Why go overseas

The clinical experiences you’ll have on an overseas dentistry internship simply can’t be matched at home. Limited resources and basic equipment are just some of the challenges you’ll face, and you’ll be treating conditions that are more advanced than you’d normally see at home.

For over a decade, we’ve tailored dental internships around the world. We’ve developed close partnerships with all the hospitals we work with, giving us the flexibility to completely customize every aspect of your experience, and offer structured supervision from local professionals throughout. Everything in-country is managed by our local teams. These expert teams provide 24/7 support and carry out ongoing reviews to make sure you’re completely happy with your experience.

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How it works

The expertise we’re known for will help you make the best possible decision when it comes to which country you want to travel to. Every detail of your placement is then customized to match your specific interests. Whether it’s maxillofacial surgery, dental radiology or beyond, tell us which areas you’d like to experience and we’ll tailor a placement that’s personal to you.

We put a huge amount of work into planning and organizing your internship. You can track every stage and find out how your plans are progressing, using our online placement planner — MyTrip. It contains personalized information about everything in the run up to your trip.

TEAM AND ACCOMMODATION 

From the moment you arrive to the day you leave, our in-country management team are on hand to provide 24/7 support. When you arrive, they’ll meet you at the airport and accompany you to the World of Work house. You’ll get to meet the whole team during your welcome briefing, and they’ll take you on a tour of the local area and on a trip to the hospital you’ll be working in.

 

Safe, spacious and sociable, you’ll feel right at home in one of our private, catered houses. Meals are provided by an in-house chef, cleaning is taken care of by a housekeeper, and language lessons are provided twice a week by a local teacher. You’ll be living with other students from a range of different disciplines, so expect a sociable atmosphere with lots of opportunity to travel the country on weekends. The house will make the perfect base for the duration of your trip.

in the hospital 

Before your placement gets started, we’ll take you to the hospital or clinic and introduce you to the staff you’ll be working alongside, ready for your first day. During your placement, you could observe unfamiliar dental practises, different cultural attitudes towards the provision of care and advanced oral conditions. Our in-country teams review your experience in real-time, going out of their way to ensure you’re 100% satisfied. Internships for dental students and professionals run from Monday to Friday, with evenings and weekends free to explore the local area and travel the country.

Our sole commitment is to delivering premium placements that are of exceptional quality, so you can be assured you’ll be in expert care from the moment you join us. Dental Internships abroad rarely offer the opportunities ours do. 

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DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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Merida is the cultural capital of Mexico with striking colonial architecture, lush central plazas and bustling boulevards. In the evenings, the city transforms with restaurants and bars in full swing. Beyond the city, you’ll dive in beautiful underwater caves or ‘cenotes’, relax on tropical beaches, and visit breathtaking Mayan temples.

 

Dealing especially with expectant mothers and infant pediatric cases, we’ve partnered with a specialist maternity hospital in Merida. The number of beds here is limited, making the wards busy. This high patient number means you’ll gain insight into a number of cases that afflict pregnant women in low-resource environments. You’ll see how resourceful local specialists are when it comes to handling intrapartum complications, such as breech births.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is the bustling capital city of Zambia. While here you can visit any number of the country’s 20 game parks and see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah. You can even canoe along the shore of the great Zambezi river to watch hippos wading. Immersing yourself in the rich local cultures and traditions so ingrained in Zambian tribal culture is a highlight.

 

The only hospital in the city where patients can receive free or low-cost treatments is the one we’re partnered with. Most standard procedures are performed in the chairs here — restorations and fillings for example — but public information about oral hygiene is lacking. This means you’re more likely to see cases more severe than you’re used to at home. Observing maxillofacial surgeries is also possible here.

Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is home to an ancient culture, ornate temples, and is surrounded by a natural beauty ripe for exploration. Here you can trek through jungles to hidden stupas, leap from the world’s highest bungee platform, and go on elephant safaris.

 

On a Dentistry Internship here you could get involved in everything from routine check-ups to abscess surgeries. Show enthusiasm and opportunities across Maxillofacial, Prosthodontics, and Endodontics could also appear. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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While Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s second largest city, it happens to be surrounded by game parks, mountains, forests, and warm seas. While here, be sure to go on safari, and stop by the tropical island of Zanzibar for sun, sand, sea, and the occasional beach barbecue.

 

Oral health issues are commonplace in Tanzania, due to contaminated water and a lack of oral health education. So, on a Dentistry Internship here you could be assisting specialists with a range of complex cases relating to oral surgery, pathology and general medicine. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara encircles an immense green lake, and has everything from ancient temples to reggae bars. At the feet of the Himalayan mountains you can go paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting. Exploring winding market streets will show you another side of the city altogether.

 

On a Dentistry Internship here you could get insight into how specialists in low resource settings handle maxillofacial trauma, battle gum diseases, and repair cleft palates. You could also be working in Dental Radiology, diagnosing range of oral issues. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Kandy’s ancient culture has left its mark on the city, with time-worn shrines and ornate Buddhist temples lining its streets. The city’s outskirts are also home to wildlife like elephants, jaguars, and leopards, making a jungle safari a must-do.

 

On your Dentistry Internship you could be assisting local specialists in busy departments, witnessing how the lack of resources impacts patient care here. You could also have the chance to see cases of oral cancer, the treatment of which will open your eyes to the developing nature of this field. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi offers a welcoming West African atmosphere to all. The town is a thriving port community with markets, bars, and restaurants aplenty. The area is also abundant in natural beauty — think safaris, hikes to jungle waterfalls, and trips remote village.

 

On a Dentistry Internship here, you could be working with oral conditions uncommon in the developed world. Spend time in the Pediatric Dentistry Department and you’ll come to understand the challenges faced by local professionals when treating conditions like pulpitis, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Not only is Arequipa rich in history and culture, but it’s also surrounded by some of South America’s most beautiful landscapes. Trek through the Amazon, boat across floating villages, and visit the world famous Machu Picchu.

 

Preventative Dental Care is becoming more common in Peru, so you’ll have the privilege of witnessing practices developing from their infancy. Referrals from surrounding clinics and hospitals will mean you could also encounter cases of severe decay, cavities, and other advanced oral diseases. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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Arusha is situated inland from Africa’s East Coast. If watching lions on safari or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro sound like things you want to try, this is the destination for you.

 

Clinically speaking, you’ll discover that a lack of oral health education means you’ll see advanced pathologies and severe decay in our partner hospital’s fast-paced Dentistry Department. Show initiative on a Dental Internship here and you could be assisting specialists, gaining insight into the limitations faced in the developing world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.

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Dental treatment in Arusha, Tanzania

"Have a keen and open mind, as you are joining a completely different culture".

Danielle Cook, Columbia University 2014

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Swan's Review of his Dental Internship in Nepal

"The experience taught me how to work around limited resources and making the most out of them".

Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014

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Mengzhu's Review of her Dental Internship in Dar es Salaam

I was exposed to more oral surgery at this clinic in ten days than in my entire fourth year at dental school

Mengzhu Wang, Griffith University 2014

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Suman's Review of his Dental Elective in Nepal

My elective in Nepal was an experience of a lifetime, which was only made possible by the immense help from WTW

Suman Suppayah, University of Sheffield 2014

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Rachel's Review of her Dental Internship in Pokhara

We got hands on experience, such as the chance to do fillings, extractions, x-ray taking and assisting in biopsy taking

Rachel Otukoya, University of Sheffield 2014

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