A fresh perspective

On one of our specialized medical internships you will gain insight into new and unusual techniques and be able to clearly distinguish yourself from your peers. This is true whether you’re a student seeking unique experience, or a professional looking to add a talking point to their resume. After the Work the World experience, you’ll be prepared to tackle anything. 

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YOUR internship, CUSTOM-MADE

‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll create a placement that’s tailored completely to you. It’s also crucial to note that these are not typical medical volunteering opportunities; they’re highly customized internships for medical students and professionals that deliver personal experiences that have the potential to change lives. From the moment you’ve signed up one of our Internship Experts will get to work planning your experience. They’re responsible for the entire spectrum of the service you’ll receive, including everything from arranging your hospital placement to tackling visa administration (and a lot more). They also manage our destination teams on the ground, who you’ll meet upon arrival, meaning there’s no one better for the job.

GO FURTHER

This is the ultimate chance to broaden your horizons beyond what you thought was possible. Our partner hospitals and clinics offer you exceptional experience working in a fast-moving setting unlike anywhere you’ve trained before. The environment will present to you the challenges of providing adequate healthcare in such a low resource situation. You’ll also observe a broad cross-section of ailments you won’t have seen at home. What’s more, as a result of the cost of healthcare among other things, patients often wait to seek care until the last available moment. Because of this you’ll encounter a number of advanced stage conditions. We’ve been designing medical internships for undergraduates and professionals for a decade. You can rely on us to deliver the experience of a lifetime. 

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ON THE GROUND

Once your plane has landed in your country of choice, our ground team will meet you and take you straight back to our private, fully catered and security-guarded accommodation. Our in-country crew is there to provide 24/7 support for the duration of your stay with us. We’ll also give you access to MyTrip – a personalized internship information and tracking tool. Work the World’s sole purpose is to craft a placement for you that delivers premium clinical experience. As a result, we can proudly state that the quality of our service is second to none. We’ve been designing medical internships abroad for a decade, so come away with us and seize the opportunity to change your life today.

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Medical internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

Peru - Arequipa

Peru is rich in natural beauty and ancient culture. Trek to the remains of Machu Picchu, explore the Amazon jungle, and join colourful local festivals when you’re off the wards. On a medical internship here, you could assist with cases like arsenic poisoning, as well as conditions unique to South America, like Chagas disease. In one of Southern Peru’s largest oncology departments, you could work in radiotherapy, brachytherapy, and chemotherapy, treating cancers uncommon in the western world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Iloilo is the perfect place if tropical beaches and clear blue seas float your boat. Discover vibrant marine life, join in on local festivals, and visit local bars and restaurants after hours. A proactive attitude on your medical internship will open doors to increased patient interaction, where you could assist in examining diseases like malaria and dengue fever. The high-sugar Filipino diet means cases of hypertension and cardiac arrest are commonplace. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is situated between tropical jungle and turquoise ocean. Dive into calm waters and to find a coral paradise, home to whale sharks and giant turtles. Island hopping and market shopping are also popular with students after hours. Display initiative on your medical internship and opportunities in popular departments like Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and the Animal Bites Clinic will arise. Infectious diseases like dengue fever, tuberculosis, and malaria are all commonplace, giving you unparalleled insight into the cases local doctors face daily. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dumaguete, click here.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

The winding streets of Nepal’s energetic capital, Kathmandu, play host to street markets, free-roaming monkeys, ancient Buddhist temples, and buzzing nightlife. What’s more, adventure activities like paragliding, white water rafting, and bungee jumping are all close by. On your medical internship you’ll have the chance to assist in a range of specialisms like Biochemistry, Psychiatry, Forensic Medicine, Microbiology, and Cardiothoracics. Proactivity will open doors to get involved in daily lectures and community-based programmes. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.

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Nepal - Pokhara

You’ll find the charming city of Pokhara in the lush, green foothills of the Himalayas. This proximity to nature gives you the chance to try paragliding, spot elephants on a jungle safari, discover time-worn temples, or go trekking through the snow-capped mountains. Show initiative on your medical internship and you could assist with unfamiliar conditions like leprosy, worm infestations, and snake bites. A spell in the area’s only NICU will highlight the impact Nepal’s low-resource healthcare system has on local people’s lives. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Kandy is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, and is home to temples, delicious food, and 5000 years of tradition. You’ll find adventure nearby — trek through jungles, go on safari, and try watersports off the coast. On your medical internship you’ll gain insight into how tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever are handled by local professionals. Working in the Renal Transplant Unit, which performs 80% of all kidney transplants in the country, will highlight the challenges of working with limited resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is peppered with ancient stupas, temples, and sacred palaces, making it one of our most culturally rich destinations. Restaurants, bars, and markets can also be found in the appropriately named New Town. Further afield, try safari, relax on golden beaches, and explore vast tea plantations. On a medical internship here, you’ll work in a teaching hospital across departments like ICU and Neurosurgery. Discovering how local professionals deal with advanced stage cancers and cardiovascular diseases will highlight the challenges faced by this developing healthcare system. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

The energetic city of Dar es Salaam is encompassed by natural beauty — think views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, safaris, and the nearby island of Zanzibar, which boasts some of the world’s best beaches. On your medical internship you’ll assist in busy departments like Infectious Diseases and Emergency Medicine, where you’ll encounter advanced cases like dengue fever, malaria, HIV, and cholera. Time in the Psychiatric Ward’s secure wing will give invaluable insight into African approaches to mental health. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.

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Tanzania - Arusha

Arusha is a backpacker’s paradise brimming with adventure. Go on safari, climb a dormant volcano, visit craft markets, and dine in traditional African restaurants. Demonstrate initiative on your medical internship and opportunities to work with advanced stage HIV, hypertension, pneumonia and malaria — amongst many other unfamiliar diseases — will present themselves. You’ll also have the chance to witness surgeries in theatre, making for a unique insight into Africa’s low-resource healthcare system. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Takoradi isn’t your typical African city. It’s surrounded by fishing villages, thriving jungles, and African plains where familiar African wildlife can be spotted on safari. The town itself is a melting-pot of bustling markets, bars, and restaurants. Local specialists keen to share their intimate knowledge of Ghanaian healthcare will open doors to top departments on your medical internship — A&E, Female Surgical, and NICU to name a few. Assisting in the hospital’s HIV clinic will highlight the challenges of providing adequate care with limited drugs and technologies. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.

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Case Studies

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"I highly recommend a Work the World placement for anyone looking to broaden their scope and understanding of healthcare".

Tamalee Henson, University of Western Australia 2016

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"We rode piki-piki’s and watched a famous Maasai tradition - the goat sacrifice".

Saskia Van Ool - Maasai VHE , Maastricht University 2016

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"Nepal has stolen a piece of my heart".

Progga Saha, Bond University 2016

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"Sri Lanka presented the opportunity for a different kind of cultural and educational immersion".

Edward Spraggon, University of Queensland 2016

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