Step into a world where hospital funding is so limited that patient records are still written by hand and X-ray machines are few and far between. Even latex gloves have to be washed and reused.
With us, you can travel to the developing world to experience what it’s like to be placed in a hospital that has neither the manpower, nor the modern equipment that you’re used to back home.
With your personal goals in mind, we can create a placement that checks every box.
Live and work in exotic locations. Strengthen your resume with completely unique clinical experience in your field. Build your confidence and communication skills working in new environments. Make friends and new contacts from all over the world.
Where Can You Go?
We have programs in:
- The Philippines
- Sri Lanka
Who Are these Internships For?
If you’re on a clinical hospital-based course or are already qualified, you’re eligible.
Here are the disciplines we cater to (both students and qualified professionals):
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
We cannot offer programs to pre-med students.
If you’re not sure if one of our placements is for you, please just get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page, or by calling our toll-free number: 1-877-879-8811
How Does It Work?
We offer complete support from the moment you get in touch with us, right up until you return home from your trip.
First, talk with our team about what you’d like to achieve and where you’re interested in traveling. They’ll then reserve your spot on the program that suits you best (spaces are limited). From that moment on, we’ll work directly with you to plan your perfect placement with all your needs in mind. These experiences are completely customized to you.
We’ll organize everything from where you’ll be staying to who your supervisor in the hospital will be.
You’ll get immediate access to MyTrip, our online internship portal. This is an interactive hub that will help guide you through the pre-departure process. This includes information about your housemates, the hospital you’ll be interning at, tips about local culture, visa information, an interactive pre-trip timeline — the list goes on.
When you arrive, our team will meet you at the airport and take you to one of our famous Work the World houses. Each house is private — for Work the World travelers only — and staffed by an experienced team.
Over the course of the first couple of days, we’ll give you a tour of the house, prepare a welcome meal for you and your new housemates, take you on a local area orientation to show you all the hotspots, help you get a local phone or sim card, and introduce you to the hospital department staff you’ll be working with.
From the Program Manager arranging your hospital experience, to your chef preparing your meals, we’ve got everything covered.
You can read more about our private accommodation here.
All our programs take place in our partner hospitals. We have thoroughly vetted them all, and now have strong relationships with each of them.
The clinical opportunities within the hospitals are endless. If you’re proactive, you’ll return home with stories you’d otherwise be unable to tell. Instead of listening to us, why not hear it directly from people who’ve already experienced a World the World placement:
“The staff on the Psychiatric Wards were lovely, and as interested in me and my work back home as I was in them and theirs. The consultant I worked with was fantastic. He took me under his wing and treated me as a trainee psychiatrist. He explained patients’ cases to me, asked my opinion and got me to explain how I came to my conclusions. Working closely with this consultant really advanced my skills.” — Shannon Flowers, Sri Lanka
“I was able to observe multiple cases of cervical cancer so advanced that the cervical appearance in these cases would not feature on a grading scale back home, because it would never go undetected for so long. This was fascinating as a scholar, but hard to observe on a personal level.” — Kate Van Berkel
“Out of all the departments I rotated through, my time in the Emergency Department was particularly memorable. I found that there were greater differences there between the UK and Nepal than there had been in surgery. Some particularly memorable cases included snake bites, typhoid, and organophosphate poisoning—the type of thing that I have never seen in hospital at home. We were encouraged to get involved with the team and assist with examinations and procedures, which was good. All of this helped me to gain an appreciation of what it is like to work in an under-resourced hospital such as the one I was in.” — Tom Noteman, Nepal
“Going back to basics has not only made me a better radiographer, but a better person. What I experienced has changed my perspective of what it means to be a healthcare professional completely. As cheesy as this may sound, being in an African hospital helping cancer patients and teaching them about the disease has completely changed my view of the world. The things that I was exposed to and witnessed will never leave my memory and I now truly appreciate what it means to live in a wealthy country.” – Julia Mooney, Tanzania
If you want to read more stories like these click here.
Of course, you won’t spend all of your time in the hospital. There’s a big wide country out there waiting to be explored. Your afternoons, evenings and weekends are yours to do whatever you like with. Most people will take weekend trips to do things like safari in Tanzania, swimming in the tropical blue waters of Zanzibar island, or living with the Maasai tribe in Ghana.
Checking off bucket list items is easy on a Work the World placement.
Some people even add extra weeks before or after their hospital placement to do some more in-depth traveling.
You can browse all our destinations here.
A final thought
An overseas clinical internship is the kind of experience you should grab while you have the chance. It shows that you’re serious about your field and know how to make the most of a great opportunity when it comes along. It’s experiences like this that could be the difference between falling flat and making the cut.
To secure a spot on one of our placements, fill out the short inquiry form.