EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish not for profit organisation supporting local projects across the world.

Mission statement: "Our Volunteer Abroad programme involves living, working and making a difference in a local community while learning about a new culture and gaining a new perspective on global and development issues. We offer flexible and varied voluntary work and internship opportunities all year round. Our volunteers are supported by highly qualified in-country staff with years of experience in intercultural exchanges and in supporting international volunteers".


We emailed EIL volunteering regards physiotherapy volunteering. Their reply was that they had two possible options for physiotherapists. However, physiotherapists would be working “very much” on an assistant basis.

Project 1: Vietnam

Description of Vietnam: a country of rare beauty with spectacular landscapes, 3,400 km of divine beaches, mountain regions with lush vegetation and charming lakes.

Emerging terribly damaged by war only 30 years ago, Vietnam has made a remarkable recovery. After a decade of strong economic growth and poverty reduction, it is on course to become a middle-income country. Even so, Vietnam remains a relatively poor country. Some sectors of the population, such as the rural poor and ethnic minorities, have not benefited equally from this progress.


Key Points

Accommodation: Dormitory, host family or guest house,full board

Duration: 2 weeks - 12 months

Projects: Teaching, Welfare, Community Development, Health

Special Features: Cultural orientation including Vietnamese language courses and city tour


What is Included?

• Pre-departure information and support

• Accommodation and full board

• Pick up at airport on arrival

• 2 to 5 days language and cultural orientation

(duration and content of the arrival orientation will

depend on the number of volunteer weeks)

• Local transportation to host project

• Ongoing support from local co-ordinator

• Invitation to join the EIL Development Education Network


What is not included:

• Cost of flights

• Visa Fees

• Personal expenses

• Transfer to airport on departure

• Vaccinations

• Airport departure tax

• Medical and travel insurance (available from €10 per week)


Description of the Health Project (Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy) 

Placements are available for students in the health sector as well as for qualified professionals.

Volunteers will assist Vietnamese therapist in their work and learn about different types of treatments.

Volunteers must be patient and flexible, caring and able to cope with difficult or distressing situations.

The Physio Center was opened in 1979 by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids & Social Affairs of Vietnam. It provides rehabilitation treatment to adults & children . The centre includes various rooms for different treatment and also includes a day-care room for disabled children where they can also

receive physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.


The Children Pagoda is a privately run institution run by Buddhist Monks. It was built in 1924 and since then has been a place for taking care of children with special needs and orphans. Around 200 children stay at the pagoda as well as 25 staff. The pagoda also provides free classes for local children

and a traditional medicine clinic for local residents. It is independently funded by benefactors, social organisations, international & Vietnamese visitors.



2013 Prices:

2 weeks €899

3 weeks €949

4 weeks €999

6 weeks €1149

8 weeks €1299

10 weeks €1449

12 weeks €1599

16 weeks €1849

20 weeks €2099

24 weeks €2349

Medical, liability and travel insurance available for €10 per week.

Prices are subject to change and are reviewed annually in November.


For more information email: info@volunteerabroad.ie



Project 2 : Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Brief description: Three new graduate physiotherapists are being sent to Guatamala in September.  This project is aimed to provide medical assistance to poor people who are unable to afford medical care.


A little about the country: Guatemala is a country steeped in history and tradition. Once the centre of the great Maya civilisation, it contains a wealth of archaeological treasures including the impressive pyramids dotted around the countryside. The Mayan people still make up a large proportion of the population, and are famous for their exotic clothing and traditional music and dance.


Key Points

Accommodation: Homestay with local family, full board Monday to Sunday

Duration: 2 weeks – 1 year

Special Features: One to one language classes

Projects: Teaching, health, welfare, conservation, small business development


What is included

  • • Pre-departure orientation and support
  • • Airport pick-up in Guatemala City
  • • Accommodation with host family, 2 meals a day
  • • One-to-one Spanish lessons (2 weeks programme: 20h, 3 weeks: 30h, from 4 weeks: 40h)
  • • Social activities organised by the language school
  • • Placement in voluntary work project
  • • Support for duration of the placement
  • • Debrief workshop on return to Ireland
  • • Invitation to join the EIL Development
  • Education Network
  • • Transportation and introduction to the local project

What is not included

  • • Cost of flights
  • • Personal expenses
  • • Airport drop-off at end of programme
  • • Local transportation
  • • Medical and travel insurance (available from €10 per week)



Many of the poorest people in Guatemala are unable to afford medical care, and it falls to charitable organisations to provide basic and emergency services.

Example Project:

There are health placements in Santiago Atitlán, in the southwest of Guatemala. This project is aimed to provide medical assistance to poor people who are unable to afford medical care. Volunteers with a medical background are especially needed but nontrained volunteers can assist in a range of daily

duties. Volunteers can also work with rural health posts from the Ministry of Health.



2013 Prices:

2 weeks €949

3 weeks €1149

4 weeks €1369

5 weeks €1469

6 weeks €1569

8 weeks €1769

10 weeks €1899

12 weeks €2049

16 weeks €2349

20 weeks €2699

Medical, liability and travel insurance available for €10 per week. 


For more information email: info@volunteerabroad.ie


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