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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Case Studies

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Each medical case that I saw was as interesting as the next.

Emma Simson van Dijkhuizen, University of Nottingham 2016

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Case Studies - Beth Hargreaves

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I had the time of my life in Sri Lanka with Work the World, and I wouldn’t change a single thing.

Beth Hargreaves, University of Manchester 2016

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I would recommend my placement with Work the World to others without a doubt

Kate Henderson, University of Auckland 2015

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Scoggin, Samantha

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I would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone considering it.

Samantha Scoggin, University of Michigan 2015

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Nastaly, Madeline

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You learn very quickly how to assess patients much more efficiently.

Madeline Nastaly, University of Sydney 2015

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Nursing internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

Tanzania - Arusha

The energetic city of Arusha is situated inland from of the most striking segments of Africa’s east coast. Whether you enjoy the idea of going on a big game safari, climbing Africa’s tallest mountain, or observing the flamingos on the still waters of Manyara Lake, there’s an abundance of opportunities for adventure here. Nurses here will benefit from gaining experience across a range of departments, which will include casualty, theatre and surgical wards, pediatrics, and more. As far as nursing internships for college students and professionals go, this is far and away one of the best.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city, but if you travel here on your internship you’ll discover that it’s surrounded by some of the most staggering natural beauty you’ll have ever seen. For example the beaches along the coast are incredible, there is a multitude of amazing safari options nearby, and flying to Zanzibar – A beautiful offshore island– is but a boat ride away. Clinically speaking you’ll join specialists in our partner hospitals to work with communicable diseases, injuries sustained in road traffic accidents, HIV cases, and more. As a student nurse, internships such as this one can make a fundamental difference to both your career and your life as a whole.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is a breathtaking city located in a valley in the midst of the Himalayas. The town is a center for history and culture, yet has up-to-date amenities, which makes life that little bit more comfortable for travelers. Those looking for excitement will find it in adventure sports like paragliding and white-water rafting, while those seeking a more leisurely pace can explore the temples and markets found across the city. Nurses here take on a slightly different role than in the UK, so working on busy wards in our partner hospitals and clinics you should prepare to start gaining invaluable skills and experience from day one.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

As the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is somewhere you’ll gain totally unique experience both clinically speaking and in terms of travel. Living and working here will open your eyes to things you won’t have even dreamed of. The city has a very deep history that can be seen in the city’s architecture including in its ancient Hindu temples complete with pocket picking monkeys. If you’re more into adventure, you’ll have fun heading beyond the city’s borders to go paragliding, bungee jumping, white-water rafting, and more. As a nursing intern in this city you’ll be awarded the opportunity to understand the challenges faced by local professionals. Not only this but you’ll also take home new skills that will set you apart from your peers.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is wedged between tropical wilderness and serene blue seas. Here you can dive among the vibrant tropical marine life on a reef submerged beneath the waves, journey through wild jungle, and observe the unusual healing spells of Siquijor Island’s local witches. Nurses in Dumaguete are in charge of the wards, so you can look forward to getting involved in things you may have never even heard of, and may never have the chance to do again. When it comes to nursing opportunities abroad, you certainly won’t find anything quite like this.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Iloilo is an excellent place to undertake your internship if you’re looking for sun, sea, and highly specialized overseas nursing placements. The beaches here are undeniably beautiful, as is the world beneath the waves (coral diving is something you shouldn’t miss), and you never need to wander far to find a nice bar to unwind in once your hospital shift comes to an end. What’s more, in Iloilo you’ll nearly always find a festival going on somewhere in one form or another. Iloilo is particularly good for nurses. Placements here are much more clinically focused as nurses play a more diverse role in the Philippines than they do in most other countries. Unlike nursing volunteer opportunities abroad, as an officially recognized intern you’ll be taken much more seriously and awarded rare opportunities as a result.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Ghana is special to us as it was the very first destination we opened. Today (ten years later) our partner hospitals and clinics in the Ghanaian city of Takoradi offer a better internship experience than they ever have before. Sat on the coast of West Africa, the city has flawless beaches, old colonial forts dotted up and down the coast, and fishing villages everywhere in-between. The center of town is a cultural point of interest; Takoradi is a port city, which means people from far and wide travel through it. Greater adventure lies beyond the town, and trips past the city limits will reveal an entirely new world. As a nursing student, internships such as this provide you with access to a range of interconnected departments. As a result you’ll encounter everything from TB to malaria and beyond.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura – an ancient Buddhist city – is home to sacred stupas, time worn temples, and stately palaces. The new city offers up the perfect contrast to the more peaceful rural areas with its restaurants, bars and markets. Beyond the city limits you’ll find national parks, paradise beaches and much, much more.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Kandy, Sri Lanka is home to some of the most welcoming people you’re ever likely to meet. The country is remarkably beautiful, and has a recorded history of medicinal practices that stretch back over 5000 years. Whether you want to explore the region’s rich wilderness in search of elephants (of which there are many), or unwind on stretches of world-class coastline, Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of experiences. On a nursing internship in Kandy you’ll enjoy a varied placement working across multiple departments. What’s more you’ll get outstanding levels of experience observing and treating cases that simply don’t exist back home.

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Peru - Arequipa

Arequipa, Peru is the most recently established of all our destinations and it’s already proving to be a favorite among students from around the world. Peru is home to misty Amazonian jungles, ancient Incan city remains found on mountaintops, intriguing local delicacies, and architectural monuments left by old colonial powers. All of these and more will make your trip to Peru a once in a lifetime adventure. A nursing internship abroad in one of our carefully cherry-picked partner hospitals will provide you with unique knowledge and skills that can be applied at home.

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