Gain new insight into physical therapy by assisting professional therapists in hospital clinics around Arusha. Physical Therapy interns can gain experience related to therapy provision for postoperative, disabled and immobile patients, including in burns, trauma, orthopaedic and paediatric units.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
Physical Therapy interns in Tanzania have the valuable opportunity to learn from professional local therapists as they go about their daily clinics. Therapists work in small teams in local hospitals, providing treatments to a broad range of patients.
As an intern, you’ll learn specific techniques and exercises by shadowing and assisting your supervisor. You’ll gain first hand insight into how therapists treat postoperative, disabled and immobile patients, and have the chance to experience therapy in specific departments including burns, trauma, orthopaedics, out patients and paediatrics.
Interns learn mostly by observing, as local regulations prevent unqualified therapists from taking a hands-on role. However, you’ll have unique learning opportunities to experience how therapy is provided within the context of the Tanzanian health system, and learn about very specific treatment methods. You’re also able to research conditions and treatments to help to inform therapy sessions.
Physical Therapy interns should be prepared to experience healthcare conditions that may differ significantly from what you’re used to at home. Hospitals in Tanzania can be under-resourced and under-funded, and this can be somewhat confronting for interns from more developed countries. You should remain professional, courteous and caring at all times.
This internship is conducted in English. Most patients you’ll work with will be able to speak at least basic English, however, for those that can’t, you’ll be able to receive a debrief from your supervisor afterwards.
It is important to be aware that the Tanzanian government requires international interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution to their health/medical placements. The amount of this contribution varies. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, it’s recommended that interns budget, at most, US$50 per week. All Ministry of Health contributions are made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist countries, and as an intern you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city of Arusha and popular surrounding areas. The world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro National Park are popular day trips for interns at the weekend, and there are opportunities to combine your Legal Support internship with a safari in the Serengeti national park.
Physical Therapy interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Shadowing and assisting in therapy sessions
- Conducting therapy research
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn from an experienced local therapist conducting a range of therapy sessions
- Gain understanding of treatments and exercises for patients with specific needs
- Experience how therapists manage patient relationships
- Build your communication skills, particularly with patients for whom English is not their first language
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- Gain first hand insight into specific therapy treatments for a range of patients
- Develop your understanding of physical therapy within a limited healthcare environment
- Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
- Hospital therapy clinics
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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It is important to note that Medical and Education internship fees in Tanzania do not include Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations. These vary depending on the placement and length of the internship and must be contributed in-country. For more details, contact your Program Manager.