Volunteer Opportunities

The number of licensed clinicians volunteering their time to expand speech and language services in countries where the field is underdeveloped has increased over recent years. A quintessential role of the overseas volunteering clinician is to not only assess and treat, but to educate and train by spreading awareness about the field and developing the skill set of local healthcare professionals to better identify and support individuals with communication and swallowing impairments. University programs are starting to be developed to train local students to become a qualified clinician in order to provide continuous evidence-based practice within their country.

The following organizations provide volunteer opportunities for professionals:

Therapy Abroad offers volunteer opportunities for professionals in several countries around the world! The organization also provides opportunities for licensed clinicians (SLP/OT/PT) to work as a supervisor for an undergraduate or graduate student program and they will receive a stipend for their time.

Speech Therapy Cambodia‘s mission is to improve the speech, language and swallowing skills of children and adults in Cambodia and to train healthcare professionals and families in therapeutic skills and techniques. Volunteer to teach and provide services in different settings with Speech Therapy Cambodia!

The Inspiration Center — Volunteer for one of the only established clinics in Belize providing speech and occupational therapy.

Volunteer Services Organization (VSO) offers both short-term (6 months) and long-term (1-2 years) volunteer opportunities for qualified SLP/SLTs in countries of all parts of the world. Explore the opportunities online or attend a VSO event to learn more.

Requirements include:

  • Short-term positions- The clinician is required to have at least 5 years of experience.
  • Long-term positions- The clinician is required to have at least 2 years experience.

International Speech Project- Stuttering aims to bring services geared towards people who stutter to the developing world. Learn more about the project’s history, achievements, and future plans and learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Base Camp Β places SLP volunteers with a minimum of 2 years education around the world in countries including Ghana, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Nepal for a minimum of 1-2 weeks.

United Planet features volunteer opportunities in Ecuador.

8 thoughts on “Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Hello,
    I am an SLP currently finishing my CFY in the U.S. I’m originally from France but got an American MS in communicative disorders.
    I’m looking for opportunities to work/volunteer in under-developed countries for a month or two over the summer.
    Please let me know if you’re interested.
    Thank you,
    Audrey

    • Hi
      I have a background in teaching and will be finishing my Masters in SLP in November 2017 (still a while away i know). I want to work internationally when I am finished. Most of what I have found is volunteer programs. Just wondering how you have gone about finding work and if you have any direction for finding employment in developing countries or is it mostly volunteer? Any advice is appreciated.
      Love your work,
      Thanks,
      Ellen πŸ™‚

      • Hi Ellen, depending where you are interested in working I do know of some work opportunities in countries including Cambodia, Singapore and UAE. Feel free to send me an email at kamrhein1@gmail.com if you would like more information about a specific country and I can provide you with useful links. The fb page SLT Jobs Worldwide is a good resource to use as well– it posts a lot of UK jobs (which are hard to get unless you have citizenship/a visa) but sometimes post about opportunities in the UAE, Asia, etc https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLTJobs/?hc_ref=SEARCH

        -Kristin

  2. Hi ,

    I am an SLT, completing my course in the UK. I stumbled across your blog and found it very inspiring and wanted to say that you have done an amazing thing! I am very keen to volunteer as I have been unable to find employment since graduating and do not want to loose my clinical skills! xx

    • Thank you for reading, Leah! I am glad you have found my blog useful. I very much hope you are able to find fulfilling work in SLT either through employment or volunteer opportunities!

  3. Hi. I am SLP working in USA. I am originally from Colombia, I got my degrees in my country ( slp + audiologist) and I’ve been working here for the last 5 years. I’d like to be part of your proyect working abroad. I am interested in Spanish-speaking countries and English. Please let me know how can I apply. Thanks again.
    I.G.

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