Occupational Therapy Volunteer Projects and Internships Overseas
Occupational Therapy students traditionally have a great deal of variety in the placements they do during their studies. How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd and prove that you're up to an even bigger challenge? Choosing to volunteer abroad with us on an Occupational Therapy placement will give you a great deal of international work experience as you provide support to our colleagues in the developing world.
While there is a great need for occupational therapy volunteers in developing countries, there is also a lack of understanding of the role they can play.
Projects Abroad places occupational therapy volunteers in a variety of placements from specialist clinics and small hospitals to community based rehabilitation centres for children with disabilities.
At most placements there is no guidance from occupational therapists, you might be working with physiotherapists, so a confident and communicative approach is needed, often educating local staff in what occupational therapists can achieve. Through listening, learning and being proactive, volunteers can offer great practical benefit in placements where these skills are not always seen and used.
Whether you are a trained professional looking for a worthwhile and exciting way of using your annual leave, a student searching for something relevant to do on your summer break or an undergraduate organising an overseas elective, you will have a valuable role to play in one of the hospitals, clinics or centres that we work with.
Volunteering Abroad on a Occupational Therapy Internship
As an Occupational Therapy volunteer, you are sure to be in great demand. Occupational Therapy is something of a luxury, unique to western health systems that hospitals and other organisations in the developing world could never hope to afford. Health & care centres, and other projects are often very poorly resourced, and lack trained staff with the critical knowledge and skills to help their patients ease back into daily life.
Our rewarding Occupational Therapy programmes enable you to help sick or disabled children and adults to lead as normal lives as possible. Rehabilitation is vitally important for any productive community, but is often overlooked due to the lack of money available for investment in anything other than critical healthcare. Where it does exist, therapists are overrun with patients, so your efforts are likely to be greatly appreciated.
These international medical internships are designed to provide a challenge to those who already have some experience working in the field of Occupational Therapy, or a worthwhile volunteer experience for those wishing to take their Occupational Therapy elective abroad. If you want to prove that you can think outside the box to create imaginative solutions to problems, in a country where the facilities are much more basic than at home, then these projects are for you.
Whether you are working with disabled children in Cambodia or helping in a home for mentally handicapped people in Bolivia, you will take home a great deal of international healthcare experience. You will add something really striking to add to your CV and plenty of memories of working with colleagues in a remarkably different culture.
Interested in doing an elective overseas? - contact us for more information.