Labor and Maternity units in developing countries are often large and busy, with staff shortages and high patient loads. Midwifery students quickly become involved in deliveries and patient care, sometimes immediately. As hospitals are also under-funded, labs and medical equipment are often in short supply. Your midwifery manual skills will be more important than ever.
The role of a midwife in a number of our destination countries tends to span a number of different areas of specialty, and you are likely to find yourself working in the delivery room, in neonatal intensive care, and in the obstetrics and gynaecology department, as well as with new mothers and fathers.
You are able to be quite specific with us about the type of clinical site in which you would prefer to be working as each international midwifery placement is tailored to individual needs and requirements - a huge benefit of booking with a specialist organization.
You will see conditions and cases rarely found in North America, including cultural beliefs that create labor and maternity issues very different from those at home. For those interested in specific areas, such as high-risk pregnancies and childbirth conditions in a particular country, this is a great chance to gain practical, firsthand knowledge in this area, working alongside midwives who deal with these issues daily.
All our elective students are allocated a preceptor/supervisor who will be their main point of contact. We ensure that this person is a senior member of the department that you are working in, that they understand what you expect from your elective and, in turn, what they can expect from you.
Please follow the links on the top right hand side of this page to an overview of the midwifery internship opportunities in each of our destinations.Requirements to join us
Benefits of the program
A Work the World placement enhances a midwifery student’s training, while offering firsthand exposure to global health issues. Working alongside teams of midwifes in a developing country will both challenge and expand your personal and professional development.
Though the cost of a Work the World midwifery placement may be similar to the cost of a student organizing their own placement, our program minimizes or removes nearly all the risks involved. We provide accommodation, meals and purified drinking water in a safe, secure and hygienic setting at our Work the World house. You’ll also receive the support there of our full-time staff, who are practiced at assisting international students.
We work hard to ensure you gain a high-caliber clinical experience. Due to our solid relationships with our partner hospitals, midwifery teams in our destinations are open to your presence and involvement, and will happily supervise students. The language and cultural barriers that hamper the foreign worker are also greatly reduced, by the experience of our staff in working with internationals, and the regular language classes we offer in all destinations.Frequently asked questions
Broaden your Experience
We offer several supplemental programs, deigned to complement and greatly enrich your midwifery training abroad. Many former students have found them to be the highlight of their placement time.
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 a community midwife or nurse in treating the local population, 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.
Highly recommended for those of all levels of Spanish, our Intensive Spanish Course teaches not only practical, conversational Spanish but also crucial medical terms you’ll need to succeed at your Argentina placement. Each course is tailored to the abilities of the students by our full time Spanish teacher.
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
It is a truly once in a life time experience, and one I would recommend to any student. I was left with my eyes wide open to the world of Midwifery and now can’t wait to qualify!
Harriet Bloom, University of York 2012Read More
I wanted the security of knowing I was going with an organisation that were experienced in arranging and taking care of students working abroad. With as much assistance and contact in the months running up to my departure date as I wished, I felt at ease flying out to Tanzania alone and, as importantly, my family felt assured I would be safe also.
Alix Arbuckle, University of Stirling 2012Read More
I loved my time in Ghana - I discovered myself as a midwife, completely reviewed every aspect of my practice and why it was important, and gained massively in confidence in my own midwifery skills and practice. I am going into my third year with a completely different mindset, ready to take on the world!
Caroline Corcoran, Staffordshire University 2012Read More