Physiotherapy Volunteering Projects Overseas, Gap Years and Internships
Choose to volunteer overseas with us on a Physiotherapy placement and you will gain a great deal of work experience, as you provide support to our colleagues in the developing world. Whether you are hoping to get into the field, a trained professional, or somewhere in-between, you will have a role to play in one of the hospitals, clinics and centres that we work with. Each placement is tailored, where possible, both to a volunteer's level of experience and their interests.
Volunteering Abroad on a Physiotherapy Placement in a Hospital or Clinic
As a Physiotherapy volunteer, you are sure to be in great demand. Hospitals are often very poorly resourced, the staff underpaid, and the combined lack of experience and funds to pay for treatment means the patients you see will often have advanced conditions that are rarely seen in the developed world.
Our rewarding Physiotherapy programmes enable you to help disabled children and adults to lead as normal lives as possible. Rehabilitation is vitally important and, whether you have experience or not, working alongside physiotherapists in polio or leprosy clinics in India, a centre for disabled children in Nepal, physiotherapy departments of large hospitals in Ghana or a burns unit in Bolivia, you will learn a great deal about the practice of physiotherapy in a completely different cultural setting.
Previous Voluntary Physiotherapy Experiences with Projects Abroad
"The doctors and physios were excellent at teaching and testing our knowledge, and we were allowed to assist in examinations. I also really enjoyed going to the operating theatre."
Physiotherapy in Nepal
"From my experiences I learnt how to treat patients with burns, make and fit splints, do exercises for burns, hydrotherapy, work with children, and the use and fitting of pressure suits. It was such a great experience and if this is your placement I have no doubt that you will love it too. I will truly miss working there, all the great people I met and of course all those children!"
Siobhan Ni Cheidigh
Physiotherapy in Bolivia
"I feel I have been very lucky here, I am doing exactly what I wanted to do, treating patients, training staff and using my skills and experience. I've treated tiny babies with sore necks, elderly people with arthritis and one young boy who keeps getting me to make him balloon models (I made him a balloon sword to encourage him to use his arm after a fracture!) and all is going well."
Physiotherapy in Sri Lanka
If you are planning to do a Physiotherapy elective please go to our Physiotherapy Elective Placements page.