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. 

Available Destinations

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.


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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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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Case Studies

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I highly recommend any Work the World placement to students looking to broaden their scope and understanding of healthcare.

Tamalee Henson, University of Western Australia 2016

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Social Media

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Exposure to this has helped me to develop both clinically and emotionally

Katie Yates: A Photo Review, University of Sheffield 2016

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Case Studies - Saskia van Ool

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We rode piki-piki’s, danced with the mamas and warriors, and watched a famous Maasai tradition - the goat sacrifice.

Saskia Van Ool - Maasai VHE , Maastricht University 2016

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Saha, Progga

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Nepal has stolen a piece of my heart

Progga Saha, Bond University 2016

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Ed Spraggon

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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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Medical internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

Tanzania - Arusha

Arusha is one of the most exciting cities in Africa and your gateway to adventure. Head out on big game safaris, tour an extinct volcano in the national park, go mountain climbing and more. The city itself is alive with culture, and there are great bars and restaurants for an evening’s entertainment. Remember that this experience is not the same as other typical medical volunteer opportunities abroad – here you’ll gain a deep insight into an entirely different healthcare system than what you’re used to. This means getting incredible experience across a range of subspecialties.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

As Dar es Salaam is the biggest city in Tanzania. As it’s such a vast metropolis most people are surprised when met with the stunning landscape that surrounds it. There are beautiful beaches stretching along the coast, vast plains across which you can go on big game safaris, and Mt. Kilimanjaro is also within reach should you wish to attempt the climb to the summit. Gaining experience as a medic here will allow you work with a number of specialists. You’ll observe instances of rare communicable diseases, injuries from road traffic accidents, and many other conditions that will be completely new to you. As far as medical internships in Africa go, they don’t get much better than this.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is brimming with experiences and is certainly one of our most interesting destinations. Set at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains, the city and the areas beyond offer a range of experiences including everything from paragliding to hiking up snowy slopes. Choosing a medical internship here will afford you the opportunity to work in specialist wards where you can focus in on individual areas of interest, or in large departments to gain a broad understanding of the provision of healthcare in Nepal.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu has an atmosphere very typical of a large Nepalese city and is a real contrast to our base in Pokhara. Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital, and in the bustling streets of this ancient city you’ll see everything from wild monkeys roaming the rooftops to devout Buddhist monks chanting morning prayers in local temples. You’ll find adventure in the mountains where you can try your hand at paragliding. Medics who choose Kathmandu will find themselves working across a multitude of departments, and also engage in community outreach work.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Set on a paradise island, the city of Dumaguete is encircled by a combination of calm, warm turquoise waters on one side and tropical jungle on the other. The city can only be described as ‘alive’, as there’s always something new and exciting happening, whether it’s a festival or a longboarding competition. If you wander to the coast you’ll be able to take advantage of the incredible dive-spots that can be found beneath the waves. You can also trek through wild jungle, visit witchdoctors, and more. Medics who choose Dumaguete will enjoy working across a number of departments like pediatrics, urology, and oncology to develop skills that would be difficult, if not impossible to acquire elsewhere.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Panay isn’t your typical tropical island. While it does have incredible beaches, delicious local cuisine, and more coconuts than you could count in a lifetime, there’s much more going on if you’re willing to dig a little deeper. Between diving in the clear coastal waters, and joining in with lively festivals, our base in the city of Iloilo has something for everyone. Evenings are fun here too; street food vendors, restaurants, bars, and clubs will be a welcome retreat after a day on the wards. Medics who choose Iloilo will enjoy working in a range of departments like anesthesiology and assist in unusual procedures working with highly trained specialists. If you’re looking for a medical internship in Asia, there are few that match up to this.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is a fascinating melting pot of old world and the new, of temples, stupas and palaces and restaurants, bars and markets. And let's not forget the national parks and beaches that make up this picturesque part of Sri Lanka. A trip to the ancient Buddhist city of Anuradhapura will live long in the memory.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Kandy not only has one of the friendly populations in the world, but it’s also one of the most beautiful countries you’ll ever visit. What’s more, the people of Sri Lanka have been practicing medicine in one form or another for over 5000 years. If you choose to undertake your internship in Sri Lanka, you’ll see that doctors are well respected here as a result of the caste system. But you’ll still have to show your enthusiasm to get ahead on the wards. In our partner hospitals and clinics you’ll observe a number of cases including Dengue fever and Typhoid.  Medical opportunities abroad don’t come much more diverse than this.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Takoradi, Ghana is home to our longest running program, and remains one of the most fulfilling destinations on our roster. For starters the west coast of Africa is one of the most interesting coastlines in the world; palm tree-fringed beaches that stretch on for miles, quaint shoreline fishing villages, decaying colonial forts lining the coast, and more. Medical interns here will enjoy an incredibly varied placement across a multitude of departments and specialisms. With access to everything from Orthopedics to NICU, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Of all our medical internships this is one of the finest. To find out about the full range of options, get in touch today.

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Peru - Arequipa

Arequipa, Peru is the most recent addition to our destination roster. And it’s already proving that we made the right decision by opening a base for you in such a fascinating country. Hike up mountains, watch (or take part in) local festivals, trek through the Amazon rainforest, row across ancient lakes, and more on the trip of a lifetime. The city itself is a bustling center that combines old architecture with contemporary culture. Bars, restaurants, museums and more make Arequipa a modern center, yet old traditions are still fervently maintained. Unlike other medical internships in South America, our relationships with our partner hospitals allow you to choose from a huge selection of departments to work in. This includes our partner hospital’s Oncology Department, which is the largest in Southern Peru.

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From our blog


by hannah peck

Medical, Peru Arequipa

Fashion blogger and med student Ornella Sacre talks the best rooftops restaurants in Arequipa, cosy chocolate bars, and her trek into Colca canyon. Watch this space for more of her South American adventures.

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