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.
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.
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.
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.
Read what other students thought of their overseas Medical Internships below.
I'm currently writing from Puno. The town is quaint. The food is delicious.
Heather Bertelson, Ross University 2015Read more
Lessons learned over the past two weeks will remain close to my heart for a long time.
Gou Jun Kwek, National University of Singapore 2015Read more
Wherever you go you'll always find a smile and a "Good Morning!" sang to you.
Ryan Fielder, University of Manchester 2015Read more
Because of the climate in the Philippines, I have seen so many tropical infectious diseases
Kalaichelvy Manoharan, University College London 2015Read more
The Philippines is still considered to be in a transitory epidemiologic phase, characterised by a double burden of disease – infectious and non-communicable.
Dana Lewis, University College London 2015Read more
Use the expanding sections below to explore our exciting range of destinations.
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.
There are an almost unimaginable number of things to do in Arusha, or ‘A Town’ as it’s known by the locals. The city itself is a bustling center with markets, bars, restaurants, and shops that you can peruse at your leisure. Beyond the city you’ll have the chance to tour Ngorongoro – a huge dormant volcanic caldera, make the 3-day climb to the top of Mt. Meru, spot cheetah, rhino and lion on a big game safari, and that’s just for starters.
We’ve formed strong relationships with both the government regional and government district hospital in Arusha. This means we can be very flexible when tailoring your placement so that you have the opportunity to work in a main clinical department, split your time across two areas, or focus on niche clinics like outpatient psychiatrics or HIV care. Clinical experience in Arusha will prove to be entirely unique. You’ll also have the option of tuning into areas such as primary healthcare, which can be undertaken in either a rural or primary clinic. The primary clinic is excellent if you want to see how a typical Tanzanian city center clinic is run. The rural option will allow you to understand how healthcare is delivered, slightly further away from more densely populated areas. You’ll also be able to focus in on a number of subspecialties.
Living with Tanzania’s famous Maasai tribe offers a completely different experience to your city-based placement, and will complement it perfectly. You’ll stay with a host family in a traditional Maasai enkang and work at the local health post in the mornings where you’ll be involved in diagnoses, treatments and more. In the afternoons, accompanied by your guide, you’ll visit a traditional doctor (Oloiboni), experience the famous Maasai dancing, learn how to make traditional foods, hike to sacred Maasai sites, and much more.
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.
Dar es Salaam has mix of Arabic, German, French and Indian influence, which can be seen in everything from architecture to cuisine. There are bustling craft markets, bars, restaurants to try local specialties, and more. Further afield you can drive through Mikumi National Park in a 4x4 to spot lions, zebra, and other elusive beasts on safari. You can also head across the water to the stunning island of Zanzibar to enjoy its paradise beaches and incredible dive spots.
Medics who choose Dar es Salaam are in for a special experience. Here you can focus on areas such as anesthesiology, neurosurgery, oncology, and more. Some of the larger departments in our partner hospitals and clinics are able to offer you the chance to work with advanced stage referrals too. In Dar es Salaam you’ll be able to gain exceptional experience working with communicable diseases, HIV, advanced pathologies, and beyond.
Experiencing life in a remote village is the perfect supplement to your placement in the busy city of Dar es Salaam. In the foothills of the majestic Viduna Mountains you’ll stay with our host family in a truly rural village. In the mornings you’ll work with local specialists in a low resource health clinic treating walk-in patients from the community. You’ll spend your afternoons with a local guide who’ll introduce you to local culture and customs, including traditional drumming and dancing, cycling to sugar cane plantations, visiting a hidden waterfall, and volunteering at the local primary school.
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.
With good reason Pokhara is a favorite of travelers all over the world. With the Himalayan Mountains piercing the sky in the background, the city will give you in a permanent state of awe. After a positive day on the wards there are plenty of bars and restaurants, some of which are on the banks of a giant lake, for a spot of rest and relaxation. But there’s also paragliding through the mountains, white-water rafting, elephant safaris and more. If you prefer life at a slightly slower pace, you’ll appreciate the many temples that can be found in the region, or an afternoon rowing across Lake Phewa’s tranquil waters.
Medics who choose Pokhara will benefit from working across a broad spectrum of areas. Our partner institutions offer you the chance to test your skills on large, busy wards, or tune in to key departments and niche clinics. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in everything from scrubbing in for theatre to working in leprosy rehabilitation and beyond.
After your time in the lively city of Pokhara, there’s no better location to visit than the remote villages located in the mountains. You’ll live with a charming host family who will welcome you in as one of their own. In the mornings you’ll work in a community health outpost with a local healthcare professional to diagnose and treat patients from the village. In the afternoons you’ll hike to hidden temples, milk the village buffalos, learn how to cook traditional Nepalese dishes, get fitted in traditional Nepalese clothes, and more.
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.
Kathmandu is a dynamic city that doesn’t slow down for anyone. Old cars and motorcycles zoom along dusty, mazelike streets, as pedestrians dart through the traffic to get to wherever they’re rushing to. However, the city still manages to retain an atmosphere of antiquity that shines through in the temples and stupas that are revered by many of Kathmandu’s inhabitants. The popular clubs and bars in the Thamel district offer a more modern experience, and if you’re in the mood for adventure, make your way into the Himalayan Mountains where you can go hiking, white-water rapid riding, paragliding and more.
Medics who choose to gain experience in Kathmandu will work alongside some of the most experienced and talented doctors in the city. Our partner hospitals will afford you access to a huge range of departments including General Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Emergency and more. Some departments and clinics are highly specialized, meaning you can focus in on niche areas that are of particular interest to you. Some students may also be able to work outside the hospital on a community outreach program that operates in the city.
After spending time in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, a trip into the Himalayan foothills to live in a village on the mountain slopes offers the perfect contrast to a city-based placement. You’ll live with a host family in a remote village on the mountain slopes, and in the mornings work with a specialist at a local health outpost treating diagnosing members of the local community with the limited resources at your disposal. Your afternoons will consist of cultural experiences like learning beekeeping, trekking to mountain temples, milking local buffalo, and more.
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.
Once a quiet coastal village, Dumaguete is now a fast developing city that has created a positive name for itself in the Philippines and indeed the world. Between the contemporary bars and restaurants found on the promenade and the beautiful palm tree lined beaches, Dumaguete has everything even the most intrepid explorer needs to have the experience of a lifetime. If you venture outside the city you can trek through the jungle to an adventure reserve, go whale watching off the coast of Bais Island, swim in waterfalls, and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen.
Medics who choose Dumaguete will have access to a broad variety of specialist departments and the professionals who staff them. You’ll have the chance to diagnose and treat a large number of conditions you won’t have even seen before. You’ll have the chance to observe instances of communicable diseases such as TB and HIV, and narrow your focus into certain subspecialties like urology and pediatrics. To find out more about the clinical options in Dumaguete, talk to us today.
After spending time in Dumaguete City, heading out to a community in a remote mountainous area will present you with an entirely different healthcare experience. You’ll stay in our host family’s home and integrate into the thriving small-town culture form the outset. In the morning’s you’ll work in nearby clinics putting what you’ve learned in the city into practice, all while gaining entirely new skills and perspectives. In the afternoons, accompanied by your personal guide, you’ll go crab collecting in beautiful mangrove forests, head out onto protected coral reefs for barbecues, play traditional games with the locals, and much more.
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.
As it’s situated on a tropical island, every moment spent travelling in Iloilo feels like an adventure. Diving is a long-established tradition on the island, and the whales and dolphins that can be spotted off the coast of Cebu are also a must-see. Jungle trekking is another essential part of any trip, as that’s where you’ll find the Kawa hot baths where you can experience being ‘cooked alive’. If you take the scenic boat ride across to Boracay Island you’ll have the chance to relax on some of the best beaches in the world. Exploring the city itself you’ll discover excellent restaurants, museums, shopping districts, and nightlife.
In Iloilo there is an immense range of opportunities to get clinical experience you won’t get anywhere else. A great example of this is our two-week program in anesthesiology, on which you’ll be able to observe and assist in procedures such as spinal taps. The hospitals and clinics we work with are low resource settings, and this will become immediately obvious from your first day. As a result of this you’ll also notice things like doctors prescribing medication to patients based on their financial flexibility. Also, as there is a high amount of sugar in the Filipino diet, you may have the chance to observe and treat cases of cardiac arrest and hypertension in young people.
