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Physical Therapy Electives in Sri Lanka

  • Placement location: Towns between Negombo and Colombo
  • Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous physical therapy training
  • Requirements: You must be a student studying physical therapy. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Physical Therapy in Sri Lanka project page
  • Types of Placement: Hospitals and care centers for children with disabilities
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Physical Therapy staff and volunteers observe a session with a patient in a clinic in Sri Lanka

You can take your Physical therapy Elective in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad. Physical therapy students mainly work in large government hospitals. You will be busy, and your time here will be worthwhile.

You must be a student studying physical therapy to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad will help coordinate your trip and communicate with your university to make sure your placement fulfills the objectives of your Elective. Our in-country staff will be in close communication with you to help with your preparations. Once in Sri Lanka you will be allocated a dedicated supervisor, a qualified member of staff who will ensure your time at their placement provides you with the learning platform you require for your studies.

Physical Therapy Student Electives in Sri Lanka

In the hospital where your placement is based, you will shadow existing staff who are willing to give you time so you can learn from them. By becoming a valuable member of their team, and showing how enthusiastic you are, you will gain more responsibilities. You could work with a variety of patients such as those needing rehabilitation, elderly people, and stroke victims.

We also have placements in a care home for disabled children. These children are severely disabled and it can be an intense experience. Children here benefit from one-on-one treatment that is not just physically beneficial, but it also helps to stimulate them mentally too. Your Physical Therapy experience will be valued at this care home.

Students can also be involved in working with children from local orphanages, identifying those who need to receive physical therapy or other treatments. You will work on a personal basis with each child giving them valuable physical therapy support and also concentrated attention, which will also help improve their quality of life.

While in Sri Lanka, you will live with one of our host families, therefore experiencing the real Sri Lanka. We also have a Projects Abroad volunteer community you can spend your time with outside of work, when exploring the surrounding area.

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