Destinations and placements

In 2020 Go Global will be partnering with host sites in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. To find out more about each placement just click on the country tabs below.

Cambodia The Go Global program has been operating in Cambodia since 2012 and we are very proud of the contribution students have made to the local community.

Since 2012, Go Global groups to Cambodia have consisted of a variety of health science students working with a number of host sites. Cambodia has very few allied health care professionals other than physiotherapists, so this is an opportunity to provide input as to what these professions are able to provide in the management of clients with a range of disabilities and conditions. We are fortunate to have partnerships with five host sites in North West Cambodia which include World Mate Emergency Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation Centre, Military Handicap Development Centre, Military Regional Station no.4 Hospital, Grace House Community Centre and the Balaing Clinic and Community Health Centre .

Students will have the opportunity to interact with clients whose main presentations include things like large bone fractures, amputations, brain injury, and rehabilitation needs. Students may also be involved in presenting education sessions and workshops. This is a challenging placement and students need to be able to rely on their clinical and theoretical knowledge whilst also relying on their peers and the local staff for advice and assistance.


China Go Global China has partnerships with Hua Shan Hospital and Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre in Shanghai.

China’s healthcare system has improved significantly over the past decade, and in this time has undergone significant reorganisation in an attempt to achieve universal health-care coverage by 2020 (World Health Organisation, 2005). Some gains apparent during this time of change include an improved life expectancy, a lowered child mortality rate and reduced cases of infectious diseases. However, due to the increase in lifestyle risk factors, non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes have increased and have become the main causes of death in China (World Health Organisation, 2005). The public hospitals in China are classified under level one, two or three. Level three is considered the highest level and one of the requirements to achieve this level is to have a rehabilitation department.

Go Global China has partnerships with Hua Shan Hospital and Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre in Shanghai, both of which are classed as level three.

Through our partnerships, Go Global China Curtin students will have the opportunity to work in outpatient rehabilitation departments, international wards and public wards. Students will engage with local therapists and therapy students and there will be ample opportunities to participate in interprofessional practice with diverse and complex caseloads.

India Go Global has partnerships with The Spastics Society, Holy Cross College and Panchayat Union Middle School in Tiruchirapalli, Southern India.

The Spastics Society of Tiruchirapalli was founded in 1982 with the objective of training, educating and rehabilitating children with cerebral palsy in Tiruchirappalli District. The centre houses an inter-disciplinary team comprising professionals in various fields and uses a holistic approach to education. The organisation’s topmost objectives are to provide for the treatment, education and rehabilitation of children affected by Cerebral Palsy. Services provided include Day Care Programme, Residential Care Programme, Clinics, Mobile and Peripheral Programmes etc., for the care and welfare of children with Cerebral Palsy.

The Holy Cross College, established in 1983, is one of the pioneering institutes in teaching and training professionals in the field of Rehabilitation of the Disabled. Aims of the centre are to provide quality education and prepare skilled professionals in the field of Rehabilitation and Special Education for the disabled

Panchayat Union Middle School is a Government integrated school that provides education for children from the surrounding villages. These children are the first generation to receive formal education, as their parents are illiterate and did not have the opportunity to learn English. There are special-need children in each class and they get to learn alongside other children in the same class. The school welcomes international volunteers and are very appreciative of any health education we are able to provide.

Nepal Nepal is a new Go Global placement opportunity and our first group will undertake this placement in November – December 2019 in Pokhara, Nepal. The placements sites are Saathi Sansar, Green Pasture Hospital and Independent Living Centre - Pokhara.

Go Global has partnerships with the following sites in Nepal. Students from a variety of health disciplines are welcome to apply for a placement.

The Saathi Sansar is an NGO family Day Centre for children with cerebral palsy from the region and the children are aged from 3 – 15 years. There are three centres –one is in a rural area which has 20 children and the other two centres are in central Pokhara and with approximately 8 children in each. The teachers and carers are trained onsite and there are no qualified allied health professionals providing care and therapy for the children.

The Green Pastures Hospital is a 70 bed Christian NGO Hospital 15 minutes from Lakeside Pokhara. The speciality areas include: Spinal disorders and surgery, orthopaedics, stroke, cerebral palsy, amputations, leprosy/dermatology, plastic surgery, palliative care, general medicine and ear surgery.

The Independent Living Centre, situated adjacent to the Green Pastures Hospital and offers an interdisciplinary team the opportunity to do community home visits to disabled clients in the Pokhara region and work with the health professionals from the centre to provide resources, education, and therapy for the clients and provide education for the staff.

Thailand Go Global is offering the first Thailand Go Global Placement in July 2020. The Hill Tribe people are the indigenous inhabitants of the Thailand/Myanmar border area.

Go Global works with Borderless Friendship Foundation (Thailand) – a local NGO, has participated in the establishment of care facilities and access to education for those children who have lost one or both of their parents or whose parents do not have the capacity to provide for them.

The primary aim of the BFWA program in Thailand is to provide young hill tribe people and adults with information and skills that assist them in their daily life, in their relationships, protect them from trafficking, acquiring sexually transmissible infections and other urogenital infections.

Students will also have the opportunity to work alongside local staff at the Chiang Dao Hospital which is situated 30 minutes from the Hill Tribe Basecamp Accommodation. The Hospital offers the following services to the local people: Cardiology, Accident and Emergency, Outpatient Care, Urology, Medical and surgical services.

Vietnam The Go Global program partners with the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) who run an internship for young adults, providing training on leadership, critical thinking, personal development, volunteer management and social entrepreneurship.

The Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) has far reaching involvement in development and empowerment of poor, disabled and remote rural communities through education and engagement. One of these sites is the Hoa Binh Centre for Social Protection which Go Global has been sending students to since July 2016. The placement provides students with the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of conditions making this a challenging and rewarding experience. As the concept of allied health is only just emerging in Vietnam, the Go Global program provides an innovative service and opportunity for residents and staff to improve their access to healthcare.

Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for people with disabilities is 13kms away from the small town of Son Tay and 70kms from down town of Hanoi. Founded in 1976, the Centre was originally opened for disabled children whose parents are the veterans infected with the Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used in the American war. Over time, however, the Centre has started to render its services to all disabled children. Thuy An Centre is a ‘campus’ housing up to 150 children and 50 staff. Many children from the surrounding community also receive outpatient treatment at the Centre and there is education and therapy in a dedicated Autism Unit.

“There are wonderful lessons to be learned from the organised sense of industry and community of the Vietnamese people. The dignity of working and contributing at any level is highly therapeutic and gives abandoned and disabled people dignity, purpose and also close social and emotional connection. Go Global Vietnam truly gives students the opportunity to view the community as the client.”

Nicki Hurwitz, Go Global Vietnam Coordinator, 2015