Occupational Therapy in Tanzania
- Placement locations: Dar es Salaam
- Role: To support an occupational therapist at a local private clinic and a special needs school
- Requirements: At least one year of studies in occupational therapy or a related medical field
- Accommodation: Host family
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support, transport to and from work where required
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
As disabled people in Tanzania receive little support from their local community, volunteers on the Occupational Therapy placement have an opportunity to help children (aged 2-14) and the elderly. This medical project requires volunteers to be extremely patient, motivated and compassionate. Although results may not be seen immediately, it is rewarding to see the improvements in the patients’ abilities.
Volunteering in Tanzania as an Occupational Therapist
As an Occupational Therapy volunteer you will be based at the Lotus Medical Clinic and will also spend time at a government-run special needs school. You will work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist and will spend time with individuals who are injured, suffering from an illness or struggling with a disability.
The Occupational Therapy project focuses on improving basic skills, from helping an older patient with short-term memory aids or teaching a child hand-eye coordination. You will work on some of the following activities:
- Evaluating and designing a treatment plan with specific goals for each patient, after researching their condition and evaluating the patient’s home, school or work environment.
- Teaching occupational therapy techniques to overcome difficulties, especially daily tasks such as cooking or getting dressed.
- Monitoring patients’ improvements through progress reports
You will work an eight hour day, from 9am to 5pm.