WHY GO OVERSEAS

When it comes to midwifery internships abroad, look no further than Work the World. With us, you’ll experience a range of clinical settings, like OBG, NICU, delivery, and post and prenatal care. An overseas internship will give you a new perspective of what it means to be a midwife, helping you to develop both personally and professionally.

We’ve been crafting internships for over a decade. Thanks to the deep relationships we’ve built with our partner hospitals, we’re able to tailor your experience with unique flexibility, and provide structured supervision from a local specialist throughout your placement. We also have dedicated, program teams in every country we operate in. It's their job to provide 24-hour support, manage our private, catered accommodation and regularly review your clinical experience to ensure you get as much from your placement as possible.

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HOW IT WORKS

Nobody knows more about building a bespoke overseas midwifery internship than we do. First, our experts will help you figure out which destination best suits your needs and interests. Once you’ve made your choice, we’ll customize your internship, tailoring everything down to which areas you want to work in — from postnatal care to OBG and beyond.

Our interactive online planner — MyTrip — gives you access to every detail of your placement. You’ll get access as soon as you’ve registered. You can login at any time to view your personalized timeline and the extensive resources we’ve put together for you.

TEAM AND ACCOMMODATION 

Our team will collect you from the airport and take you back to the Work the World house. Once you’ve had time to settle in and meet your new housemates, we’ll give you a welcome briefing and an orientation trip of the local area. Later, we’ll take you to the hospital for an introductory visit.

 

You’ll stay in one of our private, catered houses with students and professionals from a range of disciplines. Work the World houses are spacious and secure and the social atmosphere is often lively. Our in-country team are always around during the day, and offer 24/7 support should you need it. The rest of the team comprises an in-house chef and housekeeper. You’ll also have twice-weekly lessons from a local language teacher. Evenings and weekends are free, meaning you have plenty of opportunity to travel the country with your new friends.

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The day before your placement starts, we’ll take you to the hospital you’ll be based in. When you arrive, we’ll introduce you to the local team of supervisors you’ll be working alongside. You’re likely to encounter practices you’re unfamiliar with, and new cultural attitudes towards motherhood. We’ll support you throughout, and monitor your placement carefully to make sure your expectations are being fulfilled at all times. Midwifery internships run from Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekend free to travel the destination you’ve chosen.

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DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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Merida is the cultural capital of Mexico with striking colonial architecture, lush central plazas and bustling boulevards. In the evenings, the city transforms with restaurants and bars in full swing. Beyond the city, you’ll dive in beautiful underwater caves or ‘cenotes’, relax on tropical beaches, and visit breathtaking Mayan temples.

 

Dealing especially with expectant mothers and infant pediatric cases, we’ve partnered with a specialist maternity hospital in Merida. The number of beds here is limited, making the wards busy. This high patient number means you’ll gain insight into a number of cases that afflict pregnant women in low-resource environments. You’ll see how resourceful local specialists are when it comes to handling intrapartum complications, such as breech births.

Vietnam - Hue
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A bustling hub of Southeast Asian culture and popular with backpackers. Busy markets, popular bars and delicious street food across the city. Nearby, find tropical beaches, rainforests, and ancient temples and pagodas.

 

We’re lucky enough to be partnered with the biggest university teaching hospital in the area. In this low-resource clinical setting, you’ll work alongside local specialists, gaining experience from day one. Under the supervision of local midwives, you’ll work in the hospital’s OBG department, taking part in all aspects of both maternal and infant pediatric care.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is the bustling capital city of Zambia. While here you can visit any number of the country’s 20 game parks and see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah. You can even canoe along the shore of the great Zambezi river to watch hippos wading. Immersing yourself in the rich local cultures and traditions so ingrained in Zambian tribal culture is a highlight.

 

Assisting with high numbers of live deliveries on a daily basis is normal for a Zambian midwife. While pre and postnatal care is generally lacking in the country, it’s possible to gain experience in our partner hospital. You could work with HIV positive mothers, mothers with malnutrition and a host of other complications. Emergency labors like breech births are also common.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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The Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh is a city of contrasts, where some of the world’s most ancient temples co-exist with markets touting branded knock-offs. In your free time, boat to paradise islands off the coast and trek deep into lush jungles to glimpse sun bears, leopards, and elephants.

