ASHT's International Committee is committed to the mission of advancing the specialty of hand therapy through communication, education, research and the establishment of clinical standards throughout the international community. Here you can learn more about international hand therapy organizations, meetings and fellowships, volunteer opportunities and more.

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International Organizations

International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT)
The mission of the IFSHT is to provide global networking and educational opportunities to develop and enhance the practice of hand therapy. IFSHT represents more than 8,500 hand therapists worldwide, and endeavors to promote the principles and practice of hand therapy internationally, thereby increasing the number of patients who receive specialized rehabilitation.

IFSHT-IFSSH Teaching Grants: IFSHT and IFSSH have joined together to support international projects that further the practice of hand therapy. Recently, a group of Canadian hand therapists traveled to Uganda to work with and teach local therapists there about hand therapy. This project was supported by a grant from the IFSHT-IFSSH International Teaching Fund.  Do you have a project or are you considering one that will further the practice of hand therapy in a country other than your own? If so, you can apply for support from IFSHT-IFSSH. Projects are eligible for up to $1,000 in funding. Click here for more information and the application forms for the IFSHT-IFSSH International Teaching Grant program.

IFSHT Newsletter: Hand Therapy Connections

Hand Therapy Connections - December 2017

Companion Clinic Program

The world is getting smaller. New technology has made it faster to connect with people around the globe, reaching even the most remote corners, an unthinkable probability a decade ago. Cheap and easy internet based communication has replaced expensive, hardwired phone lines allowing people to connect via chat messaging and even video at little to no cost, both with archived messages or in real time. Because of this, taking part in ASHT's Companion Clinic Program is now easier than ever!

In addition, the ASHT International Committee is excited to announce your participation in the Companion Clinic Program can now earn you CEUs to be used toward certified hand therapist recertification under the Hand Therapy Certification Commission's Category E, similar to ASHT's Mentorship Program. For more information, please click here

The ASHT Companion Clinic Program pairs a U.S. clinic or hand therapist with an individual in a developing country, providing a unique opportunity to create relationships between therapists practicing under a diverse set of circumstances. Through regular communication, members pursue collaboration, clinical education and professional growth while promoting best practice in the field of hand therapy around the world. The Companion Clinic Program also offers members networking opportunities, the development of new skills, and the satisfaction of actively assisting in the standardization of hand therapy practice on a global scale.

Following the completion of a simple online survey, the International Committee will pair interested U.S. members or clinics with their international counterparts based on need, expertise and language. The International Committee suggests scheduling regular monthly “appointments.” Internet applications such as Skype, Facetime or WhatsApp are strongly recommended, along with traditional email to discuss interesting topics, case studies or local barriers to practice. However, how often cohorts meet and topics discussed are completely up to each partnership.

Interested parties from a developing or underserved country do not need to be a member of ASHT to participate but access to the internet for video or chat messaging is strongly suggested as the most timely and economic means of communication. However, the particular method of communication will be decided by each partnership. The International Committee encourages contributors to post successful strategies and important information gleaned from the program on the ASHT international list serv site. We also urge participants to consult the Companion Clinic Communication Guide - a resource list for communication and information sharing across continents. 

Perspective U.S. participants must be a current full or associate member of ASHT or have at least one member employed by the perspective clinic. Not all therapists in the clinic need to be ASHT members to participate in the sharing of information, and an individual member working alone in a clinic is also eligible. ASHT members who are currently in an academic setting or who are retired from practice are eligible as well and encouraged to participate. Your experience and expertise are needed!

Meetings & Fellowships

BAHT Annual Conference 2018
British Association of Hand Therapists
November 9-10, 2018
Birmingham, England

ASHT International Invited Lecturer

This lecture is financially supported by ASHT and allows an international therapist to become a faculty member at the ASHT Annual Meeting. The invited lecturer's costs are subsidized. The International Invited Lecture is an invited position; however, if you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please contact

Review a full list of ASHT's fellowship and graduate programs.

Evelyn Mackin award from the Philadelphia Hand Foundation

Evelyn Mackin award from the American Hand Therapy Foundation

Volunteer Information

International Volunteer Toolkit
Find useful tools such as travel tips, up-to-date information on countries around the world, language tools and travel insurance.

Volunteer Organizations
Access a list of organizations that sponsor international volunteer opportunities.
*This listing is provided as a resource and not an indication of ASHT endorsement.

Donate Books and Supplies

Organizations accepting medical equipment donations

Organizations accepting medical book donations