A changing idea

I have been in Madagascar for six weeks now, I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying! From my last post on the Parkinson’s Study day, my ideas and plans of what I want my time here to consist of have changed. On arrival, I had no set plan of what I would actually…

A Parkinson’s Masterclass! (sort of…)

We have now been observing and working with the Physiotherapists at HJRA (the local hopsital in Antananarivo) for two weeks. We decided to start developing training sessions on topics that the physiotherapists requested help with. I had emailed the doctors and physiotherapists before arriving in Madagascar, and they had explained that they are now seeing…

First week fears…

I arrived in Antananarivo, or Tana, the capital City of Madagascar on Sunday 3rd March 2019. After a year of planning, preparation and fundraising it feels almost surreal to be here. I thought I would give an update on how the first week has gone, and will aim to give regular updates during my three…

Why Madagascar?

In less than a week I’ll be boarding a plane and heading off to volunteer for 3 months in Madagascar. This moment feels long awaited with lots of planning and work allowing me to finally reach this point. I have often felt frustrated and unsure of myself in the lead up to this moment. I…

Uruguay

Uruguay was the final country I travelled through on my Central and South America adventure. If you’ve been following along on my previous country posts, congratulations on making it to the final country! Montevideo Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is easy to get to from Buenos Aires in Argentina. A 1 hour ferry…

Chile and Argentina

For this post, I’ve decided to group Chile and Argentina together because when exploring Chile, it is easy to cross the border into Argentina to visit places nearby. We spent most of our time split between the 2 countries, crossing the Argentina-Chile border 8 times in total! Santiago- Chile We flew from Rio de Janeiro…

ADAPT Study day: Rehab for Refugee and Migrant Populations

On Saturday 17th November I travelled to Birmingham to join the ADAPT study day on Rehab for Refugee and Migrant Populations. I have always enjoyed attending the ADAPT study days, and come away feeling inspired and full of ideas of how I can begin working overseas! I thought back to the first ADAPT study day…

Morocco

Morocco is an incredibly diverse country with so much history and culture to be explored. I spent 10 days seeing as much of the country as I could in October this year! Flights to Morocco from the UK are fairly cheap with the cheapest being from London. We flew with Ryanair from London Stansted to…

NNIR Study day- Getting started in Therapy Abroad

The Northern Network of International Rehabilitation (NNIR) organised our first full study day on Saturday 29th September. The day was well attended with speakers from many different backgrounds discussing their roles and experiences of working in therapy abroad. Cultural aspects of Working Overseas The day started with Dr Philomena Commons discussing her work in Ethiopia,…

Spinal Cord Injuries

The Northern Network of International Rehabilitation (NNIR) held a lecture on Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) on Wednesday 11th July. The Lecture was based at Leeds Beckett University and was in partnership with the Leeds Beckett Physio Society. The evening was split into two sections: 1. Acute management of SCI, and 2. Rehabilitation of the SCI…