Occupational therapy internships in the Philippines allow interns to take part in Physiotherapy sessions whilst gaining work experience.

Occupational Therapy Internship in the Philippines

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

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Join our Occupational Therapy internship in the Philippines and help provide specialised treatment to people with disabilities. You’ll spend your time assessing and treating a wide range of conditions, and help patients to improve their motor skills. It’s a chance to apply what you’ve learnt in your studies, and develop your skills further. You’ll learn from experienced professionals, and gain insight into therapy practice in a developing country.

You’ll work at the only rehabilitation centre of its kind in San Remigio. This centre was founded by a Projects Abroad former intern, and is now run by Projects Abroad. It provides free treatment to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access the care they need. You’ll also conduct home visits and develop treatment plans that can be applied in a community setting.

During your time abroad, you’ll stay with a friendly host family. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore all that this beautiful country has to offer in your free time.



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You should have completed at least six-months of occupational therapy related studies or training.

Is an Occupational Therapy internship in the Philippines right for me?

Are you studying to become an occupational therapist? Or perhaps you’re a recent graduate looking for work experience in this field? If so, then this is the ideal internship for you.

It’s an excellent way to put some of your training into use while learning from skilled local professionals. International work experience will be an asset on your CV, and make your job or university applications stand out.

In order to join this internship, you need to be at least 18 years old. You also need at least six months to one year’s worth of occupational therapy-related studies or training.

The internship is available year-round, from a minimum of one week. Our start and end dates are also flexible, so you can choose a time which suits you. We encourage you to stay for longer, however, so that you can make a greater impact during your time abroad.

Interns are pictured helping a man exercise his shoulder whilst they complete their occupational therapy internship in the Philippines.

What will I do on this project?

This internship offers you the opportunity to get involved in a diverse range of tasks. These include:

  • Assess and treat patients who need occupational therapy
  • Write case notes and reports about patient consultations
  • Exchange knowledge with staff and local occupational therapy students
  • Create home exercise programmes for patients

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Assess and treat patients who need occupational therapy

Your main role on this internship is to assess and treat patients who need occupational therapy. The goal is to improve their motor skills so that they are able to conduct their daily activities and gain more independence. You’ll use various treatment methods, such as hydrotherapy in the ocean, to achieve this.

The patients you encounter will have a range of different conditions, from stroke victims to children with cerebral palsy. Most of your work will be based at a local rehabilitation centre. However, you will also be able to conduct house-to-house visits, or treat patients at local community centres.

Write case notes and reports about patient consultations

You’ll need to keep up-to-date case notes, so that future interns and physiotherapists have a record of what has been done. Depending on the length of your stay, you’ll also be to test your knowledge by presenting a case study of your choice during the final week of your internship.

This case study can cover some of your experiences on the internship, or focus on an occupational therapy-related topic of your choice. This allows you to evaluate your work and compile your observations into a report. Your case study is also useful as it helps us to update our patient data in our Global Impact Database, which tracks the progress of patients.

Create home exercise programmes for patients

An important part of this project is teaching people exercises that they can do at home to work on their physical skills. You’ll show patients and their families or caregivers different techniques that can be used, and recreational activities that will be beneficial to their recovery. You might have to be quite innovative, as the therapy resources you are used to using may not be available.  

Exchange knowledge with local staff and students

One of the aims of our internships is to encourage the cross-cultural exchange of knowledge. You will be able to share knowledge about different treatment practices with the local staff, and learn from them in turn. Sometimes there may be the opportunity to take part in educational workshops with the staff.

There are also local university students who intern at the rehabilitation centre. This is a great opportunity to share your experiences of studying occupational therapy with fellow students. You can also see how the practice differs between your countries.

Where in the Philippines will I work?

San Remigio

You’ll be based in the municipality of San Remigio, located in the north west of the island of Cebu. As an intern, you’ll work at a local rehabilitation centre that treats people with disabilities. This centre is the first of its kind in San Remigio, and was set up by a Projects Abroad intern. You will also have the opportunity to conduct home visits, or treat patients at nearby community centres. This is the perfect opportunity to gain occupational therapy work experience while you’re in the Philippines.

San Remigio may be small, but it has the longest coastline of any municipality on Cebu Island. It also has all the modern conveniences you might need, including banks, restaurants, and grocery stores. There are also plenty of nearby dive spots, marine sanctuaries, and beach resorts to enjoy in your leisure time.

Luchthaven transport, vluchten en visums

Na aankomst op de vooraf bepaalde luchthaven, zal een medewerker van Projects Abroad je persoonlijk opwachten. Meer informatie over de verschillende luchthavens, oriëntatie en visums kun je op onze Filippijnen

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A typical day at your Occupational Therapy placement in the Philippines

After waking up in the home of your host family, you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast to fuel you for the day. It’s then time to travel to work via a motorised tricycle, similar to a rickshaw. On your first day, a staff member will accompany you to show you the way.

A typical day at your occupational therapy placement in the Philippines runs from 8:30am until 11am and then again from 1:30pm until 4pm, Monday to Friday. You can travel home for lunch, or bring a packed one with you if your host family is too far away.

You’ll spend your time at the rehabilitation centre assessing and treating patients with a range of different conditions. You might find yourself working with a stroke patient, helping them to improve mobility of affected limbs. Or you could engage in play therapy with children who have cerebral palsy, in order to develop their fine motor skills.

On some days, you’ll conduct house-to-house visits instead, and perform the treatments there. Sometimes you will work with patients to teach them exercises they can do at home to maintain their mobility.

