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#26 Wednesday 6th of July 2016 17:01

Noonap
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Hi all,

I am an UK qualified OT and looking to work in Ireland. Not clear if my qualifications will be accepted.

Any advice from anyone?

I am happy to answer any questions about working as an OT in the UK. Have worked in England for 17 years.

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#27 Wednesday 6th of July 2016 17:10

Noonap
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Hi again,

I have just found this website with all the information I needed, so wanted to share it here ....

http://coru.ie/uploads/documents/OT_com … ty_(2).pdf



Noonap wrote:

Hi all,

I am an UK qualified OT and looking to work in Ireland. Not clear if my qualifications will be accepted.

Any advice from anyone?

I am happy to answer any questions about working as an OT in the UK. Have worked in England for 17 years.

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#28 Monday 11th of July 2016 08:26

YuriTan
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Hi everyone,

I'm Yuri and I’m an Italian student. I'm going to graduate in November, here in Milan. Anyway, I’d really love to move to UK since I’ve found an interesting postgraduate course and I’d like to challenge myself in different situations than the ones I’ve faced here in Italy during my formation. So I’d like to continue my formation in psychanalytic approach and learn and improve my professional skills by working in the UK.

Noonan, it would be very kind of you if you can provide me some help to understand how, basically, everything works there. Thank you all.

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#29 Tuesday 12th of July 2016 13:59

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Hi everyone,

I am Emma and I am from Mauritius. I studied a BSc in Occupational Therapy in Perth, Western Australia and graduated recently.
In my country OT is in its infancy and I would love to gain experience abroad. I have applied for jobs in many countries such as Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and unfortunately there is one issue: the inability to obtain a working visa. If anyone has suggestions or can help?

With anticipated thanks,

Emma

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#30 Thursday 21st of July 2016 07:34

msotr4kids
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Hello everyone - My name is Maria Schmitt and I have been an OT for 24 years ... I am currently trying to finish my OTD and looking to work abroad either as an instructor for an OT program ... I also work per diem in adult home health and my regular job is pediatrics specifically physical disabilities and autism ... Can someone point me in the right direction on how to find a job in UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany ... I am interested in working in a different culture as all my training and experiences are US ... I am Filipina but grew up in the California ... Any advice and help is greatly appreciated ... Thank you ... Cheers

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#31 Monday 25th of July 2016 12:45

Clowette
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Noonap wrote:

Hi again,

I have just found this website with all the information I needed, so wanted to share it here ....

http://coru.ie/uploads/documents/OT_com … ty_(2).pdf



Noonap wrote:

Hi all,

I am an UK qualified OT and looking to work in Ireland. Not clear if my qualifications will be accepted.

Any advice from anyone?

I am happy to answer any questions about working as an OT in the UK. Have worked in England for 17 years.


Hi Noonap,
I'm an OT from France and I just send my file in order to work in Ireland. Maybe I can try to answer any questions about working in Ireland.

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#32 Saturday 30th of July 2016 07:51

deepamot
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Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello, I am Deepam pawar from India. I am an Occupational therapist. Its a nice platform to interact with fellow OTist. I primarily deals with special kids and adults with neuro impairements.


Transforming Lives, Building Independence.
Occupational Therapy OT

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#33 Wednesday 17th of August 2016 03:52

pegi
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hello,
my name is pegi and i live in colorado,...
think i am in a mid life crisis,....
ready to move, and ready to do some meaningful work,...was looking at volunteering somewhere , internationally maybe,...and i can't afford to do that,...ha! so, thought i would explore working as an OT abroad.
it has been almost 2 years since i have practiced as an OT in adult rehab,....
i have done some OT in the schools here,.....and now work as a teacher assistant in spec ed.
it is time to either use it or lose it,...my OT credentials,....
any suggestions of jobs,....training that would be helpful to make me marketable for overseas work,....would be appreciated.
thanks!
am open to where help is really needed!

