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Occupational Therapy Internships in Kenya


Project Overview

  • Placement location: Nanyuki
  • Role: To work alongside local staff in medical facilities and care centres to help treat patients with a range of special needs including orthopaedic, neurological, and psychiatric conditions
  • Requirements: Interns must currently be studying Occupational Therapy
  • Types of placements: Hospitals and centres for children with special needs
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 1 week
  • Start dates: Flexible

An Occupational Therapy intern helps a young girl move her legs in Kenya

Interns on the Projects Abroad Occupational Therapy internship in Kenya help treat patients with a wide variety of physical and mental disabilities. If you are a student training to become an occupational therapist or a professional interested in gaining international experience, you will have the opportunity to gain practical work experience abroad and provide meaningful support to many people in Kenya. You will be accompanied by a qualified occupational therapist at your placement.

Occupational Therapy interns spend time consulting with patients at a local hospital that lacks an occupational therapy department. You will also work closely with special needs patients in a residential care centre. You may also have the opportunity to assist at clinics and schools where there are a small number of children who have special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, and sensory integration dysfunctions.

Interning as an Occupational Therapist in Kenya

As an intern on this placement you will work alongside a professional occupational therapist and help treat patients of all ages, from children to the elderly, who may have orthopaedic, neurological, or psychiatric conditions.

Your role on the internship will be to help assess patients and offer guidance to help improve their cognitive, physical, or motor skills. Your daily tasks may include assisting patients with coordination training, speech training, or even basic handwriting development. You can improve the lives of many patients significantly by helping them to become independent in their daily lives.

In addition you may be required to conduct workshops for the patients, teachers, and local care givers. These workshops have the purpose of helping to educate and implementing simple exercises and games that can be carried out on a daily basis in the homes or centres to provide extra stimulation for the patients. Projects Abroad also hold community education talks on managing various conditions and occupational therapy interns can get involved in creating awareness and encouraging people to seek such treatment.

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

Volunteer Profile Volunteer Emily Oosterhof shares her story from the Occupational Therapy project in Kenya
Emily Oosterhof
The system in the hospital was very different to what I was used to back home. It was a great experience for me to learn and see how things worked in Kenya. I enjoyed learning from the occupational therapists and I was pleased that they were eager to learn from me too. Read more...

Occupational Therapy internships in Kenya are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While 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.

While you’re in Kenya, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our African Savannah Conservation & Environment Project in Kenya page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

If you are a fully qualified Occupational Therapist, we can tailor you a placement where your skills will be put to good use. Please Contact Us for more information.

Kenya Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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