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Therapy Abroad

Why choose Therapy Abroad?

Therapy Abroad offers short-term study abroad programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the field of communication sciences & disorders, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports & exercise sciences, and other human and health sciences. Therapy Abroad creates an interactive educational environment for students to learn and enhance core competencies in their field, as well as to enjoy the richness and challenges of service-learning and traveling abroad. Working with partner organizations overseas including rehabilitation hospitals and clinics, schools, and home health providers, students are given the opportunity to work directly with clients, receive specialized training, and learn from experts in their field while also contributing to a unique cultural exchange experience. No other student travel program offers award-winning specialized hands-on experiences for students in these fields combined with group adventure travel!



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Bulgaria and Greece Study Abroad

I had the most amazing experience with Therapy Abroad!! Not only were these two countries incredible, but the hands on experience was like no other. All of us got to work with adult and child patients in Bulgaria and really enhance our basic skills in speech pathology. Though it was hard with the language barrier, our supervisors and staff were so supportive and I learned so much in such a short amount of time. I would recommend therapy abroad to any student, it is an experience like no other!!!

  • Amazing group of students
  • knowledgeable staff
  • Enhanced my clinical skills and experience
  • Language barrier with patients and students
  • Short staffed on translators
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Communication Sciences and Disorders Program - Belize

I absolutely loved going to Belize with Therapy Abroad! The staff were friendly, accommodating, and helpful. I got to experience another culture, gain valuable knowledge about my field, and meet others going into the same program as myself. This was my study abroad experience and I wouldn’t want to travel with any other company. This trip is worth every penny and the experiences you gain are unforgettable. I did not know how much I would learn, but I’ve used what I learned in graduate school already. I would highly recommend this program to anyone going into this field!!!

  • Meeting staff and students in your field from all over the country
  • Experiencing a new culture and country (food, drink, customs, values, history, languages, etc.)
  • Valuable communication disorders knowledge and experiences!
  • Too short of a trip! I didn’t want to leave!
  • Slightly pricey for some
  • Some jet lag the first day
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Custom Communication Sciences and Disorders Program in Belize - Penn State

I participated in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program in Belize in May of 2022. Here, students ran a Tykes Camp, in which we planned STEM, gross motor, and linguistic activities for child clients. The camp provided me with an accurate simulation of a what a future therapy session may look like. That program was the first hands-on opportunity I had received in my undergraduate learning and I am forever grateful. I enjoyed it so much that I recruited students from my university (Penn State) to create a custom program. Therapy Abroad assisted me in narrowing down dates, providing information and flyers, and meeting with me to discuss the best way to increase participation. I traveled with Therapy Abroad again in May of 2023 for a Custom Communication Sciences and Disorders program in Belize.

Therapy Abroad did a great job of introducing us to cultural differences, and providing Belize's history during our orientation. The town of San Ignacio is a cultural hub with markets, restaurants, shops, and activities. Not to mention, the people are extremely friendly in town. I felt safe throughout the entire trip and the safety measures taken by Therapy Abroad exceeded my expectations. The visit to Helping Hands helped me learn more about the culture, the importance of communication in everyday life, and the opportunities the center provides to the community. During this program, we also had the opportunity to visit a few local schools and engage in speech and hearing screenings for children. The diverse caseload ranged in age, ability, and needs which made each session unique and interesting. We assisted our supervisors in report writing, by sharing our data and notes. The SOAPS note skills I gained on both programs have helped me greatly at the graduate school level. We also visited the archeological site of Cahal Pech, led by knowledgeable, passionate tour guides. My favorite excursion activities were canoeing in the caves and snorkeling on the island of Caye Caulker. Therapy Abroad does a fantastic job of providing balance between learning and fun. I appreciate the skills I have taken with me and will be more aware of cultural differences in my future practice.

After traveling with them on two programs, I will attest that no program is exactly the same. I loved that I had the opportunity to interact with different "clients," established new friendships, and participated in another type of excursion. Therapy Abroad has made a lasting impact on my life and my future career. The first program I went on reinforced my decision in pursuing speech-language pathology and the second solidified my career goals of becoming a travel SLP. I hope to participate in a future program.