 

A Midwifery Internship here will emphasize the sometimes harsh realities faced by Midwives in the developing world. Under expert supervision you could learn from local staff, watching them deploy creativity with limited resources, engage with birthing complications, and work with HIV positive mothers. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam is a rapidly developing, fast-paced metropolis. Surrounded by nature, you’ll have every opportunity to go on safari, try national dishes, and take the boat over to Zanzibar island for sun, sand, and sea.

 

On a Midwifery Internship here you could be working alongside local Tanzanian students, assisting in complicated surgical births. Visiting a ward reserved for mothers with HIV will further open your eyes to the realities of healthcare in the developing world, and how local Midwives provide care with limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara is tucked in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains — a stone’s throw from adventure. Think paragliding, trekking, and temple-touring.

 

On your Midwifery Internship you’ll assist in our partner hospital’s Maternity Department, getting to grips with Antenatal Clinics, which often see high patient numbers. The department also has Post-natal, Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia Units, where you’ll see how both standard and complicated procedures are handled with low resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, home to ornate temples, bustling markets, and delicious traditional street food, and the Himalayan Mountains. Beyond the city you can try paragliding, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, and a number of other adventure activities.

 

On your Midwifery Internship you could be assisting on a busy Delivery Ward, as well as in Post-natal and Post-op. The prevalence of HIV presents a challenge for many breastfeeding mothers and infants here — an issue that will open your eyes to the differing responsibilities faced by Nepali Midwives. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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Iloilo is a melting-pot of Filipino culture and has stunning tropical vistas. Dive into emerald coastal waters, join in on one of the many local festivals, and celebrate the full moon on the famous ‘party island’ of Boracay.

 

On a Midwifery Internship here you could be assisting a dedicated delivery team, and rotate through areas like Reproductive Endocrinology, Cervical Pathology, and Gynaecologic Oncology. High patient loads often mean women share beds, giving you firsthand insight into how a lack of resources can impact delivery of care. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura is packed with sacred palaces, and ancient temples and stupas. Not to mention the restaurants, bars, and markets that make for a lively contrast. Further afield you’ll have the chance to go on safaris and relax on golden beaches.

 

Express proactivity on your Midwifery Internship here and you could be assisting in advanced procedures like cesarean sections—they make up a considerable percentage of births here have an entire ward dedicated to them. The lack of pain relief offered to women in labor is one of the many cultural differences you’ll discover, but all will challenge the way you see Midwifery, enriching you in the process. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Kandy is surrounded by tropical forests, rare wildlife, and idyllic beaches. With the chance to go trekking, swim with dolphins, and explore ancient ruins, you won’t be short of exciting experiences.

 

On a Midwifery Internship here you could be assisting on Antenatal, Postnatal and Premature Baby Units, witnessing complicated procedures as well as observing terminations. Seeing firsthand how patient numbers regularly exceed bed space will highlight the impact a lack of resources has on local mothers and the hospitals that care for them. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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In Takoradi, live music, busy African craft markets, and traditional restaurants all add to the city’s buzzing atmosphere.

 

On a Midwifery Internship here you’ll find that limited resource means prenatal care is a luxury for most expectant mothers. The maximum length of stay in the hospital’s birthing unit is five days. You’ll also discover that cultural traditions surrounding birth in Tanzania are very different from those at home, providing you with new insight and lots of professional growth. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Arequipa is a city rich with culture, surrounded by some of South America’s most stunning natural beauty. Hike to the ruins of Machu Picchu, join in on a local festival, explore the amazon rainforest, or boat across to Lake Titicaca’s floating villages.

 

During a Midwifery Internship here, you could be assisting women from poorer backgrounds who have pre-delivery complications, which aren’t unusual in Arequipa. Working in the primary care clinic will present the chance to encounter things like Neonatology, dilation control, and psychoprophylaxis. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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Arusha will give you a true taste of East Africa — think traditional food stalls, Maasai markets spilling into dusty streets, and hikes up volcanic craters. Further afield, you can go on safari, climb mountains, scuba dive, and more.

 

On a Midwifery Internship here you could work in the dedicated Delivery Department which will open your eyes to Tanzanian cultural birthing traditions. Rotate through Antenatal, Labour, Postnatal and Theatre to gain a broad understanding of challenges Midwives face here on a daily basis. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.

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