Supporting Occupational Therapy in low and middle income countries
                                                                                      Supporting Occupational Therapy in low and middle income                                                                     countries

Volunteering and Work Opportunities

Please find below information about jobs that have been brought to our attention and websites where jobs are sometimes advertised.


However please note that OT Frontiers is a group of British OTs who have an interest in practice in low/middle income countries. The information we have comes from mutual sharing and is offered to others in this spirit. OT Frontiers does not necessarily endorse or recommend any organisation we refer to. Members of OT Frontiers can share thoughts arising from their personal experience but are not able to formally advise individuals on courses of action suitable for themselves.


Please make your own enquiries regarding the legitimacy and safety of any organisation you plan to engage with and about the safety of any country you plan to visit.  OT Frontiers STRONGLY ADVISES each individual to check the travel advice section of the British Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding travel to any proposed destination . Please be aware that the foreign and commonwealth office advice may change as situations in overseas countries may change.  Organisations in other countries do not always have advanced policies or understanding of the implications of security situations for foreign visitors; it is the responsibility of the prospective visitor to make their own judgment.

Volunteering opprotunity with Handicap International in Vietnam


I work for Handicap International (aka humanity & inclusion) in Vietnam where we are implementing a rehabilitation project. In the framework of that project, funded by the USAID, we are seeking for an OT "volunteer" (local service provider contract with a EUR 2000+ monthly allowance covering accommodation, living costs, travel insurance and a little extra) to provide technical support for activities related to improving independence at home through affordable and locally-made house accessibility improvements and provision of affordable assistive devices. The mission duration is 6 months with possibility of a 3 to 6 month extension. Mission location is Quang Tri province, central Vietnam. Expected starting date is mid-February, begging of March (or earlier if possible). What we offer includes: round trip to Vietnam, a monthly allowance, costs for visa and visa renewal, national flights and local transportation where required... and a very exciting and rich professional and personal experience in Vietnam.


More info can be found in the attached detailed Job Description or by contact me: Didier DEMEY (which is also the address to be used for application).


Thank you very much



La Maison des Himalayas


This French NGO is urgently seeking a qualified OT with strong pediatric experience for a volunteering opportunity in the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Centre for special need children (Himachal Pradesh, India).  For this 2-3 month mission, accomodation is provided, and living expenses in Kullu are minimal. Please contact and send your cv to Ms. Dominique Dufau by email:  All details on the project are available on our blog at:


June 2019



Motivation have opportunities  for posts both in the UK and abroad

  Details of these vacancies are available on their website: 


Correspondence relating to recruitment should be directed to 



Occupational Therapy Volunteering Opportunity in Gorkha, Nepal


Possible practice settings are in the government hospital, numerous primary/secondary schools, Gorkha Women's Association School hygiene programme/Women’s Health programme, and there is also the possibility of spending time in Gorkha deaf school and Gorkha Prison.

Gorkha Development Scheme (GDS) is a smalll Non- Government Organisation based in Essex which has been running since 1988.  GDS has a link with their sister charity in Gorkha, Nepal that makes the most of local professionals and their connections in Nepal.  Gorkha is a small town in the central hills which was close to the epicentre of the earthquake in 2015 and as a result of the Nepal committee member's experience ad local knowleddge, GDS was able to support families and schools directly.  This has particularly benefitted remote villages that did not recieve support from the Nepalese government, or other organisations, so these communities have since been facing futher challenges of rural life.

GDS offers a variety of volunteering opportunities in Gorkha, to include teaching/teacher training, medical elective placements and now including Occupational Therapy (OT).  There is so much potential for OT in Gorkha but due to OT not being a mainstream profession in Nepal the volunteering roles would be role emerging with full support from GDS Trustees in the UK.

Possible practice settings are in the general hospital, numerous primary and secondary schools (including working with children with physical disabilities and learning disabilities) deaf school, Gorkha Women's Association projects and there is also the possiblity of spending time in Gorkha Prison.  So volunteering in Gorkha provides an opportunity for occupational therapists and students to gain further experience and enjoy the Nepalese way of life.

The experience can be extremely flexibel so GDS is open to hearing your interests and skills and we welcome anyone interested to visit and to email


We look forward to hearing from you,

The GDS Team!


(Amended in March 2019 however is an on-going request)

Our next meeting:


Our next meeting: 


General Meeting

Saturday 25th April 2020




For more information click here.



For all communications please note:

OT Frontiers is a network of UK based OTs who have an interest in practice in low and middle income countries. Information we exchange between ourselves and with others is offered in a spirit of mutual sharing; it should not be considered as advice. OT Frontiers does not necessarily endorse any organisation we mention. Please make your own enquiries regarding the legitimacy and safety of any organisation you plan to engage with. OT Frontiers strongly advises individuals to follow the travel advice of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and recognise that their advice about any destination can change at short notice. Organisations in other countries do not always have advanced understanding of the implications of security situations for foreign visitors; it is the responsibility of the prospective visitor to make their own judgment.




Small Project Grants

In line with OT Frontier's primary aim to support individual Occupational Therapists and groups of OTs who are contributing towards the development of the OT profession in low or middle income resource settings, OT Frontiers will consider funding small scale projects or the CPD of colleagues.


This will help successful applicants to complete small scale projects or CPD activities, the results of which will contribute to:

  • participation in OT service developments at local and national level
  • the continuing professional development of OT'


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