A graduate doing a Physiotherapy internship abroad works with a patient during a treatment session in Samoa.

Physiotherapy Work Experience Abroad

Get the real-world work experience you need to drive your career as a physiotherapist forward

With Projects Abroad, you can do a Physiotherapy Internship Abroad and get the work experience you need to drive your studies or career further. Our projects are a great fit for all levels; whether you want physiotherapy internships for high school students, or physiotherapy work experience for university students. 

This is what you can expect from our safe and flexible Physiotherapy Internships: 

  • Shadow qualified and experienced physiotherapists first-hand
  • Learn methods of treatment that may be different to your home country
  • Work in a diverse range of environments, like hospitals, clinics, and care centres for children, the elderly, or those with special needs
  • Observe how to treat patients with various medical conditions, from cerebral palsy to strokes
  • Get first-hand insight into the relationship between patients and physiotherapists
  • Learn how to adapt to working in low-resource environments with limited equipment available

Today, this kind of international work experience and flexibility gives your resume an edge over the competition. When you apply to university or postgraduate studies, physiotherapy placements gives you lots to talk about in applications and interviews! It also demonstrates your commitment to helping others, as we frequently do community healthcare outreaches.

Important update for university Elective students

Over the last few weeks we’ve been contacted by more and more people studying Physiotherapy at university.  They have to complete Elective placements in order to graduate, but are struggling to get them arranged in the UK.

Our industry-leading Physiotherapy Elective placements are up and running in the developing world. As soon as UK travel restrictions end, we’ll be able to place you in a hospital or clinic to complete your Elective.

We’re also offering a student discount to help make things more affordable for you.

If you or someone you know need an organised Physiotherapy Elective placement, check out the options here.  We’ll be on hand to complete any paperwork needed by your university, and can offer advice on the most suitable option.

Choose a Physiotherapy Placement

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Gain physiotherapy work experience in Nepal and help local children and adults whilst on an physiotherapy internship with Projects Abroad.
Physiotherapy Internship in Nepal
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  • Price: £1,095 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: £205
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
A Projects Abroad intern is pictured watching over a doctor as part of their physiotherapy internship in Sri Lanka.
Physiotherapy Internship in Sri Lanka
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  • Price: £1,370 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: £255
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
A Physiotherapy intern works with a young patient at a rehabilitation centre in Cambodia.
Physiotherapy Internship in Cambodia
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  • Price: £1,450 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £230
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 16 or over
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Is a Physiotherapy Internship Abroad right for me?

You may be asking yourself if physiotherapy work experience with Projects Abroad is the right move for you. Our projects are perfect as:  

  • An introduction to the field for students ages 15-18
  • A chance for pre-university students to add a practical physiotherapy placement to their CV
  • Internships for physiotherapy students interested in medical electives abroad
  • Opportunities for qualified physiotherapists to get global work experience

So no matter what level you are, we have a physiotherapy internship for you! You can use your work experience for physiotherapy to: 

  • Discover if a career in physiotherapy is what you really want
  • Broaden your practical knowledge and skill set
  • Use your qualification to challenge yourself and actively make a difference in the developing world 

You don’t need previous experience to join a physiotherapy work experience placement. We’ll never ask you to do work you’re not comfortable with, so you can focus on learning and enjoying your time overseas. Our staff are here to support you, and we’ll be there for you when you need us. In addition, you’ll work under the supervision of healthcare professionals. 

If you’re interested specifically in sports physiotherapy internships, contact our friendly Project Experts! They’ll be able to advise you on which project is the best fit for you, or discuss how we can create a placement for you. 

Not 100% convinced a physiotherapy internship abroad is for you? Here are other options for you to look at:

  • Occupational Therapy, where you learn how to help patients better cope with daily living tasks
  • Public Health, which focus on more hands-on healthcare work and education

Read our full list of projects for internships abroad.

Physiotherapy Summer Internships

All of our Physiotherapy Summer Internships run during the months of June, July, and August. Better yet, our Physiotherapy Flexi Trips run throughout the year, so you can join outside of the busier summer months.  

If you want summer physiotherapy placements for teenagers, we highly recommend our projects in Nepal. These trips are designed for students ages 15-18, and offer a safe, guided introduction to the field of physiotherapy over set dates. 

For students ages 19 and up, we recommend our Flexi Trips, which are the ideal physiotherapy summer internships. On these trips, you choose your own dates, and the work experience can be tailored to your requirements. This summer, you could find yourself observing patient rehabilitation at a hospital in Ghana.

What are the benefits of a Physiotherapy Internship Abroad?

Our physiotherapy work experience placements provide you with the relevant skills and experience to prepare you for the next stage of your studies or career. These international internships also give you a unique talking point during interviews.

Here are just some of the benefits of our physiotherapy internships abroad:

  • Experience with diseases and conditions less common in your home country
  • Soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management
  • An in-depth work experience you might not be able to receive in your home country
  • Developing a global mindset from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone

These benefits will enhance your CV, strengthen your UCAS applications, and help you develop personally. 

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.

How are our Physiotherapy 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're 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.

A child is treated at home by a student doing a Physiotherapy internship abroad in the Philippines.

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.

Need more help?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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