Spencer Stupka - BKin
I completed by Professional Practicum in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines. There were many different things that I found beneficial to completing my practicum abroad, but there are a couple examples that stand out when thinking back on the experience. First, completing my practicum abroad allowed me to experience new forms of therapy that are common in other parts of the world. For example, my supervisor was originally from China and was very familiar with ancient methods like Acupuncture and Ventosa. This gave me the chance to learn about techniques that I might not have had exposure to if I would have completed my practicum locally.
Another huge benefit to completing my professional practicum abroad was the opportunity that it gave me to travel to new countries, experience foreign cultures, explore remote islands, connecting with new friends and make unforgettable memories. In my semester spent abroad I was able to visit some of the most breathtaking island in the Philippines, spend a short time touring Tokyo, and even relax in Malaysia for a weekend.
If I could provide any future students any advice, I would suggest that they step out of their comfort zone and jump head first into a new culture. The amount you learn when you immerse yourself in a completely foreign world will amaze you. Whether it be navigating around an unfamiliar city, or finding a way to communicate with someone who does not speak a word of English!
One thing is for sure, I can promise that you will not regret your decision of completing you Professional Practicum abroad.