Handi-Care Intl.


Testimonials from the students (In-Person)

Maxymme Bégin (McGill Universtiy - PT)
September 3rd – October 26th 2022

Doing my clinical internship at ASSA gave me the opportunity to learn about physiotherapy practices in rural India while being culturally immersed in a community that preaches collaboration and giving. It was enriching to be welcomed by such a generous community and work alongside the other members of the inter professional team to provide the best care possible. I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to come all the way from Canada to India and I hope to inspire other students and volunteers to get involved with ASSA and Handi-Care.

Noémie Tito (McGill Universtiy - PT)
September 3rd – October 26th 2022

As I was boarding the plane to get to India for my placement at ASSA, I was sure about one thing: I had no idea what to expect. Having today successfully completed my last clinical placement there, I can say without the shadow of a doubt that it was one of the best experiences I have had so far. The community at ASSA is so welcoming that I felt at home even if there were so many cultural elements we had to adapt to. Clinically, I saw many conditions I have never had the opportunity to see before and had a great deal of freedom with my caseload and interventions. It was so rewarding to see the improvements my patients had from the beginning of my stay to the end. Beyond our typical clinical duties, we also had the opportunity to go on a fieldtrip to explore how village-based rehabilitation worked and had a session about how the health care system worked in India which was very informative. Thank you everyone at ASSA for all the special memories!

Remi Lu - PT - Aug 2019
Toronto University - Aug 2019

Remi Lu-Toronto-Aug 2019
I really enjoyed completing my final PT placement at Amar Seva Sangam Ayikudy (ASSA). The community at ASSA allowed me to learn about Indian culture and healthcare in a comfortable environment. All the staff, clients, and other members of the ASSA community were extremely welcoming and helped facilitate my experience. I was able to accomplish my goal of developing my competency to practice in a culturally conscious way, as well as develop my clinical skills and independence.

Anne Stokes - PT - Aug' 2019
McMaster University - Aug' 2019

anne stokes McMaster-PT-Aug 2019

My placement at ASSA has been a uniquely enriching experience. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to travel to India and collaborate with the therapists at ASSA who are dedicated to providing care to those in need of rehabilitation, and to teaching, learning, and collaborating with foreign volunteers. The opportunity for local therapists and international students to learn from each other is truly a unique experience that has inspired me to engage in the global physiotherapy community. Although this international placement presents unique challenges such as working with clients from different cultural backgrounds, dealing with language barriers, and participating in knowledge sharing, these challenges have facilitated my professional growth. I feel more prepared to provide care to diverse populations and am inspired to strive to understand how my clients’ views of rehabilitation and health are affected by their unique experiences. I was able to work with children and adults with a variety of conditions which has helped me develop independence and problem-solving skills as I prepare to return to Canada and begin my practice. My experiences at ASSA have inspired both professional and personal growth, and I am truly grateful for my time here.

Maddie MC Kinney - PT - Aug' 2019
McMaster University - Aug' 2019

My physiotherapy placement at ASSA has been very challenging, but extremely rewarding. I had the opportunity to work with many unique patient populations, who I have not been able to work with in Canada. I was able to develop my physiotherapy skills, soft skills, as well as skills to help me provide care in a culturally safe way. I believe that the knowledge and skills that I have gained here will translate into my practice when return to Canada. I am so grateful for this unique learning opportunity and for all of the amazing people that I have met at ASSA!

Katie Walsh - OT - Aug 2019
Manitoba University - Aug' 2019

Overall, my learning experience at ASSA was great. Everyone is very welcoming and respectful and encouraging to the student’s learning needs. It was a privilege to get to practice in another country and to learn about the wonderful culture of India and the wonderful rehabilitation centre that ASSA is running.

Rambel Palsis - OT - Aug' 2019
Manitoba University - Aug' 2019

ASSA was such an amazing experience. I arrived here as a student from Canada and left as a member of the rehabilitation community. It was such a great opportunity to learn about global health and experience a new culture. I came here to give and serve but ended up getting twice as much back. I can’t wait to take what I have learned at ASSA and apply it to my practice when I get back home!

