After undertaking one of our specialized internships, you’ll be set to walk a path of your own making and lay the foundations for a highly successful career in occupational therapy. This is the case whether you’re in training and want to gain unique experience, or if you’re a practicing professional looking to step up a gear. Take charge and start your new journey today.

What's Included?

  • Our famous internship tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons

your INTERNSHIP, custom made

Advise us as to which particular areas of Occupational Therapy trigger your interest and we’ll design a custom-made internship that matches your exact needs. If you’re studying Occupational Therapy, volunteering abroad might seem like the best option, but if you choose to become an intern instead, you’ll enjoy a much more personalized experience that’s designed to help your own development as much as anything else.

As soon as you’re registered, one of our internship experts will arrange your hospital placement, pair you with high-quality supervisors, handle visa administration, and more—the service is comprehensive. The same team is also responsible for all our on-the-ground operations around the world, meaning there’s no one better placed to help you.

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On a Work the World internship you’ll be paired with skilled supervisors with whom you’ll come to diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions, many of which you may have never seen before. The experience you’ll gain across a number of departments in an equally varied number of clinical settings will be second to none.

Experiencing such variety is essential to you developing a deep knowledge of your profession. In developing countries you’ll typically see that the cost of healthcare combined with the distance many have to travel to receive the help they need puts patients off seeking treatment in a timely manner. This means patients tend to present very late, which in turn means you’ll observe, diagnose, and treat conditions that will be at critical stages.

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As soon as your plane lands in the destination you’ve chosen, our experienced ground team will be there to greet you. They’ll then whisk you off to your private, fully catered, security guarded accommodation so you’re ready for local orientation and the beginning of your adventure.

Before, during, and after your trip you’ll also have access to MyTrip—your personalized online internship planner and information center. Unlike other services our sole focus is on healthcare experiences like occupational therapy internships abroad. This means we’re able to design OT Internships for college students and professionals with insight and experience.

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Occupational internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

The Philippines - Batangas
Panorama of the paddy rice field. Philippines
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Batangas is a laid-back city with cafes, music venues, traditional bars, and restaurants lining its streets. Beautiful dive spots, lush rainforest treks, volcano hikes and tropical island hopping are just a handful of the adventures you’ll find on the island.


On an Occupational Therapy Internship here, under the supervision of local professionals, you’ll gain insight into the rehabilitation treatment plans of a diverse spectrum of patients. This experience is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of healthcare in a global context. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas.

Panorama of the paddy rice field. Philippines

Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam is a vibrant and fast-moving city surrounded by some of the world’s most impressive natural beauty. Wildlife roams the African plains to the north, and Zanzibar—a paradise island—is a short boat trip away.


Show proactivity on your OT Internship and you could have the chance to work with cases of arthritis, neuropathies, and contractures. The dedicated Occupational Therapy team here also perform home visits, giving you an immersive experience of how OT works in the developing world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.


Nepal - Pokhara
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Beneath the gaze of the Himalayas, the city of Pokhara lies nestled in a tranquil green valley. With a jumble of winding streets, ornate temples, and delicious local food, it’s a traveler’s paradise. From Pokhara you can book trips to try tandem paragliding, treks into the Annapurna mountains, and whitewater rafting days.


On an OT Internship here you could be working in Western Nepal’s only rehabilitation hospital, which is well equipped by developing standards. Be proactive and you could assist patients with conditions like strokes, neuromuscular disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.


Case Study

"Work the World made planning and preparing my placement totally achievable."

Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016

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