Placement Overview – Clinical

Handi-Care Intl. has been facilitating clinical placements for PT/ OT students since 2006. Handi-Care Intl. has agreements with universities across Canada to facilitate clinical placements in India.

Over 150 Health Sciences students in Canada have participated in this program since it began 12 years ago. HCI has formed affiliations with eight Canadian Universities, and 49 occupational therapy students, physiotherapy students, and professionals have participated in this clinical exchange in the last 2 years alone. Students and therapists work with the ASSA’s disabled children and adults and focus on capacity building, knowledge exchange, and sustainable interventions.

View the presentation below by a McGill OT student, who completed her placement in Mar.2016. This is a good orientation guide.

Click here to View the presentation by Chantal Jacques, OT Supervisior and her students.

Click here to View the presentation by Dr. Ramasubramanian Head PT Supervisior, Amar Seva Sangam.

  • Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy graduate students are invited to apply for clinical placements with Handi Care Intl. for a duration required by the university.
  • Students will be placed at Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA)- our partner facility in South India.
  • Handi-Care Intl. has been facilitating clinical placements for PT/ OT students since 2006.
  • Handi-Care Intl. has signed affiliation agreements with  University of British Columbia, University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, Queens University, University of Manitoba, Dalhousie University, University of Sherbrook and McGill University to facilitate these clinical placements in India.
  • Participating students from these universities have had extremely positive feedbacks about their placement experience.
  • Handi-Care Intl. also welcomes applications from students at other Canadian Universities.
  • A donation of $640 is payable to Handi-Care Intl. per 4 weeks of placement. Each additioal week costs $160 per student per week.

Included in this are:

  • Room and board (3 vegetarian meals a day and access to coffee and tea all day long). The kitchen staff is very accommodating and understanding. They will oblige and prepare the meals to your liking and tolerance. Eg., less spicy…
  • Rooms have attached washroom and may have to be shared with up to 2 other students.
  • Work related trips to adjacent villages
  • Minor health issues can be treated by the staff doctor in campus at no fee. (You will have to pay for the medicines)
  • A tax receipt from HCI for the donation (fees).

Not included:

  • Additional snack items, such as fruits, cookies etc… You can purchase then in a nearby store and ask the kitchen to store it for you.
  • Personal trips for sightseeing, shopping etc..
  • Medical consultations and medicines (Your insurance will cover most of this)

Handi-Care Intl.’s role:

  • We act as liaison between the University and Amar Seva Sangam for the placements.
  • Once your application is received and approved, you will be given a shared “dropbox” link. You will find all the relevant details, contacts, photos, and so on, that can help you with easy transitioning.
  • We provide 2-3 orientations via skype  before departure and connect you with alumni.
  • Universities / families can contact us in case of emergency.
  • For OT students, we usually have an on site volunteer OTs from Canada that provide supervision. They are providing excellent guidance, mentoring and on the job training..

Requirements from applicants:

  • A donation of $160 is payable to Handi-Care Intl. per week of placement for students. Volunteers who are designated as official student supervisors are not charged a fee.
  • An application to be filed with HCI. (Application for Clinical Placement)
  • Feedback form to be completed and submitted to HCI and the end of the placement.

Be sure to read the “Volunteer Handbook” for all travel preparations and other details.

ASSA 2016 McGill Student Presentation (3)