Projects Abroad prides itself on being one of the first to create opportunities for students and individuals to contribute their skills in communities around the world. After more than 25 years, their vision has developed into a thriving network of current interns, alumni, staff, and community partners. There are a variety of projects available to ensure you can pursue your passion. These are some of the most popular for current and future Physical, Speech, and Occupational therapists:
Participating in Projects Abroad’s Physiotherapy Internship in Nepal gives you a rare opportunity to observe the treatment of complex conditions first-hand. Perhaps more important, you will work with seasoned professionals to teach family members how to support disabled loved ones. This is an under-trained skill, but it is critical for the patient’s long-term success.
Your time in Nepal will be spent in Kathmandu or Chitwan, depending on your interests and the area of greatest need at the time of your application. On your off-hours, you can travel the streets in a rickshaw, stopping to explore these cities’ elaborate Buddhist temples, shops, and eateries. You’ll return home with a deep understanding of Nepalese culture.
If you prefer to work with children, the Occupational Therapy Internship in Cambodia is an excellent option. You will partner with local staff members to assess abilities and design comprehensive treatment plans to support skill development.
You will share an apartment with other volunteers in the nation’s capital city of Phnom Penh. That means you get to build new friendships, and you will have company while you sample the delicious local cuisine.
More Ways To Explore The World
Of course, this list is by no means comprehensive. A variety of additional organizations offer quality internships for those interested in Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapy. For example, GoEco was founded by experienced volunteers, who know exactly what you are looking for in an intern-abroad program. Check out the Medical Internship in San Jose, Costa Rica to learn more.
A Broader View is distinctive because it is a nonprofit organization that offers short- and long-term programs for individuals and families of all ages. Those interested in gaining physical therapy experience might be most interested in the Ecuador Therapy Center in the city of Quito.
After more than 24 years in the field, Cross-Cultural Solutions projects are well-established. That means your time spent in an internship has maximum impact. Work with younger students through the Early Child Education & Development program in Costa Rica, or contribute to child health in one of the Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Centers in Ghana.
Those who love extreme, high-adrenaline adventures will find a perfect fit at Fronteering. This organization is dedicated to pushing limits while giving back to the communities it serves. Programs are unique and include US-based options like the Children’s Autism and Horse Therapy project in Mississippi.
Many African nations are still considered developing, but they are making great strides in the areas of healthcare and education. Naturally Africa Volunteers gives you a chance to support this progress through programs like the Namibia Medical Volunteer Project and the Lake Malawi Medical Volunteer Project.
Since 1989, Frontier has successfully placed more than 103,000 volunteers in projects around the world. The organization offers opportunities in a variety of fields, and it is a leader in publishing evidence-based research on issues in conservation and other areas of focus. Students and professionals in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are sure to find a match with options like the Kenya Healthcare Internship or the India Medical Internship.
Globalteer is a UK-based organization with particular focus in Asian and Latin American countries. This agency is dedicated to responsible programming, with carefully designed projects like the Cambodia Community Project or the Colombia kids Project.
Teens who want to make more of their summer break can find one-of-a-kind experiences through Global Leadership Adventures. This organization places participants in communities off-the-beaten path, so you can get an authentic view of life in other cultures. Check out opportunities like Thailand: In & Beyond the Classroom or Dominican Republic: Global Health Initiative to learn more.
The philosophy behind Raleigh International’s programming is simple. Empowered communities are better able to sustain and build on the contributions of volunteers and interns. You can count on being a part of the solution when you participate in projects based in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Malaysian Borneo, Nepal, or Tanzania.
African Impact has been named a top volunteer organization thanks to its talent for providing cutting-edge solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the eleven countries where it has operations. Join passionate staff members through projects like Medical and Community Development in Zambia or Hospital and Clinic Medical Support in Kenya to contribute your skills.
No matter what project you choose or which organization you choose to intern with, you can be certain that your life will never be the same. Your time interning abroad is sure to create meaningful change in the community you serve, and you will return with new skills, knowledge, and friendships that will last a lifetime.
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