A fresh perspective:
On a midwifery internship you’ll gain perspective on techniques that will be entirely new to you, while cleverly setting yourself apart from other midwives. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student looking for experience, or a qualified midwife who wants something extra special on your resume. After one of our midwifery programs you’ll be more confident than ever.
YOUR INTERNSHIP, CUSTOM-MADE
‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Tell us the areas of midwifery you’re interested in and we’ll carefully craft an internship, perfectly customized to your needs. Please also keep in mind that these are not standard placements that position you as a volunteer midwife; they’re structured learning experiences designed for your own personal development, and to help you steer your life in the direction you want it to go. Once you’ve signed up, one of our Internship Experts will immediately begin customizing your placement. These experts are responsible for your entire experience, and will be there to support you every step of the way, from arranging your experience in the hospital to organizing your visa. They’re also in charge of our operations on the ground, meaning they oversee everything from A to Z. There’s really no one better for the job.
This is your chance to take yourself to heights that you never thought you’d reach. The clinical experiences on offer in our partner hospitals and clinics are second to none, and in such novel environments you’ll see a side of midwifery you didn’t know existed. Working in these settings you’ll quickly understand the harsh challenges faced by local professionals in the field. What’s more, you’ll broaden your knowledgebase and skillset considerably by observing extreme cases and birthing complications that you won’t have seen at home. Being able to draw on your experience overseas long into the future might just be the extra something you need to land your dream job.
ON THE GROUND
From the moment you step off the plane you’ll be in the care of our experienced ground teams. They’ll pick you up from the airport, take you back to our private, fully catered, and security-guarded house, and begin providing 24/7 support (this continues for the duration of your stay). You’ll also be granted access to our personalized online internship tracker. Our mission is to design midwifery internships abroad that deliver an experience that has a quality superior to anything else available. After a decade of work are proud to be able to offer you precisely that. Take your future into your own hands and get in touch with us today. We’re ready to talk when you are.
I have become more self–confident in my ability to communicate with patients.
Lisa Iles, University of Hertfordshire 2015Read more
Overall, my elective with Work the World was experience of a lifetime.
Kerry Exon, Keele University 2015Read more
My overseas placement made me proud to be a midwife and a neonatal nurse.
Jan Becker, Professional Placement 2014Read more
The food and accommodation is also brilliant!
Megan Hanna, University of Brighton 2014Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Arusha and my only regret is that I didn’t stay longer
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Midwifery internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:
Tanzania - Arusha
Tanzania is the most thrilling country on the entire east coast of Africa, and a doorway to adventure. Journey across extinct volcano craters, climb mountains, spot big cats and other animals on safari, and much more. The city of Arusha is a center for Tanzanian culture, and buzzes with activity day and night. The bars and restaurants here are some of the best you’ll visit, and make for a great night out after a long day. Midwifery internships in Africa allow both students and professionals to see a side of the field they wouldn’t have believed existed. You’ll get involved with everything from intensive care to intense birthing complications.
You’ll be amazed by the sheer variety of things you can do in Arusha, or ‘A Town’ as the locals know it. In the hustle and bustle of the city you’ll find craft markets, shops, street food vendors, bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas and a whole lot more. If you venture outside the city limits, which we strongly recommend, you’ll step into some of the most beautiful landscape you’ll have ever seen. Visit Ngorongoro – an immense volcanic caldera, climb to the summit of Mt. Meru, see rhinos, cheetah, and lions on safari, and so much more.
If you choose to practice midwifery in Arusha, you’ll benefit from the excellent relationships we have with staff in our partner hospitals and clinics. Whether your interests lie in intensive care, neonatal care, or delivery, there is a world of options available to you. You’ll get involved in a huge number of areas including high-risk pregnancies, treating birthing complications that, in the developed world, would normally have been spotted during antenatal care, and more.
