Volunteer Physiotherapy Projects in Ethiopia
- Placement location: Addis Ababa
- Role: To assist trained local staff in home based care and treatment of patients
- Types of placement: Local NGO
- Requirements: Volunteers on this project must have completed at least three years of Physiotherapy related studies or training
- 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 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
There is a real shortage of skilled physiotherapists in Ethiopia. If you're currently in your third year of training, a recently qualified physiotherapist, or on a career break, you'll provide valuable support and training to both healthcare workers, and the families of people affected by HIV.
You will find that the experience you can gain on this volunteer physiotherapy placement will really help you to get an idea of how a successful community based healthcare programme works; it will also give you hands-on experience delivering physiotherapy treatment. Some of your time will be spent passing on your skills to fellow care-givers, so you'll go home safe in the knowledge that you've made a real and lasting contribution to this project and the people it serves.
As a physiotherapy volunteer you'll work alongside a catholic charity based in Addis Ababa that provides advice, healthcare and education to families living with HIV. The scheme is a highly progressive project that aims to increase people's knowledge and understanding of the disease, and provide practical physiotherapy care to terminally ill children.
During the mornings you'll usually travel around Addis carrying out home-based care alongside a small team of local staff. You'll visit families in their homes, treating common illnesses faced by patients such as TB or unexplained paralysis. You'll help to carry out and explain simple exercises to family members to enable them to keep them up until your next visit. Afternoons will frequently be spent working alongside the local physiotherapy staff, passing on your skills and knowledge.
Physiotherapy Work in the Community
Volunteers also have the opportunity to work at another charity treatment centre which provides treatment to over 120 patients. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of patient care as well as providing advice and training to the family members of the patient.
You can also be involved in running workshops in physiotherapy to show how physiotherapy can benefit patients.
This programme is one where you can gain real satisfaction at having made a difference, while simultaneously gaining worthwhile work experience, and all with the added bonus of getting to know a fascinating and strikingly different culture.
To volunteer on this project you must in your third year of training, or be fully qualified.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ethiopia Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
While you are volunteering with Projects Abroad, you will live with one of our host families. You will be able to spend your free time with other volunteers exploring the wonders of Addis Ababa.