Julia Gerger

My intership in Johannesburg.


Name: Julia Gerger, BSc
Job description: Speech theramist
Company: Heila Jordaan, freelance speech therapist
Place: Johannesburg, South Africa
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I did my internship from March to April 2010.

What I did

I observed Heila Jordaan, a freelance speech therapist, during her treatment sessions. This allowed me to get to know a different culture and logopedic approach. I also attended lectures at WITS University in Johannesburg.

Why I enjoyed my internship

I was able to get to know a South African speech therapist in person and exchange ideas with her. I also wrote my Bachelor’s thesis with the aid of WITS University online library and that was very helpful.

What I learned

  • Group therapy for neurological speech problems
  • Multilingualism in the treatment of neurological speech problems

My biggest success

During my internship, I wrote a Bachelor’s thesis I am really proud of.

How I secured the internship

I searched the internet for international speech therapy associations. As part of that, I came across the speech therapist Heila Jordaan, based in Johannesburg in South Africa, who is a member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP). Thanks to the excellent international links of our programme head, Angelika Rother, I quickly established contact with Johannesburg. Professor Heila Jordaan is a speech therapist and Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in Johannesburg.

What I want to do in the future

I was really impressed by my internship and it expanded my horizons for my future in speech therapy work. The English-speaking world has different forms of treatment to here in Austria. It was an interesting and exciting time and has shaped my subsequent work.