A fresh perspective:
Practicing dentistry in a developing country will redefine your understanding of healthcare around the world. A dentistry placement with us will set you apart from anyone who chose to play it safe and stay in Australia. In our partner hospitals and clinics you’ll gain valuable insight into how dentists in the developing world adjust to common problems like under resourced wards, lack of modern equipment and high patient numbers.
- Our famous placement tailoring service
- Supervised clinical experience
- Extensive pre-departure preparation
- Support from in-country teams, 24/7
- Private, spacious, catered housing
- Free local language lessons
YOUR placement, CUSTOM-MADE
‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Make us aware of the areas of dentistry that are of interest to you and we’ll create you a tailored dentistry placement down to the very last detail. These experiences are far from ordinary; they are meticulously tailored and designed especially for each individual’s requirements. Our operations team will do everything from overseeing visa administration to organising your hospital placement and beyond.
With your in-country supervisor you’ll examine a broad cross-section of conditions that are uncommon, or non-existent in the Southern Hemisphere. Because healthcare is relatively expensive and the distance to hospitals is beyond many patients, a number of cases will be at advanced stages. This means you could see everything from fillings to extreme cases of disease and decay and beyond. This is your chance to gain specialist skills and knowledge that you simply won’t be able to get back at home.
ON THE GROUND
When you’re on the ground our hospitable teams will provide support 24 hours a day should you need it. Our crews work in our private, fully catered, security-guarded houses that are exclusively for Work the World students. You’ll also be granted access to MyTrip, our online placement information and tracking tool. Our sole purpose is to bring you a tailored dental placement of outstanding quality. Take a leap and travel overseas to make your dentistry placement worth every second.
Dentistry elective destinations
Cambodia - Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is a feast for the senses — the mouthwatering scent of Southeast Asian cuisine drifts through streets where local people hop from ornate temples to marketplaces, and lively bars. Explore tropical islands off the coast, or trek into the jungle to spot rare wildlife like leopards and sun bears. On placement, you could collaborate with local specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of dental ailments and oral disorders. Learning from specialists will give you unprecedented insight into how this field differs in the developing world.
The Philippines - Batangas
The tropical city of Batangas lies on the coast of Luzon Island, and is home to popular cafes, art galleries, and international music festivals come summer. The city is also a stone’s throw away from volcanoes and beautiful sandy beaches. On a Dentistry Placement here, you’ll gain experience in diagnosing and treating conditions presented at advanced stages. These often result from a lack of focus on preventative care and education — one of the many challenges delivering healthcare in the developing world will present. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas, click here.
Ghana - Takoradi
Ghana’s African atmosphere is evident in its lively markets and through its friendly local people. The area has a fascinating history, with old colonial slave forts dotted along the coast, and plenty of chances to go on safari. You might also choose to hike to waterfalls hidden deep in the jungle, or to visit local villages. On your dentistry placement you’ll have the opportunity to observe advanced oral conditions uncommon in the developed world. Time on the wards will highlight the severity of conditions like pulpitis, gingivitis, and periodontitis in people across all ages. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.
Tanzania - Arusha
The relaxed city of Arusha can be found just inland from Africa’s stunning east coast. If spotting lions on safari or climbing Kilimanjaro appeals to your inner adventurer, this is the place for you. A lack of general oral health education in Arusha means you’ll encounter advanced pathologies and decay across all ages in the hospital’s growing department. Proactive, enthusiastic students may get the chance to work with specialists on both minor and major cases, learning what limitations local professionals face daily. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is the second most expansive city in Tanzania. It’s becoming an urban metropolis, but being a coastal city surrounded by game parks, mountains, forests, and white beaches, the region also has a wealth of natural beauty. When it comes to your dental elective, ideas you might have about developing healthcare will be challenged. As many Tanzanians suffer from oral health issues due to contaminated water and a lack of oral health education, you could encounter a range of advanced cases on your dentistry elective, working through the oral surgery, pathology and medicine wards. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.
Nepal - Pokhara
The vibrant city of Pokhara is nestled at the feet of the Himalayas, surrounded by calm lakes, ancient temples, bars, and restaurants. Feeling adventurous? Try paragliding, bungee jumping and whitewater rafting, all bookable from the city. On your dentistry placement you could gain insight into how local specialists manage maxillofacial trauma, battle gum disease, and repair cleft lip palettes — all with incredibly limited resources. There’s also have the opportunity to work in dental radiology, assisting in the diagnoses a range of oral issues. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the proud capital of Nepal, home to an ancient culture spanning back thousands of years. It’s also surrounded by natural beauty holding plenty of opportunity for adventure. Trek through lush jungles, plunge from the world’s highest bungee platform, or even ride an elephant. On your dentistry placement you could encounter everything from routine check-ups to abscess surgeries. Demonstrate enthusiasm and opportunities across maxillofacial, prosthodontics, and endodontics could also become available to you. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.
Sri Lanka - Kandy
Explore the Kandy’s many shrines and ornate Buddhist temples, one of which is rumoured to contain the tooth of the Buddha. The country is also home to elephants, jaguars, and leopards, which you’ll be able to spot if you go on a jungle safari. During your placement you’ll work under the supervision of local specialists in our partner hospital’s Dentistry Department, witnessing how a lack of resource impacts patient care. You could also see cases of oral cancer, which will open your eyes to issues faced by local staff. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.
Peru - Arequipa
Arequipa is a flourishing city set among some of South America’s most stunning natural beauty. With the Amazon rainforest, lake Titicaca’s floating villages, ancient ruins, and dormant volcanoes to climb, there’s something for every traveller. Preventative dental care is becoming increasingly commonplace here, meaning you’ll witness the development of the practice throughout your placement. Referrals from surrounding clinics and hospitals will present you with cases of severe decay, cavities, and a number of other advanced oral conditions. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.
"I feel that I have only seen the tip of the iceberg of what Nepal has to offer".
Graham Wong, University of Queensland 2014Read more
"Such an awesome time... learning so many new things and making a bunch of new friends".
Beshmi Kularatne, University of Sasketchewan 2014Read more
"Staff at the head office provided all necessary information before departed".
Anokhi Patel, University of Saskatchewan 2014Read more
"Have a keen and open mind, as you are joining a completely different culture".
Danielle Cook, Columbia University 2014Read more
"The experience taught me how to work around limited resources and making the most out of them".
Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014Read more
From our blog
Batangas lies on the Southern coast of Luzon, one of The Philippine’s largest tropical islands. It’s the perfect base from which to experience some of the archipelago’s best beaches and marine life, and is home to vibrant street carnivals and international music festivals.Read more
Learn more about the Australian Government's new Scholarship available to those travelling to Cambodia, The Philippines, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.Read more