WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS EMT INTERNSHIP WITH WORK THE WORLD?

An emergency medical technician internship abroad is a placement undertaken in a low-resource, high-patient volume hospital in the developing world.

You’ll see just how different from your own a healthcare system can be. And you’ll see conditions and practices you’ve never encountered.

It’s worth noting that paramedics and ambulance services are luxuries of the developed world. Your role in our destinations is focused more on emergency medicine.

You’ll see how local staff deal with emergency cases with limited resources, learn how sociocultural issues affect how care is delivered (there’s less of a sense of urgency in some destinations), and see practises that you just won’t see at home, like manual intubation.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN EMT INTERNSHIP ABROAD?

We’ve designed our internships to help set you (and your resumé) apart from all the other EMT students who graduate every year.

On one of our EMT internships you’ll:

  • Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set
  • Develop your confidence and resourcefulness
  • Build your personal and professional network
  • Sharpen your verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Become more attractive to employers

The best part is that your hospital placement runs Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekends free. That means you have plenty of time to go and explore whichever country you’ve chosen.

WHO ARE WE?

We're Work the World — Recognized experts in planning, customizing, and building EMT and paramedic internships abroad. Founded in 2005, we've created internships for over 13,000+ students from more than 400 universities all over the world.

 

We provide a personal, end-to-end service that includes:

 

Internship customization (choose your destination and your areas of clinical interest) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation

 

Arrivals are every Sunday, 52 weeks a year, with durations from two weeks upwards.

 

For more detail about how our service works click here.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

You can go on an EMT internship abroad if:

  • You are enrolled in an EMT certification program or are training to become a paramedic
  • You have graduated with a EMT certification or paramedic education program

WHERE DO I START?

The first step is talking to our team. Our experts are here to answer your questions, give you advice on which destination is best suited to you, and to get your place secured.

Click below to inquire now, or use our live chat during opening hours.

DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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You’ll get a totally different experience in Merida. The ED here is one of the oldest in the city, and  extremely busy — patient wait times go up to and past 24 hours, and doctors carry out treatments in the waiting chairs and corridors. RTAs are common here, so are heart attacks and strokes among others. There’s a pediatric ED here too. If you visit, you’ll see everything from respiratory conditions to premature births.

Vietnam - Hue
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On your internship in Vietnam you’ll spend time in a teaching hospital. In the hospital’s ED you’ll see RTA’s, trauma, and cases of unfamiliar tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever. A lot of patients travel in from Vietnam’s most rural areas, so you’ll see that the patient demographic is mixed. This placement is unique in that Vietnamese hospitals use modern practices alongside more traditional approaches. You’ll see treatments you’ve never seen before.

Zambia - Lusaka
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On your internship in Zambia, you’ll spend your time in a busy ED. You’ll see cases of severe malaria, serious burns, injuries sustained through manual labor, and cases of domestic abuse. Resources are scarce in Lusaka. Practices may be less familiar — manual intubation is an example. The ED is split across four admissions areas, but patient numbers are huge. This is an eye-opening placement, and immensely rewarding as a result.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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You’ll see a huge volume of emergencies in the fast-paced ED in our partner hospital in Cambodia. Resources here are limited — patients share beds, and staff often can’t afford to change gloves between patients. It’s not uncommon to see two or three surgeries going on at the same time in the same theatre. You’ll see emergencies like cardiac arrests, COPD, injuries caused by fighting, drug and alcohol abuse, and even attempted suicides.

Philippines - Iloilo
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Do your EMT internship in the Philippines and spend time in the ED, OBG emergency, and surgery. To give you some sense of scale, the ED here serves the whole island. You’ll start to see differences in both practice and resource from day one. Manual intubation is one example, and a lack of anesthesia is another. Patients typically present much later than you’re probably used to. And family members undertake a lot of bedside and general care — bagging for example. You’ll see cases of respiratory failure, gastroenteritis, burns, rabies, hernias, and hyperglycemia.

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Peru - Arequipa
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In Peru you can see how disorders arising from poor sanitation, and cases of cross contamination come about. The ED in our partner hospital is a primary inlet for patients in some of the city’s most economically disadvantaged areas. First, patients are triaged. Than they’re sent to one of five emergency areas; OBG, surgery, pediatrics, trauma, general medicine, or the critical observation room. You’ll see familiar cases like domestic abuse, assault, suicide attempts, and tuberculosis. And you’ll see unfamiliar cases like TB.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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In Dar es Salaam, experience in the ED is a given, but you can also spend time in surgery. You do your internship here in a national referral hospital that hosts the city’s main ED. That means you’ll often see critical emergency cases. This is the only department of its kind in Tanzania, so some cases come from hundreds of miles away to be seen — this altogether redefines the idea of an ‘emergency’. You’ll see a lot of variance; sepsis (and multi-organ failure), acute respiratory distress syndrome, cerebral malaria, metabolic disorders, polytrauma, blunt trauma, and penetrating trauma too.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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On your EMT internship in Ghana, you’ll be focused on assisting with emergency care. Common cases include: RTAs, hernias, ectopias, hypo- and hyperglycemia, severe diarrhea, convulsions, and fractures. Certain sociocultural factors in Ghana affect how emergency care is delivered. So, there’s much less urgency in the ED than you’re familiar with. There’s a lack of resources here too, and that means local staff have to get creative with what they do have.

Nepal - Pokhara
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On your EMT internship in Nepal, you’ll see big differences in how things are done compared to what you’ve learned. There’s a lack of patient privacy, limited infection control, and doctors take patients’ socioeconomic circumstances into account when making diagnoses. If a patient goes into the OR, you can follow them in and observe the procedure. Remember that this hospital only uses its ambulances in very serious emergency situations. If a patient needs life support while being transported, for example. Or during an emergency labor, or in the event of mass casualties.

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"The economic burden had an enormous impact on the local healthcare system’s availability to deliver the 'gold standard' care I was used to seeing in the UK."

Cody Thorndyke, University of East Anglia 2018

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"I had the best 3 weeks of my life, and I cannot wait to do it all over again."

Amber Sheldon, University of East Anglia 2018

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