NURSING OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD

Nursing internships abroad with Work the World place you right alongside local healthcare professionals in a low-resource hospital setting overseas. You can rotate through areas like the ED, and psychiatric, pediatrics, and labor. If you’re interested in midwifery, we can build an internship around that too. There’s no better way to gain perspective on global health than to go nursing abroad.

 

In terms of personal development you’ll improve your communication skills, build confidence, and gain new perspectives. As a bonus, your resume will look amazing.

 

While overseas, you'll live in private, catered accommodation managed by our overseas teams. The teams provide support inside and outside the hospital, 24/7. This ensures you get unique experience on this once-in-a-lifetime nursing student internship.

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FLEXIBLE, SUPPORTED INTERNSHIPS

Customize your internship — Pick your destination and the departments you want get experience in—you can customize everything.

Travel flexibility — Travel for as long or as short as you like, whenever suits you. Autumn, winter, spring, or summer, nursing internships start from two weeks, fitting every budget and schedule.

Total support throughout — We will walk you through our extensive pre-departure process, offering support with everything from applying for an entry visa to telling you what to pack.

Guaranteed internships — We will give you comprehensive information about your internship hospital and departments in good time before you travel.

OVERSEAS SUPPORT

A member of our team will be waiting to greet you at the airport when you arrive. They will take you to the Work the World house—the private, secure accommodation you will stay in.

 

We will take you on a city orientation to help you settle in and to get you things like local currency and a SIM for your cell phone. Our team will also take you on a hospital orientation, introducing you to staff in your chosen departments.

 

In the house, our caterers will prepare your meals, daily. You will also receive clinical language lessons to help you make the most from your hospital experience. Our houses foster a social atmosphere, and you’ll stay with college students from all over the world and from a range of healthcare fields.

 

Nursing internships for undergraduates (and those recently qualified) run from Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekends free to explore the country you’ve chosen.

HOW TO REGISTER

There’s no application process and no interview—if your nursing qualification allows you to practice as a nurse in a hospital setting once completed, you’re eligible to travel with us.

Speak to one of our experts and we will help you pick the destination best suited to you. The next step is to register onto the program you’ve chosen. We will confirm your internship within 24 hours of your registration. And that’s it, your place is secure.

You will then get access to our online internship planner and team. The planner contains an abundance of information about your internship and destination. It also acts an interactive itinerary showing you the steps in the run up to your departure.

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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 gain experience with patients presenting tropical diseases like dengue fever, Chagas disease, and West Nile virus.

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.

 

While shadowing on a nursing internship here, you could spend time in a nurse-run HIV Center, 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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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 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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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 gain experience 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 spend time across departments like Mental Health, OBG, and Paediatrics. Community outreach 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—spending time 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 a Nursing Internship here you can spend time 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, gaining experience 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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"I would strongly advise you do a placement with Work the World. It was an experience I will never forget!"

Phyllida Monroe, King's College London 2018

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"Everything went above and beyond my expectations..."

Hannah Wright, Anglia Ruskin University 2018

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"Everything I experienced was so memorable. One particular highlight was witnessing my first natural birth, then helping with the care of the mother and baby."

Sarah Turner, Cardiff University 2018

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"While we were on placement we saw a groundbreaking leg transplant. A young farmer needed a new leg after being involved in an RTA..."

Keira Gee and Maddi Rosindale, University of Lincoln 2018

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"The hospital staff were what made my placement— Filipino people were genuinely some of the happiest people on the planet!"

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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.