A disabled child does basic exercises using a ball with a student doing an Occupational Therapy internship abroad.

Occupational Therapy Placements Abroad

Learn from skilled professionals in an under-resourced country and gain occupational therapy work experience.

Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge needed to further your career with a Projects Abroad Occupational Therapy internship. You’ll learn about occupational therapy practices in a global context and deepen your understanding of local healthcare challenges.

Your internship can take place at one of several settings, including hospitals, schools, community centers, daycares, and specialist rehabilitation centers. You’ll learn directly from skilled local professionals and observe them as they go about their day.

This educational experience will give your resume the edge it needs to stand out. It’s also a great opportunity for personal growth, as you develop your confidence and gain a global perspective.

1-5 of 5 Projects

Australian intern with Projects Abroad talking to a young local boy whilst on her occupational therapy work experience in Cambodia.

From $2,515 CAD

Occupational Therapy Internship in Cambodia
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Gain practical occupational work experience while working with mentally and physically disabled children

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Intern taking part in a busy physiotherapy session whilst on her occupational therapy internship in Kenya.

From $2,745 CAD

Occupational Therapy Internship in Kenya
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Gain practical experience and learn directly from an occupational therapist while treating patients with special needs

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Intern doing stretches with local children during her occupational therapy internship in Tanzania.

From $3,090 CAD

Occupational Therapy Internship in Tanzania
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Gain valuable occupational therapy work experience shadowing staff at a rehabilitation centre

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Female Intern is seen gaining valuable work experience whilst playing with a local child whilst taking part in her occupational therapy internship in Vietnam.

From $3,090 CAD

Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam
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Gain practical experience by working alongside staff to treat patients with physical and mental disabilities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Occupational therapy internships in the Philippines allow interns to take part in Physiotherapy sessions whilst gaining work experience.

From $2,795 CAD

Occupational Therapy Internship in the Philippines
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Gain occupational therapy work experience in the Philippines and help treat patients at a specialist rehabilitation centre

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week

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Is an Occupational Therapy placement abroad right for me?

You can intern with any skill level, whether you’re new to the field or have previous experience. Thinking about pursuing a career in occupational therapy? Doing an internship can help you decide, by giving you exposure and insight into the field.

Are you a current occupational therapy student? An internship is a great way to supplement your learning with real-world experience. Maybe you’re a qualified occupational therapist looking for a new challenge? Your skills will be put to use on a placement that will really broaden your horizons.

While abroad, our local Projects Abroad staff will support you all the way. You’ll also be working with professionals who will be there to guide you through your work. There will be opportunities to take part in outreach work in communities in need. These events allow you to give back to others while you learn.

Our Occupational Therapy internships will prepare you for the next stage in your studies or career. You’ll boost your resume for all future applications for jobs or further study.

If you’re currently a student, you prefer the option of our Occupational Therapy Electives. Or, maybe you’d prefer a related field: we have a range of Physiotherapy internships on offer. Read our full list of projects for internships abroad.

A child does physical exercises with a student doing an Occupational Therapy internship abroad in Vietnam.

What are the benefits of an Occupational Therapy placement abroad?

There are many ways you'll benefit from experiencing an Occupational Therapy work experience placement. You’ll gain skills and knowledge that will help you in your future career in the field.

You’ll benefit from:

  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • Experience with illnesses and medical conditions less common back home
  • In-depth work experience opportunity that might not be possible in your home country
  • Developing a global mindset from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone

All of the above will improve your resume to give it the edge it needs for future applications. The experience will also add meaningful personal development to your life.

Why does this internship matter?

This experience will bring you closer to a future working in your chosen field. We’re proud to support future talent who will bring vital skills to communities in need.

What sets Projects Abroad’s Occupational Therapy internships apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Our internships are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:

We record our work in a secure database

We have a Global Impact Database to track the positive impact of our projects. It’s secure and anonymous and we use it to identify specific areas of need. The data we record helps us shape aspects of our work, like medical outreaches and health awareness campaigns. We also use it to monitor the progress of individuals, report our results and collect data for research. All this work follows our carefully researched Management Plans.

Real work with trained professionals

As an intern, you’ll work alongside real healthcare professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions and hear more about their experiences. You’re likely to get greater exposure to the frontline of medical care than in your home country.

A tailored approach

We are often able to tailor your internship to suit your interests. You can work in more than one department or focus on one particular area, and experience outreach work in the local community.

A local child looks at pictures with an Occupational Therapy intern in Vietnam.

Our Medicine & Healthcare policy

We take the safety of our volunteers, interns, and the people they work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put in place a comprehensive Medical Ethics Policy.

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