How To Volunteer Abroad As A Physical Therapist
If you’re looking for physiotherapy work experience abroad, physiotherapy volunteer opportunities are available through IVHQ. Becoming a physiotherapy volunteer may seem like a daunting task, however our step by step guide shows you how easy it can be. International Volunteer HQ offers a range of physiotherapy placements abroad specifically on our Special Needs projects for both students and professional Physical Therapists, allowing you to engage in meaningful volunteer work and the opportunity to give back to developing communities. Here’s how to do it.
What it takes to Volunteer Abroad as a Physical Therapist
International Volunteer HQ offers affordable volunteer abroad programs for Physical Therapy students, as well as projects for qualified Physical Therapists.
The scope of volunteer work depends on your specific experience and qualification levels, and you will need to state this during the application process. Once submitted, your program manager, in collaboration with the local team will place you where you’re best suited.
Why you should volunteer abroad as a Physical Therapist
IVHQ offers all-inclusive and affordable Physical Therapy placement opportunities that are budget-friendly and can be customized to suit your unique skills and experience with program fees starting as low as US$180 for 1 week.
With over 10 years of experience in hosting volunteers overseas, IVHQ specializes in taking care of all your pre-departure and in-country arrangements. We also arrange your airport pick-up, accommodation, meals and orientation, and provide you with access to 24/7 in-country support to ensure you’re all set for your volunteer abroad experience.
Step 1. Select one of the opportunities that are available for Physical Therapists
You can work alongside local Physical Therapists in a variety of Special Needs Care homes and clinics in the following locations:
- Guatemala - Special Needs
- Cusco, Peru - Special Needs
- Kenya - Special Needs
- Uganda - Special Needs
- Romania - Special Needs
- Marrakech, Morocco - Special Needs
- Sri Lanka - Special Needs
- China - Special Needs Care
If you have a passion for working with the Elderly, you can work alongside Physical Therapists in the following locations:
If you would prefer to volunteer in a Medical setting, there is scope to work alongside Physical Therapists in the following locations:
Step 2. Choose your Volunteer Duration
IVHQ runs volunteer programs year-round and you can choose to volunteer abroad for durations ranging from 1 to 24 weeks, so it’s easy to coordinate a volunteer trip that works with your schedule.
Step 3. Select your Program and Secure your Spot
- Choose a destination and the project you wish to volunteer on, as well as the dates you wish to volunteer.
- Complete the free online application form with the details of your chosen program and dates. You will then receive an email confirming that IVHQ has received your application. Within 48 hours (2 working days), you will receive an email from your IVHQ Program Manager acknowledging your application and confirming the country, project and dates of your volunteer program. In this email, you will receive instructions on how to pay the US$299 Registration Fee in order to confirm your booking with IVHQ.
- Log in to your MyIVHQ account to pay your Registration Fee. As soon as your Registration Fee has been received by IVHQ, you will be provided with all the information and support you need to prepare for your upcoming volunteer program. Your IVHQ Program Manager will be your point of contact throughout your preparations up until you finish your volunteer program.
Step 4. Prepare for your Trip Abroad
Each Physical Therapy placement will vary based on the project setting you select, as well as the needs in country at your time of arrival so it is important to keep an open mind throughout your volunteer experience.
To hear from IVHQer Brendan Smith about his time volunteering in Cusco on a Special Needs placement, check out his blog here: “What’s it like to volunteer in Cusco?”
In his fantastic blog post Brendan details what his time on the placement in Cusco involved. This included helping out a local Physical Therapist one on one, and how this was significantly different to his role as a Physical Therapist at home.
Before taking part in your physiotherapy volunteer work, you will also be provided online training and guidance from your program manager on how to best prepare for your trip and they’re available for any questions you may have.
What are the benefits of volunteering abroad
Both students and professional Physical Therapy volunteers are appreciative of the invaluable first-hand experience and cross-cultural exchange that they gain while assisting Physical Therapists at their placements abroad. With opportunities in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and Central America, IVHQ gives you the opportunity to volunteer across a range of settings. In addition to helping in a Medical setting, volunteers have the opportunity to work within special education schools, clinics and elderly homes where your knowledge and skills as a Physical Therapist is in demand.
How can I volunteer with a group
We are proud to have hosted a large number of university volunteer groups over the past 10 years, and we have a specialized IVHQ Groups Team who provide interested group leaders with all the information and support they need to register for one of our volunteer programs. For groups of over 10 or more members, we can also help you in building a customized group itinerary, or organize a medical campaign for you to support. We’ll guide you and your group through the application process, from start to finish, and ensure that you and your group are prepared for your volunteer trip. Learn more about group volunteer opportunities here, or contact our Groups Manager, Kirsty, (firstname.lastname@example.org) to chat about your group trip plans.
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