Colorado University - OT - July 2019
Heather Hill - July 2019

My placement at Amar Seva Sangam has been an enriching and challenging learning experience. I have grown in many ways. My understanding of occupational therapy in a global context has broadened. I’ve learned to adapt my practice to meet the needs of those I’m serving. I’ve felt the immense value of participation in occupation- how it benefits our health and well-being! And I’ve met many inspiring people who welcomed me at Amar Seva Sangam and taught me firsthand about south Indian culture.

University of British Columbia - PT - 2019
Adam Chin February to March 2019

Overall my experience as ASSA was great! In terms of practical experience, I was able get lots of hands on assessment, intervention planning and treatment time. It was a great placement to develop my self-reflection, problem solving and clinical reasoning skills, which is something that I really enjoyed. Lastly, I found it very beneficial to be able to look at client care in terms of the bigger picture. For example, how treatment can be sustainable once you leave, what resources are available, how are you going to plan so that your client gets the most benefit out of your time with them but also the rest of their lives going forward. As far as ASSA itself, everyone was super friendly and welcoming. You get the opportunity to meet and learn from so many great people including local therapist and other students. It is a really unique environment and I greatly enjoyed my time there.

University of British Columbia - PT - 2019
Elizabeth Yee February to March 2019

I am so grateful for the experience I had at Amar Seva Sangam. Throughout my five weeks in India, my favorite moments in the country occurred here. Both the patients and staff were so friendly and helpful. Being able to contribute to this centre that does so much for people with disabilities is so rewarding, and I am so glad to have been a part of it. The placement helped me grow as both a physiotherapist and a person.

McGill Univ. PT - 2019
Martin Nguyen January to March 2019

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to complete my international clinical placement at ASSA. The experience was both unique culturally and professionally.

McGill Univ. OT - 2019
Lesley Perlman January to March 2019

I feel that my learning experience at ASSA has been incredible. It has opened my eyes to the possibilities that exist for communities everywhere. While it is not perfect (as no place ever is) the dedication of the staff to giving the best care possible, teaches the students how to be amazing healthcare professionals.

McGill Univ. OT - 2019
Sivahahmy Vijayaratnam January to March 2019

My clinical placement at ASSA was a great learning experience overall! My self-directed learning skills and time management skills were tested like never before. I had the opportunity to explore OT practice in the special school (school for children with different abilities), the integrated school, and the stroke unit, all of which contributed to a rich and diverse learning opportunity. Not only was I able to explore all these different domains, I was also exposed to the South Indian culture throughout my placement at ASSA.

McGill Univ. OT - 2019
Nathan Menezes January to March 2019

My experience at ASSA was unlike any other. I was exposed to a vibrant culture and traditions, as well as a new language. Truly an enriching experience as I was able to hone in on hands-on skills, creativity, and exercise cultural competency in this setting. I would recommend this placement to future students!

McGill Univ. OT - 2019
Sacha Vincent-Toskin January to March 2019

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My experience at ASSA was truly a remarkable one. Although challenging most days, I very much appreciated the cultural perspective it gave me. It helped me grow as a clinician, but more importantly as a person. From the other professionals, to the clients, to the kitchen staff, everyone at ASSA has impacted my life in a deep meaningful way and I will cherish this experience forever!

Dalhousie Univ. PT - 2019
Sang Choi January to February 2019

Friendly staff at ASSA were pleasent to work with.

Sherbrooke Univ. OT- 2018
Laurie-Anne Pelletier October to December 2018

I had a great time in Amar Seva Sangam, because of the very welcoming and friendly staff members as well as the learning opportunities I had while doing an internship for my master’s in occupational therapy. The learning experiences were very interesting and diverse. It pushed me to think further and use creativity to find how to help with some of the patient problems because the equipment available is very different from what we are generally used to have in Canada. Practicing Occupational therapy in a country where culture and religion are very different from where I come made me work on my cultural skills, which will surely be transferable to my practice in Canada. It was also great on a personal level to learn more and to be immersed in the South Indian’s culture and religions. I found that ASSA is an organization who is very dedicated, who offers great services to the population and who always wants to improve what they can offer. It was an honor and a real joy for me to participate to Amar Seva Sangam’s mission by doing international collaboration with them and I hope they will continue to grow so they keep on helping people in need.

