What will I do on this internship?
This practical internship offers you a wide-range of activities for a well-rounded experience. We work with stroke victims, people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, as well as those recovering from accidents. Here are just some of the things you can do at your physiotherapy placement in the Philippines:
- Provide physiotherapy treatments and care to patients with disabilities
- Write case notes and reports about patient consultations
- Exchange knowledge with local staff and students
- Create home exercise programmes for patients
Your work will be split in four main areas:
Provide physiotherapy treatments and care to patients with disabilities
You’ll be based at a community rehabilitation centre, which was set up by Projects Abroad with the local government unit. Your role is to provide physiotherapy treatments to people with disabilities who are unable to afford or access treatment elsewhere
You will also work with patients during house-to-house visits in the local community. The goal is to help people to improve their mobility and overall quality of life. All your work is supervised by a qualified and experienced physiotherapist.
Write case notes and reports about patient consultations
Keeping case notes updated is vital, so that future interns and physiotherapists have a record of what has been done. Depending on how long you stay, you will also test your knowledge by presenting a case study of your choice during the final week of your internship.
The case study can be about some of your experiences on the internship, or focus on a physiotherapy-related topic that interests you. It’s a great way to evaluate your work and compile your observations. It also helps us to update our patient data in our Global Impact Database, which tracks the progress of patients.
Exchange knowledge with local staff and students
Sharing knowledge is greatly beneficial for both parties. Together with local healthcare staff, you’ll swap ideas about treatment methods and practices. It can also force you to be creative, coming up with treatment solutions in a setting that may lack some modern resources.
We have also partnered with a local university. You will intern alongside local students at the rehabilitation centre. This is a great opportunity to share experiences of physiotherapy studies in different countries.
Create home exercise programmes for patients
Home exercise programmes allow people to become more independent in their recovery. You’ll teach patients and their families or caregivers about exercises that they can do at home to improve their mobility. This is a key part of rehabilitation that leads to a faster recovery and better quality of life.
Where in the Philippines will I be working?
You will work in the municipality of San Remigio. It’s located in the far north of Cebu Island, on the west coast. You’ll be placed at a local rehabilitation centre that works with people with disabilities. This centre is the first of its kind in San Remigio, and was set up by a Projects Abroad intern. You’ll often find yourself travelling to homes and community centres in the area to treat patients as well.
San Remigio may be a small town, but it boasts the longest coastline of any municipality on Cebu Island. It has all the conveniences you might need, such as ATMs, grocery stores, and restaurants. There are also plenty of beach resorts, marine sanctuaries, and dive spots to explore in your time off.
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
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, so naturally there are some beautiful beaches where you can relax during your free time. However, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy during your trip.
With white-sand beaches come all the exciting activities associated with living close to the sea. You can go snorkelling through the pristine waters, play volleyball, or relax on the sand as the sun sets.
In Cebu City itself, you can explore the traditional Carbon Market. For an insight into the country’s history, you can visit Fort San Pedro and Magellan's Cross. Here, you’ll learn more about the Spanish conquest.
The Spanish influence is also felt in the regular fiestas and street parades held in the Philippines. If you volunteer around the end of January, you’ll even get to experience the Sinulog Festival, a nine day Mardi Gras-style party.
With so many volunteers joining us throughout the year, there will likely be other volunteers in the Philippines during your trip. You can connect with them and explore as a group or travel independently if you prefer.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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