Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy occupational therapy program for those practising or aspiring to practice physiotherapy/ medicine, this internship is an incredible opportunity, which will help you appreciate the challenges faced in developing countries around medical care. As a physiotherapy volunteer/intern, you will shadow registered physiotherapists and may take part in physio sessions for adults and children, depending on prior experience and skills. The majority of work will be observation-based (unless already qualified), which allows a great opportunity to gain valuable firsthand knowledge, giving your resume that extra advantage.

We can offer physiotherapy occupational therapy placements to suit volunteers of 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 upon your background.

Volunteers with less experience will work alongside a local physiotherapist and will have the opportunity to learn through observing and helping out in practical ways. Those with more experience and qualifications will be able to play a more active role and may even be given their own patients to treat.

Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy Highlights:

  • Join our physiotherapy occupational therapy program and gain work experience by following physical therapists as they work at hospitals. You will watch as they treat adults and children working to improve lives.
  • Gain work experience in physiotherapy occupational therapy by observing physical therapists in hospitals and rehabilitation centres
  • You will observe physiotherapy occupational therapy sessions that focus on showing members how to care for and assist children with special needs. This helps families bond, and it will help 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

The rehabilitation clinic can be understaffed or lack an insufficient number of medical professionals. You will be able to witness how the physios at the clinic cope and handle the limited recourses. This can be an eye-opening experience.

There will not be any hands-on work unless you are experienced. If not, then most of your learning will mainly be through observation. Many options are available for volunteers depending on your skill level. You will spend the first couple of days observing and being assessed for your experience level which will be discussed and agreed to with the professionals at the clinic in order to assess your daily tasks.

What will physiotherapy occupational therapy volunteer do?

You will work with physical therapists and medical staff in hospitals or rehabilitation centres with patients. Volunteers will observe physical therapists and medical staff as they work with children and adults. It is a process of exchanging knowledge with local staff and students and helping staff and teach parents how to care for and help children with special needs

Is physiotherapy occupational therapy volunteering right for me?

Physiotherapy occupational therapy is perfect for those volunteers who want to add observational physical therapy experience in a developing country to their resume. Volunteers will observe experienced physical therapists directly, and have the opportunity to ask questions about patients’ conditions and their treatment methods. This kind of physical therapy work experience will help you stand out in applications.

What are the aims and impact of physiotherapy occupational therapy?

Physiotherapy occupational therapy program aims to give you a more in-depth understanding of physical therapy practices in a developing country and build your practical knowledge. We want you to know and learn as much as you can in Nepal while sharing medical knowledge from your home country if you can.

Nepal is listed as one of the most disadvantaged countries in the world. Natural disasters like earthquakes have also had a terrible impact on the country. Limited medical resources and a lack of experienced doctors have only added to the challenges they face today.

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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