University of Manitoba OT- 2018
Naomi Hatherly July to August 2018

Completing my final fieldwork placement for my occupational therapy degree at Amar Seva Sangam was a wonderful, unique, and enriching learning experience. The community at ASSA is so special, and I feel truly lucky to have had the chance to be a part of it. ASSA truly upholds the ideals of acceptance, accessibility, and seva (service),and is a model that would be beneficial all over the world. Through placement I learned not only clinical skills relevant to my field of study, but about the opportunities and challenges of working cross-culturally, and the importance of accessible and integrated communities.

University of Manitoba OT- 2018
Madison Wilson July to August 2018

Amar Seva Sangam provided a unique learning experience that allowed for complete cultural immersion. The practice context facilitated not only the development of confidence and independence in OT skills but also improved cultural sensitivity. Opportunities included getting to work with a translator, going into the community, and working within the diverse cultural norms. Overall, Amar Seva Sangam was an excellent opportunity to grow as a future clinician and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any future students.

University of Manitoba OT- 2018
Richa Soni July to August – 2018

Amar Seva Sangam calls itself “a valley for the disabled” and I have witnessed the truth in this. The campus is a welcoming heaven for all those of Tamil Nadu who need support to regain independence. ASSA was an incredible learning opportunity, and a time to develop my own identity as an occupational therapist. The independent and diverse learning context allows for the opportunity to be directly involved in every step of the therapy process. The clients I worked with showed immense determination and the kind souls of all the staff make you feel incredibly welcome into this energetic community. I look forward to translating the clinical skills and cultural awareness learnt from this placement in all aspects of my future OT practice.

Queens OT- 2018
Adi Rittenberg, Swanti Deut & Taylor Dyon
June to July 2018

Amar Seva Sangam was a great experience, and we were able to expand our knowledge and understanding of southern India, and appreciate the cultural implications in our work. The staff were extremely welcoming and the facilities were beautiful. ASSA has so much more to offer than we expected, and we loved exploring all the services they provide. They made an effort to ensure our comfort and making sure that our project moves forward. We are thankful for the opportunity and look forward to hearing more about ASSA in the future!

Ottawa University OT- 2018
Rachel Worgan May to July 2018

I had a wonderful time on placement at ASSA. I learned a great deal about spinal cord injury and stroke rehab as well as how to work in a limited resource environment. The later allowed me to be creative with my interventions because materials I needed for treatment were not always available. I believe this will carry over to my work in Canada as well as I would like to work out in the community where materials are not always available. I really enjoyed my experience at ASSA and hope to return in the coming years.

Dalhousie OT- 2018
Krysta Longridge March to April 2018

Volunteering at Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to practice and learn new skills in a variety of practice settings including stroke, spinal cord injury and early intervention. Living and working at ASSA allowed me to be completely immersed in a culture that celebrates diversity and ability of all individuals. Running games nights for individuals with spinal cord was great fun and strengthened therapeutic relationships. I felt like I learned a lot from my clients and gained an unique, rich experience that would be difficult to find anywhere else.

Dalhousie OT- 2018
Hayley Lutes March to April 2018

My placement at Amar Seva Sangam was a valuable learning experience. ASSA does a very good job of building community for their clients and providing a holistic service that attempts to address not only the rehabilitation needs of the clients but also their mental health well being, recreation and re-engagement in vocational areas. I was given the freedom and independence to provide therapy to clients while still feeling fully supported by my offsite preceptor and the on site staff. Getting to practice coming up with creative solutions and equipment for a lower resource area was also a very useful exercise that I will take away from this. I look forward to continuing my relationship with ASSA and can’t wait to come back as a volunteer.

Dalhousie OT- 2018
Claire Wilson March to April 2018

My experience at ASSA has been a truly memorable one. There is a strong sense of community and caring that makes you immediately feel welcomed and cared for. Working at the Sangamam School for Special Children challenged me to be creative and to focus on interventions that are sustainable and cultural appropriate. I enjoyed getting to see a variety of children with different needs and working with teachers to come up with solutions in the classroom. This placement has helped shaped how I plan to practice as an occupational therapist. I am grateful for everything ASSA has taught me and really feel like I became part of the ASSA family.

