Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Anna Martindale
16 Oct 2013
01:55 AM

Cambodia 2013: Week Four

Hello everyone! Can you believe we have been in Cambodia a month? We definitely can't!

Last week was Phchum Benh, a week long holiday in Cambodia where Cambodians honour their dead relatives. All places of work shut down, so we got a week long holiday, lucky us! We used the time to get out of the city for a few days and onto the island Koh Rong Samloen. Whilst it was beautiful and relaxing, the atmosphere was spoilt slightly for myself and Priyanka who picked up a stomach bug! This also…

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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Anna Martindale
08 Oct 2013
06:40 AM

Cambodia 2013: Week Three

Time is flying by! Whilst our first week here in the city felt like it went pretty slowly, the last week has gone so quickly. This time next week we will be a quarter of the way through our project!

Last week we travelled to work using tuk tuks (open air taxis used by travellers and locals alike), but fares can add up when visiting the various cleft hospitals in Phnom Penh. So, Becci and I decided to buy some cheap bikes to help us get around. We can be seen each morning…

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Monday, September 23, 2013
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Anna Martindale
23 Sep 2013
04:04 AM

Cambodia 2013: Week Two

Arrival in Phnom Penh

It is nearly two weeks since we left the UK and started our journey to Phnom Penh! We arrived in the capital on Wednesday 11th September and spent the first few days house hunting. After a weekend of immersing ourselves in this new country and its rich culture, we began our first hectic week!

We are based in three different hospitals that conduct Cleft Lip and Palate repairs in the city. These are the "Children's Surgical Centre", "Preah Ket Melea…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Anna Martindale
11 Sep 2013
04:12 AM

Cambodia 2013: Week One

Multi-coloured feathers? Check.
Ear-piercingly shrill whistles? Check.
Bubbles and balloons? Check and check!

Fear not dear readers, we're not gearing up for "Notting Hill Carnival: The sequel". We're two Newly Qualified Speech and Language Therapists about to embark on an adventure to the Far East. Phnom Penh, Cambodia to be exact. We're jetting off to various Cleft Palate Units in the capital of Cambodia to volunteer our Speech Therapy Services...with our nifty therapy tools in tow!

Did you know?
  • Roughly 1 in 700 babies are born with a cleft lip or palate each year, with a higher incidence amongst…

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Friday, March 08, 2013
Posted by:
Edit Walsh
08 Mar 2013
02:20 AM

08 MARCH 2013

Finally spring has come! Don't be fooled by the occasional rain and fog; winter is now officially over. Islington, where our offices are based, is rather lovely around this time of year; we have a couple of small parks and a leafy canal with boats. I've banned my winter coat to the darkest corner of my wardrobe, Claire goes on long bicycle rides during her lunch break and Anna is looking forward to make use of the terrace on her new house.

Spring is time for the new and our Adult Voices group has…

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