HEY! HEY YOU GUYS.
I CAN OFFICIALLY SHARE NEWS ABOUT MY NEXT TRIP!!!
And you might want to sit down. Because this is kind of major.
I’ve been doing happy dances in my living room pretty much every time I think about it.
I don’t mention this too often on The Travel Medley… but before I was a travel blogger, I worked in a hospital as a medical speech-language pathologist.
And now – I have the incredible opportunity to combine the two!
I’ve officially been offered the position of Visiting Lecturer at the University of Guyana!!!!! 🎉
I know what you’re thinking.
GET IT GIRL!!!!!!
Ah, yes. I’m going to Guyana.
It’s a small country in northeast South America, bordered by Venezuela, Suriname, and Brazil.
And don’t worry. I’ll be telling you *plenty* more about it in upcoming weeks.
For now – let’s just continue the celebration!!!
Combining travel and speech-language pathology is something I’ve dreamed about since my medical mission trip to Belize in 2013.
So I’m SUPER stoked.
But you guys. This is an extra cool opportunity.
Let me break it down for ya.
(Musically and otherwise…)
Guyana (a country of over 770,000 people), has *NO* speech therapists.
Thus, speech/language/swallowing patients are suuuuper underserved. (Obviously.)
However, several organizations – including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Pan American Health Organization, the Peace Corps, and the Guyanese Ministry of Health – have come together to create a speech-language pathology degree within the Medical Rehab program at The University of Guyana!
And that’s what I get to be a part of.
I’ll be supervising students within their clinical attachments (aka local hospitals), as well as providing community education/outreach regarding speech, language, and swallowing disorders.
So yeah. I’m REALLY excited to combine speech language pathology and traveling, but I’m even more excited that this is a way to make a lasting impact.
I’ll be training Guyanese students who will stay in-country and provide speech and language assessment/treatment/education for years to come!
I’ve accepted the position for the fall semester, so Michael and I are headed to Georgetown VERY soon.
We’ll be there from September to December!
What does this mean for The Travel Medley?
Well… it might be even more of a *medley* than usual.
I’m not sure how much free time I’ll have to blog, but I’ll do my best to keep adding new content!
(Did you just click those links and follow me? Because you should.)
That way, you’ll get to see and hear about my adventures in Guyana – in REAL time.
Because we all know how behind the blog is… 😂 😭 😂 😭
And yes. I might look a bit more “professor-y,” but I will totally continue to Dubsmash, and dance, and have fun, and be silly.
I mean, PLEASE.
As if anything could stop me.
I’m going to live in Guyana! Byeeee
(Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)