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#34 Wednesday 17th of August 2016 06:29

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acarpio wrote:

Hi Jocelyn, there are no working visit visa available in qatar, it's either visit or buisness visa, working visa is issued by an employer based on a contract, are you from moncton? if yes one of my friend , monique is here and she knows who you are.:), her sister is louise le blanc...

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Yes, I was at Louise's retirement party! Now I am in Cambodia for a few months. Say Hi to  Monique. If you want to talk more, friend me on FB (Jocelyn Campbell, Peterborough).
cheers,
J


“Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.”
S.J. Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw)

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#35 Wednesday 17th of August 2016 06:31

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deepamot wrote:

Hello, I am Deepam pawar from India. I am an Occupational therapist. Its a nice platform to interact with fellow OTist. I primarily deals with special kids and adults with neuro impairements.

Hi Deepam Pawar, which state of India? I will visit India again before 2018.
Jocelyn


“Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.”
S.J. Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw)

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#36 Friday 19th of August 2016 13:03

DebbieB
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hello!

Fabulous to read all your posts!! earlier this week I came to The Gambia for 3-6 months, I'm an OT but will be working with a Gambian charity, Mobee, to set up community mental health services ... with an OT approach of course.  I qualified 4 years ago and it boils down to a flippant comment that has brought me out here but am very excited (and daunted) by the work waiting for me! - any links or comments of advice will all be gratefully received, especially if its pointing me in the direction of practices in low-income / developing countries

Take care all,

Debbie

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#37 Sunday 21st of August 2016 08:32

griffiap
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Hi all,

What an amazing forum.

I am an Irish OT who has been working in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for the last 4 years. Senior OT and Head of OT service in my last 2 positions. Been lucky enough to develop 2 new services from the ground up here in Dubai (Vocational and Transitioning program for teens with disabilities and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, both the first of their kind in the middle east! smile  ). Lots of experience with licensing, hiring and supervising foreign OTs in the UAE so any questions about Dubai or Abu Dhabi feel free. Have had lots of great experience presenting at various international conferences and has been a frequent speaker on professional panels and debates on the subject of support for individuals with disabilities in the UAE. Also appear in the media in the middle east on health and OT related topics (Radio (approx once per month), print and TV).

See my linkedIn for more info on these:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-griffi … ab_profile

Have been considering a move to Canada in the next 2 years as it can be tough here with a young familiy during the summer months. Speaking to colleagues online I have grown to really like the Canadian service delivery model and core values and think it might be a positive step (as well as a big scary one smile ) I'm specifically looking at Toronto and am trying to build a timeline for transitioning over and the steps involved.

Thanks all, looking forward to some good conversations on here.

Adam

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#38 Sunday 28th of August 2016 01:20

dorothywitt2
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Hi Rachel,
The book maybe Disabled Village Children Aothor David Werner

rachel.ohene wrote:

Hello,

I am an Occupational Therapist in the US.  I am interested in doing some volunteer work in another country.  I'm interested in doing something in a developing country for 1-2 weeks.  Im fairly new in my career, and specialize in dementia care currently.  I'm most interested in taking my foundation as an OT, and applying it creatively to help those without access to therapy.

Two things: 

1)  Does anyone have a recommendation for a good resource book that provides helpful interventions when working in a developing country/environment?  I remember learning about a book while I was in school, but can't for the life of me find the name of that book.  The book had ideas on how to make wheelchairs and splints out of everyday items, etc.
2) Has anyone had a positive experience with an international therapy volunteer organization that they could refer me to?  Im especially interested in SE Asia, Central and South America.  Most of the organizations I've explored have an expensive fee for volunteering and don't seem to have a focus on therapy. 

Thank you for any guidance or ideas regarding the above topics.

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#39 Wednesday 7th of September 2016 09:09

KosovaOT
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Hello, Born in the US and have been developing OT in the country of Kosovo. Have lived there since 1999.

