GDS are happy to offer the opportunity for children’s Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists to work alongside the local community in Gorkha and share skills, expertise and appreciation for how therapy can positively impact the lives of the Nepalese people. There are health and education professionals that volunteers can work alongside to help develop their skills where possible, however the overall programme will be based on the skills of the volunteer and the working relationships they develop during their time in Gorkha. An open mind and willingness to be creative are essential!
There are currently five known Occupational Therapists in the whole of Nepal and none working in Gorkha. Therefore this is a role emerging volunteering project so your therapy experience guides what you can contribute to the community in Gorkha. However Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy support and supervision is available through GDS in the UK.
Our first OT volunteer in January 2018 was Elise from Australia. Further volunteers reports to include Fiona’s experience with early years children and teachers can be read in volunteer feedback
Practicing occupational therapy to meet the demands of a different culture can be challenging but it is positive professional development and adds to your skill set in so many areas.
GDS strongly encourages volunteers to prioritise the Nepali culture and work collaboratively. In GDS’s experience in working with volunteers, their time not only benefits Nepali people, but their experience alters their lives for the better and stays with them forever.
If you are a children’s OT or SLT and are interested in volunteering through GDS then please contact us – we look forward to hearing from you.