Once you’re done for the day, it’s time to sit back and relax. Enjoy your stay in the Philippines, watching the sunset from the beach or enjoying dinner with fellow interns at a local restaurant. We organise regular social events for our interns and volunteers, so you can get to know each other and our local staff.

Projects Abroad intern and child pictured sharing a happy moment during his occupational therapy internship in the Philippines.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

There are two main aims to this project: to provide you with an educational experience while ensuring that people with disabilities receive the specialised treatment that they need.

Many of the interns who join us are looking for practical work experience. We facilitate important cross-cultural exchange, where you have the opportunity to learn from qualified local professionals and share knowledge. You’ll gain invaluable insight into healthcare practices in the Philippines, while learning new skills.

This internship also has an altruistic aspect. Many people with disabilities in the Philippines are unable to receive treatment, due to high costs or a lack of nearby facilities. This is detrimental to their overall wellbeing. It also has a negative impact on children, as many children with disabilities are unable to attend school.

As an intern, you’ll work at a rehabilitation centre that provides free occupational therapy services to those who need it. Only with your help, we will be able to increase the centre’s capacity and treat more people. You’ll work to improve the quality of specialised care for disabled people so that they can lead more independent lives.

Our overall list of medical goals for the Philippines include:

  • Improve the quality of specialised healthcare provided for people with disabilities
  • Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Improve the overall quality of healthcare provided
  • Improve hygiene standards

The community centre where you’ll work was started by a former Projects Abroad intern, in conjunction with the local municipality. This just goes to show the impact that a single person can make. Imagine how much we can do together! 

Help us achieve these long term goals, as you gain invaluable occupational therapy work experience in the Philippines.

Projects Abroad interns learning about vital signs at a workshop whilst on their occupational therapy internship in the Philippines.

Management plans

We hebben onze doelen en belangen van onze projecten uitgeschreven in onze Management Plans. Op deze manier kunnen we uitgebreid plannen welk werk moet gebeuren op elk project. Het helpt ook om het werk te meten en te evalueren wat we elk jaar bereikt hebben.

Het is uiteindelijk de bedoeling dat onze Management Plans de projecten effectiever maken. Je gaat daardoor deel uitmaken van een duurzaam project dat impact heeft waar het echt nodig is. Lees meer over onze Management Plans.

Onze impact

Onze projecten zijn opgesteld voor de lange termijn, en er worden elk jaar specifieke doelen vooropgesteld. Elke vrijwilliger en stagiaire helpt met het behalen van deze doelstellingen, hoe lang ze ook helpen op onze projecten.

Elk jaar evalueren we de voortgang in het behalen van de doelstellingen. Daarom hebben we een Global Impact Report opgesteld waar we al onze verwezenlijkingen verzamelen. Kom meer te weten over de impact die onze internationale groep vrijwilligers, stagiaires en staff hebben gemaakt en lees het laatste nieuwe rapport.

Maaltijden en accommodatie

Je gaat bij een gastgezin verblijven in Bogo City. Zij verwelkomen je met open armen in hun huis en delen graag de lokale gewoontes en cultuur met je. Dit is de beste manier om jezelf volledig onder te dompelen in de cultuur van de Filippijnen en een unieke ervaring te beleven.

We proberen ervoor te zorgen dat je met minstens een andere Projects Abroad vrijwilliger of stagiaire verblijft bij het lokale gastgezin. Jouw kamer is bescheiden maar comfortabel, proper en veilig.

Jouw kamer is bescheiden maar comfortabel, proper en veilig.

De kostprijs van het project is inclusief drie maaltijden per dag.

Lees meer over onze accommodatie.

Weekend en vrijetijdsactiviteiten

De Filippijnen bestaat uit meer dan 7000 eilanden, dus je zult zonder twijfel stranden vinden waar je ontspanning kunt vinden tussen het vrijwilligerswerk door. Er zijn nog heleboel andere activiteiten die je kunt doen tijdens jouw verblijf in de Filippijnen.

Als je zo dichtbij de zee verblijft, is het gemakkelijk om dagelijks te snorkelen, strand volleyball te spelen of te ontspannen op het strand vlak voor zonsondergang.

Cebu heeft een rijke geschiedenis, die je kunt leren kennen in het Fort San Pedro en Magellan's Cross. De stad kent ook verschillende traditionele Carbon marktjes die je niet mag vergeten te bezoeken.

Je kunt de Spaanse invloeden merken tijdens de fiestas en straat parades. Doe je vrijwilligerswerk in eind januari, dan ga je zelfs het bekende Sinulog Festival kunnen beleven, een negendaagse Mardi Gras-geïnspireerd feest.

Verschillende vrijwilligers nemen het hele jaar door deel aan onze projecten op het eiland, de kans is groot dat je samen gaat werken met andere vrijwilligers. Je kunt er samen op uit gaan of je kunt het eiland ook op je eentje verkennen.

Veiligheid en ondersteuning

Jouw veiligheid heeft onze hoogste prioriteit. We hebben verschillende procedures opgezet zodat jouw ervaring in het buitenland zorgeloos en veilig verloopt. Onze Projects Abroad staff is 24/7 beschikbaar, zowel door de week als tijdens het weekend, om je te ondersteunen en begeleiden. Zij zorgen ervoor dat jij je altijd veilig en comfortabel voelt. Mocht je ergens tegenaan lopen, dan zijn ze altijd beschikbaar om je te helpen.


Lees meer over veiligheid en ondersteuning.

Bij jouw inschrijving vragen we een aanbetaling te doen van slechts €295, wat wordt afgetrokken van de totaalprijs.

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