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Professional Volunteering Opportunities in Occupational Therapy, Nepal


Occupational Therapy volunteers work at a variety of centres in Kathmandu, including a hospital and centres for people with disabilities, such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy.

Occupational Therapy is currently not a widely recognised profession in Nepal. You will be involved in a challenging and innovative project, laying the foundations and making a real impact. This is an opportunity to shape the concept of occupational therapy in Nepal.

This project is perfect for anyone qualified considering voluntary work abroad or occupational therapists on a career break.

Here you will find answers to the following questions:

How can a volunteer Occupational Therapist help in Nepal?

What will I gain from this project?

What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?

What skills or qualifications do I need?

How can volunteer occupational therapist help in Nepal?

Occupational therapy is not widely practised in Nepal. There is a real need to develop occupational therapy and to improve rehabilitation in a country with low healthcare provision by international standards. You will:

Occupational therapist volunteer in Nepal

  • Carry out occupational therapy assessments.
  • Create action plans and goals for patients.
  • Treat patients.
  • Educate local staff.
    • about the role of occupational therapy and how it can be incorporated into patient rehabilitation.
    • about basic therapy techniques.
  • Train care takers.

Volunteers working on this project must be confident and able to work independently. There may not be an occupational therapist working at the centre.

Although senior staff and Projects Abroad staff are able to speak English, most patients will not.

You will work for 4 hours per day, Monday to Friday, although this may vary.

This project runs all year round so you can join at any time. You decide how much time you can spare and we will help you get the most out of it. Volunteers should note that it takes time to adjust to differences and to gain the trust of local staff. Therefore, the longer a volunteer is able to stay the more they and the centre will gain from the project.

What will I gain from this project?

Voluntary work as an occupational therapist in Nepal

This voluntary work abroad will allow you to gain experience of a healthcare setting in the developing world. Working with often limited resources and staff lacking technical knowledge and training, you will be able to adapt and develop your existing expertise to a different working environment. You will often face challenges not experienced in your home country.

All of this will provide you with valuable experience and transferable skills useful for your career, and make valuable use of your existing expertise where it is truly needed.

You will learn about Nepalese culture and its way of life through speaking to your new colleagues. Staff and patients will want to hear about your life back home and your family and friends. We call this ‘cultural exchange’ and we think it helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.

What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?

We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Nepal is successful and enjoyable:

  • Safe accommodation with a Nepalese family close to your project.
  • Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
  • A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
  • Medical and travel insurance.

What skills or qualifications do I need?

If you have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or a related subject and two years’ experience, then you will be suited for this project.

Specific specialisms or interests in your field will be highly desirable. Please discuss this with us on application.

Please contact us if you think your knowledge may be useful on this project but do not have the required qualifications or experience.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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