Speech and Language Therapy in Ahmedabad, India

Ref: 10003145


This opportunity is open to all students on the Speech and Language Therapy programme for 2019/20 who will be enrolled on one of the following modules; Professional Practice 2 (SALT2201), Transitions to Professional Practice (SALT3015) and Personal and Professional Development (SALT3045).

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per academic year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The main purpose of this trip is for students to learn about international perspectives and to develop their cultural competence through an experiential learning approach.

Speech, language and communication difficulties in school children are often hidden and yet can impact on all aspects learning, specifically literacy development, social development and inclusion. Furthermore in many countries speech and language therapy practices are still emerging and so on this trip students will deepen prior learning and broaden their understanding of global perspectives of child development, disability, health and how these are conceptualised and managed across another culture. Students will observe and work with school children by shadowing teachers and volunteers in a local school and community centre as part of the local charity Manav Sadhna work. They will observe teaching practice and share knowledge and skills by designing and delivering Train the Trainer workshops. Being able to adapt communication and resources to meet the needs of a range of clients and professionals is a vital skill and will be an excellent addition to a student’s tool box of skills. The knowledge and skills acquired on this trip will therefore be valuable for increasing confidence and skills and preparing for working as a speech and language therapist in a multilingual setting with people whose first language is not English.

Their learning will also be facilitated by visiting a local hospital where they will meet speech and language therapy students from Gujarat University. Here they will discuss international perspectives of speech and language therapy and will be encouraged to build a sustainable network which can be further developed on return to the UK.

Cultural activities

There will be opportunities for students to participate in cultural activities throughout the trip organised by DMU Square Mile India (pre-booking will be required). Students will also be encouraged to independently visit cultural sights and points of interest – details of which will be shared in a volunteering handbook, provided to all participants.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation will be booked by DMU Square Mile India for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Indian immigration requirements.

The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required. You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted on to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Most students will need a visa to visit India, and more information can be found on the gov.uk website. Contact the High Commission of India to find out how to apply for a visa. The Square Mile Team will be able to help and advise with obtaining a visa.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 7 September 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 14 September 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation: £950
  • Students will also be required to pay for: cultural activities, food & drink and visa
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 29 May 2019 9am