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A Work the World placement expands a dental student’s training, while offering firsthand exposure to global dental health issues. As you work with dentistry teams in a developing country, you’re strengthening both your personal and professional development in ways that few North American placements can offer.
The experiences you will have on your overseas internship are likely to be vastly different from anything you are used to in a domestic setting. In many of our destinations the dental facilities are greatly under-resourced and it's no exaggeration to say that you may find yourself working with equipment, and in conditions, which really test your skills and abilities. Oral and dental health may be less of a priority for local people, due to financial considerations, and as a result they often tend to present later than they do in wealthier countries.
Our partner hospitals and clinics in each destination country all offer excellent opportunities for practical work in general dentistry, such as scaling, extractions, fillings and root canal work. There are also more specialist placements in oral cancer, maxillofacial and surgery.
All our dental elective students are allocated a supervisor/preceptor who will be their main point of contact. We ensure that this person is a qualified dentist and that they understand what you expect from your placement and, in turn, what they can expect from you. We appreciate that your dental school is also likely to have a number of requirements of this individual, and it is therefore important that you communicate all this information to our staff, during the pre-departure period.
Please check our individual destination pages on the right side of this page to learn more about available areas of specialty within each country. If you wish to work in an area which isn't mentioned here, you can always get in contact with us, to find out if it may be possible.Requirements to join us
Benefits of the program
While the cost of a Work the World dentistry elective may be similar to the cost of an independently organized placement, our program minimizes or removes nearly all the risks involved. First, we provide accommodation, meals and purified drinking water in a safe, secure and hygienic setting at our Work the World house, where students receive the ongoing support of our full-time staff.
We also guarantee a high-caliber clinical experience. Due to our solid relationships with our partner hospitals, dentistry teams there are open to your presence and involvement, and will willingly supervise students whether the program is part of your undergraduate studies, a dental summer internship, or a dentistry volunteer experience. The language and cultural barriers that hamper the foreign worker are greatly reduced, due to our staff’s international work experience and our language classes.
You will receive support and guidance on all elements of your trip preparation, through a personalised online trip planner as well as regular contact with our Head Office staff.Frequently asked questions
Broaden your Experience
We offer a unique range of supplemental placement options, which are designed to complement our undergraduate dental internships, and broaden your overall experience.
The Village Healthcare Experience offers the rare chance to live in a remote village in Nepal, Ghana or Tanzania. Working from a local clinic, you’ll assist in the treatment of patients living in very basic environments with little or no access to western medicine. You’ll live with a local family, take part in village activities and learn how local healers administer traditional healing methods.
The Ayurvedic Medicine Experience provides the exceptional opportunity to intern with a much-respected Ayurvedic doctor. Students live in an lodge and work at an Ayurveda hospital, based in a traditional rural Sri Lankan village.
In addition there is often the opportunity to be involved in volunteer work in your free time. For example, many students spend their afternoond volunteering at local orphanages.Read more about these optional extras
My hospital placement was split between two sites; a small regional dental clinic and then a dental unit at the main regional hospital.
Danielle Cook, Columbia University 2014Read More
We met our supervisors at the orientation, so we knew who we would be working with, which was lovely.
Amy Alger-Green, Bristol University 2014Read More
It was nerve-wracking at first but I challenged myself to go out of my comfort zone and I came back a changed person
Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014Read More