Physiotherapy Internship in Nepal

Volunteer World Nepal offers physiotherapy internship in Nepal placements for all levels of experience, so whether you are an aspiring physiotherapist or a qualified professional we will be happy to provide you with placement and we will tailor your role based on your background. The majority of work will be observation-based (unless you are already qualified), which allows a great opportunity to gain valuable firsthand knowledge, giving your resume that extra advantage.

Physiotherapy internship in Nepal program is an incredible opportunity which will help you appreciate the challenges faced in developing countries around medical care for those practising or aspiring to practice physiotherapy and medicine. As a physiotherapy intern, you will shadow registered physiotherapists and may participate in physical therapy sessions for adults and children, depending on prior experience and skills.

Physiotherapy Internship in Nepal Highlights:

  • Join our physiotherapy internship in Nepal program and gain work experience by following physical therapists and how they work at hospitals and disabled care centres. Interns will watch how they treat adults and children working to improve lives.
  • You will observe physiotherapy sessions with professionals and physiotherapists that focus on showing members how to care for and assist children with special needs.
  • Learn more about overseas healthcare systems and various practices the clinic use
  • Gain valuable fist hand experience or pass on skills and practices from back home
  • Get more hands-on, depending on experience, and help children and adults during their physio sessions

Where will you be working?

Kathmandu or Pokhara will be your working location for the period of your physiotherapy internship in Nepal.


Discover an enriching internship opportunity within a hospital setting, offering firsthand exposure to the world of physiotherapy. Immerse yourself in this dynamic environment, collaborating closely with seasoned physiotherapy therapists. Gain invaluable insights as you observe their techniques and methods, while also actively participating in therapeutic interventions.

This immersive experience promises to not only broaden your understanding of physiotherapy but also provide practical skills and knowledge to further your professional journey. Seize this chance to embark on a transformative internship that blends observation with hands-on learning, shaping you into a well-rounded healthcare professional.

Special Education and Rehabilitation Center:

There is a centre that provides education and rehabilitation services to children with various disabilities. The centre also offers different types of physical therapies to help children with their specific needs. A schedule is in place to ensure that each child spends quality time in the physical therapy room as frequently as possible. Since each child has unique requirements, some are learning to walk, while others need regular massage to maintain their physical health. The centre needs extra assistance from interns to enable more children to access the physical therapy room and receive regular treatment.

Disabled Care Centre:

In this amazing and loving home, there are about 80 adult people and only one physical therapist. Your help is needed and you will work alongside the physiotherapy/physical therapist, learning and helping at the same time.

Orientation begins on the morning of next day your arrival and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Nepal – an introduction to Nepal, Nepalese customs, language training details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Nepal, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to visit local temples, sample authentic Nepali food, meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. The program may vary depending on your time of arrival. We will manage to include all below mentioned activities in you introduction program.
• Arrival and introduction host family
• Survival Nepali lessons and cultural discussion
• Local amenities and sightseeing and project start

On arrival in Nepal, volunteers stay in a host family in Kathmandu for their orientation.

Volunteers are then accommodated together in homestays and hosted by local families who have been approved by our program staff. We give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to stay with a host family, providing you with a unique opportunity to learn about the Nepalese way of life, meet local people, try traditional food and speak the local language – especially when host families in Nepal tend to have limited English.

Living is basic but comfortable and most homestays have electricity and running water, with the exception of some rural homestays which are without these conveniences during the dry season. Squat toilets are the norm in Nepal and you will not come across many western toilets. Volunteers can also expect low-pressure showers that are generally not heated; however, this is refreshing after a day in the heat.

You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers and bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. It is recommended volunteers bring their own sleeping bags and mosquito nets for any trips away.

WiFi is available in most of the volunteer homestays. If you would like to keep connected during your stay, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Nepal.

The staple meal for most Nepali families is dal bhat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables in curry (tarkari) and/or meat (masu) with a side of pickle/sauce (achar). Volunteers are served two meals per day at their homestay and can purchase additional food to supplement this if they wish.

Volunteers can have a meaningful impact on Nepalese communities by providing assistance with a wide range of activities that help make life, and the future, better for local people. Volunteer World Nepal has a number of volunteer projects in Nepal. Some are located on the outskirts of the capital city of Kathmandu in rural and urban areas, while others are in Pokhara and Salleri. Pokhara is located in mid-western Nepal and is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its amazing mountain views. Salleri is the Everest Mountain region: beautiful landscapes, hillsides dotted with villages, a lively weekend bazaar, a Tibetan camp, and many spectacular Buddhist monasteries. In Salleri you can teach in Schools, teach English in a monastery, work in a Health Clinic or work in Construction. Salleri is a small Himalayan Region town that serves as the headquarters of the Solukhumbu District.

Low-cost, fully hosted volunteer abroad programs in Nepal.
Your registration fee and your program fee provide access to a fully hosted volunteer experience with Volunteer World Nepal. In order to apply to join Volunteer World Nepal you are required to make your registration fee payment of 100 dollars.

Key Information:

Provide care and connection for disabled people
Various locations in Nepal
Homestay accommodation
Based in specialist day care centers, clinics and hospitals
Up to 4 - 5 hours volunteers a day
Fully hosted experience from 200 dollar for 1 week
Base Camp treks and other tours available
Durations from 1 - 4 weeks
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Program fee for two weeks: 350 USD
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  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

What's included:

  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Accommodation
  • Orientation and survival Nepali language lesson
  • Cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • 24/7 email and telephone support
  • Volunteer handbook
  • 24/7 hours emergency support
  • Dedicated VWN program and travel co-ordinator
  • Regular program inspection
  • Scholarships for low income students

What's Excluded:

  • Flights to Kathmandu
  • Visa cost
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Domestic flight costs
  • Transportation costs for the volunteers who want to work outside the Kathmandu Valley
  • Personal items, extra beverages and entertainment expenses
  • Personal travel and sightseeing
  • Transportation service during weekends travel
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