on them. You will have Therapy Abroad staff, guides, and interpreters with you during your entire trip.

Therapy Abroad students will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

Excursions: While you will earn observation and clinic hours, there will also be opportunities for fun, cultural excursions. You will enjoy a full evening event of cultural dancing and traditional storytelling, a full day on a Uganda Safari, and go on a local hiking tour to learn about traditional herbs and plants to name a few activities. We also have a full local meet and greet BBQ planned with the community.

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2023 Program Dates
2023 Program Dates
  • July 24 - August 8 ( 15 Day Summer Program )
  • August 4 - August 19 ( 15 Day Summer Program )

Will I Get Observation, Clinic, And Volunteer Hours?

Yes! If you are interested in becoming an SLP or working in global public health, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for graduate school and beyond. Our service program in Uganda is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation, clinical, and volunteer hours.

What is the Itinerary*?

*sample itinerary can vary based on the group and dates **students taking their own flight will pay a $300 admin fee to cover the cost of private transportation to/from airports and a Therapy Abroad staff person.
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Where Will I Stay? (Program Life)

Students and faculty will live here in the secured, fully gated private property complete with a chef for our programs right in Sayii. You will be transported to different locations via a private bus and driver for the duration of your program.

 

Every day you will have access to Wifi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Ugandan and Western cuisine. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Ugnada’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home in no time!

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Benefits For Students Who Participate In This Program:

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Tuition:

14- Day Program price is $3,750 USD not including *international airfare.

 

*Airfare from the Continental US is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from New York, JFK International Airport as soon as airfares have been published.

What’s Included?

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. 

 

With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. More specifically, your program includes:

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.

 

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International Workshops and CEU opportunities for SLPS

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Belize: Immersive Workshop on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity for slp

Join us July 17-23, 2022, to earn all of the ASHA CEUs you need for your 3-year period and a certificate in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 

This program is a collaboration between the internationally recognized innovators at Bilinguistics and the award-winning study abroad program facilitators at Therapy Abroad. Speech-language pathologists will have an opportunity to travel to beautiful San Ignacio, Belize and explore new places, cuisines, cultures, religions, ways of living, and approaches to supporting individuals with disabilities. This weeklong program offers 30 hours of continuing education and addresses all of the competencies in cultural and linguistic diversity outlined by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and many more competencies that will advance your cultural humility.

Join us in San Ignacio, Belize – July 17-23, 2022

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It's Time to Travel Again. It's Time to Learn More About Each other. It's Time To Grow Your Network of Globally-Minded & Growth-Oriented Colleagues

Per ASHA (2020), developing cultural competence is a dynamic and complex process requiring ongoing self-assessment and continuous expansion of one’s cultural knowledge. It evolves over time, beginning with an understanding of one’s own culture, continuing through interactions with individuals from various cultures, and extending through one’s own lifelong learning. Cultural competence is increasingly important to eliminate long-standing disparities in the health status of people based on racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds

Cultural humility goes beyond cultural competence. It is a dynamic and lifelong process focusing on self-reflection and personal critique, acknowledging one’s own biases. This program seeks to help professionals grow through an immersive, relevant, and impactful experience.

Coursework is designed to bridge theory and practice, providing evidence-based practical tools that you can immediately put to use in your practice as a speech-language pathologist while broadening your cultural perspectives and experiences. 

Our workshops are packed with video case studies, discussion points, and opportunities for active learning. Below is an outline of the courses. Part of the day will be spent in the classroom focusing on coursework in cultural and linguistic diversity. The rest of the day we will apply information from our coursework with culturally relevant and enriching activities, including the work with The National Resource Center for Inclusive Education, learning mindfulness techniques used in Belize to promote mental and emotional health, and learning about Belizean culture, religion, and customs.

Webinar What? Zoom Who? Wouldn’t you rather earn up to 30 hours of CE in a single week? In Belize?

Attendees will receive a Certificate in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity that covers the information you need to confidently diagnose and treat diverse populations and provides all the CEUs you need for your 3-year earning period. Enjoy all that this small Central American country has to offer -food, culture, and amazing activities. Here is a snapshot of what we will be doing.

