Join our Physiotherapy internship in Vietnam and get the experience you need to launch your career as a physiotherapist. You'll learn directly from experienced physiotherapists at rehabilitation and care centres. We'll teach you how to diagnose and treat the disabilities you observe. This kind of work experience will boost your CV, and give you great points to talk about in interviews.
Decades after the end of the Vietnam War, people continue to suffer from the effects of chemical warfare. There are adults and children with mental or physical disabilities. This is why there is a significant demand for physiotherapy work in Vietnam, making it an excellent option to learn more about the field.
You can explore Vietnam during your internship. You can visit amazing sites like Ha Long Bay, and eat delicious local cuisine like spring rolls and tasty noodle soups.
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
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
Visa support and advice
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
A free cultural awareness course
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 supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is the Physiotherapy Internship in Vietnam right for me?
Our Physiotherapy internship in Vietnam will add plenty of work experience to your CV. This is perfect if you’re planning on studying physiotherapy, or if you want to gain experience in the field. It’s also useful for interviews. Talk about what you saw and learned, and the challenges you overcame. This will help give your application an extra edge.
In Vietnam, there is a large number of people who need treatment to improve their quality of life. You’ll watch as experienced physiotherapists help their patients. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes to learn as much as possible.
To join, you need to have completed at least one year of physiotherapy related studies. The project runs throughout the year. You can join at any time, and must commit to a minimum of two weeks.
Medical Electives for Students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
What do you do at your Physiotherapy placement in Vietnam?
Your role on a Physiotherapy placement in Vietnam can vary depending on where you are placed. These are some of the main activities you take part in:
- Work alongside professionals in rehabilitation centres to treat patients with disabilities
- Assist teachers with educational development at child care centres
- Work in a vocational department to teach children skills to use for income
The specific tasks you can help with during your internship include:
Work with patients at rehabilitation centres
You’ll shadow physiotherapists at a rehabilitation centre for children and teenagers. The patients here have conditions like autism, down syndrome, intellectual delay, and cerebral palsy. You will work in an exercise room and a gross motor room. Here, you’ll observe how physiotherapists perform massage and other passive treatments on patients. You can also help take children in wheelchairs out for walks. These activities are an excellent way to learn and gain physiotherapy work experience in Vietnam.
Assist teachers with child care development
You can work at a centre for children with disabilities. You’ll focus on educational games and running fine motor skills workshops. You can also help children develop skills in art and dance, or teach mathematics classes. Your input here will help support the local teachers.
Teach children vocational skills
You can run vocational training classes to teach some of the older teenagers skills like weaving, making incense, bags, paper flowers, cooking, and other craft items. These activities encourage creativity and hand-eye coordination, and the skills learned can be used in future careers to secure an income.
Where you will work on the Physiotherapy Internship in Vietnam
You will gain physiotherapy work experience in Vietnam at one of two placements. We can place you at a care centre in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Or you can work at a rehabilitation centre in a more rural setting about 60km outside of Hanoi.
The rehabilitation centre is near the city of Son Tay. Here, people live more basic and traditional lives. You’ll experience rural Vietnam covered with by rice paddies where farmers and water buffalo are hard at work.
In Hanoi, you’ll navigate your way through thousands of motorcycles, Vietnam’s primary mode of transport for most people. Follow the delicious smells coming from street food vendors at nearly every corner. Enjoy lunches of spring rolls and Vietnam’s famous pho, a noodle dish with rice, broth, herbs, and chicken or beef.
A typical day on the Physiotherapy Internship in Vietnam
Your schedule in Vietnam is slightly different depending on where you’re placed. Your day generally runs from about 8:00am to 4:00pm. You’ll have a lunch break from about 11:00am to 1:00pm.
At the rehabilitation centre, you’ll work with a physiotherapist in an exercise room or the gross motor and massage room. You’ll focus on helping with physical rehabilitation exercises, and observing physiotherapists as they treat patients. You’ll spend most of your day in these spaces at the rehabilitation centre.
At the care centre, you’ll also work in a rehabilitation room. This room has equipment like mattresses, exercise balls, toys, a trampoline, and a parallel bar. You’ll help the physiotherapist treat children. This placement also has a swimming pool used for therapy exercises.
During your free time and weekends, you can explore the city of Hanoi and surrounds. Visit ancient temples, shop till you drop at night markets, drink endless cups of Vietnamese coffee, and sing your heart out at karaoke bars. We encourage you to organise a weekend trip to the spectacular Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Aims and Impact of the Physiotherapy Internship in Vietnam
The aim of the Physiotherapy internship in Vietnam is to give you the opportunity to learn and develop your skills in physiotherapy. You’ll also be able to contribute to important work being done to help people with various disabilities and improve their quality of life.
Chemical warfare used in the Vietnam War continues to affect people in Vietnam, young and old. This is because symptoms caused by Agent Orange exposure are passed down biologically. Physiotherapists have a significant role to play in Vietnam, and you’ll learn a lot from them.
We have set the following goals for this project as indicated in our Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan:
- Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promote an exchange of medical knowledge
- Improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients
- Improve the quality of specialised or alternative healthcare provided
- Improve hygiene standards
- Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups
Join us as we strive to reach these goals to assist those in need, and advance your career in physiotherapy.
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.
This internship has helped me prepare for graduate school and my future career as a Physiotherapist. Every day I leave work with both a sense of accomplishment and a desire to learn more the next day. The hands-on experience in this field is invaluable and being able to observe patients improving is as gratifying as it can get.
Physiotherapy Internship in Vietnam
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