A fresh perspective:
Getting experience in a low resource overseas setting is the perfect chance for you to develop as a radiologist. By learning a host of new techniques and improvisations, and adapting to a novel environment, you'll set yourself apart from other radiologists in your field. Whether you're a student looking for some special experience, or a qualified professional who wants something new, we've got something for you.
An overseas placement is the perfect opportunity to get out into the world and actively expand the possibilities for progress in your life. All our partner hospitals and clinics offer you novel experience working in ways that may well challenge the best practice skills you've already acquired at home. You'll also come to understand the hurdles faced by local professionals, and how they've adapted to deal with them. And as most of our partner hospitals and clinics are under resourced, the standard of commonly used equipment may surprise you. But as a result of this, you'll learn techniques and acquire knowledge that you won't find anywhere else.
YOUR internship, CUSTOM MADE
"If your expertise lies in radiology, volunteer abroad.” - something both students and professionals in your field are often told. But there is another, better option than being a volunteer radiographer. If you truly want to sharpen your skills overseas and take the first steps to changing your life, get yourself onto one of out highly customized internships that have been designed to meet your every need. As soon as you join us, our team of talented Internship Experts will begin tailoring your radiology placement from the ground up. They'll oversee your placement from start to finish, including arranging your experience in hospital, tackling visa administration, and corresponding with their teams on the ground to make sure your experience goes smoothly. There's really no one better for the job.
ON THE GROUND
As soon as your plane has landed you'll be in the care of one of our highly trained ground teams. They'll take you straight to your private, fully catered and security-guarded accommodation, and usher you through your placement by providing 24/7support. You'll also have immediate access to MyTrip - our interactive online internship tracking timeline. The reason we exist is to deliver highly tailored radiography internships that offer premium clinical experience that you quite simply can't find anywhere else. Remember that we design radiography internships for undergraduates and professionals, so whatever stage of life you’re at, get in touch today.
X-rays were constantly taken with multiple patients and family in the room.
Alison Clarke, Birmingham City University 2015Read more
We have realized that three weeks in Tanzania just isn't long enough!
Faye Morrissey & Saima Dalvi, University of Derby 2014Read more
I’ve returned home from my radiography placement with a fresh outlook on the type of practitioner I want to be
Sean Kennedy, University of Ulster 2014Read more
I do have great admiration for the hospital staff, who were relentless in their efforts
Ashleigh Bishop, Robert Gordon University 2014Read more
The introduction at the hospital made things reassuring, especially knowing that people were there to support us
Mairead O' Callaghan, Birmingham City University 2014Read more
Radiography internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:
Tanzania - Arusha
Arusha is an energetic city, and one of the most interesting on Africa's east coast. Here you'll enjoy big game safaris, mountain climbing, heading out on extinct volcano tours, and a lot more. The town itself is a bustling mix of culture, and with a range of bars and restaurants dotted around the city your evenings are sure to be a whole lot of fun. Head out a little further to go on safari, climb mountains, explore volcanic craters, and more. Radiologists who choose Arusha will gain experience in a broad range of areas, and learn back to basics techniques such as developing X-ray using film. Remember that these aren’t merely radiology volunteer opportunities, they’re carefully planned internships that aid your own development.
Arusha will give you an authentic taste of Africa that will stay with you for a lifetime. The city’s bars and restaurants will welcome you whether you’re looking for a taste of traditional Tanzanian cuisine, or home comforts like pizza and beer. You can take a trip out to Ngorongoro to tour the immense volcanic caldera in a 4x4 as you spot local wildlife on safari. Many interns also choose to take the short flight over to Zanzibar for a weekend to enjoy the magnificent beaches, clear waters, and diving offered just off the coast.
Radiology in Arusha will prove to be a fascinating experience, as you’ll see the limits imposed on the provision of care that local professionals have to deal with on a daily basis. We have an excellent relationship with the Radiology Department in the government regional hospital we’re partnered with, meaning you’ll get all the attention you need to develop. You’ll also learn about pathologies you’ve never come across, and learn new and unusual techniques including developing X-rays in the hospital’s dark room.