Immersion in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

MONDAY

  • Evaluating Students Who Speak a Language You Don’t
  • Visit markets and Mayan archeological sites, with with local liaisons and guides

TUESDAY

  • Difference or Disorder: Speech & Language
  • Spend the day with a Mayan women’s collective -learn to cook or create handicrafts

WEDNESDAY

  • Practical Dynamic Assessment + Using AAC Devices with Bilingual People
  • Visit local villages and work with teachers on and local health care professionals

THURSDAY

  • Intervention Strategies for Diverse Learners
  • Visit the University of Belize and spend an afternoon “teaching” the teacher 

FRIDAY

  • Ethics: Understanding different cultural views about disabilities
  • Excursion: Visit Belizean cultural center and learn about Garifuna culture & music 

Program Pricing and What's Included

The Total Cost of this workshop is $2,500 USD. Space is very limited and will be on a first-come basis. To register you need to fill out some basic information and submit a $500 deposit to hold your space. Final payments will be due no later than 60 days prior to the trip.

Important Note:

Safety is a systematic and comprehensive process and we understand that safety concerns are a part of planning for any overseas travel. As such, we have made safety our highest priority. We have organized this program from beginning to end so that we can account for all of the details. Our goal is to provide you with a smooth and worry-free educational travel experience and portal for professional development.

 

Program price includes:

  • Pre-Departure Support
  • 24/7 In-country Support
  • Boutique 4 Star Accommodation (2 Bed Shared)
  • Most Meals
  • All domestic Transport
  • Private Guides
  • All coursework
  • Professional Facilitators
  • All Activities listed in the Schedule
  • 30 Hours of ASHA CEUs
  • Certificate in Cultural & Linguistic Diversity

What’s Not Included:

  • International Flights (approx. $450-600)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Supplement (Private) Room + $500
  • Friends and Family Price =$1,200

FAQs

Everything except international flights, travel insurance (optional), and a few meals.

Yes! Friends and family members are welcome. After you register you can let us know how many people will be joining you and if they will require their own room or will share with you. Non-program guest will pay $1,200. This includes everything in the itinerary that is not part of the CEU programming

Local accommodations will be a 3-star boutique with western-style showers, toilets, and facilities. Swimming pool, breakfast buffet. Located in the heart of San Ignacio, the accommodation is within walking distance to dozens of restaurants, markets, temples, coffee shops, shopping, etc.

Bilinguistics reports courses to ASHA within 45 days of the end of the event. As an example, if your course ends at the end of July, your courses will be reported to ASHA no later than mid-September.

.1 ASHA CEU is equal to one hour of professional development.

Participants will be provided a link and code to obtain their certificates on the last day of the program.

All participants are required to attend 7 of the 10 activities in order to receive partial credit.

 If you attend all events you will receive 30 ASHA CEUs. 

No, we will have excursions to Mayan archeological sites, cultural centers, a local University, the Ministry of Education, and other cultural activities that will all earn CEUs as well.

No, we will tour facilities and have the opportunity to speak with people who work there, but we will not provide any direct therapy services.

No, we will discuss assessment and intervention as it relates to monolinguals and bilinguals who speak a range of languages.

The Certificate in CLD is a way for you to show your employers and clients that you have taken courses that address the ASHA competencies in Cultural and Linguistic diversity.

Belize Speech Pathology -Full Workshop 2022 Schedule

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Evaluating Students Who Speak a Language You Don’t And Learning About Mayan History, Customs and Languages.

Whether monolingual or bilingual, Speech-Language Pathologists face language evaluations in languages they do not speak. It can feel daunting but it doesn’t have to. We’ll address the practical side of a language evaluation in another language, including tips for finding interpreters, working with parents as interpreters, finding tools to use in your evaluation, and assessment methods that take into account the interactions between two languages in children learning more than one language at a time.

In the afternoon, a visit to Mayan archeological sites will highlight the importance of the words we use and the way we talk about things. Did you know, for example, that the frequently-used term “ruins” to describe architectural feats of historical significance is offensive to the Mayan people? Our guides will take us back in time and help us better understand the Mayan perspective. The power of words has been frequently discussed in SLP forums recently. Gaining the perspectives of the Mayan people helps broaden our understanding of how careful consideration of the perspectives of others needs to be incorporated into our vocabulary selection.

