• WHAT WE DO
    WHAT WE DO

    Trinh Foundation Australia works to assist the Vietnamese people to establish Speech Therapy as a profession in their country. We collaborate with our Vietnamese partners to create ...

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    You can volunteer for Trinh Foundation in a number of ways – and you don’t have to leave the country, if you don’t want to. We are always looking for volunteers, to travel to Vietnam ...

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    CURRENT WORK

    TFA works in partnership with a number of educational and clinical institutions throughout Vietnam to deliver on our mission of bringing speech therapy to Vietnam ...

TFA Welcomes New Scope Global Volunteer to HCMC

The Australian government funded Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program initially through Australian Volunteers International and more recently Scope Global has placed six full time Australian speech pathologists on 18 to 24 month assignments to UPNT since 2010. This productive partnership continues because of the close alignment between UPNT’s goals, TFA’s strategic plan and AVID’s priorities in Vietnam for human resource development, as well as their focus on helping people with disabilities. Sarah Day is the sixth of these AVID volunteers. Sarah shares her story on how she decided to take up this position.

 “One afternoon in September last year I was sitting at my desk at work checking my emails before packing up for the day. I opened the latest Speech Pathology Australia newsletter and noticed an advertisement for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program.

I was curious so I clicked on the link and discovered a world of possibilities… new experiences, opportunities, challenges and culture that I could potentially be a part of. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer within small projects and local programs in the past, but never something on this scale.

One thing led to another and today I find myself meeting my new colleagues and the students of the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach (UPNT) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I am volunteering in the role of Speech Pathology Clinical Educator for the next 12 months! TFA are heavily involved in delivering the current Paediatric Speech Therapy program here, and I’m keen to support their work, build on the relationships they have already developed and support UPNT to build the capacity of the local Speech Pathologists (SP) and SP students.

My family, Shane my husband, and our children Sienna (11), Harlow (5) and Matilda (3) are on this adventure with me, and are also supported through the AVID program. Shane is taking on the challenge of home schooling the eldest two, while Tilly keeps them all on their toes! We have found a great apartment with all the luxuries of home, and yet we still find ourselves immersed in a new culture, surrounded by beautiful people and their traditions. We are all attempting to learn the local language, sample all the tantalising gastronomical delights and develop the skill of moving with and through the river of motorbikes that connects the entire city.  Ho Chi Minh City is a city that never sleeps, never stops moving and is the epitome of east meets west. Let the adventures begin!”

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