Professional Volunteering Opportunities in Occupational Therapy, Cambodia
- Placement location: Phnom Penh
- Requirements: Degree in Occupational Therapy or a related subject
- Accommodation: Shared apartment with fellow volunteers
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start Dates: Flexible
As a volunteer occupational therapist in Cambodia you will work in a busy organisation helping victims of war suffering with physical disabilities.
Veterans International (VI) is an international humanitarian organisation that addresses the causes, conduct and consequences of war through programs of advocacy and service to the victims of war.
VI's mission is to support Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Cambodia, who are victims of war and who are the poorest among the poor and marginalized in society. They aim to empower these people to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Your professional expertise as an occupational therapist will provide valuable help to Veterans International.
How can a volunteer occupational therapist help in Cambodia?
As a volunteer occupational therapist you will work for Veterans International in Cambodia. You will be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital city.
VI firmly believes that having an artificial limb or brace and being mobile makes a difference between exclusion and participation in education, employment and community life. Their goal is that PWDs and their families can have a better quality of life that is more active and fulfilling and also become an equal member of the community, with equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities.
You will support physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists and other medical professionals in helping these victims of war. Your role is varied and will include
- Take part in consultations, assessments, analysis, planning and treatment of PWDs.
- Join in patients rounds with other physiotherapists and prothetists and othotists to discuss complicated cases.
- Evaluate progression of patient condition and adapt treatment and prescriptions accordingly
- Educate PWDs and their caregivers about client condition, prognosis and home exercise programmes.
- Facilitate recreational activities for PWDs when required.
- Carry out paperwork for PWDs treatment concisely and clearly.
- Assess PWD’s abilities in performing activities of daily living (ADL) in their own home.
- Design home adaptation to improve ADL of PWDs.
- Train PWDs on ADL to gain their independence.
You will work from 18-35 hours a week - and sometimes out of hours - depending on the individual project and how you develop your role with your project supervisor.
This project runs all year. Volunteers are required to undertake this project for a minimum of 2 months. You will be placed at the National Baby and Children’s centre (NBC) if you can only commit to 4 weeks.
What will I gain from this project?
You will be involved with a friendly and highly dedicated team who are committed to the service they provide. Working with often limited resources and staff lacking technical knowledge and training, you will be able to adapt and develop your existing expertise to a different working environment. You will often face challenges not experienced in your home country. Through this cultural exchange you will learn different methodologies and techniques in your own discipline.
You will also have the opportunity to develop skills and experience in a wide variety of areas. These could be (and are project dependent)
- Assessment of the needs of the project partner.
- Collaborating with the project partner to develop more efficient and effective systems in the workplace.
- Collaborate with the project partner to develop outreach programmes in the local community and beyond.
- Use your expertise to train staff and other volunteers.
- Using your initiative and problem solving skills to develop, set up and manage projects/programmes.
- Monitor existing or new projects/programmes.
- Develop and contribute to project evaluation reports to help with continuity between volunteers.
All of these can provide you with valuable experience and transferable skills useful for your career, and make valuable use of your existing expertise where it is truly needed.
What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Cambodia is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a shared apartment close to your place of work.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
If you have at least a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy or a related subject then you will be suited for this project.
Ideally, a qualified occupational therapist would also possess at least two years’ experience of practicing professionally.
Specific specialisms or interests in your field will be highly desirable. Please discuss this with us on application.
If you are interested in this project but don't have the relevant experience, then please read about our regular Occupational Therapy project in Cambodia.