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PHYSIOTHERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY WORK EXPERIENCE WITH PHYSICALLY DISABLED CHILDREN IN AUCKLAND

NEW ZEALAND

PHYSIOTHERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL, AND SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY WORK EXPERIENCE WITH PHYSICALLY DISABLED CHILDREN IN NEW ZEALAND

Gain Physiotherapy and/or Occupational Therapy experience with physically disabled children at a special unit in Auckland. You'll assist in a unit that has a large number of children with physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and mobility problems.

As well as gaining valuable experience, you'll get a wonderful sense of achievement from assisting in helping these great kids!

"I am gaining significant valuable experience. I am also lucky enough to be working alongside other allied health professionals, being Occupational therapists and Speech and Language therapists so I am learning about their work here as well." Rebecca Acheson

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates Projects start every Thursday, during school term times only (see “Work Content” tab) – you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements You should either be in your second year of study (or higher) or be qualified in, Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy. 
Minimum age 18.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Food, Transport to and from your project, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in gaining overseas work experience.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Therapy practice overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into New Zealand and its diverse cultures.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

PHYSIOTHERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY WORK EXPERIENCE WITH PHYSICALLY DISABLED CHILDREN IN AUCKLAND

You'll assist in a unit that has a large number of children with physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and mobility problems. You'll work alongside and under the guidance of the current therapist at the unit, helping the children with their disabilities.

ABOUT THE CENTRES:
The Inclusion Support Centres we work with are attached to the following schools:

  • Primary (for children aged 5-10 approx.)

  • Intermediate (for children aged 10-12 approx.)

  • Secondary (for children aged 12-18 approx.). Here students with disabilities can grow emotionally, socially and cognitively in a challenging and supportive environment with maximum contact with their age peers. Many of the children at the unit are wheelchair bound and require constant attention.

The Centres have a number of staff who work with the children, such as

  • Physiotherapist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Speech Therapists

  • Teachers

The staff and the parents work together to establish what the aims are for their children and how the therapists can achieve them with the outcome of an individual program for each child. Where possible, the children will be integrated into the mainstream schools to give them the opportunity to interact with their peers throughout the school day while supported by special educated teachers, teacher aids and therapists (Occupational, Physio and Speech Language Therapists).

The centres also boasts a number of facilities, such as a gym which includes balancing bars, treadmills, weights, stepper, Swiss balls, stationary cycles for the therapist to work with.

The staff at the center are incredibly friendly and welcoming people, true Kiwis! You will be learning from qualified professionals who have a real passion and love for what they do and they are very enthusiastic to share their knowledge and time with those who truly want to learn. They are also very keen to demonstrate some kiwi style hospitality so some post-work socialising will really make you feel like one of the team!

ABOUT YOUR WORK:
You'll work as a teacher aid to the children and have the opportunity to shadow the existing therapists who treat the children. You'll work under supervision alongside other teacher aids and staff in groups or one-on-one with the students. You will also get the chance to work with the children in a classroom environment and this will give you additional experience in how to work with their disabilities and to overcome these obstacles within education.

Each child will have different problems that the therapists will be looking at, therefore they will be creating individual programmes for each child, which could include any or all of the following:

  • Stretching,

  • Positioning,

  • Swiss ball work,

  • Compression through the spine,

  • Using standing frames,

  • Looking at tone and posture,

  • Massaging and maintaining good joints.

As a teacher aid, your main objectives are to enable special needs students to participate as fully as possible in the education and daily living process.

Assisting children on the journey to independence. This includes supporting pupils in the following ways:

  • In academic and therapy programmes

  • Eating

  • Toileting

  • Ensuring children are working in a safe, tidy and clean environment.

  • Supervising children in the playground

Fulfilment of the primary objective involves accepting responsibility for completing the following tasks:

  1. Following the individual timetable given.

  2. Supporting children in their activities as directed by the Center Manager / Therapists / Class Teachers.

  3. Preparing, sorting, tidying and maintaining therapy / classroom / Center resources as directed by the Center Manager / therapists.

