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!
In Nepal 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.
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.
"Me and Anika travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal in January 2017. We spent a week volunteering with the Volunteer World Nepal in Pepsicola Town Planning, Kathmandu. Our stay was highlighted by our hosts Umesh and Sanu Shrestha and their gorgeous baby Bidusha. They welcomed us so warmly and prepared as many meals. Our accommodation was simple but in a happy home, surrounded by flowers and plants,..."