Having spent time in the busy city of Arusha you’ll welcome the chance to get to grips with rural Tanzanian life. We’re offering you the one in a lifetime chance to live in a village with Tanzania’s famous Maasai tribe. You’ll live in a traditional Maasai hut within a community that will welcome you as one of their own. In the mornings you’ll work at a local health post diagnosing and treating patients from the local community. Your afternoons will be taken up by learning from traditional healers, Maasai dancing, traditional cooking lessons, goat sacrifices, walking to sacred Maasai sites, and more.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is far and away the largest city in the entire country. Because the city is such a sprawling megalopolis, travelers are typically astonished by the vast and incredible landscape that encircles it. On the one hand you’ve got enormous grassy plains on which you can spot big game on safari, and on the other, a dreamlike coastline with some of the most attractive beaches in the world. If you’re so inclined, you can also attempt the climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is easy to reach from Dar es Salaam. As a midwife, choosing to work here will afford you access to busy maternity wards in which you’ll gain a wealth of new skills and knowledge that you simply would get back home.
Choosing to study midwifery in Dar es Salaam means you’ll have the chance to work in a government tertiary referral hospital, or a regional hospital, both of which we’ve been partnered with for many years. These hospitals have lively maternity wards in which you’ll gain insight into the dramatically different practices Tanzanian midwives have developed over the years. You’ll get heavily involved with conventional deliveries and general OBG, but there’s also the chance for you to put yourself to work in neonatal intensive care, and with mothers who are HIV positive.
Dar es Salaam has influences of German, French, Indian and Arabic origin, and those with a keen eye will spot these influences in everything from architecture to local cuisine. Local bars and restaurants will leave your every appetite satisfied, and nearby craft markets are perfect for an afternoon of souvenir shopping. In Mikumi National Park you can ride in a 4x4 to spot zebra, lion and other big game on safari. Or if you’d prefer a relaxing weekend, head to nearby Zanzibar – a paradise island – to lie on golden beaches and swim in crystal clear waters.
Living and working in Dar es Salaam will prove to be a very particular experience. We strongly recommend you choose to expand your exposure by spending time in a remote village. By doing so you will gain a broader understanding of the healthcare provision in Tanzania. Living with a host family you’ll stay in a village in the foothills of the staggeringly beautiful Viduna Mountains. In the mornings you’ll work in a low resource clinic treating walk-in patients from the village and the surrounding areas. In the afternoons your personal guide will introduce you to local culture and customs, including traditional drumming and dancing, cycling to sugar cane plantations, visiting a waterfall, and volunteering in the local primary school.
Nepal - Pokhara
Pokhara is a never-ending well of experiences, and because of this, it’s one of our most popular destinations to date. Nestled in a valley at the feet of the world-famous Himalayan Mountains, the city and the dramatic landscape that encircles it present endless opportunities for adventure. This includes paragliding, hiking, white-water rafting, and more. Our specialty is midwifery internships for college students and professionals. In Pokhara this will become obvious, as you’ll be able to work closely with local professionals on busy wards getting to grips with a healthcare system that has a completely different rulebook. The skills and knowledge you’ll gain from such an experience will prove to be invaluable to you, both now and long into the future.
As a midwifery intern in Pokhara you’ll have access to busy maternity wards where birthing complications are more common than you’ll be used to. Our partner hospital sees an average of 30 births per day, some of which result in malpresentation, birth asphyxia and the occasional breech birth. The department supports a post natal, pre-eclampsia, and eclampsia unit in which you can also gain experience that would otherwise be difficult to acquire. There is also an antenatal clinic twice a week that sees anywhere up to 600 mothers and babies. Remember, you’re not here as a midwifery volunteer, but instead as an enthusiastic intern looking to further your own knowledge and skills.
Travelers the world over hold Pokhara in the highest possible regard. For a start the Himalayan Mountains can be seen jutting into the sky across the city, which provides one of the most dramatic backdrops you’ll have ever seen. In the city you'll find bars and restaurants serving local brews and delicious cuisine, some of which sit at the edge of a giant lake. If you head to the city’s outskirts and beyond, you’ll find hiking, paragliding, white-water rafting, elephant safaris, and more. For a slightly slower pace of life, the city’s temples are a must, as is rowing across the tranquil waters of Lake Phewa.
