Occupational Therapy Internships in Tanzania
- Placement location: Dar es Salaam
- Role: To help evaluate and create a treatment plan for children who have difficulty completing daily tasks
- Types of placements: Therapeutic and rehabilitation center for children
- Requirements: Interns must have completed one year of Occupational Therapy studies or training, or one year of studies or training in a related medical field
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
In Tanzania, most people with disabilities receive little to no support from their communities. As a Projects Abroad intern on the Occupational Therapy Project, you will be in a position to help provide disabled children with the support and therapy they desperately need. You will be able to make a hugely positive impact on their lives while gaining meaningful practical experience in the field.
You will work at a therapeutic and rehabilitation center for children, where you will teach occupational therapy techniques to children to help them overcome difficulties they might have with school activities, play activities, and self-care. Throughout your internship, you will work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist. This is a great opportunity for you to learn from a professional and observe treatments that may be different to what you see in your home country.
To participate in this project, you must have completed one year of Occupational Therapy studies or training, or one year of studies or training in a related medical field. It is also important that you be patient, motivated, and compassionate.
Your Role at the Occupational Therapy Project in Tanzania
During your internship, you will focus on improving basic skills. This could include anything from improving a child’s hand-eye coordination to working on basic counting skills.
As an intern, you will work on some of the following activities:
- Evaluating and designing a treatment plan with specific goals for each patient, after researching their condition and evaluating the patient’s home, school, or work environment.
- Teaching occupational therapy techniques to overcome difficulties, especially daily tasks such as tying a shoelace and getting dressed.
- Monitoring patients’ improvements through progress reports
You will work for eight hours each day during the week, from 9am to 5pm. Although you may not see results immediately at your placement, it will be a rewarding experience for you to see the gradual improvements in your patients’ abilities.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Tanzania Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
While interning as an Occupational Therapist in Dar es Salaam, you will live with a local host family, who will welcome you into their home and teach you about daily life in Tanzania. You can spend your free time exploring the city and the surrounding region with other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers.