As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to work and live overseas. I’m originally from Derry in Northern Ireland, but am currently living and working in Leeds in England. I have been lucky enough to have travelled to around 30 countries so far, with the longest period being for 6 months after I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2014, through Central and South America.
Travelling has been amazing, but I have been inspired by my sisters stories of working overseas with the United Nations in Indonesia for 8 months, and Malawi for 2 years to want to do something similar! I’m a Band 5, or junior Physiotherapist, so I will be writing about my experiences of getting started in International Development as a physio- something which has been a lot more challenging than I first imagined!
I have set up a committee based in Leeds, which is now part of the ADAPT network- Chartered Physiotherapists in International Health and Development. The idea behind this was to start a network and share information and ideas about getting started in working overseas. I am hoping by blogging about my experiences, I will be able to reach out to a wider audience and help those who like me, felt a bit lost and confused about where to start!
I will also be blogging about my previous and planned travels, as well as my general life living in Leeds before I plan to take the plunge and actually work overseas in 2019! So, if this sounds like something you’re interested in, then please read on, or check out my Instagram: cloverseasclaire or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.