To understand the bigger picture of healthcare in Pokhara we strongly advise you to live and work in a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Living with our host family on the slopes will elucidate the challenges faced by the community who live life on the edge of civilization. In the mornings you’ll work in a local health outpost to help treat walk-in patients from the surrounding villages. In the afternoon you’ll explore local culture, including things like learning how to cook local food, hiking to hidden mountain temples, getting fitted for traditional Nepalese clothing and more.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the most recently opened of our two Nepal programs. But don’t let the fact that it’s in the same country fool you; Kathmandu is a truly unique destination and is an entirely different experience from our program in Pokhara. Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city, and as such, culture is abundant here. You’ll witness everything from wild monkeys sprinting across rooftops, to committed Buddhist monks singing daily prayer in temples found across the city. To find adventure, head to the city’s outer limits and beyond. There you’ll discover paragliding, white-water rafting, mountain climbing, and more. Practicing midwifery here means you’ll have the chance to get involved in everything from postnatal care to birthing procedures and beyond.
Choosing to undertake your Midwifery internship in Kathmandu might be the best decision you ever make. At our partner institution – a large Maternity and Women’s Hospital – you’ll work among a dedicated team of specialists who deliver an impressive average of one hundred babies per day. Whether you want to work on labor wards, postnatal wards, post-op wards, or help to provide infertility services, this comprehensive placement will give you experience you never thought you’d get and show you things you never thought you’d see.
Kathmandu is an energetic city that is home to a population of people that move through its old, dusty streets with purpose. Run-down motor vehicles speed down narrow alleyways and pedestrians meander through the congestion with true skill. Kathmandu is also a city of great antiquity, and this comes through in everything from the old temples and stupas dotted around the city, to the diverse cultural traditions practiced by locals. For a great night out head to Thamel’s bars and clubs, and for a spot of adventure the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains with their paragliding, white-water rafting, hiking, and mountain climbing are your best bet.
Living in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu will certainly present you with novel experience, but to get a truly broad understanding of how healthcare is provided in Nepal, we couldn’t recommend this add-on more. You’ll stay with our host family on the slopes of the foothills of the Himalaya, and in the mornings work in a local health outpost to help diagnose, treat, and advise members of the local community. Your afternoons will consist of trips to mountain temples, learning the art of beekeeping, milking buffalo, cooking traditional local food, and more.
Philippines - Dumaguete
Dumaguete is situated on a paradise island in the middle of the Philippines, and as far as paradise islands go, they don’t get better than this. The city is encircled by a combination of tropical forest on one side, and glorious coastline on the other. Dumaguete is a lively mix of culture, where novel experiences are commonplace. Expect to see festivals, longboarding competitions, beauty pageants, and more. Adventurers can head to the coastline for incredible diving, trek through the jungle to spot rare wildlife, take a boat across the water to visit witchdoctors, and more. Practicing midwifery here will open your eyes to a new way of providing care. You’ll work on a busy ward observing conditions and practices that will be entirely new to you.
The clinical experience you’ll receive as a midwife in Dumaguete is among the best you can find anywhere in the world. You’ll work alongside professionals who are committed to identifying potential complications before they become a problem for expectant mothers. You’ll not only have the chance to work in a busy hospital, but there is often the possibility to head out into the community to conduct outreach work. During your time here you’ll get experience working with complicated birthing procedures, postnatal care programs, and more.
Dumaguete has transformed from a quaint fishing village into cultural and commercial center that has a great reputation, both in the Philippines and beyond. Between the bars, restaurants and boutique craft shops that line the promenade, and the tall shade providing palm trees that line the incredible beaches, Dumaguete has something for everyone. If you head outside the city, you’ll come across jungle treks that lead to adventure parks, whale watching off the coast of Bais, waterfalls perfect for swimming in, and hilltop sunsets that will stay in your memory forever.
Spending time in Dumaguete will give you an excellent understanding of the core aspects of the healthcare system in the Philippines. But to understand the full picture, it’s necessary to head into much more remote areas of the country. On this add-on you’ll live with our host family in a rural town and integrate into local culture. In the morning’s you’ll work in nearby district hospitals and clinics, putting what you’ve learned in the city into practice, while gaining entirely new skills and perspectives. In the afternoons, accompanied by your personal guide, you’ll go crab collecting in the beautiful mangrove forests, head out onto protected coral reefs for barbecues on the guardhouse patio (this is on stilts in the middle of the sea), and much more.
