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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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.

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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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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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Dental internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

Cambodia - Phnom Penh

Home to some of Southeast Asia’s most ancient history and culture, Phnom Penh is a feast for the senses. The scent of traditional cuisine wafts through winding streets that lead to marketplaces, time worn temples, and a wealth of local bars. In your free time, explore Cambodia’s coastal islands, or trek into the jungle to find elephants, leopards, and sun bears. On your internship, you could be assisting in the treatment of a wide range of oral ailments and disorders, which are often presented at critically advanced stages. Learning from specialists will give you unprecedented insight into how dentistry and oral health differs in the developing world. 

Monk in Angkor Wat Cambodia. Ta Prohm Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest
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Tanzania - Arusha

Arusha is situated inland from Africa’s East Coast. If watching lions on safari or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro sound like things you want to try, this is the destination for you. Clinically speaking, you’ll discover that a lack of oral health education means you’ll probably see advanced pathologies and severe decay in our partner hospital’s fast-moving Dentistry Department. Show initiative on a dental internship here and you could be assisting specialists, gaining insight into the limitations faced in the developing world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

While Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s second largest city, it happens to be surrounded by game parks, mountains, forests, and warm seas. While here, be sure to go on safari, and stop by the tropical island of Zanzibar for sun, sand, sea, and the occasional beach barbecue. Oral health issues are commonplace here, largely due to contaminated water and a lack of oral health education. So, on a dentistry internship here you could be assisting specialists with a range of complex cases relating to oral surgery, pathology and general medicine. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara encircles an immense green lake, and has everything from ancient temples to reggae bars. At the feet of the Himalayan mountains you can go paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting. Exploring winding market streets will show you another side of the city altogether. On a dentistry internship here you could get insight into how specialists in low resource settings handle maxillofacial trauma, battle gum diseases, and repair cleft palates. You could also be working in dental radiology, diagnosing range of oral issues. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.  

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu is home to an ancient culture, ornate temples, and is surrounded by a natural beauty ripe for exploration. Here you can trek through jungles to hidden stupas, leap from the world’s highest bungee platform, and go on elephant safaris. On a dentistry internship here you could get involved in everything from routine check-ups to abscess surgeries. Show enthusiasm and opportunities across maxillofacial, prosthodontics, and endodontics could also appear. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is a steadily developing city surrounded by lush tropical landscape. The diving here is unbelievable, as is hiking through jungles, and island hopping through the archipelago. On a dentistry internship here, witness the effects a high sugar diet has on local people. Tooth decay is in the Philippines, but as preventative and restorative dentistry are on the rise, you’ll observe practices developing before your very eyes. The dentistry department is one of the most understaffed in our partner hospital. Working here will open your eyes to the challenges faced by professionals in developing healthcare. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dumaguete, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Kandy’s ancient culture has left its mark on the city, with time-worn shrines and ornate Buddhist temples lining its streets. The city’s outskirts are also home to wildlife like elephants, jaguars, and leopards, making a jungle safari a must-do. On your dentistry internship you could be assisting local specialists in busy departments, witnessing how the lack of resources impacts patient care here. You could also have the chance to see cases of oral cancer, the treatment of which will open your eyes to the developing nature of this field. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Takoradi offers a welcoming West African atmosphere to all. The town is a thriving port community with markets, bars, and restaurants aplenty. The area is also abundant in natural beauty — think safaris, hikes to jungle waterfalls, and trips remote village. On a dentistry internship here, you could be working with oral conditions uncommon in the developed world. Spend time in the pediatric dentistry department and you’ll come to understand the challenges faced by local professionals when treating conditions like pulpitis, gingivitis, and periodontitis. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.

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Peru - Arequipa

Not only is Arequipa rich in history and culture, but it’s also surrounded by some of South America’s most beautiful landscapes. Trek through the Amazon, boat across floating villages, and visit the world famous Machu Picchu. Preventative dental care is becoming more common in Peru, so you’ll have the privilege of witnessing practices developing from their infancy. Referrals from surrounding clinics and hospitals will mean you could also encounter cases of severe decay, cavities, and other advanced oral diseases. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.

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Graham's Review of his Dental Placement in Kathmandu

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"I feel that I have only seen the tip of the iceberg of what Nepal has to offer".

Graham Wong, 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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Anokhi's Review of her Dental Placement in Tanzania

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"Staff at the head office provided all necessary information before departed".

Anokhi Patel, University of Saskatchewan 2014

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Dental treatment in Arusha, Tanzania

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"Have a keen and open mind, as you are joining a completely different culture".

Danielle Cook, Columbia University 2014

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Swan's Review of his Dental Internship in Nepal

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"The experience taught me how to work around limited resources and making the most out of them".

Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014

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