Spending time in the busy city of Arusha is one thing, but heading out to a remote village to live with a Maasai tribe community will offer an entirely different perspective to your trip. This add-on is a must if you want to understand the bigger picture of healthcare in Tanzania. You’ll stay with a host family for the duration of the trip, and in the mornings, work in a local clinic to help with things like malaria treatments and vaccinating children. The afternoons will be a cultural whirlwind, with planned activities like watching traditional dances, visiting Maasai healing sites, watching goat sacrifices, and more.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s biggest and most populous city, yet it is surrounded by some of the most extraordinary natural beauty you’ll ever see. On the one hand there are the African plains that span hundreds of miles, and on the other, incredible coastline peppered with beaches that are perfect for an afternoon in the sun. The city itself is worthy of exploration, and with bars, restaurants, shops, markets, cinemas, and more, you’ll never find yourself short of something to do. If you’re looking for a varied radiology internship program in a specialist department, this might well be the one for you.
Dar es Salaam is an incredible city itself that has been influenced by Arabic, French, Indian and German culture in everything from the architecture to the food. Beyond the city you'll be able to see animals on safari in the beautiful national parks, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and more. Of course, there are plenty of bars and restaurants too. You can also head to game parks to go on safari, take a boat trip across to Zanzibar (a paradise island) to relax on its award-winning beaches, or head beneath the waves for some of the best diving in the world.
One of the main problems faced by healthcare professionals in the developing world is the lack of modern equipment. Radiology is one of the disciplines that suffers this the most. But in spite of an absence of tools you’ll quickly discover that radiologists in Dar es Salaam have their own unique methods to deal with these challenges. We offer placements in both a national hospital and a dedicated cancer institute. In terms of ailments you can expect to see cases of retinoblastoma, trauma from road traffic accidents, tuberculosis, HIV, cancers, fractures, and much more.
While working in major Tanzanian hospitals will surely be one of the best experiences of your life, so will travelling to live in a remote village on the edge of civilization. On this add-on you’ll stay with our host family in a rural village in the foothills of the Viduna Mountains. In the mornings you’ll work in a local clinic assisting the medical staff in treating walk-in patients, and in the afternoons you’ll have the chance to meet the village elders, swim in waterfalls, cycle to nearby sugar plantations, and more.
Nepal - Pokhara
Pokhara is set in a valley and has one of the most visually stunning backdrops you can imagine – the Himalayan Mountains. The local people enjoy life at a casual pace, yet there’s never a dull moment in this city. This contrast can be seen everywhere. On one hand you’ve got devout Buddhist monks wandering the streets and praying in the temples found around the city, and on the other you can go paragliding through the mountains. In the evenings the bars and restaurants by the edge of Lake Phewa will satisfy your appetites. Radiology in Pokhara will give you invaluable clinical experience in a large radiology department, which by local standards is a very well equipped.
There’s an incredibly broad range of things to keep you entertained in Pokhara. From paragliding through the snowy peaks to white-water rafting, trekking to the Peace Pagoda, to a session of sunrise yoga at the top of a hill, the river of experiences never seems to run dry. Wandering around the city has its own unique charms too. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful afternoon of temple touring, or in search of a local restaurant to try some traditional cuisine, Pokhara won’t disappoint. If you’re of a thrill-seeking persuasion, you’ll find joy in paragliding through the snow-capped mountains, white-water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant riding and more.
The hospitals and clinics we’re partnered with in Pokhara are, by local standards, very well equipped. The Radiology Department is no exception to this, and with CT scanners, MRI scanners, X-ray machines, and more, you’ll get a wealth of experience across a range of equipment. The department sees up to 100 patients per-day for X-ray, and only two or three for MRI, as the cost of operating the equipment is simply too high for most patients. You’ll get an extremely broad range of experience while working here and see things that will change the way you see radiology forever.
Working in Pokhara’s hospitals and clinics is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget. But to get a better grasp of the broader picture of Pokhara’s healthcare system, you’ll need to go further afield. On this once in a lifetime experience you’ll travel into the mountains to live in a remote village on the slopes of the Himalayan foothills. You’ll live with our charming host family who will welcome you into the community, and in the mornings work in a local health unit. In the afternoons you’ll take part in a range of cultural activities including traditional Nepalese cooking lessons, mountain temple hikes, milking buffalos, visiting the local shaman and more.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is one of the more recent additions to our lineup. It’s the second of our two destinations in Nepal, and while it does have the typical traits of a Nepalese city, it is very distinct from our base in Pokhara. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, and as such the city is alive with activity both day and night. Wild monkeys roam the city looking for easy meals, bikes speed through the narrow dusty streets, and temples can be found around every corner filled with Buddhist monks chanting daily prayers. Head into the mountains and you’ll find paragliding, white-water rafting, hiking, and more.
