why go overseas

Practicing occupational therapy abroad will open your eyes to just how differently care is delivered around the world. You’ll work with local teams in unfamiliar clinical settings, providing rehabilitation for advanced conditions, and resources will be limited, so you’ll need to think creatively. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop professionally, grow as a person, and see the world.

We’ve spent more than a decade tailoring placements around the world. The close relationships we have with hospitals allow you special flexibility when choosing which areas you want to gain experience in — from conducting home visits to preparing rehabilitation plans and beyond. These partnerships also mean the hospitals will present you with unique opportunities during your structured and professionally supervised internship. Managing your experience on the ground are our dedicated in-country teams. Providing 24/7 support, these teams also run the private, catered accommodation you’ll live in.

OT electives

how it works

Your occupational therapy internship will be totally customised to complement your interests and goals. First, we’ll use our 12 years worth of collective expertise to find the perfect destination. Next, we’ll tailor every detail of your placement down to the the areas you’d like to work in. From working with specific cases like burns rehabilitation to creating broader home care plans, we’ll make sure you get exactly what you want from your time abroad.

We do all the leg work behind the scenes so that your placement is perfectly planned. To help you stay up to date and to view all the details of your trip, you can login to MyTrip — our online placement planner, which is personalized for your trip.


A member of our in-country team will pick you up from the airport and take you straight to the World of Work house. Once you’re settled you’ll receive a full welcome briefing, then an orientation and tour of the local area, and finally a hospital introduction.


At the Work the World house, you’ll live with students and professionals from a range of disciplines. The atmosphere is very sociable, so it’s easy to make friends and make exciting weekend travel plans together. What’s more, our accommodation is spacious, private and catered. As well as a Program Manager and their assistant providing 24/7 support, the house team includes a chef and housekeeper, plus a local language teacher for twice-weekly lessons.

In the hospital 

The day before you start your internship, our team will take you to the hospital where you’ll be introduced to your supervisors. During your internship, you’ll experience fresh challenges each day, learning from specialist staff and their approaches to rehabilitation. It’s important that your internship is everything you expected it to be, so our team will check in with you regularly and make adjustments in real-time. Occupational therapy internships run from Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekends free to explore the destination you’ll be living in.

OT elective


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.


Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura boasts more than fifty decorated temples and time-worn palaces. On an internship here, you’ll be immersed in a culture spanning thousands of years. Discover rare wildlife in national parks, paradise beaches, and hot air balloon rides over the jungle’s lush canopies.


Here you could work directly with amputees left in the wake of conflicts long since passed. Assisting with cases like this you could learn how to use handmade equipment and unfamiliar techniques to rehabilitate both inpatients and outpatients. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.


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

Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016

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