I am a practicing professional — is a Work the World placement suitable for me?

Midwifery Elective in Arusha, TanzaniaWe customize every element of your experience. With that in mind, there is almost certainly a Work the World placement with your name on it.

You might be a graduate in-between college and your first job. Or maybe you've been practicing for a couple of years, but want to do something a bit different.

Either way, you can choose the destination you want to travel to, the kind of hospital you want to attend, and the departments you want to get experience in.

To find out if a Work the World placement is what you had in mind, browse the sections below to learn about the core elements of a Work the World internship.

What exactly is an overseas healthcare internship?

An overseas healthcare internship is a clinical placement you undertake in a fast-paced, under-resourced hospital in a low-income country.

You’ll see a healthcare system totally different from your own, and get experience with conditions and practices you’ve never seen before as well experience with global health.

Going in with the right mindset

Dentistry students with their supervisors in Arusha, TanzaniaOur overseas healthcare placements are not volunteering experiences, nor are they medical missions.

You are, first and foremost, a guest in an unfamiliar healthcare system. You’re there to learn how local professionals deal with local issues, and to share how things work in your home country.

You won’t have your own patients but you can expect to assist and learn from local healthcare staff. 

Please also be aware that we arrange for local (English speaking) practicing professionals to supervise your placement day-to-day. 

Global hospital partners

PLACEMENTOne of the many benefits you’ll enjoy as part of a Work the World placement is choosing from hospitals including:

Large government hospitals | Tertiary referral centres | Teaching hospitals | Maternity hospitals | Pediatric hospitals |Cancer hospitals | Modern private hospitals | Community clinics

We can even arrange for you to live in rural tribal villages, helping treat local patients.

All this means you can choose something that’s familiar to you, or something completely new. Or both.


Clinical Experience

1. MEDICALUnderstanding health in a global context is increasingly important as the world becomes more and more interconnected.

Often, health problems that are — on the surface — local problems, are in fact having a global impact.

Because of this, getting on-the-ground experience in a low-resource hospital setting will totally change the way you approach your own practice.

You can choose the destination you want to travel to and the departments you want to get experience in. This allows you to experience areas completely new to you. What’s more, we guarantee your department rotations before you travel.


  • Different cultural attitudes towards care
  • Religious beliefs affecting practise
  • Patients who can’t afford even the most basic treatment
  • Extremely late presentations and advanced conditions

To find out what clinical experience might be like on a placement for your discipline, use the link below.

Choose Your Discipline

Travelling Solo?

Our internships are perfect if you’re planning on travelling solo. In fact, the vast majority of professionals who undertake placements with us come alone. The reason this works so well is that we foster an open and friendly atmosphere in the Work the World houses.

Experience tells us that you’ll quickly get to know your housemates. The simple fact that you are all in the same boat makes forming friendships easy.

Before you know it, you’ll be travelling around the country together at weekends.

The Work the World Houses

HOUSEDuring your internship, you’ll live in a spacious, private house. You'll live with both students and practising healthcare professionals from all over the world. 

The houses have full teams running them including managers, a catering team, 24/7 security and, a housekeeper.

The houses are designed to feel like your home away from home. They are social hubs, and the perfect place to come back to after a day in hospital.

We’re sure you’ll agree that this is orders of magnitude more appealing than living in a homestay or hostel!

Safety, Security and Structure

We understand better than anyone that structure and safety are essential when undertaking a hospital placement in a low-income country.

From structuring your hospital placement, to having 24-hour security at our houses, we go to great lengths to address those concerns. You can read in detail about how we approach all of the above using the link below.

Safety and Security

How much will my internship cost?

An enormous amount of planning, support and customization goes into each and every internship.

We focus on delivering exceptional quality throughout your experience — from the moment you get in touch with us until the moment you finish your internship. As such, there is a cost attached.

To learn more about our pricing structure, use the link below.


Still not sure if a Work the World internship is right for you?

Get in touch using the inquiry form below. One of our Internship Consultants will arrange a call with you to find out your aims and objectives so we can tell you if an overseas internship is for you.