Physical Therapy Internships in Cambodia
- Placement location: Phnom Penh
- Role: To aid in providing physical therapy to children and adults living with a variety of conditions
- Types of placements: Care centers for children and adults with special needs
- Requirements: Interns must have completed at least one year of Physical Therapy related studies or training
- Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Students and recent graduates looking to gain experience in the field of physical therapy can intern abroad with Projects Abroad on a placement in Cambodia. A physical therapy internship in Cambodia will give you a greater understanding of how professional physical therapists work in a developing country and provide you with the opportunity to help needy patients and improve their quality of life.
To participate in this internship, you must have completed at least one year of related studies or training by the time you join the project.
Interning Abroad on a Physical Therapy Placement in Cambodia
We offer a variety of placements for students with different experience levels. If you have studied for at least a year, you will have the opportunity to work at a center that cares for babies and children who have a variety of physical or mental disabilities. The center accommodates children from the city and other provinces, most of whom are vulnerable and require constant care. It is important that you have a positive attitude and a willingness to help disabled children.
The physical therapy department at the center has a basic schedule for the children, allowing them to have quality time in the physical therapy room as often as possible. Each child has different needs: some are learning to walk while others suffer from muscular problems. Other children need to have their joints massaged regularly to maintain their physical health. Extra help from interns with these tasks will allow more children to use the room and get treatment on a regular basis. The physical therapy room is relatively well equipped by Cambodian standards, with a variety of equipment including cushions, balls, mats, and specialized chairs.
Physical Therapy Internships for More Experienced Interns
If you have studied Physical Therapy for at least three years, you also have the option to work at a center for child and adult patients living with disabilities and those affected by HIV. Unfortunately, most of the patients have never been officially diagnosed and some have not received any treatment whatsoever. While the local staff work are extremely dedicated, the center would greatly appreciate your help in this department. At this placement, you will be expected to work independently. Having specialized skills or interest in working with disabled people would serve as an advantage at this placement. Recently qualified physical therapists would also be welcome.
Those with three or more years of work experience and who can commit to at least eight weeks on the project have the option of working at a center which cares for veterans and those affected by the Vietnam War. These centers are two of three physical rehabilitation centers that Veterans International operates in Cambodia. Veterans International has been working with landmine victims and people with disabilities since 1991.
At this placement, you will work alongside one of the local physical therapists and assist children and adults with a variety of conditions including people who have suffered from Meningitis, people with cerebral palsy, and children with club feet. Depending on your level of knowledge and experience you may be given your own patients to work with.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Cambodia Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
While you are interning as a physical therapist in Cambodia you will stay in one of the Projects Abroad apartments with other volunteers. You can spend your free time exploring Phnom Penh and the surrounding region with fellow Projects Abroad volunteers.
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Cambodia.
While you’re in Cambodia, you might also consider joining a 1 week Culture & Community Project. For more information, please visit our Khmer Project in Cambodia. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
While physical therapy internships in Cambodia are available to participate in for two weeks, and 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.