Clare’s Cambodian Diaries: Before and after – my major accomplishments at DDSP!
As my time at DDSP Cambodia comes to a close I thought I’d pop up a quick post about my major projects and accomplishments. I’ve been here for almost 4 months and I thought I’d get a lot more done than I did, however looking back I have actually done a fair amount considering I had to adapt to the culture, the way things work and attempt to learn the language. So here is a little summary in pictures of the things I’ve been up to! Obviously the list isn’t exhaustive as I don’t have pictures for everything but it gives you a general overview. Classroom interventions:
MMK (physiotherapy) and Day Care interventions:
In addition to all of my small interventions, I also spent a lot of time doing on the job training, playing with the kids and enjoying myself! I always kept the children’s abilities in the back of my mind and often got out toys to play with that I thought would benefit them, however other times kids would come to me and just start talking and playing with me. Two of the biggest things I learned whilst working over here:
1) Kids don’t care that you can’t speak their language; and, 2) Lego solves everything!
There you have it, a very basic overview of the things I’ve done at DDSP over the past 4 months! I’ve enjoyed every minute, learned a lot and gained a tonne of experience in both working in a developing country and working with children with disabilities. Although I’m leaving I’ll definitely be checking in on how everything is going and I’d love to see more occupational therapists volunteer there in the future!
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