Working at ASSA was a great experience. It challenged the students and I to work in a culturally reflexive way. It also challenged me to broaden my occupational therapy skill base. ASSA is a resource rich rehabilitation centre. With the use of my creativity and ASSA’s ingenuity a lot is possible.
I would love to come back and continue my relationship with ASSA!
|ASSA is a wonderful place to volunteer. The clients and staff welcome you from the first moment you arrive and you instantly feel part of their community. The clients are so positive and hard working; they are truly inspiring. The learning opportunities are tremendous for both preceptors and students. I highly recommend this experience to others, and I plan to return again in the future.|
My experience volunteering as an OT at ASSA has been wonderful and truly memorable. From the moment I arrived, and every step along the way, the staff were very helpful and always going out of their way to ensure that I and the other volunteers were completely comfortable and maximally taken care of. Ram, the head physiotherapist, worked efficiently and tirelessly to create a smooth transition of working at ASSA, as well as planning weekend trips for our group to sightsee and explore more of South India. Additionally, the guesthouse is a great space for therapists and students to reside in, as it has both the essentials as well as luxuries such as AC and wifi. And finally, when reviewing my time at ASSA, I must also mention the home cooked meals in the canteen. Every meal was absolutely delicious, and the kitchen staff always ensures you never leave hungry! Overall, it has been an honor taking part in the daily functions of such an impressive and extensive facility, an experience I would recommend to any OT, PT or student.
|Thank you for a wonderful placement here at ASSA. The staff here are had workers and very enthusiastic and the rehab services wonderfully organized. I was sick and as a result struggled with the food. But meals makes great meals that are very fresh.|
Working at ASSA was absolutely incredible. When I arrived I was welcomed with open arms and immediately felt at home. ASSA is very concerned with our safety and did a wonderful job at making sure we felt safe and comfortable.The facility itself was a lot bigger than I ever imagined and everything runs so well. The clients all have nothing but good things to say about the facility.
As an occupational therapist at ASSA all of my clients were extremely motivated and eager to participate. Teachers, staff interpreters were always available and eager to assist.
I think ASSA is an amazing organization and is very unique to India. This has been an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. Hopefully one day I can return for another volunteer opportunity.
My only regret is that I was not able to stay for a longer period of time due to previous commitments!
|Leslie Birkett , OT – 2016|
|Janine Stang , OT – 2015|
|I was so inspired by my time at Amar Seva Sangam. ASSA supports the client’s physical and mental wellbeing while providing them with the resources and opportunities they require to be valued members of society. The atmosphere on the campus is one of community and togetherness that I am honored to have been a part of for a brief time. I feel that my time at Amar Seva Sangam made me a stronger occupational therapist as it took me back to the core of the profession and encouraged me to think outside the box while reinforcing best practice, no matter where in the world you are practicing. I loved getting to know all of my clients and their families in the spinal cord injury program. Their determination and positivity were infectious so it was amazing to see that Amar Seva Sangam supported these client’s in every way possible.|
|Jamie , OT – 2015|