By: Amanda Mulligan
Growing up you think about your future you dream of changing the world and having an impact like no other. When I found the Global Autism Project, I knew this was the perfect opportunity. I’m 25 with nothing holding me back to take all the opportunities life gives me. As I work towards becoming a BCBA, I decided to take the jump and travel to Nanchang, China. Almost 3 weeks, spent with complete strangers, in a new country, working at a center you’ve never been too sounds crazy. Turns out it’s one of the most exhilarating and challenging things I’ll ever get to do. During this trip I’ve seen the passion and determination that not only we had as a team but that the staff at the center in Nanchang has.
I started this adventure with the Global Autism Project and told myself to have no expectations and was given more than I could have ever asked for. Traveling with this group gave me back my “why” and lite the spark I needed to know I choose the right career path. Why I choose to work in a sometimes difficult and stressful field was answered as soon as I walked into the Nanchang center. I was welcomed excitedly with teachers that were so eager and willing to learn new techniques and work to perfect their skills. Traveling to Nanchang made me realize how lucky I am to have the training, resources, and support I having working ABA in the United States. I look forward to forever being able to share the experiences I’ve gained while traveling with the Global Autism Project and hope that I have many more trips in the future.