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Therapy Adventures International

About

We are Therapy Adventures International, a nonprofit organization bringing pediatric therapy services to Latin America. We offer short-term therapy experience trips (1 week) to countries such as Ecuador, Panama, and Belize. We seek students who would like to volunteer as a way to make a difference and improve their experiences, strengthening their application when it comes time to apply for graduate school.

Reviews

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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Invigorating. Eye-opening. Enriching.

That's how I would describe my Therapy Adventure week in Belize. The time we spent with the clinicians was an incredibly humbling and eye-opening experience into what it's like to work full time as a therapist. I loved spending time with the kids and seeing their growth and development and left feeling completely inspired.

Outside of clinic time, the team had organized several fun adventures for us. My favorites were the green iguana conservation project, Mayan ruins, Caye Caulker boat trip and chocolate making. Would also rate the accommodation facilities provided - staying at the Belize Tropical Center was such a highlight. Highly recommend this trip to anyone who is ready for new, unforgettable experiences and is ready for lots of fun!

Pros
  • Eye opening experience
  • Fun excursions included
  • Good accommodation
Cons
  • Getting used to the bugs in the tropical weather
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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Panama Trip

Having the opportunity to travel to Panama with Therapy Adventures was a great experience. I love this program because I was able to travel to a new country while also gaining valuable experience in my field of special education and ABA. My group was able to have a training about the children we would be working with our first weekday there. Tuesday-Thursday we were able to observe the therapists (OT, PT, SLP, and special education teachers) that worked at the orphanage working with the children while also having opportunities to work with them ourselves and collaborate with the other therapists. We also were able to bring the children to different places in their city that they never had the opportunity to see. Our first and last day there we had guided boat tours of islands, beaches, and rainforests near us. The whole time I was there I felt safe and we had an amazing driver who took us to and from everywhere during the week. Therapy adventures provides a great opportunity to travel safely while also providing therapeutic work to children.

Pros
  • Work with children with disabilities in an orphanage
  • Learn about therapy opportunities in other countries
  • Explore Panama safely with group
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Melissa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The perfect balance between hard work & play!

It was incredibly humbling to work on functional communication skills with the special children and young adults in Belize at summer camp. I was most certainly impressed with the positive relationships, trust and powerful impact Therapy Adventures is making in the community. The programming offers hope to many families. Everyone on earth deserves to communicate basic wants and needs. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I felt honored to be a small part of this sustainable communication!
The Therapy Adventures leaders and volunteers I joined for the week were intelligent, interesting and beautiful human beings. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations and connections.
The outdoor adventures such as zip lining and cave tubing were icing on the cake!
I will carry fond memories forever of my time in Belize with Therapy Adventures!

Pros
  • Fun Adventures
  • Perfect Balance of hard work & play
  • Learning all things about Belize and it’s beautiful people!
Cons
  • Saying goodbye to students & team—that was hard!
  • Minimal materials
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Aubree
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

All Around Wonderful Experience

I throughly enjoyed my experience with Therapy Adventures. Not only are they extremely accommodating, but they also plan enjoyable and meaningful experiences unique to the country you travel to. There was a nice balance between experiencing Belize and volunteering in the community. I loved how volunteers were taken at the level they were at. What they had to offer was utilized. This allowed me, a prospective therapist, to feel involved as well as the opportunity to expand my current understanding. This was a wonderful experience to see the interaction between disciplines and see how they can work together to produce progress. I do not have enough good to say about this organization! I would participate in another trip in a heartbeat! Would highly recommend this experience to anyone.

Pros
  • Expand your understanding of the scope of different therapy disciplines
  • Experience new and exciting adventures
  • Make new connections and friendships with people from different backgrounds
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Heidi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Culture, fun, and a real impact

There is absolutely no infrastructure in Belize schools or hospitals to provide therapies for children with autism or developmental delays. A summer camp run by Therapy Travelers was the first time many of them participated in occupational, behavioral, or speech therapy. I had fun helping them have fun! I was excited to put my actual expertise to use. I learned a lot through collaborating with people from other disciplines and places. We fit in plenty of local fun too! It’s all planned and all inclusive, which makes it easy to make friends with the group. I’d recommend it for those needing experience and those who are experienced enough to share skills.

Pros
  • Fun variety of local experiences
  • Truly impactful
  • Collaboration across cultures and disciplines
Cons
  • Working with limited resources requires flexibility and creativity
  • Be prepared for hot, rainy, buggy environment

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