What will I do at my Physiotherapy placement in Cambodia?
You’ll work at a rehabilitation centre, and help treat patients who have a variety of needs. Your level of responsibility depends on your experience.
We can arrange extra work for university physiotherapy elective students to meet all of your university’s requirements. This includes meeting a set amount of clinical hours or working in a specific department.
Here are a few of the things that you will do at your physiotherapy placement in Cambodia:
- Provide physiotherapy treatment and care to patients living with various conditions
- Write up treatment plans and patient files
- Assist with the training and development of local staff
- Create practical, low-cost solutions when resources are lacking
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Providing physiotherapy treatments and care to patients living with various conditions
You’ll be placed at a rehabilitation centre in Phnom Penh. Here, you’ll treat patients with disabilities or diseases such as cerebral palsy, stunted growth, and epilepsy. You may also work with people affected by HIV. You’ll also shadow experienced physiotherapists and assist local staff with daily care duties.
Your goal is to increase your patients’ quality of life through treatment. You will also work alongside our partner organisations to help patients develop so that they can become more independent.
Writing up treatment plans and patient files
Keeping up to date with note taking and case files is essential. Future interns need to have a reliable record of what has been done as well as each patient’s progress. If you have completed one year of your studies, you will have assistance from a qualified physiotherapist. If you have completed two years or more of your training, you will complete this documentation yourself.
Assisting with the training and development of local staff
Although there are trained local physiotherapists in Cambodia, many caregivers lack the knowledge needed to treat the patients at the centres correctly. Throughout your internship, you will help by sharing your knowledge and professional skills with these staff members. This will better equip them for caring for the patients.
You’ll also be able to share new treatment techniques and knowledge with local physiotherapists.
Creating practical solutions when resources are lacking
There are a large number of disabled people in Cambodia and the funds and resources needed to treat them are extremely limited. This means that the rehabilitation centre might not have all of the equipment and resources that you’re used to working with at home.
You will need to think out of the box and create practical, low-cost alternatives wherever possible in order to achieve the desired results.
Where in Cambodia will I be working?
You will be placed at one of three rehabilitation centres in Phnom Penh where you will work with adults and children that are living with a variety of conditions. You will be placed according to your level of experience, as each placement has different needs and requirements.
Situated on the Mekong River, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. Renowned for its architecture and friendliness, this vibrant city is home to plenty of markets, restaurants, and attractions. It’s a popular tourist destination.
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
Explore Cambodia and you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks. This country has a lot to offer during your free time.
The world-famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must for all visitors, especially the magnificent Angkor Wat. Climbing over huge tree roots to temple doorways shrouded by vines is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in you!
However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles or try snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville. For a more relaxed afternoon, you can spend time on one of the beautiful beaches.
What’s more, with a network of international volunteers in Cambodia with you, you can decide if you want to spend your free time exploring independently or in a group.
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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