WHY GO OVERSEAS

Undertaking a nursing internship overseas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In a new clinical setting, you’ll see how local specialists treat a high number of patients with complicated conditions while coping with limited resources. A nursing internship abroad will fast-track both your personal and professional development.

For over a decade, we’ve been tailoring placements for those who want to experience nursing internships abroad. The close hospital partnerships we’ve established allow us to customize every aspect of your clinical experience. Our partnerships also allow us to offer structured supervision from local specialists for the duration of your time overseas. Our in-country teams oversee your entire trip, providing round-the-clock support. The teams also look after our private, catered accommodation, making sure your experience is everything you wanted it to be.

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HOW IT WORKS

We are experts when it comes to overseas clinical experience. Our extensive knowledge will guide you when you’re deciding which destination you want to travel to. When you’ve chosen, we’ll design a custom-made nursing internship based on what you’re interested in experiencing. Our team will work with you to customize every detail of your trip, right down to specific areas you’d like to work in — from the emergency department to internal medicine and beyond.

We’ll also give you access to MyTrip — our interactive placement planner, which contains personalized information about every detail of your experience. This helps keep you up to date with the detailed organization and implementation that goes on behind the scenes.

TEAM AND ACCOMMODATION 

Our in-country team will come and pick you up from the airport, then travel with you back to the Work the World house. When you arrive, we provide a full welcome briefing, local area orientation, and a hospital introduction tour.

 

Each of our houses is private, spacious and secure. Both students and professionals from all manner of disciplines live together, encouraging a social atmosphere. The weekend travel opportunities are amazing in all of our destinations, which you can take advantage of with all the new friends you make. Our program management teams in country are on hand 24/7 to provide support for the duration of your trip. The rest of the team includes a chef, a housekeeper and a language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week.

 

IN THE HOSPITAL

One day before your nursing internship starts, the team will accompany you to the hospital, where you’ll get a tour and be introduced to local staff and your supervisors. We have strong relationships with our hospital partners, which allow you to see advanced conditions, unfamiliar clinical practices, and diverse cultural attitudes towards healthcare. Our teams on the ground will regularly review your day-to-day experience — this ensures your internship is everything you imagined it to be. Internships for nursing students run from Mondays to Fridays, giving you time to explore the amazing 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.

 

Gain insight into the provision of healthcare in Mexico under the supervision of local nurses in a modern, high tech government hospital. Contrasting the hospital’s contemporary aesthetic, most patients will be from poorer backgrounds. Many patients present severe cases having endured a long and sometimes complicated referral process. In another hospital, you could work with patients presenting tropical diseases like dengue fever, Chagas disease, and West Nile virus.

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.

 

In Hue, we’re partnered with a well-respected university teaching hospital. This allows you to get outstanding clinical experience. In low-resource departments like the ED, paediatrics, psychiatry, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gastrointestinal endoscopy, and oncology. You can even learn about the use of Vietnamese traditional medicine as a complement to the more contemporary practices you’re used to.

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.

 

Our partner hospital in Lusaka acts as five specialist centers in one. There’s the Adult, Pediatric, Mother and Newborn, Eye and Cancer and Diseases Hospitals. There’s great flexibility built into our internships, so you could spend time in all centers should you choose. Gain experience working with conditions like glaucoma, clubfoot, malnutrition, pediatric HIV and cervical cancer — one of the most prevalent life-threatening conditions among women in Zambia.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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Built on the banks of the mighty Mekong river, the city of Phnom Penh is a hub of contrasts where urban marketplaces sit beside temples shrouded in reverent silence. Outside the city, explore Cambodia’s tropical coastlines and venture into humid jungles where you can find leopards and sun bears.

 

On a Nursing Internship here you could assist in the diagnosis and treatment of tropical infectious diseases like malaria, HIV, TB, and influenza. Additionally, patients will present conditions at stages more advanced than you’re used to. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Peru one of the most stunning places on earth — think Amazon jungle, ancient ruins, floating lake villages. delicious local cuisine. While here you can trek through awe-inspiring canyons, raft down whitewater rapids, and explore the city’s textile markets.

 

Choose a Nursing Internship here and you could work in an HIV Center run by Nurses, and in one of Peru’s largest Oncology Departments. Typical cases in this area will include skin cancers, tumours, cervical cancer, and others you’re unlikely to be familiar with. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Peru.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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If you want sun, sea and an exceptional nursing internship, Iloilo might be for you. From coral diving to whale watching, and from island hopping to bar hopping there’s something for everyone.

