Physiotherapy in Cambodia
- Placement location: Phnom Penh
- Role: To aid in providing physiotherapy to children and adults living with a variety of conditions
- Types of placements: Care centres for children and adults with special needs
- Requirements: Volunteers must have completed at least one year of Physiotherapy related studies or training
- Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
If you are training to be a physiotherapist or have recently graduated and are looking to gain more experience, you may be interested in volunteering in Cambodia with Projects Abroad. All Physiotherapy volunteers in Cambodia must have completed at least one year of physiotherapy related studies or training by the time they join this project and be able to commit to 2 weeks.
Physiotherapy placements in Cambodia
Volunteers who have spent at least one year studying Physiotherapy have the option to work at a centre for children and male adults living with disabilities and also those affected by HIV. Unfortunately most of the patients have never been officially diagnosed and some have not received any treatment. While the local staff work are extremely dedicated, the centre would greatly appreciate your help in this department.
Previous volunteers at this placement have completed a treatment room, where both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy volunteers have space to work with the patients.
Volunteers also have the option of working a centre with over one hundred babies and children who have a variety of physical or mental disabilities.
The centre is home to abandoned babies and children from the city and other provinces. The children at the centre are very vulnerable and require constant care. It is important for volunteers to have a positive attitude and a real willingness to help the children who have a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.
The physiotherapy department has put in place a basic schedule for the children, allowing them to have quality time in the physiotherapy room as often as they can. Each child has different needs; some are learning to walk, other children have muscular problems, some do specific exercises and others need to have their joints massaged regularly. Extra help from a volunteer with these tasks will allow more children to use the room and get treatment more often. The physiotherapy room is well equipped by Cambodian standards, with a variety of equipment including cushions, balls, mats and specialised chairs.
Volunteering on a Physiotherapy placement for volunteers with more experience
Fully qualified Physiotherapy volunteers, who also have 3 years’ or more work experience and who can stay for at least 8 weeks, can request to work at the Veterans International Centres (VI). The Veterans International centres in Phnom Penh and Prey Veng are two of three physical rehabilitation centres that Veterans International operates in Cambodia. Veterans International has been working with landmine victims and people with disabilities since 1991.
Physiotherapy volunteers at VI work alongside one of the local physiotherapists 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.
The Phnom Penh VI centre has an outdoor undercover treatment area where patients can practise walking up steps, and walking on a variety of surfaces. The Prey Veng VI centre is located about two hours’ drive from Phnom Penh.
While you are volunteering as a physiotherapist 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.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Cambodia Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.