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#40 Wednesday 14th of September 2016 08:12

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Hello Everyone!!
It is great to see how OT is spread out across our globe.
I'm Peter Drzymala an OT of 23yrs. currently employed in the capacity as the Professional Practice Lead for LIH Sky City Rehabilitation Hospital in Kunming, China.  It is a new 104-bed Rehab facility in the southern part of China that is scheduled to open in Jan. of 2017.  Our intention is to bring high quality, evidence-based, client-centred rehabilitation to the population of China and also to provide Professional Development for OTs in China.  It is an exciting and challenging opportunity.  I would happy to answer anyone's queries about working in China and/or OT in China.
I am also looking to recruit and hire OTs who have at least two years of experience.  Please contact me and I can provide more details.

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#41 Wednesday 21st of September 2016 20:18

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Hi,
Thanks to WFOT and Moderator for providing such an opportunity on OTION forum . My Name is Prakash  Kumar Singh practicing as an Occupational Therapist at Bangalore, India.

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#42 Wednesday 21st of September 2016 20:41

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Hi Peter Sir,
My name is Prakash kumar Singh working as an Occupational therapist at Bangalore ,India . I am interested to work  in  China or UAE  if  there will be any opportunity available. I have 3 years experience . So, please provide me your Email address.
Thanking you sir,

Regards,
Prakash Kumar Singh,
Occupational therapist,
Email: prakashsinghot@gmail.com

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#43 Friday 23rd of September 2016 13:02

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Hi Adam,
I enjoyed looking at all your amazing work on Linked-in/ (See my linkedIn for more info on these:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-griffi … ab_profile)

I am a retired Canadian OT, I live in Toronto half time. I would be happy to answer your questions if I can, or maybe link you with someone.
please contact me at my email: otjocelyncampbell@gmail.com if you want to dialogue further.
cheers,
Jocelyn


“Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.”
S.J. Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw)

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#44 Tuesday 4th of October 2016 20:19

gingko
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Hi, my name is Lorraine Finnegan and I have been an OT in California for 13 years.  My background is mostly working with physical disabilities with the adult/geriatric population although I have been in Home Health for a major hospital group in Northern California for the past year.

I am an Irish Citizen and my husband and I (also an OT) are considering a move back to Ireland for a couple of years.  Since I received my college education in the US and have no experience working as an OT in Ireland I was hoping there was an OT out there who could give me some insight into requirements for US OTs to work in Ireland.  I have also contacted the Irish OT Association for information.

Any help would be appreciated!

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#45 Saturday 8th of October 2016 14:30

OT-RICKY
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Hi All, great to see so much diversity within our profession!

I am Audric, an OT in Australia. I have volunteered overseas as an OT in Nepal and Fiji, and am passionate about the role of OT in international development. I am particularly interested in the process in which allied health professions such as OT become established within a country. In the past I have built the capacity of local staff the provide strategies based in OT, however realise the long term goal is to have locally trained OTs in developing countries to fill this gap. This may be a complex question, however any input is appreciated.

Cheers.

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#46 Monday 10th of October 2016 06:49

ipsabrina
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Hello All

I'm Sabrina, an OT from Hong Kong.  I've been working in Hong Kong for a few years in geriatric in hospitals and community after graduation, and I'm moving to Melbourne, Australia early next year since I've got my skilled migration visa granted earlier.

However, I would like some advice for registration/job hunting as an overseas trained OT like me.
There's a requirement from the OT Council in Australia and New Zealand that after qualification credentialing, a period of half-year full-time supervised practice or equivalent has to be completed before getting the full registration as an OT.  However, almost all the job posts I found they all require Full Registration, even jobs for Grade 1 OT (ie for new graduates/junior practitioners). 

Wish those overseas trained OTs could share your experience and advice for me for the condition I'm facing!
Thank you very much!  I am happy to share my experience too!

Have a nice day every one!

