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.
- Discover the ancient vine-clad temples of Angkor Wat
- Visit Koh Rong island for white sands and crystal seas
- Browse trinkets and brands alike at the Russian Market
- Trek deep into the jungles of the Cardamom Mountains
- Spot Tropical wildlife in Botum Sakor National Park
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.
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.
Book with confidence
We understand that the global situation is evolving every day. So now when you register for your overseas placement with Work the World, you can make unlimited changes to your travel dates, or your choice of destination.
Internships in Phnom Penh
VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK
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.
"It was a lovely tradition to be involved with and the family were always very appreciative."
Stephanie Marsh, Bournemouth University 2020Read more
"The patients’ family members would often sleep on the floor under the beds!"
Niamh Temple, University of Hertfordshire 2019Read more
"This trip has been the most life-changing experience and it has taught me so much."
Millie Cronin, University of Brighton 2019Read more
"I chose Cambodia due to its diverse culture and how different the healthcare system is."
Alice Hardisty, University of Gloucestershire 2019Read more
"Gloves were used as tourniquets rather than wearing them during tasks to prevent infection."
Niamh Butler, University of Manchester 2019Read more