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.

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‘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.

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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.

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Iles, Lisa

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I have become more self–confident in my ability to communicate with patients.

Lisa Iles, University of Hertfordshire 2015

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Kerry's Review of her Midwifery Elective in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Overall, my elective with Work the World was experience of a lifetime.

Kerry Exon, Keele University 2015

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Jan Becker

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My overseas placement made me proud to be a midwife and a neonatal nurse.

Jan Becker, Professional Placement 2014

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Megan's Review of her Midwifery Elective in Arusha

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The food and accommodation is also brilliant!

Megan Hanna, University of Brighton 2014

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Charlotte's Review of her Midwifery Elective in Arusha

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I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Arusha and my only regret is that I didn’t stay longer

Charlotte Webb, University of East Anglia 2014

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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From our blog


by hannah peck

All Electives, Tanzania Arusha, Tanzania Dar es Salaam, Destination Features, Village Healthcare Experience

Professional herbalists, village healers, and soothsayers alike tend to be collectively identified under the controversial title of ‘Witch-Doctor’ in Africa, and are a major part of African healthcare. In this post we take a closer look at the differences between them, and why they are a popular alternative to Western medicine.

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