To complement your busy city-based placement in Iloilo, we recommend heading to an offshore island to hear a different side of the story in a rural Filipino village. During this experience you’ll stay with our host family from the indigenous Ati tribe on a beautiful island called Guimaras. In the mornings you’ll work in a small clinic and an under resourced hospital. In the afternoons you’ll enjoy island hopping, visiting a local primary school, BBQs, dancing, traditional games, and more.
Philippines - Bacolod
Bacolod is known as the City of Smiles and not without reason. Between browsing the food markets of San Sebastian Cathedral plaza, hiking into the forest to uncover hidden waterfalls and dip in hot springs, the Negros Occidental region has something to make anyone and everyone smile.
Our partner health facility in the region gives you the chance to experience a range of diverse working departments. Whether you’re taken by oncology, Infectious diseases, Rheumatology, pathology, or anything else, we’ll create an elective that suits your needs down to the ground. Assist with suturing, treat leptospirosis and collect and analyse blood samples. You’ll get to observe an array of unusual conditions that you won't be familiar with such as dengue fever. The late presentation of many cases means they’re usually at incredibly advanced stages, perhaps beyond what you’ve seen before. Above all else, this eye-opening opportunity offers you a chance to learn the sometimes harsh realities of healthcare in the developing world, alongside experienced and passionate staff.
The city of Bacolod is situated on a typically idyllic tropical island. The region is a mixture of different cultures, both local and foreign. The cathedral of San Sebastian is impressive, yet its hectic market plaza with food vendors and craft stalls are where you can really explore. Check out the cultural heritage of the region with a short trip to Silay, home to the grand Ancestral Houses left by the sugar barons. Trust us, it's a worthwhile trip. In Mambukal you’ll have be able to explore forest trails that end at a series of incredible waterfalls. Here you can also go zip-lining, soak in hot springs, make your way across forest bridges and take a boat across crystal clear lagoons.
Our village experiences add-ons are definitely a great way to widen your clinical and cultural experiences whilst in the Philippines. You’ll live with a trustworthy host family in a gorgeous, down-to-earth village hemmed in by the most extraordinary natural surroundings. Spend mornings with the resident healthcare workers in the local health outpost gaining valuable experience and comprehending the issues faced in the developing world, when resources can be hard to come by. The fun can begin in the afternoon when you get involved in activities including everything from cooking and eating local cuisine, to walking in the mountains. Hit the green ENQUIRE NOW button to discover more about this fascinating opportunity.
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.
Get an entirely new perspective on your discipline in a challenging medical environment. You’ll witness varied cases including instances of dengue fever, typhoid and severe injuries caused by traffic accidents that are unfortunately common here. While in our partner hospital you’ll have the option of working in many different departments such as ICU, OBG, general medicine, general surgery and oncology. Doctors here are extremely highly regarded and this makes your enthusiasm and proving your credentials even more important than ever. Once you have done, opportunities will begin to present themselves like never before. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to discover our Anuradhapura medicine placements.
Anuradhapura's title of UNESCO World Heritage Site is richly deserved. More than 50 ancient Buddhist temples, shrines and stupas exist alongside street markets, local restaurants, bars and live music venues. Make your way to the top of Sigiriya – a broad column of rock – to appreciate the palace ruins found at its summit and epic views below. Marvel at jungles and paddy fields from the sky, as you drift over Dambulla in a hot air balloon at sunrise. You can also spend time with elephants, leopards and a whole host of other flora and fauna on Safari in Wilpattu National Park. Lastly, be sure to pay a visit to the white sandy beach paradise that is Trincomalee.
Following a local guide into the heart of the jungle, you’ll stumble across a remote village where you’ll learn all about the ancient art of Ayurveda, or ‘tree medicine’. Here you’ll meet a master healer whose knowledge has been passed down generations to him. You’ll stay with our host family for a week and in the mornings you'll work alongside the healer to create treatments from tree barks and plants found in the surrounding forests. Your afternoons will be spent riding an ox and cart, perhaps swimming in the local lake at sunset, or even full body massages at one of the local spas. You could even do all three!
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.