UBC OT- 2018
Sarah Northrup February to March 2018

I have nothing but positive things to say about my time at ASSA. ASSA provides an opportunity for self-directed, independent learning while collaborating and sharing knowledge with many brilliant staff members. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I would recommend this placement to everyone. I will miss each and every person here and will be bringing many ideas, new learning, and memories back to Canada. Thank you!

UBC OT- 2018
Fiona Roome February to March 2018

UBC OT- 2018
Melissa Ferguson February to March 2018

UBC PT- 2018
Robyn Boudreau March to April 2018

Amar Seva Sangam has provided and incredible educational experience for me as a physiotherapy student from Canada. The variety of populations available to take on in your caseload, the immersion in the culture and the campus, and the opportunities to work with local PTs and other foreign students all contributed to making this experience amazing.

UBC PT- 2018
Jayten Patel March to April 2018

Amar Seva Sangam is not only a rehab institution but it is a special community built upon extraordinary therapists and very inspirational patients. The learning opportunities here are endless, not only in the field of physiotherapy but the culture and the character of people here is very uplifting. I came here with an expectation of  limitations both to education levels and accessibility of healthcare, however despite these presentations ASSA is a very sustainable campus with an amazing culture they have built here. It’s hard to explain in words, the experiences I have had here holds a very special place in my heart that I will cherish forever.

UBC PT- 2018
Gwyn Narayan March to April 2018

My learning experience was positive, I enjoyed working with a wide variety of populations and being so involved in patients’ rehab. It was a great opportunity to learn and be immersed in the culture. I would definitely recommend the placement to students who are wanting to continue working in SCI or peds, as you get a lot of hands on time with patients.

UBC PT- 2018
Ada Zdanowski February to March 2018

UBC PT- 2018
Taylor Gibney February to March 2018

My experience at ASSA has been such a great learning experience; from the exposure to different conditions, to self directed and independent learning, and interaction with a different culture and healthcare providers. I am exceptionally grateful for all of the opportunities to work with children as it’s helped me discover my passion in paediatric healthcare. The staff here at ASSA have made this experience unforgettable with their kindness and expertise in the field of physiotherapy.

MC Gill PT- 2018
Vi Ma January to February 2018

ASSA has given me so much in terms of learning experience. From the amazing welcome to my first trip to India, to the friendly people, to the sense of community. The staff, the residents and children living or working on campus have taken us as part of their family for 8 weeks. They have enriched my world view. Not only have I learned so much from rural Indian culture, but I have also gained so much in terms of my clinical skills. I became more confident and independent with what I have learnt in school. I am thankful to all those who made this a great experience. And who knows, maybe someday I will come back as a supervisor!

MC Gill PT- 2018
Alicia Allen January to February 2018

This was an overall excellent learning experience! I especially loved the opportunity to experience working with many different types of clients and the independence I had with my treatment sessions. All the staff were very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable, which made for a very pleasant learning environment.

MC Gill OT- 2018
Ela Rutkowski January to February 2018

Completing my clinical placement at Amar Seva Sangam was a great experience where I got to learn beyond simply developing my clinical skills. I was immersed in a community where people live and support each other and was warmly welcomed into it. I had an opportunity to work with a variety of patients which challenged me to become proficient at understanding and treating a wide range of issues. Being a student at ASSA not only helped me to become a better clinician but also opened up my eyes to new possibilities.

MC Gill OT- 2018
Julianne Brown January to February 2018

In January 2018, I spent 2 months at Amar Seva Sangam for my third clinical placement and Masters research project for Occupational Therapy. I worked with clients in the Spinal Cord Unit. Here I had opportunity to collaborate across a variety of programs, including vocational training, carpentry, and rehabilitation and medical services. A highlight of the experience was spending time with clients, both during therapy, and events during Games Nights at the SCI Unit. We enjoyed various sports and games, including a few Indian favorites like Cricket and Kerum, a board game that is like pool. As I worked with staff and clients, I learned about South Indian culture that allowed me to better tailor my treatment plans and interventions. Additionally, we were incredibly lucky that ASSA welcomed us to join in the many cultural events and celebrations over our time there it was wonderful! Overall, I feel that at ASSA, we got to know the community intimately and in turn, submerse ourselves in the richness and warmth of South India. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience!!

