Do a Physiotherapy internship in the Philippines for teenagers and learn directly from experienced physiotherapists. You’ll work at a rehabilitation centre founded by Projects Abroad, and observe different conditions and treatments. This a great way for you to explore physiotherapy as a potential career. It will also boost your CV with practical medical experience.
You’ll work with teenagers your own age on a range of exciting activities. This includes educational workshops, house visits, and outreach work. This is a great way to learn about physiotherapy practices in a developing country. You’ll also get a deeper insight into the challenges people with disabilities face.
During your time abroad with us, you’ll live with a friendly host family in San Remigio. They’ll ensure you feel right at home while teaching you about their way of life. We organise weekend trips and social activities to make the most of your leisure time. You’ll meet students with similar interests and make friends from all around the world!
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do at a Physiotherapy placement in the Philippines for teenagers?
This well-rounded internship gives you the opportunity to take part in a range of different activities. These include:
- Observe trained physiotherapists at work
- Take part in educational workshops and medical outreaches
- Experience the local Filipino culture together with teenagers your age
Your work will focus on the following main tasks:
Observe trained physiotherapists at work
You have the chance to observe trained physiotherapists as they go about their day at a community rehabilitation centre. This is a great way to learn from experts and get an idea of what it’s like to work in this field.
You’ll sit in on consultations, and see how physiotherapists work to aid their patients’ recovery. Interns will also be able to accompany therapists on home visits in the local community. This is an exciting opportunity to see how physiotherapy works in a rural area that does not have many resources at hand. We encourage you to take notes and ask questions so you can learn as much as possible.
Take part in educational workshops and medical outreaches
On this internship, you’ll take part in educational workshops on different topics related to physiotherapy. Here you’ll learn more about how this therapy is practiced in the Philippines, and cover different techniques.
Projects Abroad also run regular medical outreaches in disadvantaged communities. These provide basic services such as health checks and minor treatments. You’ll be able to assist the local staff where needed, whether taking blood pressure or handing out medication. This will all be done under supervision of medical professionals.
Experience the local Filipino culture together with teenagers your age
Since you’ve travelled all the way to the Philippines, we want to make sure you’re able to make the most of your time in this beautiful country. We’ve organised an incredible weekend trip to Bantayan Island, which boasts crystal clear water and white sand beaches. There are also regular social events in the evening, which give you the chance to learn more about the local culture while having loads of fun. You’ll do all this with teenagers your own age, supervised by our local staff.
Where in the Philippines will I work?
You will be based in the coastal town of San Remigio, which is located in the northern part of Cebu Island. San Remigio has all the modern conveniences you might need, such as grocery stores, banks, and restaurants.
As an intern, you will work at a local rehabilitation centre, which provides a number of services for people with disabilities in the community who cannot afford to travel to the city for treatment. The centre was established with the help of Projects Abroad, and is the first of its kind in this area of the Philippines. You will often spend time away from the centre, visiting different villages to conduct home visits.
The Philippines is a country with stunning scenery and plenty to offer visitors. You’ll get to explore the local sights and culture on our organised social events and weekend trips.
You will stay with a host family in Bogo City, which is only 12 km from San Remigio.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
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