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Occupational Therapist

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Lifestart Foundation

Posted on: April 18, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity description

Position Title: Community Occupational Therapist

Reports To: Founder / In-Country Manager

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam

Status: Self funded - Full time

Working Hours: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with one hour for lunch

Start Date: As soon as possible

Qualifications: We are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified professionals who would like to discuss the position and the volunteer opportunities available as an Occupational Therapist

Language skills: English

Brief Description:

The Lifestart Foundation is a grassroots, not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient. Founded in 2000 by Australian Karen Leonard and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Foundation applies a holistic approach to helping those in need through proven working programs and initiatives which are designed to effect a generational change.

The team works to create sustainable and ongoing income streams for the disadvantaged via education and vocational training schemes. Those with complex disabilities are given improved opportunities through the Lifestart Foundation Workshop and the Lifestart Foundation Free Disability Community Centre.

About the Disability Community Centre:

The Lifestart Foundation Free Disability Community Centre provides people living with disabilities in central Vietnam with new and improved opportunities. The Centre works directly with adults whose complex disabilities are a result of issues such as polio, war injuries, cerebral palsy and accidents. The Centre offers expert professional one-on-one assessments and depending on the patient's special requirements they will receive a supervised rehabilitation exercise plan, information on nutrition, posture and details of locally based services. In addition, referral to a local hospital for surgery or prosthetics is provided for those who require specialist medical treatment. Learn More >

Background to what has commenced and where LSF is hoping to head with this work:

The Free Disability Community Centre officially opened in September last year. A volunteer physiotherapist from Australia and another from New Zealand have been working there since it opened. They have developed procedures and processes to be used when dealing with the disabled Vietnamese people who attend the centre, the Homeless Shelter in Hoi An and at the Danang Red Cross Centre.

A volunteer Occupational Therapist commenced work at the Rehabilitation Centre and the outreach programs mentioned above in May this year and will worked with us for 3 months until early August. The Physiotherapist from New Zealand has finished her term so we currently do not have a Physiotherapist to continue the program that has been so successful.

Experience Required:

  • Experience in assessment and treatment of people with complex disability
  • Neurological Occupational Therapy or related skills
  • Splinting
  • Wound management
  • Amputees and prosthetics
  • Seating assessment and prescription
  • Experience working with adults with cerebral palsy
  • Experience with any of Polio, undiagnosed neurological conditions, effects of Agent Orange, effects of long term joint contractures


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable in dealing with people with complex and profound levels of disability
  • Willingness and ability to be flexible in work practice accommodating of new or different concepts of health and health delivery
  • Ability to work independently and as a sole practitioner
  • Ability to cope with professional isolation and organize strategies for establishing & maintaining home country and/or international professional support network to assist in the work here
  • Ability to be innovative, think laterally and problem solve where resources are limited
  • Ability to set aside personal views and expectations and consider new perspectives
  • Demonstrate comfort with 'Capacity Building' in a developing country context
  • Willingness to deliver a health outreach service to the disadvantaged & disabled population of Hoi An & Quang Nam province
  • Ability to work in a client focused model where the clients therapy goals are identified and targeted
  • Willingness to use local public transport as required
  • Willingness to work within the boundaries of Lifestart Foundations strategic plan and within resource availability
  • Willingness to be accountable to Lifestart Foundation founder / In country manager including weekly reporting and record keeping

How to apply

To apply for the role please email an up to date CV and covering letter including the following points to

  • Why you would be suitable for this role
  • When you would be available to start
  • If you can commit to twelve months or a shorter time frame
  • Whether you are able to volunteer and be self-funded


Hoi An Royal Group, 488 Hai Ba Trung St., Hoi An, Tỉnh Quảng Nam, 0, Vietnam


Owner's areas of focus

Time Commitment

3 months or longer
Time commitment
A lot (10+ hours/week)
Flexible schedule