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 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, 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.
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.Read more about these optional extras
I recommend putting yourself forward – volunteering, asking questions and offering help in order to get the most out of your experience. The experiences I’ve had are unforgettable.
Jennifer Woods, Edinburgh Napier University 2013Read More
Kandy is stunning and I have never taken in so much culture from one place before. I came home a different person and know it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
Alecia Gillett, University of Salford 2012Read More
Work the World has offered us a insight into the healthcare system of a developing country, which has inspired us enormously and we are truly grateful to them for supporting us throughout our placement.
Janine Stevens, Central Lancashire University (UCLAN) 2012Read More