WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERNSHIP WITH WORK THE WORLD?
An occupational therapy internship abroad is a clinical placement done in the developing world in a low-resource hospital.
You’ll see a big difference between local healthcare systems and what you’ve seen back home. You’ll see practices you might never have encountered before — paraffin therapy for example.
You’ll encounter uncommon cases like leprosy and polio, and learn how limited resources affect the provision of care for more common conditions like neuropathies, and contractures. In fact, much of the rehabilitation equipment you’ll use is handmade.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN OT INTERNSHIP ABROAD?
With experience like this on your resumé, you’ll stand out from all the other OT students who graduate every year. With us, you’ll:
- Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set
- Sharpen your communication skills
- Develop your confidence and resourcefulness
- Build your personal and professional network
- Become more attractive to employers
The clinical aspects of your placement run Monday to Friday. That leaves your evenings and weekends free to make the most of the travel opportunities your destination of choice offers.
Who are we?
We're Work the World — We plan, build and oversee occupational therapy internships abroad, and we’re the experts. Since 2005 (when we started) we've designed internships for 13,000+ student from 400+ universities around the world
Our service is end-to-end, and includes:
A customized internship in a destination of your choice | Comprehensive pre-trip preparation | 24/7 in-country support | Private, catered accommodation
You arrive in-country on a Sunday (we operate 52 weeks a year so you choose when you start). Internship durations start from two weeks.
Click here for more detail about how our service works.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
As long as you are enrolled or have been accepted on a professional occupational therapy degree you are eligible.
You can also travel if you are already graduated. However, please note that our placements are educational in their nature and designed to give you experience in a low resource hospital setting under the supervision of local qualified professionals.
STEP 1. SUBMIT AN INQUIRY
First, submit an inquiry using the form at the bottom of the page. Tell us where, when and why you want to travel as well as your current level of study.
STEP 2. WE'LL GET IN TOUCH
Next, a member of our consultation team will review your inquiry then call you to discuss your eligibility. They will also answer any questions you may have.
STEP 3. APPROVAL AND CONFIRMATION
Once we have confirmed your eligibility, you need to submit your application form and pay your registration fee. We will then confirm your placement and availability within 48 hours.
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 2018Read more
"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 2018Read more
"Work the World made planning and preparing my placement totally achievable."
Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016Read more