Join us on a Physiotherapy internship in Cambodia and gain practical work experience while helping treat patients with disabilities, diseases, or HIV. This is a great opportunity for you to add to your CV and give back at the same time, which could help your future career.
There are a large number of disabled people in Cambodia and the funds and resources needed to treat them are extremely limited. The rehabilitation centre where you’ll be placed helps care for people with disabilities. You’ll work here alongside local physiotherapists. They’ll be there to guide your work, and you can exchange medical knowledge.
You’ll live and work in Phnom Penh, and stay in a shared apartment with other interns and volunteers. Make the most of your time in Cambodia, and see and do as much as you want in your free time!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You should have completed at least one year of physiotherapy related studies or training.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is a Physiotherapy internship in Cambodia right for me?
Do you want to gain more practical work experience in the physiotherapy field? Are you eager to travel and experience life abroad? If so, this project is a great fit for you!
Our Physiotherapy internship in Cambodia will allow you to build your CV . This is an ideal opportunity for a young professional. You will be able to practice what you’ve learnt and develop new skills under supervision. You’ll also learn to think out of the box, and how to adapt to a different environment. In addition, you’ll be using your skills to help where it’s needed most.
You need to have completed at least one year of physiotherapy related studies or training to join. If you have questions or need guidance, you can reach out to Projects Abroad staff at any time.
The internship is open year round, and you can join at any time for a minimum of two weeks. We do encourage you to stay longer so that you can make a bigger impact and learn more during your physiotherapy work experience in Cambodia.
Volunteering for Professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
What will I do at my Physiotherapy placement in Cambodia?
You’ll work at a rehabilitation centre, and help treat patients who have a variety of needs. Your level of responsibility depends on your experience. Here are a few of the things that you will do at your physiotherapy placement in Cambodia:
- Provide physiotherapy treatment and care to patients living with various conditions
- Write up treatment plans and patient files
- Assist with the training and development of local staff
- Create practical, low-cost solutions when resources are lacking
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Providing physiotherapy treatments and care to patients living with various conditions
You’ll be placed at a rehabilitation centre in Phnom Penh. Here, you’ll treat patients with disabilities or diseases such as cerebral palsy, stunted growth, and epilepsy. You may also work with people affected by HIV. You’ll also shadow experienced physiotherapists and assist local staff with daily care duties.
Your goal is to increase your patients’ quality of life through treatment. You will also work alongside our partner organisations to help patients develop so that they can become more independent.
Writing up treatment plans and patient files
Keeping up to date with note taking and case files is essential. Future interns need to have a reliable record of what has been done as well as each patient’s progress. If you have completed one year of your studies, you will have assistance from a qualified physiotherapist. If you have completed two years or more of your training, you will complete this documentation yourself.
Assisting with the training and development of local staff
Although there are trained local physiotherapists in Cambodia, many caregivers lack the knowledge needed to treat the patients at the centres correctly. Throughout your internship, you will help by sharing your knowledge and professional skills with these staff members. This will better equip them for caring for the patients.
You’ll also be able to share new treatment techniques and knowledge with local physiotherapists.
Creating practical solutions when resources are lacking
There are a large number of disabled people in Cambodia and the funds and resources needed to treat them are extremely limited. This means that the rehabilitation centre might not have all of the equipment and resources that you’re used to working with at home.
You will need to think out of the box and create practical, low-cost alternatives wherever possible in order to achieve the desired results.
Where in Cambodia will I be working?
You will be placed at one of three rehabilitation centres in Phnom Penh where you will work with adults and children that are living with a variety of conditions. You will be placed according to your level of experience, as each placement has different needs and requirements.
Situated on the Mekong River, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. Renowned for its architecture and friendliness, this vibrant city is home to plenty of markets, restaurants, and attractions. It’s a popular tourist destination.
A typical day on the Physiotherapy internship in Cambodia
On working days, you will travel to and from your placement via tuk tuk, which is a large motorised tricycle. Your transport to and from your placement is provided and paid for by Projects Abroad.
You’ll work from around 8.30am to 11am and then again from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. In between your shifts, you can head back to your accommodation for lunch. Alternatively, you can bring a packed lunch along with you to work.
During work hours, you will shadow other physiotherapists and help treat patients. You’ll also write up treatment plans and patient files. If you have the experience, you can work with local staff to improve their skills.
At the end of the work day you’re free to relax. Explore the city, stroll through a market, or go out to a restaurant for dinner. Alternatively, head back to the shared apartment and get to know your fellow interns and volunteers.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to give disadvantaged adults, children and babies in Cambodia the physiotherapy treatment they need.
Many people living with disabilities and diseases in Cambodia cannot afford treatment. This means that a large number of patients don’t receive the support and healthcare that they need. Having you on board means that we can improve quality of life for more people.
We’re working towards four long-term, sustainable goals that are outlined in our Medical Management Plan:
- Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups
- Improve the quality of specialised or alternative healthcare provided
- Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promote an exchange of medical knowledge
- Improve hygiene standards
Help us achieve these goals by joining our Physiotherapy internship in Cambodia.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
If you are a student Physiotherapist, this experience is so different to anything else. Being in a new setting and working independently will help you discover your creativity, initiative and skills. Looking past the initial problems, to develop treatment plans to improve quality of life opens your eyes to how therapy benefits those with severe disabilities.
Physiotherapy Internship in Cambodia
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