Occupational therapy internships abroad place you with local OTs, immersing you in a unique hospital setting . Learn how handmade equipment and unfamiliar rehabilitation techniques are used to help treat local patients. There is no better way to get real life perspective on global health than to see occupational therapy abroad.

When it comes to personal development you will become increasingly confident, develop your communication skills, and start seeing things from new perspectives. As an added bonus, your resume will look amazing.

You’ll enjoy staying in the private, catered accommodation our overseas teams support—24/7—both in and outside of the hospital. They want you to have the best possible experience on this once-in-a-lifetime clinical internship.

OT electives


Customize your internship — Where you travel and which departments you want to experience are totally up to you—you can customize every detail.

Travel flexibility — Travel for as long or as short as you like at a time that suits you—you can travel for as little as two weeks, but internships can be extended to match your budget and schedule.

Total support throughout — You’ll experience our comprehensive pre-departure process, during which we’ll provide support with everything from packing lists to entry visa applications.

Guaranteed internships — We will confirm and secure your internship hospital and your departments before you travel.


When you arrive, one of our team members will be waiting to meet you at the airport. They will take you to the Work the World house—the secure, private accommodation you will live in.


On your city orientation, our team will help you get your bearings and set you up with things like local currency and a SIM for your cell phone. We will also take you on a full hospital orientation, introducing you to staff in your chosen departments.


The catering team in your house will prepare your meals on a daily basis. You’ll also enjoy clinically-focused language lessons, which will help you interact with people on internship. The social atmosphere of our houses can be owed to the fact that you’ll live with other college students from a range of disciplines from all over the world.


Occupational therapist internships run from Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekends free to explore the country you’ve chosen.


There’s no application process and no interview—as long as you’re on or have completed your first year of occupational therapy school, you’re eligible to travel.

Speak to one of our experts and we’ll help you choose the destination best matched to your interests. Your next step is officially registering onto a program. Once you have done this, we confirm your occupational therapy internship within 24 hours. And that’s it, your spot is secured.

You will then get access to our support team and online internship planner. The planner contains a wealth of information about the destination you’re traveling to, and acts an interactive timeline showing you the steps in the run up to your departure.

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 gain experience 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.


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 gain experience 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.


"I helped form treatment plans, made splints, and carried out assessments within my professional limitations."

Gemma Fryer, Coventry University 2018

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"If you’re thinking of heading to Nepal for your placement, get ready to have the experience of a lifetime."

Laura Langdon, La Trobe University 2018

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

Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016

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