With the exception of Mexico and Peru (where we ask that all students & professionals display a basic conversational level of Spanish and enthusiasm for learning the language), you don’t need to be able to speak the local language. However, learning a few everyday phrases can really help you build relationships with hospital staff and get the most from your internship!
With years of experience customizing overseas internships, we’ve developed the ultimate language support. Once you’ve registered with us, you’ll get access to comprehensive language guides and accompanying videos to help you find your feet.
To give you an even deeper understanding of the local language and customs, a language teacher will provide language lessons—twice-weekly—in the Work the World house. Designed with your clinical internship in mind, these language lessons are an added bonus to help you get to grips with clinical words and phrases. By making an effort with the local language you’ll demonstrate your commitment to your internship and earn the respect of your hospital supervisors. Which, in turn, will help open up new opportunities and experiences during your time overseas.
In the hospitals and clinics we partner with, most senior consultants are required to study in English-speaking countries as part of their learning. So, they’re likely to have a good level of English.
Staff in the Work the World houses, of course, speak English exceptionally well.