Objectives:

  • Describe two important steps to take prior to the evaluation.
  • List the three different steps of working with interpreters.
  • Describe the process of selecting assessment tools for students who speak a language you do not.
  • Describe how to differentiate language influence patterns from language errors indicative of a disorder.
  • Describe how to use dynamic assessment to improve diagnostic accuracy.
  • List 3 ancient Mayan customs that are still implemented today

Time-Ordered Agenda:

60 minutes: Understanding different cultural parameters and ways they vary

60 minutes: Working with interpreters to conduct assessments

60 minutes Formal and Informal Assessment Measures and Case Studies

(120-minute break for lunch)

90 minutes: Small groups with cultural liaisons learning about the Mayan people and their current day practices

90 minutes: Visit Mayan archeological sites with cultural liaisons and learn about Mayan history, linguistic symbols and ways Mayan stories have been preserved.

Difference or Disorder? – Speech & Language

Assessment of bilingual students can be challenging because the patterns they use can result from language influence or can be the result of a language disorder. How can we tell the difference? We use a framework that is effective for any pair of languages. We discuss how to make decisions about the use of formal and informal measures, and dynamic assessment. Even if we do not speak the native language of our students, we can confidently distinguish speech and language differences from speech and language disorders.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how languages interact and the resulting language patterns in English Language Learners.
  • Analyze and interpret results from language samples of English language learners from different language backgrounds (including Belizean Kriol, Garifuna, German, and Mayan languages)
  • Describe expected versus unexpected errors.
  • Describe benefits of using standardized tools and informal measures
  • Describe 3 important Mayan symbols.
  • List 3 ancient Mayan customs still practiced today..

Time-Ordered Agenda:

60 minutes:       Introduction, understanding why students from diverse backgrounds are referred for services inappropriately at time, and why we need to hone our skills for working with students from diverse backgrounds.

60 minutes:       Difference or Disorder Framework:  Emphasis on Speech with Case Studies

60 minutes        Difference or Disorder Framework:  Emphasis on Language with Case Studies

(120-minute break for lunch)      

Excursion to Mayan women’s collective

90 minutes:       Small group tours with cultural liaisons to learn about current-day Mayan practices.

90 minutes:       Small group participation in a Mayan cultural activity with leaders of the Mayan women’s collective.

Practical Dynamic Assessment, Work with Teachers and Health Professionals in Local Villages

Standardized tests and informal measures give us a snapshot of students’ language abilities.  They don’t tell us whether areas of difficulty are due to lack of opportunity or cultural differences. See how to effectively implement 3-5-minute teaching sessions in a dynamic assessment framework that yield powerful information to help accurately diagnose children from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Apply new knowledge in clinical and school settings in the villages of Belize. We will interact in small groups with professionals in health care settings and schools. This will be a learning collaborative in which we learn from those in the village and we share our tools and ideas with them.

Objectives:

  • Design quick teaching sessions based on assessment results.
  • Implement 3-5-minute teaching sessions within an assessment to observe learning potential.
  • Use the results of a dynamic assessment to make confident diagnostic decisions.
  • Write on-point goals based on the results of a dynamic assessment
  • Describe 2 similarities and 2 differences between speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy practices in Belize and your home country.

Time-ordered agenda:

30 minutes:  Dynamic assessment – history, research, what and how

60 minutes: Case Studies—Speech, Language, Narratives

90 minutes: Using AAC with Students who are bilingual

(120-minute break for lunch)

90 minutes: Small group tour of schools in villages and learning collaborative with teachers

90 minutes: Small group tour of health care facilities in villages and learning collaborative with health care professionals

Intervention Strategies with Diverse Learners and Visit to the University of Belize

Effective literacy-based intervention approaches maximize schedules and treatment outcomes, support the general education curriculum and provide a functional means to support educational performance and daily living activities. Participants will walk away energized with information and specific strategies for speech and language intervention.

Visit the University of Belize for an exchange of ideas related to supporting individuals with communication disorders and other disabilities.

Objectives:

• Identify benefits of using storybooks in intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
• Implement strategies to reduce therapy planning using storybooks, classroom resources, and academic topics
• Describe the use of literacy-based interventions to support access to the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment.
• Develop a plan to implement curriculum-based intervention to align with the specific teacher goals.
• Learn 3 approaches to professional training programs used in Belizean universities.

Time-Ordered Agenda:

60 minutes        Collaboration between SLPs and Teachers

60 minutes        Literacy-Based Intervention

60 minutes        Curriculum-Based Intervention

(120-Minute break for lunch)

90 minutes        Tour Health- and Education-Related Departments at the University, including education, psychology, kinesiology
90 minutes        Engage in conversations with professors about training programs for pre-professionals in the education and healthcare industries.

