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Pediatric Therapy Mission Trips

Published March 20, 2013 4:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse

A few weeks ago I got a note from an OT friend who was headed to Ghana with the group Children Inspiring Hope. This non -profit promotes concepts of a global community and works to connect children cross culturally through art and education service programs.  You can read about their work on this trip from their recent blog post and learn more about the organization here. I have always admired therapists and other health professionals that sign up and commit to these types of international health missions.   And although I enjoy hearing about their adventures and will sometimes help with a monetary donation, I must confess my hesitancy in stepping up to actually do one of these trips myself. Sadly I was not raised to be an outdoor/adventure girl (my idea of camping is a two star motel!), but I remain hopeful that I can change my ways as it seems there are so many kiddos that can use our help.  If you are curious about possibly volunteering, check out Therapy Missions, as they use OT’s and PT’s around the globe.  Cure International, and Remote Area Medical (which also does stateside medical missions) are just a few of the options out there.   For the really adventurous and a fascinating look an unconventional but rewarding life aboard a floating hospital, check out the Africa Mercy.  Finally, for students, I am reading more about international fieldwork options such as this article from Advance about a group that worked in Guatemala a few years ago. Have you worked a volunteer mission or are you contemplating one?  Do write and tell me about your experience…and maybe one day you will see me there! 

1 comments

Hello Ceceilia,

I know this post was made a while ago but I am very interested in traveling abroad with a missions program to practice Pt.  I would like to find out more about various programs and how to contact others who have traveled abroad to ask about their experiences.  If you could contact me personally that would be great.  My email is aljmdj@gmail.com

Austin Jeffers February 9, 2015 10:00 PM

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