University extension activities are increasing within the academic sphere. However, different conceptions and ideologies guide these practices. Physiotherapy undergraduate courses do not usually involve extension activities in a constant way, since the aspect of assistance prevails among them. This paper presents an extension physiotherapy project experience based on popular education, performed in a community in João Pessoa. The importance of this experience in physiotherapists training is highlighted, since it improved contacts with the social reality, the local first-level health services and the links to people and community organizations, based on dialogue and social responsibility.
Physiotherapy; Popular education; University extension; Primary health care