Volunteer Occupational Therapy in Kenya
- Placement locations: Nanyuki
- Requirements: Must be studying Occupational Therapy
- 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
- Type of placement: Hospitals and care centres for children with special needs
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, 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
Volunteers on this occupational therapy project help treat patients with a wide variety of physical and mental disabilities. If you are currently studying to become an occupational therapist, you will have the opportunity to provide valuable support to many people in Kenya.
Occupational therapy volunteers spend time consulting with patients at a local hospital that does not have its own occupational therapy department or working closely with special needs patients in a residential care centre. You may also have the opportunity to assist at clinics and schools care centre where there are a small number of children who have special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy and sensory integration dysfunctions.
Volunteering in Kenya as an Occupational Therapist
As a volunteer on this placement you will be treating patients of all ages, from children to the elderly, who may have orthopaedic, neurological or psychiatric conditions.
As an occupational therapist you will help to assess patients and offer guidance to help improve their cognitive, physical or motor skills. Your daily tasks may, therefore, include assisting patients with coordination training, speech training or even basic handwriting development. You can improve the lives of many patients by assisting them to become independent in their daily lives.
In addition you may be required to carry out workshops with the patients, teachers and local care givers in order to help educate and implement 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 hold community education talks on managing various conditions and, as an occupational therapist, you can get involved in creating awareness and encouraging people to seek such treatment.
Besides gaining valuable experience in this field, your help will be greatly appreciated.
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.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Kenya Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.