WHY WORK THE WORLD?

Dental internships abroad allow you to spend time with local dentists, immersed in an overseas hospital setting. You could see unfamiliar dental practises, advanced oral conditions, and see how a lack of resource affects the provision of care. There’s no better way to gain insight into global health than to experience it yourself.

With regards to personal development you will develop confidence, build on your communication skills, and see things from a new perspective. As an added bonus, your resume will look amazing.

While overseas, you'll stay in the catered, private accommodation managed by our overseas teams. Our teams deliver 24/7 support both in and out of the hospital environment, which ensures you get the best clinical experience through this internship for dental students.

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FLEXIBLE, SUPPORTED INTERNSHIPS

Customize your internship — Pick a destination and select the departments you want to experience—every detail is customizable.

Travel flexibility — Travel at your convenience and for as long or as short as you need—dental internships start from two weeks and extend to suit every budget and schedule.

Total support throughout —  You will experience our extensive pre-departure process, where we provide assistance with everything from entry visa applications to advising on what you should pack.

Guaranteed internships — You will get comprehensive hospital and department information, including timelines and itineraries, long before you travel.

OVERSEAS SUPPORT

 

Upon your arrival, a member of the team will be waiting to greet you at the airport. You will head together to the Work the World house—your secure, private, catered accommodation.

 

The team will take you on a city orientation, helping you to acclimatise and setting you up with essentials like local currency and a local SIM for your cell phone. Next is your hospital orientation, where we introduce you to staff in your chosen departments.

 

Your in-house catering team will cook your breakfast and dinner, and clinically-focused language lessons will help you get the best possible experience in your internship hospital. Work the World houses are social settings, and you’ll live with college students from a range of disciplines from around the world.

 

Internships run from Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekends free to explore the country you’ve chosen.

HOW TO REGISTER

There’s no application process and no interview—as long as you’re on or have completed your first year of dental school, you’re eligible to travel.

Get in touch with our experts and we’ll help you find your best suited destination. The next step is to officially register—we will confirm your internship within 24 hours of you doing so. And that’s it, your internship on the program is secured.

From then, you’ll get access to our team and online internship planner. The planner contains extensive information about your destination and internship. It also acts an interactive timeline detailing the steps in the run up to your trip.

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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.

 

A significant number of people in Mexico exhibit signs of periodontal disease — a fact that reflects the limited access the population has to preventative treatments as standard. Procedures like restorations and fillings are of course performed here, but many patients present late, meaning many cases will prove more severe than you’ll be used to at home.

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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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 dental 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 dental 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.

 

While dental shadowing abroad in Pokhara, 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 spending time 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 dental 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 dental internship here, you could gain experience 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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"I saw quite a few cases that I had only learned about in textbooks up until this placement."

Mohamad Abu Sharkh, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry 2018

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"Ghana does have many of the same treatments available as we do at home, but many people cannot afford it."

Tess Everatt, University of Sheffield 2018

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"The resilience of the patients—and the people of Tanzania in general—astounded me."

Tessa Jensen, University of Adelaide 2018

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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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