  • Unique, hands-on learning environment
  • Transparent about scheduling, accommodations, support
  • Meaningful, lifelong friendships & connections
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Therapy Abroad Belize

Having the opportunity to travel to Belize in the speech-language pathology program was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Going into this trip as a recent graduate, I hardly knew any of the girls I was traveling with. Ultimately, this was the best case scenario; I established meaningful relationships and learned how to connect with those I wouldn't have had a chance to otherwise. While being in a new country can seem scary, the level of organization provided an overarching sense of safety and security. The accommodations--which were charming and comfortable--exceeded my expectations. Everyone was very welcoming and the people I encountered elevated the trip through diverse culture and language. I especially loved how the program focused on the rich cultural heritage of the country, and the amazing and hard-working people who dedicate their lives to molding the children of their community with love and attention. Everyday was packed with exciting experiences, which I accredit to Therapy Abroad's amazing ability to blend service and fun. Besides our time working with children in Belize, my favorite activities involved Zumba in the park and canoeing through a history-rich cave. I accrued greater perspective at every turn and our time working directly with the local population provided a glimpse of the global impact I can make as a future speech pathologist. Overall, this experience solidified my passion for speech therapy by promoting cultural-linguistic diversity---while inspiring me to continue down this path as I move forward with my career.

  • Well-organized
  • Professional support
  • Excellent accommodations
  • Would've liked more time with the kids
  • Not enough training before interacting with the children
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Therapy Abroad Belize

My experience with Therapy Abroad has been amazing and life-changing. It has given me a unique opportunity to expand my view of the world in a safe environment while also gaining quality experience in the speech-language pathology field. In Belize, I gained experience in the schools providing speech, language, and hearing services to the community, which furthered my love for the field. I was sad when my time in Belize with Therapy Abroad was over, but I came back with a new sense of accomplishment, feeling I positively impacted the world so much that I will be traveling with them again this spring!

  • Safety was their top priority, I gelt extremely safe with them abroad.
  • Very organized
  • Great hands on experience


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

The moment I received an email from my post-bac program advisor, I opened it and I was excited to read about a bilingual SLP program in the Dominican Republic! I did my research on Therapy Abroad and applied right away and waited anxiously to hear back. As soon as I was accepted, I started fundraising. I even told a friend about the program and she went too!

I loved everything they focused on from hands-on experience with children with speech disorders, to have the opportunity to work alongside certified SLPs. It was the perfect combination of being able to work in a Spanish speaking country and to work with children with speech disorders.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My university did not assist me with any help, I had to do everything on my own but Therapy Abroad was very helpful. Therapy Abroad’s staff was an amazing source of help and always answered my questions via email or phone. The program itself is very well organized and sends you email updates when forms are due.

The only thing I had to organize on my own was my connecting flight from LAX to Miami because the person in charge of booking this flight was not responding. Other than that, Therapy Abroad was a huge help!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My advice would be to really take advantage and network out there. You meet so many people from SLP professors, members from your team, team leaders, psychologists, teachers, and DREAM staff members. Everyone out there is so friendly and willing to help. Exchange emails, numbers and build connections. Remember these people are also on the same page to become SLPs or some of them already went through the process. I recently sent my statement of purpose to one of the professors, that was on the team and he is helping me build my statement of purpose.

Another advice would be to take a journal and write what you did each day. Your journal might help you when writing your statement of purpose or it can just be something to look back and see all the amazing things you did out there.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The first few days before camp starts, we were preparing our activities as well as getting to know one another and exploring the town of Cabarete. Once camp started, we would meet after breakfast to do a quick overview, questions, or an ice breaker. We would then head over to the school and had about 30 minutes to set up before the children arrived.