Kathmandu is a vibrant city that manages to balance old and new with an artful subtlety. Picture ageing cars and bikes zipping through the old, dusty streets as pedestrians fearlessly cross through traffic to reach the bustling markets on the other side. Temples can be found all over this ancient city, and walking between them makes for a fascinating day out. In the evening you can head across to Thamel to quench your thirst and sate your hunger in the districts many welcoming bars and restaurants. For adventure the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains with paragliding, white-water rafting, hiking, mountain climbing, and more should be your first port of call.
Compared to other institutions in the developing world, our government-run partner institutions in Kathmandu are well equipped. This means the experience you’ll get working here will be exceptional. Typically there are around 50 patients for USG, 15 for CT scans, up to 150 patients for X-ray and around 8 patients for MRI scans per day. These numbers are higher than in private hospitals in Kathmandu, as these services are offered at a reasonable rate in comparison. You’ll have the chance to get involved in as many of these areas as you like, just be willing to learn and opportunities will present themselves.
While your experience in Kathmandu’s hospitals will be second to none, in order to comprehend the bigger picture, we strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to head out to a remote mountain village to live and work with the local community. You’ll stay with our host family, and in the mornings, work in a community health outpost alongside a primary healthcare team treating people from the village. In the afternoons, accompanied by your local guide, you’ll try your hand at beekeeping, traditional Nepalese cooking lessons, milking buffalos, hiking to hidden mountain temples and more.
Philippines - Dumaguete
Dumaguete is situated on a tropical island in the middle of the Philippines, which makes it an excellent place to go regardless of the reason for your visit. On one side of the city you’ll find 800 hectares of tropical jungle, and on the other a magnificent coastline with beautiful beaches and aquamarine waters. Here you can walk along the boulevard and head down to the beach located 15 minutes from our private house, sample the local delicacies served up by street food vendors, enjoy live music in the local bars, and more. If you’re feeling adventurous you can trek through the jungle, visit witchdoctors, go diving, and beyond.
Dumaguete was once a small fishing village, but has become a cultural center renowned in the Philippines and around the world. The city has everything you’d expect of a cosmopolitan hub, but with a Filipino twist. You’ll find trendy bars, international restaurants, craft shops, boutique bakeries and more. But head beyond the city limits and you’ll come upon an entirely different world. You can expect to go jungle trekking to adventure reserves, wildlife spotting, swimming in waterfalls, swimming with whale sharks, and a lot more.
As a radiography intern you’ll get exceptional clinical experience in Dumaguete. We’ve built close relationships with our partner hospitals in the city to ensure you can get stuck in where it matters most to you. The busy Radiology Unit will take you back to basics and allow you to work with old-style X-rays using film. You’ll work in the hospital’s dark room to develop the negatives you take with the unit’s machines, then learn how to interpret the finished sheets. Of course this is but a small sample of what you’ll be involved in, so get in touch today to find out more.
While your experience in Dumaguete will show you a large cross section of the Filipino healthcare system, to understand the bigger picture, you’ll need to go further afield. Living with our host family in a rural setting on an offshore island, you’ll spend time in local clinics assisting in treating patients from the local community. Your afternoons will be spent with your personal guide who will introduce you to local culture and customs, as well as take you for a BBQ on the guardhouse patio of a protected reef (a building on stilts out to sea), crab collecting with locals among the mangroves and more.
Philippines - Iloilo
Iloilo is the perfect place if you like tropical beaches, warm seas and long sunny days. Go diving off the coast to peer into a colourful underwater world, join in the regular festivals that take place across the island, take a tour of the city’s best street food vendors, and in the evenings make your way to the local bars for a great night out. As a medic you’ll experience a diverse placement with a strong emphasis on getting involved. You’ll work across a range of departments, both specialised and general, observing medical practices in a healthcare system entirely different from your own.
As far as the Philippines go, Iloilo is one of our two favorite cities. It’s on a tropical island and opportunities for adventure here are limitless. Climb aboard a boat and go whale watching off Cebu’s coast, head into the jungle and experience being ‘cooked alive’ in a kawa hot bath, or head over to Boracay to worship the sun on the island’s award-winning beaches. The city is home to a huge number of eateries including everything from fine dining to street food vendors. There are also plenty of bars for entertainment in the evenings. Whatever you choose to do in Iloilo, you surely won’t forget it.
In our partner hospital's busy unit you’ll work alongside specialists using techniques that will be largely unfamiliar to you. For example the department has three X-ray machines, but they all use film rather than digital technology, meaning you’ll use the hospital’s dark room to develop the images using much older practices. You’ll see orthopaedic patients, patients from internal medicine, cardio, patients with pulmonary diseases (resulting from the high number of smokers in the country), and more. As far as radiology goes, there are two ECG machines, 2-dimensional echo machines, and an array of other diagnostic imaging to explore.
