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 note that the internship placements grouped as “Medical” require interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution. This supports the operation of placements and covers supervision for interns on medical-related placements. This contribution is not included in the internship program fee; it must be made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator in Arusha. Interns will not be permitted to commence their placement until this has been covered. The amount of the Ministry of Health contribution varies, as it is not the same for every clinic/hospital. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, we ask interns to budget up to US$75 per week.
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.
Program Fee (USD)
|2 weeks||$1,284Equivalent to $91/day|
|3 weeks||$1,389Equivalent to $66/day|
|4 weeks||$1,494Equivalent to $53/day|
|5 weeks||$1,599Equivalent to $45/day|
|6 weeks||$1,704Equivalent to $40/day|
|7 weeks||$1,809Equivalent to $36/day|
|8 weeks||$1,914Equivalent to $34/day|
|10 weeks||$2,124Equivalent to $30/day|
|12 weeks||$2,334Equivalent to $27/day|
Program Fee (USD)
|2 weeks||$1,384Equivalent to $98/day|
|3 weeks||$1,489Equivalent to $70/day|
|4 weeks||$1,594Equivalent to $56/day|
|5 weeks||$1,699Equivalent to $48/day|
|6 weeks||$1,804Equivalent to $42/day|
|7 weeks||$1,909Equivalent to $38/day|
|8 weeks||$2,014Equivalent to $35/day|
|10 weeks||$2,224Equivalent to $31/day|
|12 weeks||$2,434Equivalent to $28/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Optional extras, such as language lessons
- Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
- A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
- It is important to note that the internship placements grouped as "Medical" require interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution. This supports the operation of placements and covers supervision for interns on medical-related placements. This contribution is not included in the internship program fee; it must be made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator in Arusha. Interns will not be permitted to commence their placement until this has been covered. The amount of the Ministry of Health contribution varies, as it is not the same for every clinic/hospital. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, we ask interns to budget up to US$75 per week.
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.