At a glance
- On our occupational Therapy Internship you’ll work alongside an experienced therapist at a hospital or a residential care facility.
- Observe and learn from professionals while supporting patients. Under supervision, Implement treatment plans for patients with cerebral palsy and autism.
- Based in the town of Nanyuki in central Kenya, you’ll live with a local host family. Make the most of your free time and explore the country, local food, and traditions.
16 or over
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Work alongside a qualified therapist
For the duration of your Occupational Therapy internship, you will be shadowing an experienced local professional.
This means you will be watching the way they work with patients and learning from them as you go. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and make sure that you understand their treatment methods.
Help assess patients
While you will be learning from a qualified therapist, you will also get to help with patient assessments.
This will include discussing a diagnosis with local staff and fellow interns. Ultimately, you will work out the best course of action to treat the specific challenges faced by the patient. All of this will happen under the supervision of the local occupational therapist.
By showing enthusiasm and demonstrating knowledge and skills, you will soon be able to do some practical work yourself.
This might include helping patients with exercises that will improve their motion. You could also assist them with training for daily life, and help them work toward dressing, bathing, and grooming themselves. Finally, you could also do basic speech therapy with those who have mild impediments. You will continue working under supervision throughout. This is an excellent opportunity to gain occupational therapy work experience while in Kenya.
Where will I be working in Kenya?
You will be based in the town of Nanyuki, about 200km north east of Nairobi. It is a market town, where people from rural areas go so they can stock up on fresh produce, meat, and other essentials. The town is also the gateway to the Laikipia plateau, one of Africa's most important wildlife conservation areas.
You’ll work at a local hospital or with special needs patients in a residential care centre. You will help treat patients of various ages, who have a range of special needs. These might include autism, cerebral palsy, and sensory integration dysfunctions.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Kenya is the perfect opportunity to explore this extraordinary country. With such a vast array of different activities, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to fill your evenings and weekends.
A trip to East Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari. You can see wildlife like elephants, lions, and even the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, as you explore the savannahs.
Our projects are based in Nanyuki, which is known as the gateway to Mount Kenya. With this majestic mountain on your doorstep, it’s worth taking a day to hike around the base.
You can spend evenings at buzzing restaurants, listening to live music and trying some of the local dishes. Kenya also has must-see markets, with bright textiles and hand carved sculptures.
You can spend your free time exploring independently or travel with a group. With so many volunteers joining us throughout the year, you’re sure to make some new friends and travel buddies during your trip.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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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