To complement your placement in Iloilo’s comparatively busy city hospitals, we’re offering you the chance to get out of town to live and work in a remote setting, helping you understand the bigger picture. You’ll stay on an offshore island with our hosts from the Ati tribe whose house is inhabited by a sizeable family that includes a number of excitable children and the occasional stray duck. The healthcare placement is comprised of five busy mornings working in both a small rural healthcare center and an under-resourced district hospital. In the afternoons you’ll join in a number of activities covering everything from barbecues to island hopping and beyond.
Ghana - Takoradi
Ghana is one of our most popular destinations, and based in the dynamic coastal city of Takoradi, it’s easy to see why. Africa’s west coast is stunning, and as Takoradi is a bustling port city, there’s always something interesting going on. There are stretches of golden beach lined with bars and eateries, where you can sit and watch ships sail in. Or you can walk to the many the quaint shoreline fishing villages to observe local fishermen doing what they do best. The decaying colonial forts lining the coast make for a fascinating history lesson, and the views from the top are breathtaking. Radiographers who choose to work in Ghana will experience a diverse placement in a busy ward, observing everything from ureothograms to tuberculosis.
Ghana presents the best of Africa’s west coast. Get back in touch with nature and enjoy a forest canopy walk, swim in the cooling pools found by the Volta region’s waterfalls that pour into one another, observe life in a modern leper colony, track elephants in Mole Game Park, marvel at the houses on Axim beach that are elevated from the sand by wooden stilts, and much more. After a long day on the wards, take the short walk to the beach, get a drink from the bar, and watch the sun go down.
Although not as well equipped as department's at home, there are plenty of opportunities to work with X-ray and ultrasound in our main partner hospital. Patients are referred either directly from within the hospital or from smaller centers and clinics in the surrounding areas, so you’ll stay busy working on a wide range of conditions. You can expect to observe ureothograms, fistusograms, hysterosalpingograms, barium meals, IVU, fractures, tuberculosis, chest problems, and more.
Working in busy city hospitals and clinics is an incredible experience by itself. But if you want a true taste of rural healthcare, head with us to a remote coastal village where you’ll stay with our host family, and work in an extremely low resource environment. Clinical experience will be based around working with medical professionals in the mornings to treat the local community. In the afternoons you’ll learn about culture, cooking and tradition, hike to nearby villages, and enjoy relaxing on tourist-free beaches that stretch on for miles.
Peru - Arequipa
Peru is a new destination for 2015, and is already proving to be one of the most exciting placement locations we offer. The city of Arequipa, where we’re based, is full of life and combines old architecture with modern culture. Bars, restaurants, museums, and more give Arequipa a cosmopolitan feel, yet core traditions are still religiously practiced in most areas. Head out of the city and you can trek through the Amazon jungle, visit villages on the banks of an ancient lake, watch nesting condors fly as you hike around a giant canyon and more. Radiographers who choose Arequipa will work Peru’s first ever Radiology Department and observe Oncological practices in a new light.
Peru has a deep history and culture, yet the city of Arequipa where we’re based has a distinctly modern edge that meshes neatly with the old-world architecture. Arequipa enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine every year, perfect weather for the lively and colorful festivals that regularly pop up without warning. There are also many bars and restaurants in the city for when the mood strikes. Head out of the city to find lake Titicaca and explore the floating villages at its center, walk the narrow paths of San Camillo market to find beautiful handmade crafts, and hike to the top of a mountain to discover the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu on the experience of a lifetime.
The Radiology Department in our partner hospital was the very first of its kind in all of Peru. It has a very positive reputation with both its patients and the broader community. Working here you’ll gain experience with a range of equipment, including in the X-ray department that serves the entire hospital. As you’ll notice, cancer is one of the most prominent illnesses in Peru. As such, the Oncology Unit in the hospital is one of the busiest. Radiology here will work in a multi-disciplinary environment, with doctors, nurses and more to help diagnose cancers across the spectrum.
Peru is primarily a Spanish speaking country. While some people do indeed speak English, we highly recommend you have a good level of Spanish to help you get the most from your placement. Our in country Spanish course will bring you up to speed on everything you need to know to help you get ahead. The course has been tailored specifically to radiology, meaning all your small group lessons will be geared towards terminology you’ll be using every day in the hospital. There will also be clinical role-play sessions focusing on situations that will likely occur on your placement. No boring grammar drills, just fun, practical language that you can use right away.
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