A fresh perspective:

Sharpening your nursing skills in a typically low resource overseas setting will alter how you view nursing forever. Whether you’re a student seeking a life changing experience, or a professional looking for that extra special something that will change the course of your career, after an overseas nursing internship with Work the World you’ll be more ready for the future than any of your peers.

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YOUR internship, CUSTOM-MADE

‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Let us know the areas of nursing that are of interest to you and we’ll craft a nursing experience for you down to the smallest consideration. It’s important to note that these are absolutely not nursing volunteer opportunities; they’re highly customized internships that have the power to change your life. Our Internship Experts will go to great lengths to tailor your hospital experience, match you with supervisors, handle your visa administration, and much more. Our experts also have specialist knowledge of and oversee all our in-country operations – there are no better people for this job.

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No matter which area of nursing you’re interested in, under the careful guidance of your supervisors you’ll gather a wealth of new experiences. In our carefully selected destinations you’ll treat dengue fever, rabies, malaria, and more. As healthcare is relatively expensive and the distance patients have to travel to seek care is often impractical, you’ll also see a range of conditions that are at stages far more advanced than you’ll be used to. If you’ve been waiting for your chance to nurse abroad, this is it.

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Once you arrive in country our welcoming ground teams will provide 24/7 support to ensure your placement goes smoothly. What’s more, when you’re in country you’ll stay in our famously hospitable, private, fully catered and security guarded accommodation. Exclusive access to MyTrip – our personalized online internship tracking tool – will also be included, allowing you to find information about your experience at the touch of a button. Our sole purpose is to design and deliver exceptional overseas internship experiences. We’ve sent over 5000 students away in the last decade, so you can be sure you’re in the most capable and experienced hands.

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Nursing internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

Peru - Arequipa

Peru one of the most stunning places on earth — think Amazon jungle, ancient ruins, floating lake villages. delicious local cuisine. While here you can trek through awe-inspiring canyons, raft down whitewater rapids, and explore the city’s textile markets. Choose a nursing internship here and you could have the chance to work in an HIV center run by nurses, and in one of Peru’s largest oncology departments. Typical cases in this area will include skin cancers, tumours, cervical cancer, and others you’re unlikely to be familiar with. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Peru, click here.

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Philippines - Iloilo

If you want sun, sea and an exceptional nursing internship, Iloilo might be for you. From coral diving to whale watching, and from island hopping to bar hopping there’s something for everyone. Show enthusiasm in the hospital and you could gain experience in subspecialties such as ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, and toxicology. Time in the busy Animal Bites Clinic will give you the chance to work with cases typical to Iloilo the villages that surround it. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is a tropical paradise. Swim through coral reefs with giant turtles, party at local festivals, and feast on traditional delicacies in your spare time. Clinically speaking you’ll encounter conditions like typhoid, diabetes, hepatitis, and dengue fever on a nursing internship here. You’ll also have the chance to help care for local patients, under the supervision of local nurses. This will highlight the impact limited resources have on local communities in the developing world. For those interested in Learning Disability Nursing, it's now possible to work with children in SPED schools and out in local communities. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dumaguete, click here.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a maze of ornate temples, free-roaming monkeys, and motorbike-riding monks. Here you can go paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting in the surrounding mountains and rivers. On your nursing internship here you could work across departments like Mental Health, OBG, and Paediatrics. Visiting local community outreach work will give you the chance to encounter cases specific to Nepal, and the creative clinical solutions of local healthcare professionals. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara has everything you could want. Thrill-seekers — try your hand at paragliding and white-water rafting. Prefer a slower pace? Explore the city’s ornate temples and tranquil lakes. An enthusiastic attitude on your nursing internship could see you assisting in the treatment of leprosy, pneumonia, and respiratory infections. You’ll also come to understand how different a nurse’s role is Nepal. As bedside care carried out by family members, nurses are free to help with more clinical demands. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Kandy is home to some of the friendliest people in the world, is stunningly beautiful, and has a history of healthcare spanning 5000 years. Trek through jungles,  spot elephants, and visit ancient temples still in use today. Show proactivity on your nursing internship and you could help to treat tropical diseases like dengue fever, TB and severe cases of malnutrition. Or, if it suits your interests, spend time on the busy Obs & Gynae Ward to assist in complicated pregnancies and neonatal intensive care. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Sacred stupas, ornate temples, and time-worn palaces line Anuradhapura’s winding streets. Beyond the city you’ll find national wildlife parks, paradise beaches, and vast tea plantations. On a nursing internship here you could help to treat tropical and communicable diseases like hepatitis, chikungunya and malaria. Chronic kidney disease is also major issue in rural areas, due to the increased phenomena of pesticide use on crops — working in the Renal Transplant Unit, which sees 80% of all related cases in northern Sri Lanka, will highlight the impact this has on local people. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.

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Tanzania - Arusha

Arusha and its lush surroundings are full of adventure opportunities — think safaris, mountain trekking, sampling street food, and lake swimming. On a nursing internship here you could assist local specialists to treat conditions you’re unlikely familiar with. These could include malaria, dengue fever, and HIV. In the hospital’s Casualty Department, you’ll see high patient numbers, many of whom will be presenting advanced conditions. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Takoradi is a stone’s throw from palm-lined beaches, working fishing villages, and bustling food and craft markets. Nearby you can go on safari, swim in hidden waterfalls, and sleep in tree houses high up in the jungle canopy. On your nursing elective you could have the chance to work in The Reproductive and Child Health Department — it’s run by nurses. The department offers services like family planning, postnatal care, and growth monitoring. Visiting schools to undertake immunizations and hygiene talks could also be an option. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Ghana, click here.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is a large and busy city, yet on its doorstep you’ll find stunning African landscapes. Head to Selous Game Park and spot the ‘big five’ on safari, take the boat to Zanzibar island for stunning tropical beaches, and fly up to climb Kilimanjaro if you dare. On a nursing internship here, you could assist in the hospital’s HIV clinic, working with paediatric HIV and supporting HIV positive mothers. Time spent here will highlight the challenges of providing quality care with extremely limited resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.

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"I saw my first ever birth – which was then followed by six more – a definite highlight!"

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