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 five years of experience in pediatric physical therapy and school-based PT 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 expand classroom-based PT services including planning, pre-teaching and support of students in classroom gross motor activities, sensory-motor regulation activities and PE. The Response Volunteer will also train PT interns by guided instruction and develop a training format for the PT clinical supervisor and university interns to provide effective parent/guardian education through parent training modules, parent observations of treatment sessions, home program development and tracking of home program compliance. The main goal of the assignment is to build the long-term capacity of the organization by enhancing the technical skills of PT interns and expand the development of the PT Department as service delivery increases for its students and outpatients.

Partner Information

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

Required Skills

1. A licensed or certified Physical Therapist;
2. At least 5 years working experience in Pediatric Physical Therapy or school-based PT;
3. Culturally-sensitive to local conditions;
4. 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 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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