A fresh perspective

Sharpening your dentistry skills in a low resource setting in the developing world is the best way to set yourself apart in your field. Whether you’re a student looking for experience that will help you stand out, or a qualified dentist and want to get an impressive talking point on your resume, after one of our highly specialized, tailor-made overseas dentistry placements you’ll be prepared for anything and feel more confident than ever.

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GO FURTHER

This is your chance to take yourself further than you ever thought you’d go. Working in our partner hospitals and clinics you’ll get first hand experience in fast-paced environments that will teach you how challenging providing adequate dental care can be. You’ll encounter and treat a range of conditions that you won’t have seen back at home, and as dental care is too expensive for many to afford, patients often seek treatment at the last possible opportunity. This means you’ll see conditions at advanced stages including everything from extreme disease to tooth decay and beyond.

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YOUR INTERNSHIP, CUSTOM-MADE

Try not to think of yourself as a dental volunteer; these are highly tailored internships designed to help you gain the exclusive experience you need to make you stand out from the crowd. This is particularly useful when differentiating yourself in an increasingly competitive jobs market. Once you’re on board, our Internship Experts will begin crafting your placement down to the smallest detail. They’ll do everything from overseeing your visa application, to tailoring your hospital experience, and beyond. They’re also responsible for handling all of our overseas bases, so there’s really no one better for the job.

ON THE GROUND

From the moment you arrive our welcoming ground teams will be there to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll live in totally private, security guarded, and fully catered accommodation exclusively for the use of Work the World students. You’ll also get access to MyTrip – our online internship information tool, which will be personalized with the details of your trip. Our sole commitment is to delivering premium placements that are of exceptional quality, so you can be assured you’ll be in expert care from the moment you join us. Dental internships for college students and professionals rarely offer the opportunities ours do. Make the leap and turn the page on a new chapter in your life today.

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Graham's Review of his Dental Elective in Kathmandu

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There were trauma cases ranging from fracturing of the central incisors through to displacement of the zygoma

Graham Wong, University of Queensland 2015

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Kevin's Review of his Dental Elective in Iloilo

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The supervisors are fantastic. Mine was the nicest guy, who invited me to his clinic and even introduced me to his family

Kevin Zhang, University of Melbourne 2015

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Dhillon, Abhayjit

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Patient outcomes like this can be challenging. The conditions are also extreme. You quickly learn to accept that the way of doing things

Abhayjit Dhillon, University of New South Wales 2014

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Brendan's Review of his Dental Internship in Iloilo

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The staff at the house are fantastic and go out of their way to make sure you are not just surviving, but loving your time in Iloilo

Brendan Clarnette, University of Queensland 2014

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Beshmi's Review of her Dental Internship in Arusha

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Such an awesome time... learning so many new things and making a bunch of new friends

Beshmi Kularatne, University of Sasketchewan 2014

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Dental internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

Tanzania - Arusha

Arusha is a city that brims with life, and can be found a short distance inland from Africa’s breathtaking east coast. You’ll never be short of things to do in the city, and the same is true beyond its perimeter. Arusha is known as the gateway to the northern safari circuit, meaning you’ll have direct access to the best places for spotting big game. Volcanoes, national parks, mountain climbing, and more await you on this adventure of a lifetime. As a dental intern you’ll be working in a busy department and see dentistry in the developing world for what it really is. This dentistry internship will be utterly distinct from other, standardized dental volunteer opportunities. With experience like this under your belt, nothing can hold you back.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is a sprawling city that expands minute by minute. In spite of this, there’s still a wealth of the most extraordinary natural beauty to be observed both in and outside of the city limits. Mountains, forests, plains and national parks surround Dar es Salaam and each of them begs exploration. It may surprise you to learn that Tanzania has golden, palm tree lined beaches too. Working in our partner hospitals you’ll experience dentistry as you’ve never known it before, facing challenges local staff are all too familiar with.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is a vibrant city that allows adventurers to learn not only about a fascinating ancient culture, but also about who they are as a person. But of course this comes as no surprise, as Pokhara is set in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Himalayas. The city itself is completely magical, and outside its boundaries you can go paragliding, hiking through the mountains, exploring ancient temples, and tracking tigers in the forests. As a dentist here you’ll experience a variety of different opportunities working with specialists in our partner institutions.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Surrounded by some of the most extraordinary natural beauty you’re ever going to see, Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu has a history that stretches back thousands of years. Old and new are entirely distinct in Kathmandu, yet they complement one another beautifully. Run-down motorcycles speed along dusty narrow roads, while Buddhist Monks head to daily prayer in new sneakers. Practicing dentistry here will afford you the opportunity to assist in a selection of procedures that will be uncommon to you, and observe conditions at advanced stages.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is a developing city in every sense of the world, yet retains that typical tropical island beauty that made it what it is today. On one side it has a great untamed jungle, and on the other, a stretch of beautiful blue sea. There’s amazing diving here too, and if you’re so inclined, you should trek through the jungles to observe the island’s wildlife in all its glory. If you choose to practice dentistry here you’ll be welcomed into a department where you’ll have access to both specialists and to patients with conditions at stages far more advanced than you’ll have seen.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Iloilo has a lot more to offer than the average tropical island paradise. In the city itself is peppered with museums, churches and seafront boulevards lined with street food vendors. If you head further afield, the island’s astonishing natural beauty will quickly come into focus; beaches, mountains, jungles and more lie beyond. Practicing dentistry here will mean experiencing a high level of qualified supervision, meaning you’ll get to tap into a wealth of knowledge from local experts.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

There’s really nowhere quite like Sri Lanka when it comes to sheer beauty. While cultures from around the globe have left their mark on the country, Sri Lanka and the city of Kandy where we’re based have retained their cultural heritage to an impressive level. There is also a lot of exotic wildlife in Sri Lanka, including leopards, elephants, jaguars, and whales. There are a huge number of temples, historical monuments and cultural centers if you want to head further afield. Dentistry students in Sri Lanka will, more often than not, experience a one-on-one mentoring placement with supervisors.

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Ghana - Takoradi

We opened the Ghana program, our very first, in 2005. 10 years later it’s stronger than ever and remains one of the most popular destinations in our roster. Situated on the west coast of Africa, Takoradi (the city in which we’re based) is a flawless example of just how spectacular Africa can be. Whether you’re exploring the old forts that run along the coast with their cannons pointed out to sea, or relaxing on the long uninterrupted stretches of golden sand that line the beaches, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time. A dental internship in Africa will mean experiencing a comprehensive placement in a close knit and welcoming team.

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Peru - Arequipa

Peru is a brand new destination for 2015 and is already proving to be one of the most exciting. This is the case both in terms of the amazing things to do in Arequipa (where we’re based), and the clinical experience you’ll get on the dental internships we’re offering. With Amazonian jungle, one of the highest lakes in the world, weathered mountaintop city remains, and dormant volcanoes, it’s easy to see why we’re excited. Unlike typical dental volunteering programs, this structured internship that takes place at our partner hospitals and clinics will provide both a depth and a breadth of experience in circumstances that will be entirely new to you.

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