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Occupational Therapy Internships in Vietnam

Project Overview
  • Placement location: Hanoi and rural locations outside of Hanoi
  • Role: To work alongside local staff and assist with the care and treatment of disabled children and adults
  • Types of placements: Rehabilitation centers
  • Requirements: Interns must have completed at least two years of pre-medical or other healthcare related studies
  • Accommodation: Host family, placement accommodation, guesthouse, or shared volunteer apartment
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Projects Abroad intern at the Occupational Therapy Project in Vietnam helps a child with disabilities eat lunch.

As an Occupational Therapy intern in Vietnam with Projects Abroad, you could provide vital assistance to the many patients who do not have access to basic treatment. Your time as an Occupational Therapy intern in Vietnam will be a challenging but rewarding experience and you will be helping many people by improving the quality of their lives through focused therapy.

If you are a student training to become an occupational therapist, you will provide crucial support to the staff, children, and/or adults at rehabilitation centers. You will also gain important work experience that is difficult to get in North America, enhancing your resume.

All Medicine & Healthcare interns in Vietnam must have completed at least two years of pre-medical or other healthcare related studies by the time they join this project.

Interning Abroad as an Occupational Therapist in Vietnam with Projects Abroad

Occupational Therapy interns work at a rehabilitation center, which cares for autistic children and disabled children and adults who suffer from the legacy of the Vietnam War and other causes. These centers offer therapeutic and practical help, as well as providing educational training and medical care.

You will work alongside one of the local staff and depending on your experience you may be given groups of children or adults to work with independently. You may even be asked to work with your own individual patients and could spend some time passing on your skills to fellow staff.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Vietnam Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

Whichever project you join, you will go home safe in the knowledge that you have made a lasting contribution to the placement and the people it serves.

The location of your placement will determine what kind of accommodation you will stay in. In your free time, you will be able to explore the stunning region around you with the other volunteers.

Volunteer Profile Volunteer Suzanne Theurer shares her story from the Occupational Therapy project in Vietnam
Suzanne Theurer
My role mainly consisted of working, one-on-one, with children who had Cerebral Palsy. I focused on improving their function in day to day activities such as play and self-care. I also played with the children during the day and helped feed some of the less abled children at lunch and dinner. As I spent so much time with the children, I developed a bond with many of them. It was very emotional and difficult to leave the placement. However, I was also happy to know that I had made a difference on these children’s lives, and was grateful to be able to get to know these fabulous and brave children. Read more...

Occupational Therapy internships in Vietnam are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.

If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Vietnam.

Vietnam Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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