Physical Therapy Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Physical Therapy Specialist with at least two years of experience in pediatric physical therapy and PT training activities is needed to assist with the development of physical therapy services at the Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation in the Philippines. Stepping Stone provides diagnostic, therapeutic, educational and pre-vocational services and facilities for students with learning and behavioral difficulties. Children with learning and behavioral disorders belong to a neglected sector of Philippine society, but with proper care and training, they can become independent and even make major contributions to society, and Stepping Stone provides a valuable and much needed service to a marginalized community.

The Physical Therapy Specialist will work closely with a Physical Therapy clinical supervisor to develop a PT format that PT clinical supervisors and PT interns will follow throughout to track patient’ information and progress using multi-disciplinary approach. The Response Volunteer will also develop training modules and introduce new and effective ways of managing PT patients and protocols in handling their needs. The main goal of the assignment is to build the long-term capacity of the organization by enhancing the technical skills of PT interns who are envisioned to be eventually absorbed by Stepping Stone as full time staff to provide quality care to its children and their families.

Partner Information

Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation Inc.

Required Skills

• A licensed or certified Physical Therapist;
• At least 2 years working experience in Pediatric Physical Therapy;
• At least 2 years’ experience in PT training activities;
• Culturally-sensitive to local conditions;
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.   
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts, and shellfish. 
  • After arrival in Philippines, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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