MC Gill OT- 2018
Chamila Anthonypillai January to February 2018

When I talk to my friends or family, I refer to Amar Seva Sangam as a heaven. From the very beginning, the concept of community was highlighted, and I felt immediately welcome. From there on, the support I received as a student from the residents, staff, and patients was incredible. I felt inspired by the environment at Amar Seva Sangam, where the motto of “live to serve- was brought to life and those who lived and worked for the community continued to show me that they were “able-. I found it very motivating to learn in this environment. It was different to any of my previous placements because of the rich sense of culture and community. I found that games nights and participation in cultural events were just as important to client wellbeing as traditional treatments. Taking part in this placement encouraged to me to push my limits, think creatively, and collaborate with many others to solve problems. I am incredible lucky to have this learning experience and hope to continue learning with Amar Seva Sangam in the future.

Colorado State Univ PT- 2017
Jessie Alexander June to September 2017

I found my experience at ASSA to be challenging, sharpening, and enriching. I feel I gained clinical skill working with both SCI and CVA clients, gained confidence in working as an independent clinician, and learned so much about offering health care across cultural and linguistic divides. I deeply enjoyed living and working in India, learning about Indian culture, and finding space for cultural compromise and personal humility as an American in Tamil Nadu. I would highly recommend this placement to any students open to a challenging and enriching placement opportunity.

Queens OT- 2017
Janet Breimer June to August 2017

My placement at ASSA provided culturally rich and exciting experiences which allowed me to grow as an occupational therapist. I have deep respect for the mission and services of ASSA, as well as the staff and clients who make up the ASSA community. From the moment I and the other student OTs arrived, we were welcomed to onto the ASSA team and treated as valued participants. I was able to learn more about the culture of Tamil Nadu, India, as well as to grow in practice knowledge and resourcefulness. The health professionals at ASSA constantly seek to learn and improve their client care, and I hope to follow in their footsteps. I am looking forward to further developing in my skills and experience, so I may be able to use these skills to “give back- to ASSA in the future!

Queens OT- 2017
Chlo Houlton June to August 2017

The opportunity to complete both a community and clinical placement at Amar Seva Sangam has offered both a tremendous learning opportunity as well as a glimpse into the importance attributed to inclusivity, opportunity, and ability for people of all abilities. Working alongside rehabilitation specialists, Community Rehabilitation Workers, professionals of all health disciplines as well as clients has been a rewarding experience as they have openly and willingly shared their knowledge, expertise and lived experiences. I am thankful to everyone at Amar Seva Sangam for their hospitality, kindness, support and willingness to share their professionals and cultural values and experiences. I hope that our paths cross again soon and thank you again for welcoming me into your organization and inter professional team!

Queens OT- 2017
Jasmine Montagnese June to August 2017

Nandri/thank you so much for having me at ASSA! I have had an amazing time at Amar Seva Sangam completing my community development and clinical placements. I felt fully immersed into the ASSA community and I felt well supported. I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the Village Based Rehabilitation team to complete our CP manuals for parents and CRWs and getting acquainted with rural India. We bonded with the CRWs and had the chance to observe their valuable work. When we presented our manual to the CRWs they were very gracious and I hope that the manuals make a positive impact on their work! I can’t wait to see what happens with the manual in the future. As for clinical placement, I really enjoyed working with my 3 clients and bonding with them, collaborating with ASSA staff, following through with assessments and interventions with clients, and learning about the OT role in the ASSA context. I have learned so much in this placement that I would not have otherwise learned. Thank you so so so much for this opportunity and for welcoming me into the ASSA family. I hope to return in the future as a clinician!

Queens OT- 2017
Emily Brennan June to August 2017

My experience at ASSA has been like no other. Completing a combination of a community development placement and clinical placement provided insight into what life is like in the surrounding villages and helped me to match my treatment plans knowing what clients were going home to. The village-based rehabilitation community rehab workers and specialists are a supportive and intelligent group. They were always so helpful in translating and explaining why things were the way they were. Clinical work at ASSA was at times challenging but overall a opportunity to be creative, get to know Tamil, south indian culture and make invaluable connections with the staff at ASSA and with our clients. The warmth of hospitality I felt while staying here was never ending. I hope to come back to ASSA one day and be able give back even a small fraction of what ASSA has given me over my 3 months spent here. Nandri!

