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Volunteer Physiotherapy Projects in Vietnam

Gap Year Volunteer physiotherapy in Vietnam

There is a shortage of skilled physiotherapists in Vietnam and a lack of access to basic treatment. If you are an enthusiastic student training to become a physiotherapist you’ll provide valuable support to the staff, children and/or adults at a specialist hospital or health centre.

You will work alongside one of the local staff and depending on your experience you may be given groups of children or adults to work with independently. You may even be asked to work with your own individual patients and could spend some time passing on your skills to fellow staff. All physiotherapy volunteers need to have completed at least one year of related studies.

Physiotherapy volunteers work in a variety of placements in Vietnam. You could be based in hospitals in Hanoi, treating children with cerebral palsy or adults suffering from spinal problems, paralysis and other related disorders.

Volunteers on a physiotherapy project may also work at rehabilitation centres that care for disabled children and adults who suffer from the legacy of the Vietnam War and other causes. This project offers therapeutic and practical help for mentally and physically disabled children as well as providing educational training and medical care. Adults who suffer from the consequences of war also get a variety of help.

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

Physiotherapy in Orphanages

Physiotherapy volunteers may also work at an orphanage. There are no local physiotherapists working at the orphanage, so volunteers need to use their own knowledge and research to treat the children and keep a log of all treatment for the use of future volunteers. There is a range of disabilities at the orphanage, although very few children have been officially diagnosed.

Whichever project you join, you’ll go home safe in the knowledge that you’ve made a real and lasting contribution to the placement and the people it serves. This programme is also a chance to improve your CV - gaining practical experience often difficult to get in the west.

Volunteers will stay with a local host family or in a Projects Abroad rented volunteer house or in a hostel based on the location of their placement. You will be able to explore the area and spend your free time with other volunteers.

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