Go-PT is a social network for physical therapists and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) who share the goal of helping resource-limited populations get the rehabilitative services they need.  Here PTs can find places to contribute expertise, NGOs can find PTs to staff programs.  Join us and make this a place to promote best practices in global health by contributing your experience and evidence for helping communities build the capacity to help themselves.  Check out the GETTING STARTED GUIDE to explore the network features and find ways to participate.  We're glad to have you with us!


Recommending a great resource for developing cultural competency:  David Livermore, Ph.D., president of the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan, is renowned for his research on cultural intelligence (CQ) and global effectiveness.  Cultural intelligence is the awareness and knowledge needed to discern differences in cultural values and develop strategies for adjusting and working effectively.  Dr. Livermore explains ten cultural value dimensions researchers have found useful for comparing cultures, including notions of time (clock time vs. event time, being vs. doing), social obligations and norms (individualist vs. collectivist, high power distance vs. low power distance, universalist vs. particularist, tight vs. loose), communication methods (direct vs. indirect, neutral vs. affective), and attitudes that inform achievement and risk (competitive vs. cooperative, low vs. high uncertainty avoidance).  His work is available as lectures sold by The Great Courses or books listed on his website.  Before leading the Cultural Intelligence Center, he spent 20 years in leadership positions with a variety of nonprofit organizations around the world and taught at several universities. In his book, Serving with Eyes Wide Open, he focuses particularly on short-term missions and how lack of cultural intelligence can create dissonance, dissatisfaction, even discord. Check it out -- even open a discussion in the Forum to share your thoughts!



Volunteers needed in Zambia

Started by Celia Pechak. Last reply by Celia Pechak Jan 5, 2015. 2 Replies

I have been asked to post this - I do not personally know about this opportunity so please see phone number below for more details: Kasisi Orphanage, a 260 child orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia run by a religious order of Catholicsisters (http://www.kasisichildren.org/wordfrom.html),is looking for volunteers to provide physical therapy to some of the childrenwho have cerebral palsy as well as to others who are mentally-challenged. The…Continue

May 2015 Nicaragua volunteers needed

Started by Evan Pusillo Nov 21, 2014. 0 Replies

Looking for PT volunteers to join my team for Nicaragua May 2015 mission trip with PMI - Palmetto Medical Initiative. Learn more about our organization at our website, and to apply, visit: www.palmettomedical.orgContinue

Course on Physical Therapists Role in Meeting the Global Need for Treatment of Clubfoot at WCPT 2015

Started by Rosalind Owen Oct 24, 2014. 0 Replies

Dear All,I thought if anyone was planning to attend the WCPT Congress next year you might be interested in joining us for this course.  It will be a great opportunity to be inspired and find out how you as a physiotherapist can make a difference for children with clubfoot in whatever context you are working.  Includes information and demonstrations of clubfoot treatment and also discussions on setting up national programmes for clubfoot.Course details here: …Continue

Peds therapist needed for one week in Peru!

Started by Amber Walker Jun 12, 2014. 0 Replies

Please help me spread the word!A group of PT's and DPT students are seeking one additional set of hands for a trip to Peru in August! Looking for: physical therapist, preferably with significant pediatric experience, Spanish speaking optional (we have translators)When: Arrive in Peru August 6th, leave August 15th 2014 (dates are somewhat flexible)Where: brand new community based rehabilitation program in Huancayo, PeruWhat: Join 9 DPT students from Regis University and 2-3 faculty in home…Continue



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Volunteer Opportunity for Stroke Camps in Jamaica

Posted by Friends of the Redeemer United on September 4, 2012 at 7:22pm 0 Comments

We are looking for volunteer PTs to help with our stroke camps. Stroke Camp is a five day intensive neuro rehabilitation camp for persons suffering the effects of stroke.  We partner with US PT programs and volunteer PTs who come to rural Jamaica for a week to participate.  Our upcoming camp dates are November 12-16 and December 10-14.  For more information please send an email to: brooke@friendsoftheredeemer.org.  Thanks y'all!

Pro bono possibility!

Posted by MaryClare Birmingham on April 24, 2012 at 10:55am 0 Comments

Last week I learned of a pro bono clinic which might be a good fit for me. Fenix Family Health Center in Highwood, Illinois (aka Centro de Salud Fenix) is a primary care NGO whose mission is to serve low income and Spanish-speaking persons in Lake County, just north of Chicago.  Right now they refer patients to a chiropractor for "PT" (?? why call it PT if it's chiropractic?).  I've always thought of working with the underserved Spanish-speaking population and this appears to be a…


Physical Therapy in Cape Town, South Africa

Posted by Becky Molinini on January 12, 2012 at 11:22am 0 Comments

Hi All,

First off, what an amazing website, it was definitely due time for the joining of PT, global outreach, and social networking!

I recently volunteered for 8 weeks in Cape Town, SA working with children with CP as well as multiple secondary conditions due to suboptimal living and health care conditions. Due to the positive experience I had in SA, I am planning ot return this summer to live and work there for 1 year. Due to this decision, I am currently…



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