Cultural Immersion and a Study of Garifuna Language, Music and Culture

Culture is a rich part of people’s identities. If gives people a sense of belonging to a group. It drives how people see themselves, their beliefs, ethnicity, religion, and social class. Culture is a way of life and a way of defining oneself that helps to add value to social relationships. As societies become connected in closer and closer ways, globalization can threaten cultures. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) strives to help cultures maintain their identities. In 2006, UNESCO created an Action Plan for Safeguarding the language, music, and culture of the Garifuna community.

Below is an overview of UNESCO’s action plan:

The Garifuna communities, spread over Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, have kept alive their common language, oral traditions, music and dances. Although still practiced on various occasions, these are changing considerably as the Garifuna language is less often spoken. 

The safeguarding project focuses mainly in the preservation of the Garifuna language through language revitalization, lexical expansion programs and the promotion of teaching, learning and practicing. It will also develop an inventory of Garifuna art forms (such as songs, music, dances and related customs etc.) and promote regional Garifuna festivals with a view to confronting the erosion of the Garifuna culture in the heart of modern day communities. As a general objective, the project seeks to strengthen the capacities of the Garifuna communities in order to promote the safeguarding of its heritage. 

The proposed activities will be undertaken by means of the three following main components: 

  • Revitalization of the use of the Garifuna Language
  • development of inventories and archives of Garifuna art forms
  • dissemination and promotion of Garifuna Intangible Cultural Heritage

We will spend the day with the Garifuna people, immersing ourselves in their culture, language and music. We will also have small group meetings with different people from the Garifuna culture to discuss the importance of their culture, the ways they view disabilities, and the ways individuals with disabilities are supported in their culture.

 

Objectives:

  • List the 3 important elements of the Garifuna culture that UNESCO seeks to preserve.
  • Describe 2 struggles the Garifuna people have faced related to globalization and cultural assimilation
  • Describe how Garifuna people view the occurrence of disabilities and the treatment of disabilities
  • List 3 ways individuals with communication disorders are supported in the Garifuna community

Agenda:

90 minutes        Ethics:  Read and discuss ethical considerations regarding culture.

Kirtsoglou, E., & Theodossopoulos, D. (2004). ‘They are Taking Our Culture Away’ Tourism and Culture Commodification in the Garifuna Community of Roatan. Critique of Anthropology24(2), 135-157.

90 minutes: Read and discuss ethical considerations related to endangered languages.

Ravindranath, M. (2007). Transnational endangered language communities and the Garifuna nation. Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)22(1), 4.

120 minutes – Tour the Belizean Cultural Center to learn about the history, language, people, and cultural customs.

90 minutes – Garifuna language lessons

60 minutes – Engage in Garifuna rituals, including musical processions and dance.

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Therapy Abroad works with universities around the world to build custom international programs. Programs will be built from the ground up and will be driven by your goals, values, and intended learning outcomes. We will work directly with you and your study abroad office to create the perfect program or simply modify one of our existing programs to meet the needs of your department. Learn more here.

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Questions About Covid-19

Therapy Abroad has developed a comprehensive risk management plan for Belize and specifically for this program. In 2021 we were able to successfully run our student programs without incident by following these safety guidelines and with cooperation from our local partners. We know that Covid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon but we are not letting that stop us from managing safe, responsible travel programs

Covid-19 Vaccines Will be Required

All staff and participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by one of the CDC-approved vaccines.

At Therapy Abroad, we also believe that we are all part of a global community and that we have some shared responsibilities as part of that community. Our programs are all about people –working with people, helping people, sharing ideas with people, and learning from people. Vaccines will help us continue our work. Thank You

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DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Custom University Study Abroad & Faculty-Led Programs

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Therapy Abroad works with universities around the world to build custom international programs. Programs will be built from the ground up and will be driven by your goal, values, and learning outcomes. Our programs are designed for students to gain observation and clinical hours and foster creativity, team building, international exchange, cultural awareness, service, and professional competencies. From flights, insurance, transportation and logistics on the back end, to safety and risk management, curriculum, and leadership on the front end, our goal is to set you up for success. We work with diverse university partners including small liberal arts colleges and community colleges as well as large state universities, private universties, and HBCUs.

