Are you interested in volunteering your skills as a hand therapist? IFSHT tries to partner therapists who wish to teach hand therapy to countries who are seeking this training. Are you practising as a therapist in a country where you are trying to develop hand therapy? Would you like some training to help you develop hand therapy as a speciality? IFSHT has International Teaching Grants available.
IFSHT commends those who volunteer in this capacity and is proud to provide funding to support therapists involved in a hand therapy project in an underdeveloped country. Please go to International Teaching Grants for additional information on how to apply for such funds.
Additionally, you will find, below, a listing of organisations that require hand therapists. These organisations are independent and are not affiliated with IFSHT. This listing has been created as a resource for those wishing to volunteer. Organisations with a specific need for hand therapists may place a request to be listed here by contacting the Secretary General of IFSHT at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hand in Hand with Ukraine (HIHWU)
HIHWU is an initiative launched by Nicola Goldsmith. She is assisted by a team including Christy Fowler, Anna Andruishchuk – administrator and translator, Iryna Kondrashova – Ukrainian hand surgeon based in London and Andreii Lysak, Ukrainian hand surgeon, Kiev, and Ross Barnaby, Treasurer. The project aims to develop hand therapy skills and knowledge in Ukraine. Please view the website for more information and how to get involved: www.handinhandukraine.org.uk
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO)
HVO is based in the United States and coordinates volunteer opportunities for hand therapists in several different countries. For a list of current needs please go to www.hvousa.org
Interplast is based in Australia and New Zealand and supports Surgical Outreach Centers in nine countries. Currently they are supporting the development of Hand Therapy in Bangladesh and are in need of hand therapy volunteers. To find out more about this organization please go to: www.interplast.org.au