First Bite #123 – November 03, 2020

Voluntourism vs Volunteering…the How-To-Guide for Global SLPs

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by Kari Comer Lim, MS CCC-SLP, Past President of the DC Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, and Clinical Supervisor at George Washington University where she has collaborated with colleagues across the globe to create study abroad opportunities for Speech-Language Pathology students.  If you’ve ever thought about combining your loves of Speech-Language Pathology, Travel, and Doing Good in the World…then I’m sure that you have thought about volunteering as an SLP abroad!  And…I’m hoping that as soon as you had that beautiful thought, you followed it with a quick question or two of, “How can I ethically and respectfully contribute to another community?”.  The lovely Kari is here to answer that question, provide first-hand guidance, share personal experiences, and mentor you so that you can share your gifts with the world and grow as a kind SLP in the process too!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • The process for becoming involved in International SLP Programs.
  • 3 recommendations to contribute ethically and respectfully in another culture.
  • 3 resources available to SLPs interested in International Programs.


Kari Comer Lim, MS CCC-SLP

Kari Comer graduated with her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama. She currently works at The George Washington University as a Clinical Supervisor, Adjunct Professor, and Outreach Coordinator. Kari has a wide range of clinical and supervisory experience and has worked in a variety of settings including home health, schools, and hospitals. Additionally, Kari has a strong interest in international collaboration and has taught and supervised with many organizations abroad.

Kari is the current President of the DC Speech-Language-Hearing Association (DCSHA) and a former board member of the Washington, D.C. Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology through the Department of Health. She is a recipient of the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young American awards from Junior Chamber International for my professional accomplishments. Kari lives in Washington, DC and enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and trying new restaurants in town.