Queens PT- 2017
Matthew Bourgoin-Horne April to June 2017

My placement at Amar Seva Sangam turned out to be better than I could have imagined prior to coming here. I have never worked anywhere where the people are so hospitable, supportive and kind. The opprotunity to work with different populations (paediatrics, spinal cord injury, stroke) provided me with a wealth of experience. Aside from learning clinical skills, having the chance to work in an environment completely different than what I am used to back home has helped me grow as a person and has broadened my horizons.

University of Dalhousie OT- 2017
Alina Tassone March to April 2017

Of all my clinical placements, I had the most valuable learning experience at Amar Seva Sangam. Soft skills are very important in OT, having gained experience in developing therapeutic rapport in spite of language barriers and major cultural differences will serve me well in all future positions. Working as an OT within a limited resource setting strengthened my creativity. I developed skills in resourcefulness during village-based pediatric rehab where I often utilized household items as therapeutic aids to meets the child’s developmental goals. My communication skills improved significantly as did my ability to self-manage my performance. All of the staff at Amar Seva Sangam supported the development of my skills and encouraged the achievement of my learning objectives. I am so grateful to everyone at Amar Seva Sangam for providing me with the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, because of my experience at ASSA I feel confident and excited to begin work as an OT.

University of Dalhousie OT- 2017
Kelsey Busson March to April 2017

I had an exceptional learning experience at Amar Seva Sangam, both personally and professionally. ASSA is truly an incredible place. Because of the wide variety of services offered at ASSA, we were able to choose which practice areas to focus on based on our personal learning objectives, as well as the needs and goals of the greater ASSA community. All staff at ASSA were very kind, hospitable, and made us feel like a valuable part of the team. They were always willing to answer our many questions about the clinical work, life at ASSA and South Indian culture in general. ASSA maintains an inspiring commitment to developing creative and sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. A major highlight of my experience was collaborating with my student partner (Alina), Mahi (OT), and two individuals living at ASSA to develop a peer support group to address mental health concerns among individuals in the spinal cord injury unit, because everyone involved was so passionate and enthusiastic about the project and making it come to life. The challenges associated with language barriers, cultural differences, and working in a low-resource setting taught me valuable lessons in communication, creativity, flexibility and cultural humility that I will carry with me into my future practice. I feel wholeheartedly thankful to have been given the opportunity to learn at ASSA, and I would highly recommend completing a clinical placement or volunteering there to any future students or practicing therapists. Thank you to everyone at ASSA and Handi-Care International for making this placement possible I will always reflect on my experience with special memories and a grateful heart.

University of British Columbia PT 2017
Caroline Toop March to April 2017

I had an excellent experience here and am so happy that I had the opportunity to participate in this clinical placement. This is a great placement for developing problem solving skills, patient advocacy, and for gaining independence. I would highly recommend this experience to other PT students.

University of British Columbia PT 2017
Aliya Pirani March to April 2017

I couldn’t be happier I had the opportunity to come to Amar Seva Sangam. There were many opportunities to interact with patients with a wide variety of conditions. It was also a great opportunity to challenge myself and build my independence and confidence. It is definitely different from any placement experience you would get back home, but reflecting on those differences as well as seeing the similarities proved to be a great learning exercise. Everything I have experienced here will help me in my future practice and I would recommend this to anyone considering an international placement!

University of British Columbia OT 2017
Melanie Tait February to March 2017

I, Melanie Tait, travelled to Tamil Nadu, India to complete my 4th/5 Occupational Therapy (OT)clinical placements with the University of British Columbia. I arrived at AmarSevaSangam (ASSA) February 6th, 2017 for a 7-week placement. I initially had reservations about completing an international placement unless I found an organization that I felt the work I completed would be sustainable. ASSA has met and exceeded my expectations for an international placement for this reason. As an OT student, I am interested in promoting community engagement for individuals of all ages and abilities. ASSA is a self-sustaining community that builds individuals up with the skills they need to either return to their own community or become an integral part of ASSA. The staff, clients, and family that work or live at ASSA are kind, and welcoming to all visitors. My time at ASSA was spent working in outpatient stroke and inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation. The sense of community I experienced was highlighted for me on multiple occasions.