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#47 Thursday 10th of November 2016 12:58

emmaajohnson
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Hello, my name is Emma.
I'm an Occupational Therapy masters student studying at the University of South Australia. I want to move to the Netherlands and work there as an OT when I graduate at the end of 2017. If anyone has done a move like this before from Australia, Canada or America, I would love to hear about how it was for you? Whether it was difficult to adjust to work in The Netherlands and if your Dutch needs to be perfect? I'd love to hear from anyone who has anything to say/suggest on the matter.
Thank you!

emma.a.johnson1@gmail.com

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#48 Wednesday 7th of December 2016 13:10

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Dear all,

I would like to introduce myself, I am Julie, Dutch by origine, also studied OT there, I have worked in The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada as well as in some developing countries over the last 20 years, including Ecuador, Cuba, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa. Since 2004, I am pioneering in Zambia, where only since January 2016 (this year!!) inclusive education was made legal! There are hardly any rehabilitation services available, no community based rehab (CBR) services available. I am trying to work with Universities and Colleges for more understanding of disability, participation and integration in society, working on inclusive education, vocational skills and employability for people with disabilities and other vulnerable target groups, like street kids, youth with HIV/Aids, abused girls, children with developmental delay etc. I support various innovative projects, where we could use more OT hands, for example at Sani Sunshine Project (for adolescents with intellectual disabilities), and Palabana Project, where we are working towards inclusive education and employability, zee the websites, as well as my own Foundations website Livinglifeopportunities.org. We are always looking for extra hands, volunteers/ students etc. We can not provide a salary but accomodation, you can volunteer for up to three months without a special visa needed.  I can only say that working in another country has enriched me personally as well as professionally, especially in Africa, where you still find conditions and circumstances you will not find anywhere else,  together with a most pleasant culture and community feeling. Who ever is interested, plz contact me, ciao, Julie

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#49 Friday 16th of December 2016 10:03

merve
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Hello everyone!

My name is Merve and I am an Occupational Therapist in Turkey. I was born and grew up in Germany. After my graduation in 2014, I moved to İstanbul. Currently I am working with mentally disabled children and teenagers. İt is such a nice opportunity to be in contact with so many OT's around the world. Thank you for making this possible.

Thanks, and very best wishes,
Merve

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#50 Thursday 22nd of December 2016 14:16

Aileen_S
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Hi everyone!

My name is Aileen and I am an Occupational Therapist in Germany. I would like to apologize for my weak English, i am still improve my english skills.

Currently I am working as an teacher in a new University of Applied Sciences in Germany, it is a Project of the Goverment to change the way of studing occupational therapy in Germany. Normaly you go to a special OT-School and you have a kind of education there to become an OT, normaly you don´t graduated with an Bachelor degree in Occupational therapy.

I am an Occupational Therapist since 2011 with an "first degree" of an Occupatiobal Shool from Germany. After my graduation i moved for around two mounth to india, to work as an volunteer OT in an Old Age Home and in a Programm to empower Womens for work.
Befor I moved to my new job in April 2016, i worked as an OT in mental health care in a acute-psychiatry, who specialized on the therapy of people with schizophrenia.
During my work in the hospital i studied Occupational Therapy in the Netherlands.
So, now i have my Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy :-)

And i want to go to canada. I would like to see how Canadian OT´s work with mentally disabled adults, i want to learn some skills and bring them to Germany.... The German OT´s need more information and Skills for working like all international OT´s do it (occupation- based, evidence-based....)

In mental health working spaces, the most OT´s work still just with handcraft...

So, i am  happy for each advice, like good Books, Programms, Studies or something else.

I plan to go in 2018 (just fpr a half year) for OT-abroad to canada, i hope i can connect here with some OT´s from Canada who worked with mentally disabled people and i hope I can visit some working places as an volunteer or internship, during my work and trawel.
Or maybe someone of you knew how i can work as an OT- Assistant or something like this just during the time, to earn enough mony for living in Canada during the time.

Thanks you!

best wishes
Aileen

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