Clinical Volunteer

Learn how you can get involved as a clinical volunteer alongside Handi-Care Intl.

Learn more about the clinical volunteering placements:

To learn more about how to apply for clinical volunteering placements:

Placement Overview

Handi-Care Intl. (HCI) has been facilitating clinical placements for PT/ OT/ SLP students in India since 2006 at our partner organization – Amar Seva Sangam located in the rural town of Ayikudy in Tamil Nadu, India. HCI has agreements in place with 10 Canadian Universities and 1 university in USA to facilitate these placements. In addition, we have had North American OT, PT, SLP professionals eho volunteer come to ASSA to act as mentors and coaches to both students and Indian therapist at Amar Seva Sangam.

We have placed over 250 occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy students and professionals in this clinical exchange. Students and therapists work in ASSA’s various departments where they provide assessments and interventions for clients with disabilities, including both adult and children. The placement focuses on capacity building, knowledge exchange, and sustainable interventions.

Handi-Care Intl.’s role:
  • HCI is responsible for receiving, screeing and recruiting the students. HCI coordinates with the Canadian universities, students, volunteers and with Amar Seva Sangam for the placements.
  • Once your application is received and approved, you will be given a shared link and are required to read the orientation manual. You will find all the relevant details, contacts and info in these document, that can help you with preparation.
  • We provide orientations online before departure and connect you with alumni.
  • Universities and families can contact us in case of emergency.
Institution Based Rehabilitation (IBR)
  • Young Adults with Spinal Cord Injury (inpatient)
  • Early Intervention of children (age: 0-6) with developmental delay (CP, autism, speech, lanugauge, hearing impairment, and congenital deformities)
  • Children (age >6) with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities
  • Special Needs School (Children with Intellectual disabilities)
  • Outpatient Stroke, MSK, and Neuro Rehab
Village Based Rehabilitation (VBR) / Community / Home-Based Program
  • Children (age >10) with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities
  • Early Intervention, age: 0-10 with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities
  • Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, and SLP graduate students are invited to apply for clinical placements with Handi-Care Intl. for a duration required by the university (which range form 6 – 12 weeks)
  • Placement will involve clinical work and project work (with dedicated time for project work)
  • Students will be placed at Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA)- our partner facility in South India, where food and accommodations are provided on campus
  • Supervision, interim and final evaluations will be provided by PT, OT and SLPs working at ASSA.
  • Feedback form to be completed and submitted to HCI and the end of the placement.
  • North American volunteer therapists (OT, PT, SLP) are also welcome to apply for a volunteer position to support and mentor both North American students and ASSA’s therapists
  • An application to be filed with HCI.
  • A donation of $200 is payable to Handi-Care Intl. per week of placement for students. Tax receipt will be provided.
  • Professional volunteers are not charged a fee, but are welcome to give a donation to cover the cost of food and accommodation.

Application Overview

Interested applicants are asked to contact Handi-Care Intl. at or Dr. Krishana at for placement availability.

Upon confirming availability, Please click and apply and upload photograph of your’s and the indemnity form .

Click here to Apply Clinical Placement Form

Travel and Accommodation

  • Costs vary depending on time of year (from $1200- $2000)
  • We recommend using a travel agent as you may get better rates and support. Feel free to use local travel agent or the ones listed below who we work with.
  • Travel Agent Contact: Shoba Shekar –
  • Travel Agent Contact: Uma Gopalan –

2 options: In both options, travel time by taxi to ASSA is approx. 3 hours.

  • Fly into Trivandrum (also known as Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala).
  • Fly into Madurai.

Pick up from airport will be arranged by ASSA. Details in the orientation manual.

  • You need a passport valid for at least 6 months after arrival.
  • Valid VISA will be necessary. Please see orientation manual for more information.
Pre-Departure and Depature
  • Please check Guidelines for International Travel from Govt of India:
  • You must be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine
  • Submit the self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal ( before the scheduled travel
  • Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report.
  • Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report
After Arrival
  • Submission of sample for post-arrival COVID-19 test at the point of arrival after which they will be allowed to leave the airport
  • Home quarantine for 5 days within ASSA campus
  • Re-test on the 5th day will be arranged within ASSA campus and if negative, can be out of quarantine on Day 6.
Other Health and Vaccination
    • Vaccines needed:
      Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid
    • Malaria Prophylaxis and Dukoral recommended (not mandatory)
    • Medications to bring: Advil, Tylenol, Benadryl, Imodium, and rehydration salts
    • Personal prescriptions: anti-malarial, emergency antibiotics, mild laxative, travel strength Probiotics, and epi-pen

Travel medical insurance is required.

Accommodation Information

Included in this are:

  • Rooms are provided on ASSA campus in a dedicated guest house and have attached washroom and may have to be shared with up to 2 other students.
  •  3 vegetarian meals a day and access to coffee and tea all day long. The kitchen staff is very accommodating and understanding. They will oblige and prepare the meals to your liking and tolerance. E.g., less spicy, etc.
  • Visiting North American supervisors will not share accommodation with students.
  • Work-related trips to adjacent villages
  • Minor health issues can be treated by the staff doctor on campus at no fee. (You will have to pay for the medicines)

Not included:

  • Additional snack items, such as fruits, cookies, etc.
  • Personal trips for sightseeing, shopping, etc.
  • Medical consultations and medicines (Your insurance will cover most of this)

More details are provided in the orientation manual.

Important Documents

Click here to view the “In Person Orientation Manual”.

Click here to view the “Virtual Orientation Manual”.

Clinical Placement Testimonials

Click here to view the testimonials from in-person clinical placements.

Click here to view the testimonials from virtual clinical placements.

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