What do you do at your Physical Therapy placement in Vietnam?
Your role on a Physical Therapy placement in Vietnam can vary depending on where you are placed. These are some of the main activities you take part in:
- Work alongside professionals in rehabilitation centers to treat patients with disabilities
- Assist teachers with educational development at child care centers
- Work in a vocational department to teach children skills to use for income
The specific tasks you can help with during your internship include:
Work with patients at rehabilitation centers
You’ll shadow physical therapists at a rehabilitation centre for children and teenagers. The patients here have conditions like autism, down syndrome, intellectual delay, and cerebral palsy. You will work in an exercise room and a gross motor room. Here, you’ll observe how physical therapists perform massage and other passive treatments on patients. You can also help take children in wheelchairs out for walks. These activities are an excellent way to learn and gain physical therapy work experience in Vietnam.
Assist teachers with child care development
You can work at a center for children with disabilities. You’ll focus on educational games and running fine motor skills workshops. You can also help children develop skills in art and dance, or teach mathematics classes. Your input here will help support the local teachers.
Teach children vocational skills
You can run vocational training classes to teach some of the older teenagers skills like weaving, making incense, bags, paper flowers, cooking, and other craft items. These activities encourage creativity and hand-eye coordination, and the skills learned can be used in future careers to secure an income.
Where you will work on the Physical Therapy Internship in Vietnam
You'll gain physical therapy work experience in Vietnam at one of two placements. We can place you at a care centre in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Or you can work at a rehabilitation center in a more rural setting about 60km outside of Hanoi.
The rehabilitation center is near the city of Son Tay. Here, people live more basic and traditional lives. You’ll experience rural Vietnam covered with by rice paddies where farmers and water buffalo are hard at work.
In Hanoi, you’ll navigate your way through thousands of motorcycles, Vietnam’s primary mode of transport for most people. Follow the delicious smells coming from street food vendors at nearly every corner. Enjoy lunches of spring rolls and Vietnam’s famous pho, a noodle dish with rice, broth, herbs, and chicken or beef.
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
Vietnam offers a mix of bustling cities and picturesque countrysides. With so many different activities and tourist sites, you’re bound to find plenty of ways to spend your free time.
For a glimpse into the country’s history, you can spend an afternoon exploring the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the National Museum of Vietnamese History. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also a major historic site, located in Hanoi.
If you’re looking to buy some souvenirs, there are many markets with locally made products on sale. Evenings in Hanoi are filled with excitement and bright, colourful lights. You can watch street performers and then head to a nearby restaurant for a taste of local cuisine.
The countryside, with its emerald rice paddies stretching to the horizon, provides the perfect escape from the busy capital.
We run many different projects in Vietnam, so there will likely be other volunteers in-country with you. This makes travelling as a group easy to arrange. However, you’re welcome to explore independently if you prefer.
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.
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