Our base in Phnom Penh is home to Southeast Asian culture at its most striking. Brightly painted wooden boats adorn the banks of the Mekong River, Buddhist monks in saffron robes offer prayers, and the aromas of local cuisines provide an intoxicating feast for the senses. Outside the capital, discover ancient Hindu temples nestled deep in the jungle, beautiful coastline, and lush national parks.

The Work The World House

The Work the World house is a central part of your experience and your home from home in Phnom Penh. You’ll be living with other healthcare students from around the world, and that gives the house a friendly social buzz.

The Phnom Penh house is only a short tuk tuk ride from the Mekong River. You can actually get from the Work the World house to the centre of the city in a matter of minutes.

After placement, jump on a dragon boat tour along the river, visit a temple or two, explore the night markets to try the best street food you’ve ever eaten, and then hit the bars and clubs in the nightlife district.

The Work the World house itself is in a quiet residential street. After a busy day on placement it offers the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodaing all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for extra peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Before your internship officially begins, our team in Phnom Penh will take you to your placement hospital. It’s an informal visit where you’ll meet your assigned supervisors and other department staff. The idea is for you to acclimatise to the new environment.

Our team will continue to visit you in the hospital. This is to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Your in-country supervisors will be expecting your arrival. Make an honest effort to get to know them, they’ll offer up insights that only an experienced local practitioner can.

When it comes to support, we’ve got everything covered. We’re there for you right the way through your clinical internship.

Healthcare Internships in Cambodia

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Internships in Phnom Penh

Medical Internships, Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Medical Internships

A medical internship in Cambodia is an excellent choice if you want to broaden your clinical expertise. In our partner hospital, you’ll observe how resourceful staff have become having adapted to a debilitating lack of resources. You’ll also encounter cases that, for a variety of reasons, you’re unfamiliar with. We offer an exceptional variety of internship options in Phnom Penh. You can choose to spend time in a range of departments, including emergency and OBG.

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Nursing Internships

You’ll gain experience across a range of departments, in some cases assisting in the treatment of conditions including malaria, influenza, diarrhea, tuberculosis, and HIV. Thanks to a diversity of cases and a lack of resources, you’ll observe practices and techniques that you may never have seen before. As a result, you’ll gain entirely new perspectives on delivering healthcare. Cambodia is a great choice if you want to understand the realities nurses face in a developing healthcare system.

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Midwifery Internships, Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Midwifery Internships

On your midwifery internship in Cambodia, you’ll spend time in our partner hospital found in the country’s capital. The labor ward sees a considerable number of births, which gives you a greater chance to see a more diverse range of cases than you would at home. When it comes to the cases themselves, you’ll almost certainly see some birthing complications, and see how HIV affects both mother and baby. Through it all, you’ll see how staff employ creativity to make up for the severe lack of resources.

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Physical Therapy Internships, Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Physical Therapy Internships

Undertake your physical therapy internship in Cambodia and you will find out how local staff treat a high volume of patients with limited resources. You’ll learn how these staff develop treatment plans for local patients presenting conditions ranging from meningitis to cerebral palsy. Making life that much harder, the physical therapy team often have no choice but to use hand-made and outdated equipment.

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Paramedicine Internships, Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Paramedicine Internships

Find out what it’s like to be an paramedic student abroad in our partner hospital in Cambodia. The ED here is understaffed and therefore busy. Local staff face another disadvantage — the lack of equipment here means doctors and nurses have to improvise many treatments. Worsening matters, bed space is at a premium in the department. You might even see patients laying in mattresses on the floor. Patients present with a broad range of cases, so you could see COPD, attempted suicides and everything in between.

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Radiology Internships, Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Radiology Internships

On a radiology Internship in Cambodia, you’ll learn that the realities of healthcare in the developing world can be confronting. But you’ll also discover how rapidly the field of radiology has developed in recent years. The department often uses older equipment, so you could learn how to process X-ray film in the hospital’s darkroom. You’ll shadow specialists on ward rounds, and assist in imaging and diagnosing a range of cases. This internship will help you fulfil your potential as a professional radiologist.

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Pharmacy Internships, Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Pharmacy Internships

A pharmacy internship in Phnom Penh will highlight the challenges of delivering healthcare in a way that staying at home simply couldn’t. You’ll spend time in multiple dispensaries encountering a range of unfamiliar cases. You’ll also shadow specialists on ward rounds and get insight into patients’ medication plans, developing both your personal and professional skills.

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Complement your main internship in the city by undertaking this optional week in a rural Cambodian village. In the morning, you’ll spend time in a local health outpost where you can see how local staff treat patients from the surrounding areas. In the afternoons, you’ll experience rural Cambodian life, learning local silk weaving techniques, cooking Khmer dishes, receiving blessings from the local Buddhist monk, visiting vast rice paddies, and touring the local wildlife rescue centre and Chisor Mountain Temple.

Indigenous Cambodian woman selling fish in a market.
Summer seascape on tropical island Koh Rong in  Cambodia. Landscape of south east Asia.

"It was a lovely tradition to be involved with and the family were always very appreciative."

Stephanie Marsh, Bournemouth University 2020

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"The patients’ family members would often sleep on the floor under the beds!"

Niamh Temple, University of Hertfordshire 2019

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"This trip has been the most life-changing experience and it has taught me so much."

Millie Cronin, University of Brighton 2019

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"I chose Cambodia due to its diverse culture and how different the healthcare system is."

Alice Hardisty, University of Gloucestershire 2019

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"Gloves were used as tourniquets rather than wearing them during tasks to prevent infection."

Niamh Butler, University of Manchester 2019

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