Physiotherapy Elective Placements Overseas with Projects Abroad
Challenge yourself and learn new skills on a rewarding Physiotherapy Elective project abroad! Explore healthcare practice in a developing country and gain work experience in a completely different environment. These placements are tailor-made for those studying towards a degree in Physiotherapy.
How does an Elective abroad differ from a placement in the UK?
As a Physiotherapy student taking your Elective abroad, you will get to witness the different approaches to Physiotherapy in your new host country. The destinations in which we work often have limited resources and basic facilities. This forces local staff to be flexible and creative when it comes to treatment options. You might even learn about new methods which you haven’t encountered in your home country!
What will I do?
Physiotherapy Elective volunteers will work alongside experienced local staff, learning from them and assisting where necessary. There are a number of placement options available, depending on the destination you choose. These include hospitals, clinics, day care centres or residential homes. You will encounter a range of patients with different conditions, such as children with physical disabilities, people requiring rehabilitation after injuries, or adults recovering from strokes.
Depending on the country you’ve chosen, students may also have the opportunity to take part in community outreach projects. This involves travelling to schools or orphanages and helping to run workshops or treating people who would otherwise not have access to this type of care.
Staff support for our Elective students
We provide extensive support to our Elective students, prior to departure and during your placement. Our staff can assist with the completion of your paperwork for university, and one of our Volunteer Advisors will be in regular contact to guide you through your trip preparations prior to your departure. You will be assigned a supervisor when in-country, who will be your mentor for the duration of your Elective placement. Local staff are also available 24/7 to provide support and answer any questions you might have.
When should I apply?
Most universities have a set date by which time your Elective application paperwork needs to be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital or clinic in which you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we recommend completing our application form at least one month before your deadline. This is because we can only provide the detailed information about your project once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.
If you are not an Elective student or would rather take part in our standard Physiotherapy projects, please see our Physiotherapy projects page.