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The experiences you will have on your overseas nursing student placement are likely to be vastly different from anything you are used to in the country in which you train. Many of the hospitals with which we work are short-staffed with high patient loads. This means that students in nusring internships with relevent experience have an excellent opportunity to become involved in patient care.
You will find that patients in these clinical sites regularly present with critically advanced diseases and pathologies. During your nursing internship, you’ll witness these conditions firsthand, developing new skills and increasing your understanding of the progressions of these diseases.
Our internships for nursing students are also an excellent opportunity to see cases rarely found in North America, including tropical diseases such as malaria, leprosy and dengue fever. For those interested in specific areas such as oncology in a particular country, this is a great chance to gain practical, firsthand knowledge in this area, as you work in a team of nurses who treat these diseases on a daily basis.
You are able to be quite specific with us about your department and area of nursing specialty as each placement is tailored to individual needs and requirements.
Our most popular placements are in pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology and emergency medicine. We can arrange placements in other specialties if you wish, such as anesthetics, neonatal intensive care or HIV units, for those with experience. Please check our individual destination pages on the right side of this page to learn more about available departments within each country.
Please note that if you wish to work in an area which isn't mentioned here, you can always get in contact with us to find out if it may be possible. The large number of contacts we have, the personal relationships with hospitals, the contracts in place and the "know how" of each destination, means we can investigate your request and give you an informed choice of what is available in your destination of choice.Requirements to join us
Benefits of the program
A Work the World placement broadens a nursing student’s training and provides firsthand exposure to global health issues. The challenges and rewards of working with doctors and nursing teams in a developing country will strengthen both your personal and professional development.
Though the cost of a Work the World nursing placement may be similar to the cost of an independently arranged nursing externship placement, our program minimizes or removes nearly all the risks involved.
You will receive support and guidance on all elements of your trip preparation, through a personalised online trip planner as well as regular contact with our Head Office staff.
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.Frequently asked questions
Broaden your Experience
We offer a range of supplemental week long programs to complement and greatly enrich your placement experiences. 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, the Philippines, Ghana or Tanzania. Working from a local clinic, you’ll assist in the assessment treatment of patients 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.
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
All I can say is that it’s definitely something that changed me and gave me a different perspective on healthcare in general.
Ian-Vinnie Jansen, Hogeschool Utrecht 2014Read More
The Work the World team made me feel much more confident and well prepared before departure.
Bethany Brockbank, University of Cumbria 2014Read More
The Village Healthcare Experience turned out to be my favourite week of my month in Africa and I would highly recommend doing it.
Jamie Calkins, Red Deer College 2014Read More