WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS Paramedicine INTERNSHIP WITH WORK THE WORLD?
A paramedic internship abroad is a placement undertaken in a low-resource, high-patient volume hospital in the developing world.
You’ll see just how different from your own a healthcare system can be. And you’ll see conditions and practices you’ve never encountered.
It’s worth noting that paramedics and ambulance services are luxuries of the developed world. Your role in our destinations is focused more on emergency medicine.
You’ll see how local staff deal with emergency cases with limited resources, learn how sociocultural issues affect how care is delivered (there’s less of a sense of urgency in some destinations), and see practises that you just won’t see at home, like manual intubation.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A paramedic iNTERNSHIP ABROAD?
We’ve designed our internships to help set you (and your resumé) apart from all the other paramedic students who graduate every year.
On one of our internships you’ll:
- Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set
- Develop your confidence and resourcefulness
- Build your personal and professional network
- Sharpen your verbal and non-verbal communication
- Become more attractive to employers
The best part is that your hospital placement runs Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekends free. That means you have plenty of time to go and explore whichever country you’ve chosen.
WHO ARE WE?
We're Work the World — Recognized experts in planning, customizing, and building paramedic placements abroad. Founded in 2005, we've created internships for over 17,000+ students from more than 400 universities all over the world.
We provide a personal, end-to-end service that includes:
Internship customization (choose your destination and your areas of clinical interest) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation
Arrivals are every Sunday, 52 weeks a year, with durations from one week upwards.
For more detail about how our service works click here.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
As long as you are enrolled on a Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedicine or you’re currently a National Registered Paramedic you are eligible to travel with us.
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.
FLEXIBLE BOOKING & Covid safety
Our programs are open! You can book your Work the World overseas internship with total confidence. Once you’ve secured your space, you can make unlimited changes to your travel dates, absolutely free.
You’ll find peace of mind in the knowledge that our well-established safety measures help mitigate the risks associated with Covid, whichever destination you travel to. This is because our safety blueprint gives us control over each and every aspect of your experience from your in-country team's safety training to sanitisation of your private accommodation.
Need a last-minute internship? We have developed a fast-track that lets us plan and build you a world-class trip, faster than ever.
Ghana - Takoradi
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On your EMS internship in Ghana, you’ll be focused on assisting with emergency care. Common cases include: RTAs, hernias, ectopias, hypo- and hyperglycemia, severe diarrhea, convulsions, and fractures. Certain sociocultural factors in Ghana affect how emergency care is delivered. So, there’s much less urgency in the ED than you’re familiar with. There’s a lack of resources here too, and that means local staff have to get creative with what they do have. If you're looking for a paramedic internship in Africa, Ghana is an excellent option.
Vietnam - Hue
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On your internship in Vietnam you’ll spend time in a teaching hospital. In the hospital’s ED you’ll see RTA’s, trauma, and cases of unfamiliar diseases. A lot of patients travel in from Vietnam’s most rural areas, so you’ll see that the patient demographic is mixed. This placement is unique in that Vietnamese hospitals use modern practices alongside more traditional approaches. You’ll see treatments you’ve never seen before. If you want to do a paramedic internship in Asia, Vietnam is an incredible option.
Zambia - Lusaka
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On your internship in Zambia, you’ll spend your time in a busy ED. You’ll see cases of severe malaria, serious burns, injuries sustained through manual labor, and cases of domestic abuse. Resources are scarce in Lusaka. Practices may be less familiar — manual intubation is an example. The ED is split across four admissions areas, but patient numbers are huge. This is an eye-opening placement, and immensely rewarding as a result.
Mexico - Merida
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You’ll get a totally different experience in Merida. The ED here is one of the oldest in the city, and extremely busy — patient wait times go up to and past 24 hours, and doctors carry out treatments in the waiting chairs and corridors. RTAs are common here, so are heart attacks and strokes among others. There’s a pediatric ED here too. If you visit, you’ll see everything from respiratory conditions to premature births.
Philippines - Iloilo
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Do your EMT internship in the Philippines and spend time in the ED, OBG emergency, and surgery. To give you some sense of scale, the ED here serves the whole island. You’ll start to see differences in both practice and resource from day one. Manual intubation is one example, and a lack of anesthesia is another. Patients typically present much later than you’re probably used to. And family members undertake a lot of bedside and general care — bagging for example. You’ll see cases of respiratory failure, gastroenteritis, burns, rabies, hernias, and hyperglycemia.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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In Dar es Salaam, experience in the ED is a given, but you can also spend time in surgery. You do your internship here in a national referral hospital that hosts the city’s main ED. That means you’ll often see critical emergency cases. This is the only department of its kind in Tanzania, so some cases come from hundreds of miles away to be seen — this altogether redefines the idea of an ‘emergency’. You’ll see a lot of variance; sepsis (and multi-organ failure), acute respiratory distress syndrome, cerebral malaria, metabolic disorders, polytrauma, blunt trauma, and penetrating trauma too.
Kathmandu - Nepal
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Spend your time in a busy ED on your paramedicine elective in Kathmandu. The hospital does have an ambulance service, but patients most often make their own way to the ED. As a result, patients rarely receive on-scene or in-ambulance treatment prior to arrival. They’re often critically injured. As well as cases of trauma, you’ll see a number of advanced conditions — there are no primary care options in Nepal so patients often use the ED as a first port of call.
"A man came in quite poorly. He was really delirious and obviously needed oxygen. But the family couldn’t afford it, so he didn’t get it."
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"I was absolutely blown away by the resilience and strength of the patients"
Caitlin Merriman, Flinders University 2020Read more
"To any paramedic student or anyone considering doing a placement in Zambia I would say - YOU WON’T REGRET IT."
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