Paid international positions are becoming increasingly more available. Such opportunities offer the clinician a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in a foreign country for a few months to a year or even for life! With such opportunities come perks as well. Some of these benefits can include a housing allowance, paid round trip airfare, and a very nice salary.
A few things to keep in mind when searching for an international career:
- Check the visa requirements
- Check the required qualifications and determine whether your credentials obtained from your home country match-up (for example, the ad may note that a Bachelor’s degree is required, but a Bachelor’s degree in the field from the UK or Australia is the equivalent of a Master’s degree in the USA or Canada in the eyes of the international employer. The majority of the time, this means the US or Canadian citizen would still require a Master’s degree to work in this position).
- Check language requirements. Do you need to speak the language of the country you will serve?
- ASHA provides additional tips on working abroad and links that will assist with the job search on their Working Abroad page.
- For more information on how to transfer your credentials between the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, visit my page, Qualification Transfer: Mutual Recognition Agreement.
Here are a few sites that place qualified SLP/SLTs in an international work setting:
- SLT Jobs Worldwide is a useful facebook page which posts about work opportunities overseas.
- Global Medical Careers offers paid positions in various countries including the UK, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, USA, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, and Qatar.
- Your World Healthcare offers short and long-term paid positions in countries around the world including UK, Ireland, and Australia
- Bob’s Speech Therapy features job and course listings for clinicians wishing to work internationally or gain additional certification. Featured countries include the UK, Australia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, India, Malaysia, Canada, USA, Ireland, and New Zealand.