I knew I wanted to go abroad since I started college, but paying just to attend random classes that wouldn’t benefit me career-wise seemed like a waste. Finding Therapy Abroad was a blessing because it gave me the cultural experience that I wanted while also allowing me to learn, explore, and be physically involved in an area I’m passionate about. The program’s curriculum includes planning and executing a speech camp for local children, learning how to do different types of screenings (such as a hearing screening and an oral mechanism exam), observing speech therapists at work, and eventually performing your own basic screenings on local children. Free time included playing games at camp with the other students, going to the Belize Zoo (it’s amazing), zip-lining over the jungle canopy, cave-tubing, and exploring Mayan Ruins. A trip to the islands is also included at the end of the program. It was an amazing first experience abroad. The company owners are welcoming and the information they give you prior to departure is very helpful. I felt fully prepared and safe throughout the trip. I would definitely recommend the program to any hopeful speech pathology or audiology students.
What would you improve about this program?
Though no program is perfect, this was exactly what I was looking for in a study abroad experience.