Leadership + Capacity Building: This is your most valued asset. Our goal is to make sure that faculty and students feel prepared to be part of a global partnership that contributes to learning on all sides. We will cover best practices in facilitation, safety and risk management, cross-cultural communication and learning methodologies and will set you and your team up for success. We work within the frameworks set forth by professional organizations in the USA such as The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and design our programs with rigor and evidenced based practice. This is a fluid, collaborative and open-sourced process and we are committed to helping you feel prepared for your time abroad. We will work directly with your study abroad office or global affairs office to facilitate every aspect of your program.

Safety + Risk Management: With over two decades of experience managing international travel programs on four continents, we have you covered when it comes to safety and risk management. From our research and vetting process during the initial consultation to training and capacity building to our dedication to local emergency response procedures, safety is our number one priority. Our goal is to allow you to focus your attention on your program goals, outcomes, and facilitating an outstanding study abroad and cross-cultural experience for your students.

Educational Programming: We will analyze what learning and service opportunities are available and we will spotlight them in a way that will resonate. These learning opportunities might range from cultural and social in nature, to direct hands-on service-learning requiring expertise in specific areas of speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and applied behavior analysis. Our goal is always to create programs that fit the learning outcomes of the university program and elevate the student learning experience. Next, we will work directly with your faculty and team to collectively determine the methodology that is most appropriate for your program. Lastly, we’ll help you develop tools that can deepen and sustain the learning through projects and experiential practices that have a lasting impact on all involved.


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University Partnerships

If you are interested in working with Therapy Abroad to develop a university partnership inlcuding faculty-led programs, academic credit options for students, or other collaborations, please email us at [email protected] for more information. We are happy to provide professional references from universities, departments, and study abroad offices from around the USA who have worked directly with our team to develop and run programs. Our focus is always on sustainability and ethical travel.

2022 Faculty-Led Programs (Now Accepting Applications)
2022 Faculty-Led Programs (Now Accepting Applications)
  • November 30 - November 30

Where We Travel

Therapy Abroad can take you and your team just about anywhere! However, if you like things a little more predictable we have built infrastructure and incredible programs in

Belize (Central America/ English )

Dominican Republic (Caribbean/ Spanish)

Thailand (SE Asia / Thai & English)

Puerto Rico (Caribbean / Spanish & English)

Bulgaria (Eastern Europe / Bulgarian & English)

Uganda (Eastern Africa / Swahili & English)

Philippines (SE Asia / Tagalog & English)

Pre enrollment (Required) -Due 60 Days Prior to Departure

Medical Enrollment Paperwork (Required) -Due 60 Days Prior to Departure

Participant Agreement (Required)-Due 60 Days Prior to Departure

"Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed."

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Sports, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences Program

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Thailand: Sports, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences Program

This two-week program is based in Thailand and is intended for undergraduate college students ages 18 and up who are studying kinesiology, sports management, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, nutrition, physical education, and fitness and health promotion, and other related fields. This program is ideal for students looking for a short-term study abroad experience that introduces basic concepts of sports, exercise, and nutritional sciences within a global public health context.

Why: More than ever, the Sports Science field is in need of well-rounded professionals who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Sports, Exercise, & Nutrition is designed for undergraduate students who want to gain a broad interdisciplinary perspective of sports, exercise, and nutrition through a global public health lens.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only build awareness of the various careers and workplace options, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom. Focusing specifically on the body, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, sports management, rehabilitation and traditional healing –students will learn from public health, fitness experts and sports managers in formal and informal settings, and will gain a behind-the-scenes look into why Thailand is leading the way in global public health and how sports and exercise science contributes to this body of knowledge.

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How: If it is to bring continued health benefits, physical activity needs to be embedded in the daily lives of many more people. Sports, exercise, and nutritional science is one of the most undervalued interventions to improve public health. Its benefits are great. Physical activity is closely associated with better health and reduced mortality, including reduced mortality from coronary heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, and reduced fatality after a heart attack. It is within this context that sports and exercise science + nutrition provides opportunities for working with people—to make them stronger, faster, more efficient, better able to deal with stress, and less susceptible to injury.

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Participants will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, hiking and rock climbing through the jungle, and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, muay Thai kickboxing, hiking and rock climbing through the jungle, traditional Thai massage and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills and learn about Thai culture and history.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis.

