Calling all would-be humanitarian Audiologists
Sound Seekers is a small, London-based charity with projects in eight developing countries, all in sub-Saharan Africa. Our work is dedicated to improving quality of life for deaf and hearing-impaired people, in particular by assisting Ministries of Health to establish or develop audiology infrastructure and capacity. In the countries where Sound Seekers works, audiology services are few and far between, and where they do exist they usually lack the necessary equipment and qualified staff. Our works aims to address these gaps through providing training opportunities and audiological equipment.
The number of fully qualified Audiologists in poor countries is pitiful. In Zambia, a country of 13 million people, there is only one. In Sierra Leone, a country of six million people, there are none. In several countries that we support, the only fully qualified Audiologists are working in the private sector. Although Sound Seekers supports candidates from developing countries to follow courses in audiology, at the moment we are limited to sponsoring participation in a one-year diploma in Clinical Audiology. Those who complete this course usually return to their home countries and are expected to hit the ground running and establish an audiology service from scratch.
This is where you come in!
- Are you looking for a challenge and can you spare at least two weeks*?
- Do you enjoy coaching and mentoring?
- Would you like to use your skills in a resource-poor setting, where little is known about what an Audiologist is or does?
- Are you keen to visit a new country and work with some fabulous people?
… then we would like to hear from you!
Sound Seekers is looking for audiology professionals to go to our project countries for a minimum of two weeks, to support staff on the ground that have received basic training in audiology and need help to establish or develop their service. If you are available immediately or in six months, please do email Emily Bell on firstname.lastname@example.org and include a copy of your CV**.
*but the longer the better!
**If we can work out a suitable placement for you, Sound Seekers will help you raise funds towards your trip.