Become the midwife you know you could be

An overseas midwifery internship will help shape you into the midwife you have the potential to become

Travelling overseas to spend time in a low-resource hospital is the kind of experience that offers massive potential for learning and personal growth.

By the time you get home, any worries you had about your studies and career before you left will seem minor and you’ll feel ready for anything.

Employers understand this too. So if you graduate with an overseas midwifery internship on your resume, they’ll fight to get you in the door.

Already a practising professional? We can create an internship for you too — learn more here.

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"I plan to use the skills I acquired for patients in my career as a registered nurse on a maternity unit." - Katherine, Pennsylvania State University

Invest in your future

There are almost three million nurses in the USA, but only 0.01% of them can demonstrate the sought-after experience our voluntary internships provide.

Invest in your future — become a part of that 0.01% and set yourself apart.

What exactly is a midwifery internship abroad?

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A Work the World internship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to experience a voluntary clinical rotation in a hospital in the developing world.

In a low-resource African, Asian, or Latin American partner hospitals, you’ll have your eyes opened to things like:

  • Women enduring labor without pain relief
  • Episiotomies performed during most labors
  • His levels of labor complications like preeclampsia
  • A lack of patient privacy — multiple mothers in one bed
  • Traditional herbal medicine used in place of modern techniques

You’ll see all the challenges local midwives face each day, and come back a stronger and more confident midwife because of it.

Starting to sound like the opportunity you’ve been looking for?

PLACEMENTHere are some things you should know:

  • You can choose your destination
  • You can choose your departments
  • Internships start every Sunday, all year round
  • You can stay for as long or short as you like from 1 week+
  • We will fully prepare you before you go
  • Our in-country team will support you 24/7 while you’re overseas
  • You get full supervision in the hospital
  • You will live in private, catered accommodation

Here’s some more good news: As long as you have started on a professional nursing or midwifery degree you automatically qualify for a place on your internship of choice. There is no application process — you don’t need to submit your transcripts or write a five-page essay to get accepted — here's how it works

Travel and adventure

On a trip like this, your attention should be focused on the hospital experience. But you’ll have plenty of time in the evenings and on weekends to explore the country you’ve chosen to visit.

You can choose one (or more) of 11 locations in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

When you get there, you’ll live in a big private house with other healthcare students like you from all over the world. You'll go on big weekend adventures together with the new friends you make — from kicking back on tropical beaches to trekking through the Himalayan Mountains.

Whether you’re travelling solo or as a group, a midwifery internship is your chance to make memories and do something big before you graduate into the working world.

Choose your Destination

Why work the World?

We're the experts in planning, customizing, and building midwifery opportunities abroad. We started in 2005 and since then we’ve created internships for 15,000+ students from 400+ universities around the world.

ADVISORS AND FACULTY

Why ARE there limited SPACES?

Our partner hospitals are full working hospitals. That means there’s a reasonable limit on the number of midwifery students we can send. So please remember that when one of our destinations is full, it’s full.

But you can secure your place in your first choice of destination by getting in early.

Need more information before you make your choice? Whatever your inquiry, we’re here to help.

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If you’re not ready to inquire, you can browse our destinations to uncover some of the eye-opening opportunities you could be a part of.

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DESTINATIONS

Indonesia - Yogyakarta
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More than half of all births in Indonesia are in rural areas. Many women in these areas believe that following religious beliefs and using a traditional birth attendant called a ‘dukun’ (the village shaman) or a ‘paraji’ leads to a healthy pregnancy. This limitation on modern prenatal care can lead to pregnancy complications like eclampsia, and some of the women experiencing them will come to your placement hospital in the city. You’ll be right there alongside local midwives, seeing these women through their personal, individual challenges.

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 learn from local specialists, gaining experience from day one. Under the supervision of local midwives, you’ll spend time in the hospital’s OBG department, taking part in all aspects of both maternal and infant pediatric care. If you want to get experience with midwifery abroad, Hue is an excellent choice.

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 gain experience 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 gain experience with HIV positive mothers. If you want to do a midwifery internship in Asia, Cambodia is a top option. Read stories from those who’ve already traveled 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 spending time 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 traveled 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 traveled 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 traveled 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 traveled with us to Iloilo.

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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. On this program, 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 traveled 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. Undertake your placement here and you’ll 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. If you're looking for midwifery internships in Africa, put Ghana to the top of your list. Read stories from those who’ve already traveled with us to Takoradi.

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"Women had to bring linen, gauze, syringes, umbilical clamps, a razor blade, food, and water."

Emily Grieve, 2019

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"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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"I was amazed at how much the doctors, nurses and midwives could do with the limited resources."

Leticia Romero Barrios, Middlesex University 2020

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"All of us had the most amazing experience and it’s not something we will ever forget."

Rachel Green, Hannah Jeavons, Sonia Takhar & Caroline Furey, Birmingham City University 2019

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"The biggest difference in healthcare and Kathmandu was the lack of resources and equipment."

Catriona Mc Sorley , Keele University 2019

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