A fresh perspective
After a highly specialised medical elective abroad with Work the World you’ll be better prepared for a successful career in medicine than anyone who took the easy route and stayed at home. You’ll come to appreciate the ingenuity professionals use to combat problems such as ageing equipment, high-patient numbers, under-resourced wards, and more.
- 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 ELECTIVE, CUSTOM-MADE
Let us know your clinical interests and we’ll customise your medical elective—right down to the smallest item—with clinical perecision. These aren't standard Medical Electives, they're tailored experiences that meet your individual needs.
Our elective experts will arrange your hospital placement, pair you with the right supervisors, handle university documentation, your visa application, and more. The very same experts are responsible for overseeing our operations on-the-ground, meaning there’s no one better suited to tailoring your experience.
Under the guidance of your placement supervisors you’ll observe a range of unusual cases and conditions like dengue fever, malaria and typhoid. working conditions like these will teach you new skills and impart you with knowledge that would otherwise be impossible to acquire.
The cost and distance of healthcare facilities in developing countries often prevent patients from seeking care until the last minute. This means you’ll see a number of advanced-stage conditions too.
ON THE GROUND
When you’re in your country of choice you’ll receive 24/7 support from our welcoming in-country teams based in our private, catered houses. You'll also get access to MyTrip, our custom online elective planner, making it easy to find out everything about your medical elective all in one place.
Our focus is creating exceptional overseas clinical experiences. We’re proud to offer the best elective placements available anywhere.
Medical placement destinations
Cambodia - Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is one of Southeast Asia’s most exhilarating cities, jam-packed with ancient ruins, fragrant street food, and chanting monks in beautiful saffron robes. Come sun-down, the capital bursts into life, with restaurants spilling out onto busy streets and modern bars open until the early hours.
On a Medical Elective here you’ll hone your skills in a range of departments, confronting tropical infectious diseases like malaria, influenza, TB, HIV, and more. Patients will likely present at stages significantly more advanced than you’re used to. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh, click here.
The Philippines - Batangas
Batangas city is the ideal jumping-off point to discover idyllic beaches, trek through lush rainforests and rice paddies, as well as diving with incredible marine life. The city itself is small and welcoming place of contrasts. You’ll find music festivals and street parties come the summer months and crumbling, yet beautiful architecture.
On a Medical Elective here, you’ll get to grips with cases of everything from dengue fever to malaria. You’ll also have the opportunity to hone your skills in departments like Paediatrics, Radiology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitative Medicine, gaining acute insight into how professionals employ the limited resources they have. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas, click here.
Ghana - Takoradi
Ghana lies on Africa’s stunning West Coast, and boasts white beaches, fishing villages, and thriving jungles. The town itself is a cultural melting-pot, with bustling markets, bars, and restaurants.
Specialists keen to share their knowledge will grant you access to a range of top departments on your Medical Placement. These include A&E, Female Surgical, and NICU. Time in the hospital’s HIV clinic will open your eyes to the realities of providing care with limited drugs and medical technologies. To read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.
Tanzania - Arusha
The lively city of Arusha is the perfect jumping off point for adventure. Mountain climbing, safaris, volcanoes, markets, and local restaurants all lie right on your doorstep.
Proactivity in hospital departments like Internal Medicine and Paediatrics will present opportunities like working with advanced stage HIV, hypertension, pneumonia and unfamiliar conditions like malaria. Should you choose to do so, witnessing surgeries in theatre will be a highlight of your placement experience. To read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Despite its large city feel, Dar es Salaam is surrounded by natural beauty—think safaris, views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and nearby Zanzibar island for some of the best beaches in the world.
On your Medical Placement, you’ll flourish in busy departments like Infectious Diseases and Emergency Medicine, working with cases of unfamiliar diseases like malaria, dengue fever and cholera. Spend time in the Psychiatric Ward’s secure wing for insight into the local approach to mental health issues. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.
Nepal - Pokhara
Pokhara is a lush valley tucked at the feet of the misty Himalayan mountains. The surrounding areas offer amazing opportunities like paragliding, elephant safaris, and trekking to ancient Buddhist temples.
Show proactivity on your Medical Placement and you could work with unfamiliar conditions like leprosy, worm infestations, and even snake bites. Spending time in the region’s only NICU will highlight the impact a lack of resources has on the lives of local people. To read stories of those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is Nepal’s lively capital and is home to ornate Buddhist temples, winding market streets, buzzing nightlife, mischievous monkeys, and the majestic Himalayas. Nearby, try activities like paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting.
Show enthusiasm on your Medical Placement and opportunities in specialisms will arise; Psychiatry, Forensic Medicine, Cardiothoracics, Microbiology, Biochemistry, you name it. Proactivity will help you get involved in daily lectures, case presentations, and community programs. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.
Philippines - Iloilo
Iloilo is the perfect healthcare placement destination if tropical beaches, sunshine, and clear seas float your boat. Dive off the coast into an underwater world, join cultural festivals, and tour local bars and restaurants for lively nights out.
A confident attitude on your Medical Elective will provide great patient interaction, as you examine tropical diseases like dengue fever and malaria. The high-sugar Filipino diet also means cases of hypertension and cardiac arrest are common, both of which you’ll likely encounter on placement. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.
Sri Lanka - Kandy
Kandy is home to stunning natural beauty, ornate temples, exquisite cuisine, and ancient traditions. You’ll find plenty of opportunity for adventure here too, for example water sports off the coast and trekking through jungles in search of rare wildlife.
On a Medical Placement you’ll learn how local specialists fight tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever. Working in the Renal Transplant Unit, which performs 80% of all kidney transplants in the country, will open your eyes to the hospital’s lack of resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.
Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
The ancient city of Anuradhapura never fails to impress. Stupas, temples, and sacred palaces make up the old city, and the new city boasts restaurants, bars, and bustling markets. Safaris, national parks, and paradise beaches lay nearby.
On a Medical Placement you’ll work in a teaching hospital that actively promotes patient interaction, in departments including ICU and Neurosurgery. Working with cardiovascular diseases and advanced stage cancers will highlight the limitations professionals here face on a daily basis. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.
Peru - Arequipa
Peru is stunning. Explore the remains of Machu Picchu – an ancient Incan city, trek through the lush Amazon jungle, join colourful local festivals, and boat across Lake Titicaca to visit its famous floating villages.
On a Medical Placement here you’ll work with unusual cases like arsenic poisoning, as well as conditions unique to South America like Chagas disease. In the largest Oncology Department in Southern Peru you’ll have the chance to work with radiotherapy, brachytherapy, and chemotherapy, treating cancers uncommon in the developed world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.
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"The time I spent in Tanzania was genuinely the most amazing experience in my life."
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What is a Medical Elective?
Medical Electives are placements Medical Students undertake as part of their degree—Work the World tailors structured, supervised Medical Electives in destinations across Africa, Asia and South America.