Philippines - Iloilo
Iloilo is on a typically beautiful tropical island, which is nothing but a good thing. But there’s nothing typical about Iloilo city itself. Spectacular beaches, incredible food, and a population of some of the happiest people on Earth make Iloilo an absolute pleasure to live in. Colorful festivals seem to take place every other week and the street food vendors, restaurants, and bars are always busy, providing welcome respite after a day on the wards. Midwifery in Iloilo is very special, as the procedures, systems, and skillsets regarding birth and pre and postnatal care differ quite dramatically from what you’ll be used to at home.
Should you choose to undertake your midwifery internship in Iloilo, you will not be disappointed. The experience you’ll receive will be fully comprehensive, and at certain times of the year, the government hospital we’re partnered with sees an average of 40 births per day. In the hospital’s lying-in clinic you’ll witness a host of natural births, as well as experiencing a number of procedures that you won’t have seen before.
There’s no question that Iloilo is one of the most stunning locations in the Philippines. Because the city is right on the coast of a tropical island, you’ll constantly feel as though you’re an explorer in a new, undiscovered land. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro, diving in this region is absolutely essential, as is whale and dolphin watching off the coast of Cebu. Head out of the city and into the jungle to find the Kawa hot baths, in which you can experience being ‘cooked alive’. If you’d prefer a more typical ‘desert island’ experience, head to the beaches found on Boracay – they’re said to be some of the best in all of Southeast Asia.
Spending time in the busy wards of our partner hospitals in Iloilo is an essential part of understanding the healthcare system. But getting experience in a more rural setting is also necessary to understand the full extent of the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in the Philippines. Living in a village among the Ati tribe with our host family, you’ll spend your mornings working in a small clinic and a low resource community hospital. In the afternoons you’ll be free to enjoy island hopping, BBQs, traditional dancing, a visit to the local primary school, and much more.
Philippines - Bacolod
As The Philippines' very own 'City of Smiles', Bacolod promises an adventure not to be forgotten. From perusing the bustling food markets of the plaza opposite the grand San Sebastian Cathedral, to venturing deep into the forest to unearth remote waterfalls and unwind in natural hot springs, the Negros Occidental region has everything you could want and more.
When it comes to witnessing the challenges faced by midwives in the developing world first hand, Bacolod is seldom bettered. We’ve forged a partnership with a hospital whose OBG department is manned by seasoned professionals. You’ll assist them with delivering anywhere up to 40 babies a day! In the Philippines giving birth can be quite distressing. Women are obliged to undergo labour in total silence, a rite of passage, without even the most basic pain relief. The department has relatively limited equipment, which means things aren’t as straightforward as they could be – for example manually examining the outside of the abdomen by hand to determine if a baby is breech.
Located on a tropical island in the Philippines, Bacolod is a fast developing city with a blend of local and foreign cultures from across the ages. The majesty of San Sebastian Cathedral cannot be denied, however it is the restless food market in the plaza with its food stalls and local craft sellers where the real buzz is at. Be sure also to investigate the region’s true cultural heritage by taking a trip to Silay, where you can get up close to the incredible Ancestral Houses abandoned by the sugar barons in decades long since passed. Roam jungle trails in Mambukal that end in a collection of stunning waterfalls. While here, you can also experience zip-lining, relax in hot springs, row across lagoons, try your hand at rock climbing or wander across elevated bridges high up in the trees.
Heading out on one of our highly popular village experiences is undoubtedly the best way to expand both your clinical and cultural experience of your time in Bacolod. You’ll get the chance to stay with our friendly local host family in a rural village encircled by pure beauty on all sides. You’ll acquire clinical experience in the mornings working in a local health center with fully trained healthcare professionals. You’ll come face-to-face with issues resident health workers are forced to resolve when treating patients with little or no equipment and medicine. Your afternoons will be full with activities that include everything from cooking and eating local food, to walking through the mountains. To discover more about Bacolod, hit the green ENQUIRE NOW button.
Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
Boasting an impressive number of temples, sacred palaces, and stupas, Anuradhapura is a marvel to behold. The new city is home to restaurants, bars and lively markets, the ideal contrast to the peaceful rural surroundings. Going out of town you’ll discover wildlife in the national parks, white sandy beaches on an unspoilt coastline and peaceful inland lakes.
Midwifery in Anuradhapura is strikingly different to what you're used to. Many women in Sri Lanka give birth with no pain relief as medical bills are too high; caesareans are also commonplace making up nearly half of all births. Despite the lack of resources, our partner hospital’s OBG Department does a superb job of looking after its patients. It is here that you’ll work with some of the region’s most skilled and well-regarded specialists. Get the most out of both them and your time in the facility by keeping an open mind and enjoy hugely fulfilling rewards. Hit the green ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to discover more.
Anuradhapura is an official World Heritage Site and its little wonder, with over 50 ancient temples and shrines. Experience the flip side of the 'new city', a bustling development of markets, bars and restaurants all run by friendly locals. Explore beyond the city limits and you’ll find Sigiriya (Lion Rock), which you can easily scale by stairs to admire the ruins of an ancient palace that stood atop its summit. Observe the magnificent jungle from the air by hot air balloon, make your way to Wilpattu National Park for wildlife safaris or unwind on pristine, white sandy beaches. The choice is yours.
If you're feeling extra adventurous, choose this add on that allows you to trek into the jungle to meet a master of 'tree medicine’. Spend your mornings with him, learning the ways of Ayurveda and concocting treatments made from indigenous tree barks and plants. The experience lasts a week and you'll spend it staying locally with our host family. Your afternoons will be taken up with cultural activities including ox and cart rides, lake swimming, and therapeutic massages in Ayurveda spas.
Sri Lanka - Kandy
Kandy has one of the friendliest populations on the planet and just so happens to be one of the most beautiful countries you’ll ever lay eyes on. To make matters more interesting, Sri Lankan medicinal practices have been in use for an estimated 5000 years. There are an almost unbelievable number of things to do in Sri Lanka and from trekking to swimming with dolphins, there’s something for everyone. Should you choose to undertake your midwifery internship in Sri Lanka, you’ll get to play a part in a novel environment where many practices and procedures will be totally alien to you.
Midwifery in Sri Lanka will prove different to what you’re already used to. In fact the contrasts between what you know, and what you’ll experience on the ground will be striking. The OBG department in our partner hospital will present things to you that may well contradict your own judgment. For example most women give birth with little or no pain relief whatsoever. C-sections are also commonplace making up around 40% of all births. This placement is incredibly diverse, and will give you not only amazing experience, but amazing memories to take home with you.
As a city Kandy is up there with the most interesting in the world. Culturally speaking you’ll find few places that have as diverse a range of things to experience as here. Between the temples (one of which is said to hold the Buddha’s tooth), delicious national and international cuisine, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, boredom in Kandy is impossible. Enjoy adventure? In Sri Lanka you can go jungle trekking, surfing, rafting, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, sea turtle spotting, elephant tracking, and more. If you’d prefer to relax on the beach, you can do just that on one of the magnificent coastal locations scattered around the island’s perimeter.
This is a very special add-on in that it is completely unique to our Sri Lanka program. You’ll live in a forest setting with our host family and spend your mornings with a master Ayurveda practitioner treating patients and creating medicine. Ayurveda, or ‘tree medicine’, is an ancient medicinal art that uses herbs, plants and barks from the forest. Our practitioner has inherited his knowledge from his father and his father before him, and is well respected among people from the local community as a result. In the mornings you’ll work in his clinic to treat patients and learn how to prepare medicines. In the afternoons you’ll head out with your personal guide to canoe down rivers, go to an Ayurveda spa for treatments, swim in lakes bathed in beautiful sunsets, and more.
