What will I do on this internship?
You will work alongside physiotherapists and medical staff in hospitals and rehabilitation centres with patients. Here are just some of the things you can do:
- Observe physiotherapists and medical staff as they work with children and adults
- Exchange knowledge with local staff and students
- Help staff teach parents how to care for and help children with special needs
Your work will be split in three main areas:
Observe physiotherapists and medical staff as they work with children and adults
You will gain physiotherapy work experience in Nepal by observing local staff as they work to help disadvantaged people, or those with special needs. Ask questions, take notes, and make comparisons between physiotherapy practices in your home country, and in Nepal.
Exchange knowledge with local staff and students
We encourage you to share your physiotherapy knowledge and experience with local staff. These discussions will give your colleagues insight into practices from your country, and help fill in any gaps in your own knowledge. If you have no training, then you will focus on learning from them.
Help staff teach parents how to care for and help children with special needs
Some physiotherapy placements in Nepal are focused on equipping parents with the knowledge to care for their children with special needs. You will assist staff as they teach parents exercises, stretches, or games. These activities are used to keep the children active, improve their posture, and help with their balance. This will help families play an active part in the lives of their children.
Where in Nepal will I be working?
Kathmandu or Chitwan will be your home for the duration of your Physiotherapy internship in Nepal:
You will work in a rehabilitation centre. Kathmandu Valley has an estimated population of 3 million people living there, and for disadvantaged people, accessing basic healthcare is a challenge. You will work with professionals at your placement, observing as they help people in need.
The lowland area of Chitwan will be your base if you are placed in this city. You will work in a large teaching hospital or at a spinal injuries centre. Each placement has valuable learning opportunities.
With the Himalayan mountain range around the corner, weekends should be about exploring and discovering all Nepal has to offer.
These programs are ideal for medical or healthcare science students looking for a practicum experience abroad. As a practicum student, learning comes to life as you observe doctors and participate in healthcare outreaches. You’ll get a first-hand insight into medical practices in developing countries and actively learn from professionals in the field.
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
When you think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Himalayan Mountain Range. This is just one example of the country’s extraordinary natural beauty. Combined with rich cultures, this makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore.
There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal. You can drive off-road through Chitwan National Park, go biking through Kathmandu Valley, or trek in the foothills of Annapurna.
In the evenings and over weekends, it’s worth taking some time to see the sights in Kathmandu. This includes Durbar Square, where you can stand in the midst of an ancient palace. The towering spectacle of the Boudhanath Stupa is also a must-see.
Nepal is one of our most popular destinations, so there will be many other volunteers in the country with you during your trip. This gives you the freedom to spend your leisure time either exploring alone 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.
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