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Students celebrate overseas opportunities

Physiotherapy students at St George’s, University of London, have heard about opportunities to act as volunteers in clinics overseas.

The event was hosted by students who had completed placements in a wide range of countries.

Senior lecturer Karen Hamm helped organise the evening event on 6 November, at which five physiotherapy students presented highlights and key learning experiences from their volunteering projects.

It was an ‘opportunity to raise awareness of the fantastic work carried out abroad by our students’, said Ms Hamm.

Stressing that the overseas placements were not part of the official university programme, Ms Hamm described them as ‘skills enhancing’ and a ‘brilliant experience’.  

Also present was Birgit Mueller-Winkler, the CSP’s international adviser, who told Frontline: ‘It was great to see how passionately students reported back from their international placements.

‘However, students should make sure they have appropriate supervision during their placement and discuss this topic with the organiser prior to heading off,’ she warned. ‘After all, they have been offered a student placement.

‘My advice is to gather as much information about the placement setting in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises once students have arrived in the host country,’ Ms Mueller-Winkler added.

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