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Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Anna Martindale
24 Oct 2013
12:51 AM

Cambodia 2013: Week Five

Sous-tey Folks!

I know we say this every week, but this week we really have had our hands full...really!

The big news in Week 5 has been the arrival of Fiona Jeyes, a cleft-palate specialist and fellow Speech-Language Therapist. Having done our cleft-training with Fiona and the fabulous team at the Spires Cleft Centre in Salisbury, both Becci and I were eager to show our mentor how we were getting on. Fiona joined us in Phnom Penh on Monday...and jumped straight into it on Tuesday!

Tuesday morning found Becci and I presenting an overview of the Speech and Language Therapy…

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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
Posted by:
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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