Occupational Therapy in South Africa is a significantly growing field as in other parts of the world. Locally, the project is run alongside a support group type of centre close to Cape Town which aims to support children and elders that are affected by the HIV and AID epidemic.
The centre was originally set-up by an occupational therapist and has now trained community members to run health clubs, support groups for grief and difficult times, undertake income generating activities, and provide a safe place for children to be when school is out.
The Occupational Therapy in South Africa internship takes place in various settings including schools, daycare centers, and community centers and serves different age groups from the very young to the elders within the community.
Occupational therapy internships can be a great way to learn about the healthcare system and key limitations in the African context. Through a South African internship, participants can gain daily exposure to health issues that affect children and adults health.
Why choose this Occupational Therapy in South Africa placement?
- Work alongside professional South African occupational therapists and gain practical experience and insight that can support your future career.
- Bring meaning to the lives of individuals and having a positive effect on their health and well-being during your time with them.
- Advance your leadership and interpersonal communication skills in a multicultural environment
Role of the intern
As an occupational therapy intern, you will have the opportunity to work alongside qualified therapists and teachers and observe how they go about their duties while helping them assess patients and off guidance on how they may improve their daily life. In some instance, you might be able to be involved with a full team of therapists made up of physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists as some of the student have physical disabilities. The therapists’ team will help the teachers set goals and implement different therapeutic practices in the classroom.
As an intern on an occupational therapy placement abroad, you will be under the supervision of a local occupational therapist who will guide you and play the role of a mentor. As an Occupational Therapy in South Africa intern, you will also be asked to deliver workshops and trainings for the community members to ensure the well-being of the collectivity.
Skills Required for this Occupational Therapy in South Africa placement
Experience in healthcare is a plus, since it would allow you to take a more active role, but it is not essential. However, other soft skills like willingness to learn, dedication, patience and passion to help children and the elderly is a must. A working knowledge of computers is also essential, including some experience with Microsoft packages like Word and Excel. As you will be living and working in a different country than your own, you will need to be adaptable, flexible and somewhat outgoing. Also, note that because resources are already scarce, a good comment of the English language is a must.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain practical experience and insight that can support your future career.
Work alongside professional South African occupational therapists
Be exposed to the healthcare system abroad
About the Location
The project is based in some partially informal settlement close to the city of Cape Town. You will be traveling there from your accommodation where you stay with others volunteers and interns.
You will be staying in a fully furnished house situated in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from the beach. The area is well know to be one of the major tourism attraction in Cape Town and a surfer’s paradise.
What to do in your spare time
The area is full of vibey bars, cafes and amazing restaurants. Cape Town being a renowned destination and home to the iconic Table mountain, you will have plenty to do in your free time. From beautiful beaches, stunning vineyards, beautiful scenic drives to markets and the famous Garden Route, you are sure to enjoy your time in South Africa while doing your placement abroad.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 8 to 12 weeks
8 weeks: £2765 / $4839
12 weeks: £3776 / $6608
- Requirements: Age minimum 17+
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Working hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Project availability: Every other Monday
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared same-gender room in a volunteer house
- Food: three meals a day Monday through Friday
- Airport: pick-up and drop-off from/to Cape Town International Airport
- Training: fundraising guide, pre-departure information pack, learning reflection guide, on-site orientation, and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from local team
- Excursion Planning: assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
- Certificate on completion of your internship placement diary and presentation to the local team
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- Food: weekend meals
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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