For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to work and live overseas. I’m originally from Derry in Northern Ireland, but moved to Leeds in England in 2015 to live and work for 3.5 years. 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.
I’m a Band 5, or junior Physiotherapist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT), 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, the Northern Network of International Rehabilitation (NNIR). NNIR aim to set up regular evening lectures and study days to support therapists who wish to work overseas. I am also Treasurer for ADAPT- Chartered Physiotherapists in International Health and Development. I have worked as a volunteer physiotherapist with the UK based charity ‘Freedom From Torture’ for one year. Freedom From Torture are a charity who support refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived in the UK and may have suffered torture in their home countries.
As of March 2019 I will be on a career break from LTHT for one year. The first 3 months of my career break will be volunteering as a Physiotherapist in Madagascar, the rest of my time will be spent travelling, although I am not sure where exactly this will be yet!
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 when wanting to work overseas! I will also be blogging about my previous and planned travels.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.