A disabled child does basic exercises using a ball with a student doing an Occupational Therapy internship abroad.

Occupational Therapy Placements Abroad

Learn from skilled professionals in a developing country and gain occupational therapy work experience.

Signing up for a Projects Abroad Occupational Therapy internship will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to further your career. You’ll learn about occupational therapy practices in a global context and deepen your understanding of local healthcare challenges.


You can complete your internship in a wide range of settings. These include hospitals, schools, community centres, daycares, and specialist rehabilitation centres. During your time abroad, you’ll learn directly from skilled local professionals and observe them as they go about their day.


This unique educational experience will enhance your CV, helping you to stand out from the crowd. It’s also a great opportunity for personal growth, as you develop your confidence and understanding and gain insight.

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A local dentist treats a patient in Argentina as Projects Abroad dental interns observe for their Dentistry internship
Dentistry Internship in Argentina

From £1590

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Gain dental work experience while shadowing and learning directly from dentists at a paediatric hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern on a Dentistry Project in Ghana with local medical staff at a clinic.
Dentistry Internship in Ghana

From £1540

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Gain practical work experience by observing experienced dentists at a teaching hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A local child has his teeth checked by a student doing her Dentistry internship in Jamaica.
Dentistry Internship in Jamaica

From £1715

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Learn from local professionals and gain international work experience at a dental clinic

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A local child has his teeth checked by two students doing a Dentistry internship in Mexico.
Dentistry Internship in Mexico

From £1540

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Gain work experience by learning directly from dentists and participating in dental outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A child brushes her teeth outside a school during a hygiene workshop run by Projects Abroad Dentistry interns in Nepal.
Dentistry Internship in Nepal

From £1355

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Gain work experience by learning directly from experienced dentists in Nepal and participating in dental outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Dentistry interns and healthcare staff after completing a dental outreach and medical camp in Sri Lanka.
Dentistry Internship in Sri Lanka

From £1780

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Learn directly from dentists at a hospital and get involved with doing health checks during community outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Projects Abroad interns at a clinic during our Dentistry internship for teenagers in Sri Lanka
Dentistry Internship in Sri Lanka for Teenagers

From £1545

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Gain dentistry work experience in local hospitals and do health checks in local communities with a group your age

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Dentistry interns pose with a local healthcare staff member during their Dentistry placement in Tanzania.
Dentistry Internship in Tanzania

From £1540

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Learn from experienced dentists and observe complicated dental procedures up-close

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern gains dental work experience in Vietnam by teaching children how to brush their teeth during an outreach.
Dentistry Internship in Vietnam

From £1540

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Live in beautiful Vietnam and learn from experienced dentists at local hospitals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
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A child does physical exercises with a student doing an Occupational Therapy internship abroad in Vietnam.

Is an Occupational Therapy placement abroad right for me?

We have internships available to suit a wide range of skill levels, whether you’re new to the field or have previous experience. Thinking about pursuing a career in occupational therapy? Our internships will give you the exposure and insight you need to decide.


Are you a current occupational therapy student? An internship is a great way to supplement your learning with real-world experience. Maybe you’re a qualified occupational therapist looking for a new challenge? Your skills will be put to use on an placement that will really broaden your horizons.


During your time abroad, you will be well-supported by our local Projects Abroad staff, as well as the professionals you’ll be working alongside and learning from. There is also the opportunity to take part in outreach work in disadvantaged communities. This is a wonderful way to give back to others while you learn.


All in all, our Occupational Therapy internships will prepare you for the next stage in your studies or career. You’ll boost your CV as well as any future applications for jobs or further study.


If you’re currently a student, you might find yourself better suited to our Occupational Therapy Electives. Perhaps you’re more interested in a related field: we have a range of Physiotherapy internships on offer. Read our full list of projects for internships abroad.

What will I gain from an Occupational Therapy placement abroad?

There are so many great  advantages to completing one of our Occupational Therapy work experience placements. You’ll gain skills and knowledge that will be invaluable for your future career in the field.


You’ll benefit from:


  • Developing soft skills such as teamwork, communication, organisation, resilience, planning, and time management
  • Experiencing conditions and techniques that you may not encounter back home
  • A more in-depth internship experience than you would receive in your home country
  • Developing a global mindset from working with people of many different cultures and backgrounds
  • Increased self-confidence as you broaden your horizons


All of the above will also enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

Why does this internship matter?

This experience will bring you closer to a future working in your chosen field. We’re proud to support future talent who will bring vital skills to communities in need.

A local child looks at pictures with an Occupational Therapy intern in Vietnam.

How are Projects Abroad’s Occupational Therapy internships different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your internship is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other internship programmes:


Recording our work in a secure database


We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. It allows us to use data to shape medical outreaches and health awareness programmes. We can also monitor individuals we see often, report our results and collect data for research. All of this work is guided by our Management Plans.


Real work with trained professionals


On our internships, you’ll work alongside real healthcare professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions and hear more about their experiences. You’re likely to get more insights into the frontline of medical care than in your home country.


A tailored approach


We are often able to tailor your internship to your interests. You can work in more than one department or focus on one particular area, or experience outreach work in the local community.

Our Medicine & Healthcare policy

We take the safety of our volunteers, interns, and the people they work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put in place a comprehensive Medical Ethics Policy.

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