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Volunteer Physiotherapy Projects in the Philippines

A nurse volunteer in Asia gives a presentation

Our volunteer Physiotherapy Projects are an excellent way for physiotherapy students and graduates to gain experience in this profession, while learning valuable skills and using their knowledge to help others. In order to volunteer on this placement, you need to have completed at least six months to one year of physiotherapy studies or related training.

According to the 2010 Census of Population and Housing in the Philippines, there are 1.44 million people struggling with a disability in the Philippines. It is estimated that one in 20 households have at least one family member with a disability, and half of them are not able to attend or finish primary school. As such, there is a great need for volunteers with physiotherapy skills to aid in their rehabilitation. Indeed, while many experience lifelong disabilities, others are able to overcome mobility problems with appropriate therapy.

Physiotherapy Placements in the Philippines

Poor families, especially in the Northern Cebu, are unable to afford special therapy sessions because of their high costs and/or lack of nearby facilities. A child with a disability needs at least two to three treatment sessions per week, and this does not take into account other medical needs required for their full rehabilitation.

Volunteers will be based at the Persons with Disability Affairs (PDAO) in San Remigio, Cebu, and will work with disabled patients during the house-to-house visits and the gatherings in various community centres. You will work under the supervision of the director of the PDAO, who is also disabled. Although results are not immediate, it is a really rewarding experience for the volunteer to see the gradual improvements in their patients.

Working hours are from 8:30am until 11am and then again from 1:30pm until 4pm. During your placement, you will live with a host family, which will give you the chance to really immerse yourself in the local culture. There are also plenty of geographical wonders and historical sites to explore in your time off.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Philippines Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

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