Practicing abroad has many romantic notions attached to the idea. Reality puts the romanticism into a different light. There are no opportunities for a DC to simply practice a few months in an exotic land like some kind of “working vacation”. There are occasional “missionary-type expeditions” that last a week or two through a school program, a nonprofit foundation or a Christian organization; but, these are the full financial responsibility of the volunteer doctor. If you are thinking that there are opportunities to practice for less than a two-year term, you will be disappointed.
Now that that is out of the way, there are an abundance of opportunities for doctors who plan on making a substantial move. The first thing you will need to do is get connected with someone in the destination country; or someone who comes from there and can help you plan your trip there.
The Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps’ website has a separate page for each country known to have one or more DCs in practice. (see Global Statistics link below) On that page, in addition to current chiropractic statistics, you will find a contact doctor you can reach, as well. This information has been placed there for you to make a first contact with someone who has successfully set up a practice in the country of your interest. The purpose of having initial contacts is to help plan and prepare you for your trip to visit the country as soon as possible. There are many reasons why this is strongly recommended. The most important is to prevent you from failing.
Be prepared to spend a little money on phone calls, Fed-Ex or faxes to get some information and increase the level of familiarity with your contact(s). Budget for a trip in the reasonable near future if you expect anyone to take your interests seriously. If you are not in a financial position to do the above, it is unlikely that you will prevail and should wait until you have adequate reserves of money, time and opportunities to begin this quest. Don’t be discouraged. It is best to move from a position of strength; best for the profession and for you personally
Once you can fully answer these questions to your satisfaction it will become easier to narrow down your choices. After all, you can only be in one place at a time. Why not make a solid decision and plant some deep roots; your future patients deserve that. So does the profession and so do you!