Ghana - Takoradi
Our program in Takoradi is by far our longest running, and remains one of the best destinations in our lineup. The fact that West Africa has some of the most beautiful coastline in the world certainly has something to do with it. Golden beaches that stretch on for miles, quaint shoreline fishing villages, decaying colonial forts and more can be found along Ghana’s coast. The city itself is one of the most active of all our destinations. There are craft and fish markets, bars, restaurants, shops, and street food vendors, and you’ll discover something new and surprising around every corner. The midwifery internships we offer here will allow you to work in an incredibly dynamic ward that will actively promote your development in a variety of ways.
The clinical experience you'll receive as a midwife in Ghana is of a particularly high quality. We're partnered with three small private clinics and one large main government hospital in which you'll observe and take part in live births, pre and postnatal care, and more. Caesarian sections will prove to be surprisingly common, as will breech births, which are often symptoms of the fact that women have not had the comprehensive prenatal care that is typically received in more developed countries. You'll also be surprised by the fact that, for cultural reasons, women are expected to give birth in complete silence.
Takoradi is one of the liveliest places in all of Ghana and has a particularly diverse range of things to do. Whether it's walking along the beach at sunset to enjoy cocktails as you watch the ships make port, or taking a treetop stroll through the forest canopy along suspended walkways, there's always something new to experience. Perhaps you prefer the idea of swimming in the Volta region's waterfalls, or heading out to Mole Game Park where wild elephants roam freely. Visiting the leper colony is a fascinating experience too, as is wandering through the sprawling rubber plantations that cover the land for miles.
To gain an understanding of the full spectrum of Takoradi's healthcare system, you'll need to venture further afield. If you choose this add-on you'll travel to a remote coastal village to live and work with a small community of people, and learn about culture and customs. In the morning's you'll work under the supervision of primary healthcare practitioners in a local community clinic. This is an incredible opportunity to come to understand the challenges faced by local professionals working in this environment. In the afternoons you'll get an official welcome from the village chief on bonfire day, enjoy long stretches of tourist-free beaches, trek inland to even smaller hidden villages, and more.
Peru - Arequipa
Arequipa, Peru is the newest addition to our lineup, and it's already proving to be a popular choice for students looking for something a little different. Peru is our only South American destination and as such offers opportunities that none of our other destinations do. Here you can hike to ancient mountain ruins, watch local festivals, trek through the Amazon, row across ancient lakes, and more. The juxtaposition between contemporary culture and ancient architecture is a striking, yet pleasing one. The bars, restaurants, coffee shops and other modern amenities make Arequipa as current as any city, yet traditions and customs from yesteryear are restlessly maintained. As a midwife here you'll work on a busy ward in our partner hospital, and benefit from access to specialists in your field who have honed their own skills in a dramatically different environment from what you're used to at home.
Under the supervision of Arequipa's finest obstetricians you will come to understand a healthcare system that will be alien to you. There is no pain relief for women in labor in Peru and specialists can often come across as direct during the labor process. You will often come across women who wish for their grandmother or 'Abuela' to be present as is traditional in Peru. In many cases women also choose to give birth standing up. Due to rural communities having a lack of access to prenatal care, conditions such as pre-eclampsia, premature births and ruptured membranes are common.
Peru is quite possibly the most beautiful country in South America. What's more, Arequipa, where our private house is situated, is a hub of Peruvian culture. There are a number of festivals that take place across the city that make for spectacular viewing and the city's bars and restaurants are as diverse as they are many, providing a welcome opportunity to unwind. The city also enjoys around 300 days of sunshine every year. Adventurers will love Peru, too. Rowing across high-altitude lakes, hiking to the famous ruins at Machu Picchu, white-water rafting, hiking through the second deepest canyon in the world, and more await you.
Peru is primarily a Spanish speaking country. As such we highly recommend you take part in our custom-designed Intensive Spanish Course. The course will focus in on language specific to midwifery, as well as more common everyday phrases that will help you interact with staff, patients, and people in the local community. This one-week course will take place in our Spanish language school and will consist of a series of sessions taught in the school's sunny garden. You'll also enjoy clinical role-play sessions that will prepare you for situations you may face on your placement. No boring grammar drills, just fun, practical language that you can use right away.
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