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2023 Winter & Spring Break Program Dates
2023 Winter & Spring Break Program Dates
  • March 3 - March 12 ( 10 Day Spring Break Program )

2023 Summer Program Dates
2023 Summer Program Dates
  • June 24 - July 8 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • July 15 - July 29 ( 14 Day Summer Program )

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Program Details

Starting at Chiang Mai University Department of Sports and Rehabilitation Sciences and public health, students will participate in an exchange-based workshop focused around a topic of mutual interest. Topics might include: Sports Management, Rehabilitation Sciences in Practice, Thai Traditional Healing Methods, or Wellness and Exercise Science in a Cultural-Comparative Perspective.

Participants can expect plenty of practical exchanges in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight into applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of participants, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Observation and Volunteer Hours

Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our participants in mind. If you are interested in becoming a Sports & Exercise Science or Nutrition professional, plenty of observation is essential, but a first-hand experience and inside look into these fields with an understanding of public health will set you apart from your peers. Understanding how public health and sports and exercise science are related will help you to not only become a better-rounded student but also a more empathetic and compassionate person

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Itinerary

Most Therapy Abroad participants choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco, California, joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all participants will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, fitness centers, sports management institutions and private practices. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.

On a daily basis, participants will learn in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, observe and learn how to shadow professionals and learn from public health professionals.

Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking, rock climbing, Thai cooking classes, Thai Boxing Class, and a visit to an elephant sanctuary.

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Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: this program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. Laid out in a “hub-and-spoke” model, participants will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Most accommodations have western style amenities.


Every day, participants will have access to Wi-Fi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that participants will have plenty of amazing food!


We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

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Free Time

Make it yours: participants on Therapy Abroad programs will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure everyone has downtime to relax, write in a journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help everyone make the most of their time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

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Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:

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Tuition

10-Day Program $2,270 USD not including international airfare.

 

14- Day Program $3,550 USD not including international airfare.

 

Group airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as soon as airfares have been published.

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What’s Included

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes:

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Pre-Physical Therapy (PT) College Prep Program

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Why: More than ever, DPT program selection committees are looking for well-rounded students who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Our Thailand Pre-PT College Pre Program is the ultimate graduate school pre program for undergraduate and post-bacc students who want to work with (and learn from) a distinguished group of professional Physical Therapists, gain valuable skills, and build your resume.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with PTs and other professionals in formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children and families with special needs.

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How: Your cohort will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, universities and charitable organizations to bring services to children in northern Thailand. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals (and other students from Thailand), our APTA licensed PTs will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your respective field. Through the design and implementation of a play-based “health camp”, hosted locally for families and children with disabilities, you will inevitably benefit from (and contribute to) this unique opportunity and all involved.

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Students will also become familiar with international approaches to public health as well as innovative therapy practices that address local healthcare issues. Lastly, students will also have the opportunity to explore Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, hiking (or rock climbing) through the jungle, and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.

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2023 Spring Break Program Dates
2023 Spring Break Program Dates
  • March 3 - March 12 ( 10 Day Spring Break Program )
  • March 17 - March 26 ( 10 Day Spring Break Program )

2023 Summer Program Dates
2023 Summer Program Dates
  • May 27 - June 10 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • June 24 - July 8 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • July 8 - July 22 ( 14 Day Summer Program )

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What: The goals and priorities of this program are co-defined on a needs-basis in partnership with local communities, schools, NGOs, universities, and public and private hospitals. Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screening, direct rehabilitation, referral and/or care to promote fitness, health and wellness and capacity building in the provision of physical therapy to individuals, organizations, and communities. Students will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

The program will challenge participants, staff and local partners to design and host a health camp using skill-based stations (learning centers) that assess speaking, listening, learning, sensory, fine and gross motor needs of the attending children and families. Parent and caregiver sessions will also be hosted in conjunction with our local partners, professors and qualified staff as well as home health care where needed and/or necessary.

Each day, students will have group reflections as well as one-on-one time with PTs and other professionals. As part of our commitment to working at the local level, students will also work directly with Thai PT and OT university students on the design and facilitation of the health camps.

Collaboration with Thai universities is an incredibly important part of the learning experience for all of our students. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills and learn about Thai culture and history. Students can expect plenty of observational hours in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight on applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our PT staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of students, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

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Observation and Volunteer Hours

Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our students in mind and we know that observing and volunteering are both great ways to learn more about Physical Therapy while building skills. If you are interested in becoming a future PT, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with a first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for graduate school. Our Pre-PT College Prep program in Thailand is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation and volunteer hours.

