INDIA: PHYSIOTHERAPY WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Hospitality Internships / Career Break / Community Volunteer Projects / Medical, Health, Medicine
Country: India
Location : The delightful bustling town of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 2500 £ Pound (UK)

A unique opportunity to work closely with children of varying disabilities on our physiotherapy project in India. This is a great way to observe experts in your field.

On this project you will get a wonderful sense of achievement from helping these great children. The experience you gain will be an excellent entry on your CV or Résumé as well as being invaluable to you in the future. This is a challenging and rewarding project!

Our Physiotherapy Work Experience placement is based in the delightful bustling town of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. This historical town is famous for the Meenakshi temple; its 4 outer pillars creating dramatic silhouettes on the skyline at sunset. Adorned with colourful images of gods and goddesses, imaginative creatures and animals, this magnificent temple is the religious centre of attraction and a hive of activity which you won’t want to miss.

• All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
• Minimum stay 2 weeks and up to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
• You don't need any qualifications to do this placement.
• From £845 for 2 weeks, ranging to £1,895 for 12 weeks.

What’s included:
►Accommodation
►Food
►Meeting you at the Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Full pre-departure support
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support

What’s not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required, but we'll provide necessary documents and assistance), Return transfer to airport.

All our projects are open to all nationalities. Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged between 17 and 70+

PROJECT OVERVIEW
The institute we work with was established in 1970 by Dr and Mrs Mary Thangaraj who believed that every child born into this world, irrespective of the conditions of their birth, have the right to live with self and human dignity. A lot of the children come from very underprivileged families, and so the love and care you can give them is even more important.

The school has recently constructed a large physiotherapy unit with modern equipment. Approximately 180 children attend the school and they also have an early intervention centre for children less than 6 years of age.

Physiotherapy is given to children with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities; intended to strengthen muscle power, improve mobility in the joints and to help reduce pain.

The children who attend the physiotherapy unit have a tailor made programme to suit their individual needs. For the younger children, the mother or grandmother will also attend to understand the needs of their child and help them practice these exercises when they are at home.

The physiotherapy lab has some great facilities including balancing bars, treadmills, weights, rowing machine, cycles, parallel bars and Swiss balls. The children also undergo electrotherapy.

WORK CONTENT:
You'll work as an assistant to the existing physiotherapist helping her treat the children. The centre is dedicated to helping the children obtain the best quality of life possible. They are passionate and enthusiastic and are very eager to share their knowledge and time with you.

Your supervisor is qualified in physiotherapy and speaks excellent English. The school is looking for people with a background or interest in physiotherapy to assist them with their daily work. You will most likely be asked to assist and shadow the physiotherapist while they work with the children. If you have experience in physiotherapy or are qualified, you will be given more hands on work.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

-> An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into beautiful India and it's fascinating culture.
-> New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
-> An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
-> And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Requirements: You do not need any qualifications to apply for a physiotherapy placement, although you will need to have an interest in physiotherapy or studying towards a physiotherapy degree or related subject. We do ask however that you are self motivated, have an abundance of enthusiasm, show high levels of initiative and be capable of working independently, where necessary, to help you make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE ON THIS PROJECT:

-> 1-Week Intensive Tamil Language Course prior to starting your project. Learning a little Tamil will enhance your time in India immeasurably, as you’ll find out things about the culture and the way of life that someone without language skills simply wouldn’t have access to!
-> Tamil Language Lessons with a private tutor taken at the same time as your main project. Courses range in length to suit your needs.
-> Yoga and Medication Lessons: You have the choice of combining the two or focussing on Yoga on its own. These courses vary in length to be done as an optional extra to your main project. Start the day with yoga and meditation – it’ll set you up for the day!
-> Cookery Courses: Cooking is an institution in India. If you’d like to learn how to cook some of the mouth-watering dishes this is the perfect way to do it; you’ll be able to choose from an extensive choice of recipes, visit the market to purchase the fresh produce and then learn how to cook the south Indian style food with your own private chef! Again, this activity runs concurrently with your main project.

ACCOMMODATION:
For a complete Indian experience we arrange for you to stay with one of wonderful host families. All of our hosts are very welcoming and you will be made to feel part of the family. You will also gain a great insight into Indian culture and customs.

You may share a room with one other volunteer and you will have an en-suite western style bathroom. All of our host family houses are close together and just a minute walk away from internet cafes, banks and snack shops and just a short auto ride into the centre of town.

FOOD:
All your meals will be provided and prepared for you by the family and it is mainly local fare allowing you to taste a varied selection of delicious, Indian dishes and exotic fruits. You'll also have access to the kitchen if you want to make snacks or drinks.

WHAT TO DO NEXT:
Talk to us - We're there to help you. Most of our team are ex Travellers volunteers and are ideally qualified to offer advice and guidance because they know what you're looking for. They'll help you find your perfect project - and then make it all happen!

If you’d like more information about this or any of our projects, please email or call us! If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.

It’s as easy as that.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £895 for two weeks. You can participate for up to three months or longer, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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