WHAT IS AN INTERNATIONAL 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.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN OT INTERNSHIP ABROAD?

With experience like this on your resumé, you’ll stand out from all the other occupational therapy 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 have started your professional occupational therapy degree you are eligible.

You can also travel if you are already graduated. However, please note that our occupational therapy 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.

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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.

DESTINATIONS

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.

 

Dar es Salaam is one of the best countries for occupational therapy internships. Show proactivity and you could have the chance to gain experience with cases of arthritis, neuropathies, and contractures. The occupational therapists here also perform home visits, giving you an immersive experience of how OT works in the developing world. If you're looking for an occupational therapy internship in Africa, Tanzania is the choice. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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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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