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Itinerary

People-centered: Most Therapy Abroad students choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco, California, joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all students will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, and private practices; interacting with a range of different care providers at each location and in the home setting. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.

On a daily basis, you will learn from your PT supervisors in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, learn hands-on at local clinics and universities, observe and shadow professionals and volunteer with kids who have special needs.

Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking (or rock climbing), Thai cooking classes and a visit to an elephant sanctuary.

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Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: your program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. Laid out in a “hub-and-spoke” model, you will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Most accommodations have western style amenities.


Every day you will have access to Wifi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

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Free Time

Make it yours: students with Therapy Abroad will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure you have downtime to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

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Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:

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Tuition

10-Day Programs (Spring Break Only) are $2,700 not including international airfare.

 

14-Day Program $3,950 USD not including international airfare.

 

Group airfare from San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), or John F Kennedy International (JFK) as soon as airfares have been published.

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What’s Included

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes:

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We cannot be alone and still be happy if others around us are suffering. Instead we should share their suffering and ease their troubles according to our ability and capability.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX

Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) and Global Public Health

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Thailand: Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders and Global Public Health

This two-week program is based in Thailand and is intended for undergraduate college students ages 18 and up who are interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology, health care, education, public health, and other related fields. This program is ideal for students who are new to a communicative disorders, communication sciences & disorders or related major, thinking of switching to one, or attend a university without a CD or CSD undergraduate major.

Why: Speech-Language Pathology is a fast growing and sought after career field and undergraduate degrees into this specialty field have expanded to more than 300 programs in the USA alone. U.S. News and World Report recently rank Speech-Language Pathologists one of the top 10 best Jobs. Our program in Thailand was designed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and global public health professionals as an exciting introduction to the field of communication sciences & disorders and global public health. Whether or not you are still deciding what to major in or if you have already decided on a major or minor in communication sciences, this program will challenge you, prepare you, and give you a competitive advantage by covering a wide range of topics with within the field of communication sciences and disorders, human health and physiology and a better understanding of global disability, culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and best practices in the field.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain field experience in human and health sciences that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom:  You will work in formal and informal settings, and and gain direct experience related to communications disorders and public health.

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How:  Students will learn about many of the uniquely different areas of the field, take part in hands-on field exercises, and gain a better understanding of global issues and public health. Our staff will take you through a comprehensive 14 day program designed to show you the best of Thailand in an interactive and immersive field work environment.

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Students will also become familiar with international approaches to public health as well as innovative therapy practices across disciplines that address local healthcare issues. Lastly, students will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, enjoying a Thai cooking class, hiking through the jungle, visiting temples and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis.

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2024 Program Dates TBA
2024 Program Dates TBA

This program is not currently accepting application

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Program Details

What: The goals and priorities of this program are co-defined on a needs-basis in partnership with local communities, schools, NGOs, universities, and public and private hospitals. Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screening, therapy, referral and/or care to promote awareness of communication disorders and capacity building in the provision of providing services to individuals, organizations, and communities. Students will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

The program will challenge participants, staff and local partners to develop your communicative skills in Health and Human Sciences and Global Health and learn to use the necessary tools and structures of the field. 

Students will have group reflections as well as one-on-one time with speech therapists and other health professionals. As part of our commitment to working at the local level, students will also work directly with Thai university students and other local health care professionals.

Collaboration with Thai universities is an incredibly important part of the learning experience for all of our students. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills, and learn about Thai culture and history. Students can expect to learn in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight on applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of students, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

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Volunteer Hours

Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our students in mind and we know that observing and volunteering are both great ways to learn more about speech-language pathology while building skills. If you are interested in becoming a future SLP, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with a first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for moving into a CSD program, applying to graduate school, or simply learning more about the field before making any decision. Our program in Thailand is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings to gain volunteer hours.

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Itinerary

People-centered: Most Therapy Abroad students choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York. You will be joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all students will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, and private practices; interacting with a range of different care providers at each location and in the home setting. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.

On a daily basis, you will learn from your supervisors in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, learn hands-on at local clinics and universities, observe and shadow professionals and volunteer with kids who have special needs.

Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking (or rock climbing), Thai cooking classes and a visit to an elephant sanctuary

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Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: your program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. You will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Accommodations have western style amenities.

Every day you will have access to Wi-Fi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

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Free Time

Make it yours: students with Therapy Abroad will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure you have downtime to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen

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Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:

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