University of British Columbia OT 2017
Caitlin Hanna February to March 2017

Being immersed into a work culture can be difficult enough over the duration of a clinical placement, let alone a new country. ASSA assists in making profound differences in so many different client groups, and being allowed to work within this incredible foundation is an experience never to forget. This placement impacts your every being, from interacting with clients and staff, to sharing meals and engaging in cultural practices, to being inducted into the Indian way of life. ASSA staff, and South Indian people in general, are some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. This made working with them and for them an incredibly valuable and rich opportunity that far exceeds any opportunity we could have received in Canada.

University of British Columbia OT 2017
Mikkayla Johnson February to March 2017

My time working at ASSA was the best experience of my graduate studies. I felt so welcomed into this community and was inspired daily. Highlights of my experience here included games night with the boy’s hostel and the spinal cord unit, working with children and families in the villages and meeting the wonderful staff. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.

University of British Columbia PT 2017
Chelsea Degrazio February to March 2017

Before coming at ASSA we knew that the organization was doing great work and providing many option to those requiring Physical Rehab services. What we didn’t know was how inspirational and inclusive we would find the facility to be. It is amazing how many long term vocational opportunities are provided and how much training and education is available to those who are only here for a short time before returning back to life with their families and loved ones. We have truly enjoyed seeing all the ASSA has to offer on top of its basic rehabilitation services. The facility clearly strives provide continued learning to employed professionals, support staff, students, and residents alike. We are so happy we had an opportunity to complete party of our education here as well.

University of British Columbia PT 2017
Jacqueline Peabody February to March 2017

Before coming at ASSA we knew that the organization was doing great work and providing many option to those requiring Physical Rehab services. What we didn’t know was how inspirational and inclusive we would find the facility to be. It is amazing how many long term vocational opportunities are provided and how much training and education is available to those who are only here for a short time before returning back to life with their families and loved ones. We have truly enjoyed seeing all the ASSA has to offer on top of its basic rehabilitation services. The facility clearly strives provide continued learning to employed professionals, support staff, students, and residents alike. We are so happy we had an opportunity to complete party of our education here as well.

MC Gill PT 2017
Sarah Schmitter January to March 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at ASSA and had an absolutely wonderful and unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend a placement here! You will gain valuable clinical experience while surrounded by some of the most welcoming, generous, and friendly people from patients and their families to members of the health care team to strangers in the villages nearby. In a small rural village, in the foothills of South India’s mountain range, you will be presented with endless opportunities not only to impact patients on an individual level, but also to make sustainable contributions to the organization as a whole. I have learned so much and been challenged in so many ways that would not be possible while doing a placement in Canada and feel so grateful to have been a part of the work that ASSA does.

MC Gill OT 2017
Eudia Jean January to March 2017

The people at ASSA are very lovely. They make you feel at home on the first day. Everyone is instantly your friend; everyone is happy to see you. I also felt safe throughout my stay and LOVED the food. The people at ASSA were also making sure that we were enjoying our time off, that we got to discover the beauties of India also. They really worked hard on having us balance work and leisure. All the clients that I had the chance to work with were also very kind and were all very happy to have treatment from me.

This placement allowed me to learn to be assertive, to find different ways to communicate with people, to be creative and work with the resources available, to collaborate with other HCPs but also other workers on the field, to become a better active listener, it helped me think about the sustainability and appropriateness of my recommendations, to think about the client in a more holistic way when providing treatment, to advocate for clients and share knowledge with others.

I got to grow professionally and personally; I got to learn a lot on myself, on a different culture, on different ways to approach and think about interventions. I really LOVED my time spent at ASSA and I would highly recommend it.

MC Gill OT 2017
Brittany Myhre January to March 2017

My time at ASSA not only helped me grow as a future clinician, but also as a person. I have so much admiration for the staff, and enjoyed getting to know the clients and their families. The work done at ASSA is so diverse, and it was amazing to see how many people were impacted through the organization and it’s staff.

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