The city of Kandy is nothing short of astounding. From a cultural perspective there are temples (one of which is said to hold the Buddha’s tooth), incredible and diverse cuisine, UNESCO World Heritage sites and more. If you’re the kind of person who leans into adventure, you’ll enjoy jungle trekking, surfing, rafting, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, sea turtle spotting, elephant tracking, and more. If you prefer the idea of rest and relaxation, there are magnificent beaches all around the island. In Sri Lanka there truly is something for everyone.
Kandy is an exceptionally good placement destination for medics. You’ll be able to choose from an unusually wide range of departments and subspecialties, including OBG, ICU, General Medicine, Oncology, General Surgery, and more. To get the most from a placement in Kandy it’s up to you to show your enthusiasm and demonstrate your skills. If you do this, opportunities to do increasingly interesting things will present themselves to you. To find out precisely what we offer (there’s a lot), talk to us today.
Of all the destinations we work in, Sri Lanka is the only to offer this opportunity. While this means there are limited spaces available, the opportunity itself is quite extraordinary. Living with a host family in a rural forest setting, you’ll spend your mornings working with a practitioner who has inherited the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda, or ‘tree medicine’ from his father, and his father before him. You’ll treat patients, and learn how to synthesize medicines from plants and barks gathered from the very forest you’ll be living in. The afternoons are no less interesting. You’ll swim in lakes at sunset, go canoeing down lazy rivers, head to an Ayurveda spa for treatments, and much more.
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.
Takoradi is a jewel in West Africa’s glimmering crown. Imagine walking to the beach at sunset to lounge outside one of the bars, drink in hand, as you watch giant ships make port. In the forests you can climb into the canopy and stroll through it on a series of treetop walkways. Swimming in the local waterfalls will be a welcome pleasure too, as will a trip to Mole Game Park where elephants roam free. It’s also possible to visit a leper colony, explore the vast rubber plantations, and a lot more.
As the Takoradi program has been running for so long, we’ve had a decade to perfect the options available to medics in a number of ways. Today you’ll be able to gain deep insight into the innovative adaptations professionals have been forced to make as a result of a debilitating lack of resources. You will however be able to work across an extraordinary number of departments, gaining unique skills and perspectives along the way. For example, OBG, Emergency, Orthopedics, and NICU among others. You’ll also have the exclusive opportunity to work in an HIV clinic that sees an average of 400 patients per week.
After spending time on placement in Takoradi, getting clinical and cultural experience in a remote coastal village setting provides an entirely different understanding of Ghana’s healthcare provision. You’ll live with our host family and become a part of the local community from the day you arrive. In the mornings you’ll work in a front line primary healthcare clinic and learn about the hurdles staff face as a result of working so remotely. In the afternoons you’ll have the opportunity to walk along uninterrupted stretches of tourist-free golden beaches, receive an official welcome from the village chief on bonfire day, hike to even more remote villages inland, and more on this raw, truly African experience.
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.
Peru is unquestionably the most alluringly beautiful country in all of South America. And Arequipa, the city in which we’re based, is a focal point of Peruvian culture. Festivals take place throughout the year here, many of which you’ll be able to participate in yourself. There are bars, restaurants (both traditional and modern) around every corner, and contemporary coffee shops aplenty. What’s more, Arequipa enjoys an average of three hundred days of sunshine every single year. If you’re an adventurer there’s really nowhere better. There are white-water rafting courses, giant high altitude lakes to row across, mountain hikes to the famous Machu Picchu ruins, the world’s second deepest canyon, and much more.
The clinical placement a medic will experience in Arequipa will be a true eye-opener. You’ll have the chance to work in departments like Pediatric Surgery, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and more. Further to this our partner hospitals Oncology Department is the largest in Southern Peru. Here they battle cervical cancer, which is the most common form of Cancer in the country, and it has a surprisingly high mortality rate. You can also work in Emergency, General Surgery, Trauma, Resuscitation, OBG and a wealth of other areas of interest.
To make the most of your time in Peru, we strongly recommend you undertake our Intensive Spanish Course. The course has been specifically designed for you as a medic so that you can learn vocabulary and phrases that are directly related to your placement. Spending an entire week in our language school you’ll enjoy a series of one-to-one, and in the afternoon, a number of clinical role-play sessions to get you used to life in the hospital. No constant boring grammar drills, just fun, practical language learning that you can use right away.
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