Physical Therapy - Assistant

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The Exchange

Physical Therapy internships give students the opportunity to learn about the science of kinesiology in a thrilling environment. Whether or not you are working towards a major in sports medicine or physical therapy, an internship in physical therapy can be a great experience. There are several skills you can expect to develop during your physical therapy internship in Colombia. You will work alongside a physical therapist serving his/her clients


Title

24 hours of help per week

Teaching Sports: Teach or help guests or local communities practice a new sport.

Social Work: Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.


What you get

3 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Team Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.

Discounts on Tours: Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.

Discounts on Accommodation: Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Free Tours: We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

Free Parties: Get free entrance for the best parties in town.

Free Events: Get free entrance for the best events in town.

Dance classes: Take free dance classes at our place.

Language lessons: Take free language classes at our place.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Requirements

Intermediate Spanish or Intermediate English

Over 18 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

Active Learning
Show initiative in learning career skills by observing treatments, shadowing PTs, asking
questions about purpose and outcome treatments. Also, learn the “FLOW” of an
outpatient PT clinic and work to maintain that flow.
Patient Communications
Become comfortable interacting with patients by greeting them,
conducting warm-ups, and assist with instruction and education.
Colombian patients are very warm and usually, always love interacting openly with
interns giving the interns constant opportunity to not only practice their
Spanish, but to also quickly become culturally aware and comfortable.
Equipment Operation
Proper use of equipment and help to maintain and clean equipment. Under the supervision of a mentor, an intern will supervise patients while using the machinery.
Office Skills
– Pulling charts for upcoming patients.
– Assisting in preparing Home Exercise Program for patients.


Activities & Shift

 Shadow & assist physical therapist as directed; both in clinic and home visits
 Tasked to compare/contrast Colombian practices vs. U.S. practices then make presentation
 Support in the review of current internal operations processes & procedures for improvement
 Welcome patients to treatment and schedule patients’ new appointments
 Explain & supervise daily exercise & therapy procedures to patients
 Apply hot-cold treatments
 Create informational materials for patients and public


Rules

 Enjoys helping and interacting with new people
 Knowledge and interest in physiology, health, and physical therapy
 Experience working in a clinical setting
 Responsible & mature
 Strong work ethics

We are NOT a free lodging program. It costs fifteen dollars per day to participate in our program. The fee covers your lodging in our guest house facility and the program. You must accept being part of the team, from the arrival of the students until the departure of the students.