Therapy volunteer Projects
Each project has its own focus with some needing the support of a range of experience therapists while others specialising in one area, such as occupational health. Activities very much depend on the need of the patients and are based in clinics, community centres and patients homes. Activities that you may get involved with include hands on treatment, discussing patient histories and problems through to demonstrating new approaches to local staff. You will find your placement extremely fulfilling as you support local staff with their efforts to assist members of the community who struggle to access essential therapies and services, and build the capacity of local staff through sharing new techniques and approaches from home.
Millions of people around the world suffer with disabilities and injuries that if left untreated through appropriate therapy can have a detrimental impact on the quality of patients lives. Often people with disabilities are housebound meaning they are unable to participate in community activities or find employment. Access to staff trained in a range of therapies or centres where they can receive treatment can be limited and so home based care and outreach services are essential. By volunteering on a therapy project with Kaya or joining us as an intern you will work with the most vulnerable in the community and help local teams to improve the quality of lives.
Projects that are a good match for volunteers with therapy experience include Counselling and Social Work in Belize and our Equine Therapy placement in South Africa. Many of our placements will welcome qualified or experienced volunteers so please speak to a Kaya advisor if another project or destination is of interest to you.
Experience of working with children or adults with disabilities or injuries is required for you to participate in our therapy projects. If you have experience or are studying speech therapy, occupational health, physiotherapy, sports therapy or kinesiology these projects will be of interest to you. You should come with a positive attitude, be able to work well with others and be happy to work in a range of settings. You will be working with vulnerable people so you must be able to lend a sympathetic ear.
Bring your skills and experience of working with people with disabilities and injuries and have an incredibly rewarding experience volunteering with staff and communities where access to a range of therapies is in demand.
Take part in a Psychology and Social Work Internship in Ecuador and develop your skills and gain experience abroad
Join our social work internship in South Africa and get involved in a local community while developing your professional skills in a different environment.
Join our occupational therapy in South Africa placement and get involved in a local community while learning about a different other than your own.
Learn about the emerging field of Occupational Therapy in Morocco
Volunteer abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia
Intern abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia
Intern in a special education centre in Peru that supports children age 3 to 20 by providing them special education geared to their specific needs
Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam at a recovery centre
Come and join us in an NGO in Ho Chi Minh city and develop your CV/Resume and work skills on this Social Work Internship in Vietnam
Volunteer within the social services on this counselling and social work project in Belize to help an understaffed centre support young people and women who are in need.
If you have a passion for, and can inspire others to express themselves through dance and movement, then volunteer on this wonderful dance therapy project in Belize.
Become a Social Work volunteer in Cambodia and use your social work skills to build the capacity of social workers in Siem Reap.
Volunteer abroad on our specialised project and help to provide equine therapy to disabled children in South Africa.
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.