PHYSICAL THERAPY

Teaching has been my primary job for most of the past 25 years.  I was concerned before going that it would be difficult to establish rapport with the students because of communication barriers.  This did not prove to be true – the common language of physical therapy as well as having the welfare of our patients as a priority, erased any language difficulties.

-HVO Physical Therapy Volunteer

READY TO VOLUNTEER?

There are multiple steps to the placement process and often more than one approval is required. The process varies slightly from country-to-country and project-to-project. We strive to make this process as quick as possible but potential volunteers should be aware that final approval can take several months.

Note: We also have wound care and hand therapy opportunities for therapists specializing in those areas.

ACTIVE PROJECTS

Thimphu, Bhutan – National Referral Hospital
Volunteers facilitate the training of physical therapy technician students, provide continuing education and consultant services to the physical therapy technicians, assist with the development of pediatric PT support services and the manufacturing of simple orthotics and adaptive equipment, and provide teacher mentoring and training so that the local staff will take over more of the teaching duties. PTs, OTs, and speech therapists may be considered for shorter assignments with a minimum commitment of two months to teach specialty subjects, including hand therapy/rehab or pediatrics.

Assignment: 4 months

Teaching Topics: Physical therapy – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Current license to practice (active or retired); minimum of 5 years clinical experience; previous teaching experience preferred

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, education material development, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, mentoring, protocol development, system evaluation

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Vellore, India – Christian Medical College (CMC)
Volunteers provide continuing education for physiotherapy staff, students, and faculty through classroom instruction and clinical training. Volunteers work to improve the quality of physical therapy services to patients in the CMC system through updating and broadening therapists’ knowledge of physical therapy theory and procedure.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Physical therapy – all topics; manual therapy, sports medicine, spinal musculoskeletal dysfunction, and cardioplulmonology of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Current license to practice (active or retired); minimum of 2 years clinical experience; prior teaching experience preferred

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, mentoring

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; not suitable for children

 

Blantyre, Malawi – Malawi College of Medicine Program in Physiotherapy
Volunteers provide physical therapy education for undergraduate students enrolled in the BSc Hons Program in Physiotherapy. In addition to work with students, volunteers provide evidence-based continuing professional development courses for academicians and clinicians to improve teaching, clinical reasoning and/or clinical practice.

Assignment: 4-6 weeks

Teaching Topics: Physical therapy – all topics; foundational sciences, cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, obstetrical-gynecological and pediatric physiotherapy of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Current license to practice (active or retired); minimum of 3-5 years professional experience; prior teaching experience preferred

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, mentoring

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; not suitable for children

 

Vieux Fort, St. Lucia – St. Jude Hospital
Volunteers provide continuing education training for the physical therapy staff and nursing staff and support patient care and community outreach. Volunteers should be prepared to provide in-service sessions. The volunteer will provide training in one or more areas.

Assignment: 1-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Physical therapy – all topics; modalities, range of motion, therapeutic exercise, patient handling, pressure ulcer prevention, vital signs, cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and documentation of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Current license to practice (active or retired); minimum of 2 years professional experience

Activities: Continuing education, departmental conferences, curriculum development, faculty/staff training, mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Da Nang, Vietnam – Da Nang Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital
Volunteers provide clinical education to physical therapists and physical therapy students in various areas as well as focus on increasing the physical therapy staff’s capabilities in problem solving and taking on the role of teachers. The hospital provides in-patient and out-patient care for children and adults.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Physical therapy – all topics; orthopaedics, pediatrics, neurology, hand therapy, cardiopulmonology and respiratory therapy of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Current license to practice (active or retired); 3-5 years clinical and/or teaching experience; prior international experience preferred

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, mentoring

Housing: Housing is provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; not suitable for children

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