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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Anna Martindale
19 Nov 2014
05:51 AM

Cambodia 2014: Week Four

We can’t believe that we’ve been in Cambodia for a month now! It’s really strange how quickly we have settled into life in Phnom Penh; the daily tuk-tuk rides, street food, cockroaches and heat are just a part of life now.

It’s been a very busy week! One of the main goals of the City-Cambodia project is to train local staff to ensure a sustainable SLT service is provided all year round and to build links between other NGOs and services to promote multi-disciplinary working. This week we planned to start working towards our goals.

On Tuesday we started our…

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Anna Martindale
19 Nov 2014
05:49 AM

Cambodia 2014: Week Three

This week felt like a proper week! Now introductions and the holiday are over we feel like we can properly begin work.

This week we focused on observing the speech advisors to see how the service is currently run.

On Tuesday we arrived at CSC for the 8am meeting, this involves case discussion and mini presentations provided by all departments of the hospital. It was really interesting to see how every opportunity is taken to educate staff and how everyone is keen to learn. We ourselves learnt a lot about vaccinations! Whilst children might be vaccinated here, we learnt that…

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Anna Martindale
19 Nov 2014
05:35 AM

Cambodia 2014: Week Two

Week 2

We’ve finally moved into our new house and it feels nice not to be living out of our suitcases anymore!

Moving day

This week was a national holiday so the hospitals were closed. The 15 day religious festival ‘Pchum Ben’ (Ancestors day) is very important here.  It is a time when many Cambodians pay their respects to deceased relatives. This is an opportunity for families to get together, generally going back to their villages to celebrate. Some Cambodians go to the temple and make offerings of food to the Buddhist…

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Anna Martindale
19 Nov 2014
05:21 AM

Cambodia 2014: Week One

Hello! We are Nicky and Emma, two newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists from the UK.

We have been selected for this year’s City-Cambodia project, organised by City University, London. We will be volunteering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city for three months, working primarily with cleft palate services.

It is our intention to write a weekly blog including the highlights and the struggles of working in a developing country. This year we are working at 4 hospitals in the city that provide free cleft surgery, including one completely new setting in which we are hoping to set up the…

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Anna Martindale
24 Dec 2013
07:02 AM

Cambodia 2013: Final Week

So I've been reading back over previous blog entries that myself and Priyanka have written over the last three months, and most of them talk about how quickly time has been going! And now it is actually all over! The time has absolutely flown by, three months sounds like a long time, and I suppose it is a quarter of a year, but I don't think either of us thought it would go so quickly. It feels like it's been a bit of a blur, but we've accomplished a lot and we are both feeling proud of ourselves.

Our final…

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