  4. Attending meetings as directed and keeping records as directed by the Center Manager / Therapists.

  5. Attending professional development sessions or courses as appropriate.

  6. Accompanying students on class outings as appropriate.

Previous graduates have found it to be an excellent experience which has enhanced their learning and also made a great contribution to the center. Volunteers work in a class and with the teacher, specialists and other Teacher Aides in their collaborative setting. Volunteers are expected to fulfil the same duties as other Teacher Aides as directed by the teacher. Orientation and guidance is provided.

Please note this project is a teacher-aid rather than an internship - this is because Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists must be New Zealand registered to be able to carry out their professional role. This means that the Center is unable to offer formal supervision and formal teaching; therefore they are not able to assign you to individual cases.

Previous volunteers have independently kept a log and completed self generated assignment on their experience. The Center also provides a reference and evidence of the hours worked at the end of your placement.

The units generally have around 30 children with a range of disabilities. Many of the children at the units are wheelchair bound and require constant attention. The children are split into 3 classes according to the severity of their disability. This means that you can specialise in an area you are more interested in within these classes.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only take one volunteer at a time on this project so we strongly advise booking early.

PLACEMENT DATES AND WORKING TIMES:

You are likely to work between 8:30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m., Monday - Friday. The program is only available during the school times, which are as follows for 2015:

  • Term 1: 2nd Feb –2nd April

  • Term 2: 5th 20th April – 3rd July

  • Term 3: 20th July – 25th Sep

  • Term 4: 12th Oct – 15th/18th Dec

REQUIREMENTS:
Anyone working with children and/or vulnerable adults is required to complete a Criminal Records Check (CRC) as part of their application process. We'll provide you with the necessary papers and take you through the process

"I am gaining significant valuable experience. I have worked with children before but working with disabled children (both physically and mentally) poses a whole range of different challenges. From learning how to communicate with them so they understand, to how to motivate them to engage with the task in hand.

I am also lucky enough to be working alongside other allied health professionals, being Occupational therapists and Speech and Language therapists so I am learning about their work here as well."
Rebecca Acheson

 

ACCOMMODATION:
You'll live in a centrally located hostel that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long-term stays. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers. There is a communal kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Entertainment at your accommodation includes cheap internet access, TV and free pool table. You are literally a stroll from the Sky Tower, harbor and waterfront. Accommodation is very central and close to the main train station and shopping district. Buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to parts of Auckland and New Zealand or to the many other ‘things to do’!

FOOD:
Food is not provided on this project, but Auckland has restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is New Zealand lamb which can be ordered at many restaurants around the city and is well worth it. For meals in local restaurants, a trip to Auckland's inner city center is well worth the effort - it bustles with activity and offers a range of choices of restaurants. 

Accommodation on voluntary projects in Auckland, New Zealand

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by your Project Supervisor who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

  

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. The most popular choices are the safari trips from Cape Town and many volunteers use these as their means of travel to arrive at their project in Knysna..

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This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

The country can be divided into the North Island, the South Island and Stewart Island, as well as many tiny surrounding islands. The North Island is typically famous for beaches, springs and bush, whilst the South Island boasts mountains, glaciers, alpine forests and farmlands.

AUCKLAND
The city center boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs or head over to the viaduct for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus, which is close to your accommodation.

Maori settlement in Auckland was at least 800 years ago where by different tribes built theIr fortifications on the various volcanoes in Auckland. When the British arrived in 1840 they claimed Auckland as the capital city of New Zealand until Wellington became the capital 25 years later. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun and friendly with beautiful surrounding islands and harbour.

Some of its more famous attractions include the sky tower, Rangitoto island, the harbor, the Hauraki gulf islands and the many extinct volcanoes that are in Auckland which provide great views of the city..

"Thanks at the best three months of my life ... The support I received was extremely helpful ... I really would recommend Travellers to anyone. Keep up the good work."   Stuart Savidge

Climate: New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has a subtropical summer, the inland alpine areas can get as cold as -10°C in winter. Most of the country, however, lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.




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