Once the children arrived, we would play with them for about 10 minutes and then gathered outside to sing our welcoming name song. After we would all head over to the first activity, which was literature. Then we had basic concepts, behavior regulation, gross motor, snack time and lastly pretend play. These activities were selected by us and we were paired with another team member interested in the same activity. When the last activity was done, we all gathered outside again and sang a song or two and a good-bye song with their names.

After the children left, we gathered and had lunch at the school and debriefed. We would share our glows and grows of the day. When we were done eating we would then have a break for about 1-3 hours depending on the agenda. Some days we had observations that would only give us about an hour break. We would then come back to the school and observe a speech therapy session done by one of the speech pathologists on the team. The therapy sessions were very interesting and helpful to observe.

After we would have a break until it was time for dinner. We would all go to dinner together in a nice and relaxing place by the beach.

After dinner, we would meet at the hotel to go over our activities for the next day and to make sure everyone was on the same page. Most of the time we were free before 9 pm and had the rest of the night to relax, go for a night swim or prepare for the next day.

It might seem like a long day but you will enjoy every single moment of it!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

The day before my trip to the Dominican Republic, I was very excited but at the same time nervous (like many of us have felt). Many “what ifs” came to my mind. The main one was “what if I get sick?”. I went during the time when it was all over the news that Americans had been dying in the Dominican Republic, so of course, I freaked out. Most of those deaths had happened due to alcohol in certain resorts. As a member of the therapy abroad team, we were not allowed to drink alcohol which was good because then I did not have to worry about getting sick and it was one less thing on my mind to worry about.

It is okay to have these “what ifs” cross your mind; I mean, we are traveling to another country by ourselves. Another thing that helped me was taking a deep breath and just concentrating in the moment instead of worrying about the future. Once you arrive, you really forget about all the “what ifs” prior to arrival. Cabarete is a really beautiful and relaxing place to be.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Bob Serianni, MS, CCC-SLP

Job Title
SLP Supervisor
Bob is the Chair/Program Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Salus University. In addition to his administrative duties, Bob teaches several classes and supervises students in the program on-campus clinic, the Speech-Language Institute.
Two Therapy Abroad volunteers wearing blue company shirts helping two locals

What is your favorite travel memory?

During our last program, we provided services during a walk-in clinic for children and adults experiencing communication difficulties, in an open air room at a local hotel. The community coordinator had sent messages throughout the local villages that we'd be available to provide speech and hearing screenings. When the day ended, we had assessed over 30 people. Many of the clients were children and we were able to provide parent training for home programs.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I feel like I've grown in my understanding in how culture impacts education and health care. Applying cultural humility to mentoring graduate students has deeply impacted my perspective in addressing client care here in the United States. By giving students an opportunity to think creatively and quickly to address a variety of communication disorders, I have had to become a better teacher.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There are so many - I ask students to be open and take chances during their experience, setting goals to do something outside their personal box! During our wrap-up meeting, I love to hear how they feel like they've grown. I always get one or two students who says that their friends, family and professors would not believe they did this or that - I see that as a student who has taken full advantage of the travel experience!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

There are so many great opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students studying communication sciences and disorders (and other health science professions) that allow them to deeply experience a culture different from their own! I have enjoying several trips to Belize that allow monolingual students and clinicians the opportunity to work in a culture that both reflects common and differing values. It never fails to re-energize me!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I love the transformation that students go through, in such a short time frame. Therapy Abroad's mix of cultural immersion activities and clinical experiences allows even the most novice students an opportunity to learn about themselves as they study their profession. I try to take a picture of the students during their first activity and then again during their last day, so we can document the transformation from shy and nervous travelers to confident student clinicians, collaborating with the supervisors and impacting the communities Therapy Abroad serves.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think it is a mix of fun and work. Students get pre-service information that prepares them for travel, activities to orient them to the culture before they start their experiences, and a variety of settings and populations which gives them a broad overview of service provision in-country. Therapy Abroad picks excellent clinical supervisors and community collaborators to facilitate the events. Couple that with exciting cultural activities and delicious meals of local cuisine affords students a well-rounded adventure.