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If you are a fully qualified physiotherapist you can work in the physiotherapy department of a hospital in Surat Thani or Trang. If you are still training with at least 6 months experience you can work at a special education centre in Krabi. The work in the hospitals involves a variety of areas including electro-muscular therapy, work in the physical exercise room and treating the patients on the ward in their beds. The most commons problems that the patients have are leg fractures, lumbar syndrome (back pains), cerebrovascular diseases, respiratory complications and soft tissue disorders. You may also be able to help or observe with other specialist clinics, such as dementia and diabetes.
The physiotherapy departments of the hospitals receive over 1000 patients per month so there will be plenty of work to keep you busy. Volunteers can also help demonstrate basic exercises to the patients’ families to be continued after the patient leaves hospital. The special education centre has been established by the government to provide integrated educational and social opportunities for children with special needs. The children are aged from babies to 19 year olds and are split into groups depending on their needs. The physiotherapists at the centre work directly with children who have a variety of physical and multiple handicaps. If you work at the special education centre the staff would appreciate help with general educational activities during the morning. Most of the physiotherapy work takes place after lunch between 1 and 4pm, and you will assist the local physiotherapists during this time. Fully qualified Physiotherapy volunteers can also work at the special education centre and can set up their own physiotherapy clinic in the mornings. Physiotherapy volunteers who want to work in one of the hospitals need to commit to a minimum of two months on the programme. In Krabi at the special education centre volunteers need to work for at least one month. All physiotherapy volunteers need at least six months worth of experience.
Major Job Responsibilities:
Skills & Qualification: Volunteers with relevant skills & at least six months worth of experience are welcome and will be able to take on a more specialized role. All volunteers should be active & be prepared for working in the specified project fulfilling the responsibilities.
Food: We will ensure you are provided with 3 square meals a day.
Accommodation: Local host-families are carefully selected because they are friendly, welcoming and will go out of their way to look after our volunteers. Where we can't provide host families we place our volunteers together in secure accomodation.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no firm deadline for applications. Some countries and projects require at least three months to process an application, arrange for visas, and advise you properly on how to prepare. Other countries can be processed in as little as three weeks. Whenever you are thinking of traveling, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Having more time to prepare makes it easier for you to fundraise, and for us to advise you on preparations. It also makes more options available for tailoring a program to your individual interests and preference.