 

Show enthusiasm in the hospital and you could gain experience in subspecialties like Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Dermatology, and Toxicology. Time in the busy Animal Bites Clinic will give you the chance to work with cases typical to Iloilo the villages that surround it. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is a maze of ornate temples, free-roaming monkeys, and motorbike-riding monks. Here you can go paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting in the surrounding mountains and rivers.

 

On your Nursing Internship here you could work across departments like Mental Health, OBG, and Paediatrics. Visiting local community outreach work will give you the chance to encounter cases specific to Nepal, and the creative clinical solutions of local healthcare professionals. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara has everything you could want. Thrill-seekers — try your hand at paragliding and white-water rafting. Prefer a slower pace? Explore the city’s ornate temples and tranquil lakes.

 

Bring enthusiasm to your Nursing Internship and you could assist in the treatment of leprosy, pneumonia, and respiratory infections. You’ll also come to understand how different a nurse’s role is Nepal. Bedside care is carried out by family members, meaning Nurses are free to help with more clinical demands. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Kandy is home to some of the friendliest people in the world, is stunningly beautiful, and has a history of healthcare spanning 5000 years. Trek through jungles,  spot elephants, and visit ancient temples still in use today.

 

Show proactivity on your Nursing Internship and you could help to treat tropical diseases like dengue fever, TB and severe cases of malnutrition. Or, if it suits your interests, spend time on the busy OBG Ward to assist in complicated pregnancies and Neonatal Intensive Care. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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Sacred stupas, ornate temples, and time-worn palaces line Anuradhapura’s winding streets. Beyond the city you’ll find national wildlife parks, paradise beaches, and vast tea plantations.

 

On a Nursing Internship here, you could help to treat tropical and communicable diseases like hepatitis, chikungunya and malaria. Chronic kidney disease is also major issue in rural areas, due to the increased phenomena of pesticide use on crops—working in the Renal Transplant Unit, which sees 80% of all related cases in northern Sri Lanka, will highlight the impact this has on local people. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi is a stone’s throw from palm-lined beaches, working fishing villages, and bustling food and craft markets. You can go on safari, swim in hidden waterfalls, and sleep in tree houses high up in the jungle canopy.

 

On your Nursing Internship you could work in The Reproductive and Child Health Department run by local nurses. The department offers services like family planning, postnatal care, and growth monitoring. Visiting schools to undertake immunizations and hygiene talks could also be an option. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Ghana.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam is a large and busy city, yet on its doorstep you’ll find stunning African landscapes. Head to Selous Game Park and spot the ‘big five’ on safari, take the boat to Zanzibar island for stunning tropical beaches, and fly up to climb Kilimanjaro if you dare.

 

On a Nursing Internship here, you could assist in the hospital’s HIV clinic, working in Paediatric HIV and supporting HIV positive mothers. Time spent here will highlight the challenges of providing quality care with extremely limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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Arusha and its lush surroundings are full of adventure opportunities — think safaris, mountain trekking, sampling street food, and lake swimming.

 

On a Nursing Internship here you could assist local specialists to treat conditions you’re unlikely familiar with. These could include malaria, dengue fever, and HIV. In the hospital’s Casualty Department, you’ll see high patient numbers, many of whom will be presenting advanced conditions. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.

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"I would definitely encourage other students to take up this opportunity if it is possible for them, and I hope that they would have the same rewarding experiences as I did."

Hattie O'Brien, Chester University 2017

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"I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, challenge myself, explore another culture and experience nursing in a low-resource setting."

Gemma Sale, University of Birmingham 2017

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"I learnt so much that I have taken back to my healthcare practice in the UK, and I made friends for life."

Isabelle Lunn, University of Manchester 2017

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"My experience in Nepal has been fantastic, it has been the best thing I have ever done and I would go back in a heartbeat!"

Jade Skerritt, Anglia Ruskin University 2017

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"The Work the World team did everything possible to make our stay comfortable and knowing I had their support during my stay was very reassuring."

Richard Beston, University of Brighton 2017

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What is a nursing internship?

Nursing Internships are overseas placements Nursing Students undertake to boost their skills and make them more attractive to employers—Work the World tailors structured, supervised Nursing Internships in destinations across Africa, Asia and Latin America.