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Inspiring Conversations with Angela Thompson of ASTCoaching/Travel Social Work Coach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Thompson.

Hi Angela, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am a seasoned travel medical social worker who has worked in various healthcare settings throughout the United States, including Northern and Southern California, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Arizona and Texas.

In 2015, I was exhausted from being overworked and underpaid. I was tired! I thought to myself; there have to be more social work opportunities available with better pay and less stress. I searched the internet diligently until I came across travel social work. I was so intrigued with the idea of travel social work because I always wanted to travel but did not think social work would afford me such an opportunity. I contacted a recruiter who provided information on what was needed to start my application process. The recruiter informed me that at least a year of master’s level medical social work experience is required to become marketable for travel social work assignments. Say less! I developed a plan to obtain the necessary expertise.

In April 2016, I informed the recruiter that I was ready to apply for assignments. I provided the requested documents for the application process. The recruiter submitted me for a 13-week assignment in San Francisco, California; the phone interview went well, and I was offered the position with a start date within two weeks. I verbally accepted the assignment. Once I received the contract, I reviewed and signed it. I then put in my two-week resignation letter to my employer. I remember my friends and family being so surprised that I quit my job to pursue a temporary job assignment across the country. I was nervous and excited as I did not know what the future held, but I knew my home would always be there. A special moment I will never forget is my late grandmother praying for me before I left for San Francisco, California.

At the time, I was not aware of anyone working as a travel social worker. So, I searched social media to obtain personal experiences and advice but to no avail. I researched some travel nursing sites for guidance.

Once I started traveling and putting #travelsocialwork on Instagram, I received messages from social workers wanting advice regarding travel social work, which inspired me to the author, “So You Want to be a Social Worker? Say Less!”

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In the beginning, there was a lot of trial and error as I had no one to offer advice regarding travel social work. I was able to learn on the go. Overall, I would not trade the experience for anything. I have grown so much personally and professionally.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am a travel social work coach and founder of, I provide personalized career support through one-on-one coaching and virtual sessions. I offer multiple services for the novice or experienced travel social worker, ranging from goal setting to identifying skill gaps and training needs. I not only assist with career development but also focus on individual needs. Clients who work with me can gain valuable lessons in personal growth by learning self-care techniques or how to cope with first-day jitters.

As a seasoned travel social worker and author of “So You Want to be a Social Worker? Say Less!” I created this informative guide to help other social workers navigate this niche profession and find lucrative employment. The guidebook is an essential resource for recent graduates or seasoned social work practitioners who want the flexibility to travel while working in the field. The book can be purchased as a paperback or eBook edition via The career advice book is ideal for master’s level social workers who want financial stability while doing work they enjoy.

Each chapter includes resources and tips about qualifications, the application process, key job roles, benefits, housing, and more. Readers can use the step-by-step instructions to pursue a career in this niche profession or become a more marketable traveling expert in the field.

Before I discovered travel social work, I often felt underpaid and overworked. That is why I want to share my journey and help other social workers achieve a rewarding career with the flexibility to travel and earn a six-figure income.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The need for social workers is great! I see an increased need for not only travel medical social workers but for social workers in all professional areas. Society is now recognizing the value social workers provide within the workforce. Social workers will have more opportunities to provide consultation as we offer a unique skill set.


  • Travel Social Work Goals Consultation 45 min $45
  • VIP Coaching Session Single Session 45 min $50
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