Occupational Therapy - Professional Placement in India

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Program Description

Children with disabilities face many challenges in India, as the institutional environment does not provide the necessary assistance to them and their families. Lack of information and persisting stigma around disability often make it difficult for parents to seek help and provide the right support at home. To ensure children with autism receive treatment and support, our partner organisation has opened a learning centre currently holding 80 children.

On this program, you will be able to share your skills and facilitate the learning of new and improved methods in occupational therapy, directly impacting the live of the children at the centre. The major focus of the placement is collaborating with therapists, revising and facilitating learning-based workshops, as well as hands-on demonstrations of modern methods and techniques of occupational therapy. You will also conduct training for teachers and parents, so that they get a better understanding of the disability of their child.

By combining your professional skills and experience with the contextual knowledge of the staff, you will have direct impact on the best treatment methods for the children. Being an integral part of the team, you will develop and expand cross-cultural working skills, and gain a different perspective of your field. In addition to professional development, you will overcome challenges as an individual and fully immerse yourself in the Indian culture, leading to considerable personal growth.


As a fully integrated part of the local team, you will be placed in the unique position where you can facilitate your own learning and the learning of others. That is how true impact happens. Sharing your skills and professional experience will help the organisation increase their impact and improve the treatment for children with autism.
At the same time, this placements is a powerful opportunity for your own personal and professional growth. You will practice and improve your problem-solving and cross-cultural skills, facing and overcoming new challenges.


The ideal volunteer has completed a BA/Masters in Occupational Therapy and collected 2 years of experience in early intervention.

Volunteer Types

What`s Included

- Pre-placement support
- Volunteer guide which includes information on your placement, health and safety and applying for your visa

On your Placement
- Airport transfers
- In-country induction and orientation
- Accommodation in home stay/volunteer house
- Breakfast and lunch during your placement volunteer days
- 24/7 in-country emergency number
- In-country staff support
- Placement Supervisor
- Support to apply for Criminal Records Check
- Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

Post Placement
- Certificate on completion (on request)
- Reference (on request)

Not included:
- Flight
- Visa
- Travel insurance
- Criminal Records Check

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Program Details

Skilled Impact
  • India: HYDERABAD
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
Starting from $530 for 2 weeks, each additional week $130

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