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Occupational Therapy Internships in the Philippines

Project Overview
  • Placement location: San Remigio
  • Role: To provide home based occupational therapy treatment and care to disabled patients
  • Types of placement: House-to-house visits and community centres
  • Requirements: Interns must be a minimum of 18 years old and have completed at least six months to a year of occupational therapy related studies or training
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Minimum duration: From 1 week
  • Start dates: Flexible

Projects Abroad Medicine & Healthcare interns listen to a talk given by another intern at a placement in the Philippines, Southeast Asia.

In the Philippines, there are more than a million people living with a disability, according to the country’s 2010 Census of Population and Housing. By joining our Occupational Therapy Project as an intern, you can help treat and further the rehabilitation of patients in need. While you are contributing to their lives, you will also build on your own skills and experience in the field.

As an Occupational Therapy intern, you will be based at the Persons with Disability Affairs (PDAO) in San Remigio, Cebu. Here, you will work with patients during house-to-house visits and consultations in various community centres. Your role at the project is hugely significant - 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 elementary school.

While many experience lifelong disabilities, others are able to overcome mobility problems with appropriate therapy. Severely disadvantaged families, especially in 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.

This placement is ideal for Occupational Therapy students looking to build on their experience, as well as graduates interested putting their skills and knowledge to use. To participate in this project, you will need to be a minimum of 18 years old and have completed at least six months to a year of occupational therapy related studies or training.

Interning as an Occupational Therapist in the Philippines

At PDAO, you will work under the supervision of the organization’s director, who is also disabled. During a typical week day, you will work from 8:30am until 11am and then again from 1:30pm until 4pm.

It is important to remember that although you may not see results immediately, it is a rewarding experience for you to see the gradual improvements in your patients.

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

Occupational Therapy internships in the Philippines 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.

Philippines Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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