A fresh perspective:
Practicing midwifery in a low-resource, overseas setting will fundamentally alter your view on healthcare. After one of our midwifery placements you’ll be more prepared for a career in midwifery than any of your peers who chose to keep it simple and stay at home. You’ll discover to what extent midwives have had to adapt to challenging conditions like high patient numbers, under-resourced wards and ageing equipment 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 placement, CUSTOM-MADE
‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll tailor your midwifery placement down to the tiniest detail. These are not off the shelf placements; they are custom-made midwifery electives that change lives. Our experts will tailor your hospital placement, matching you with supervisors, tackling visa administration and a lot more. They’re also responsible for running our programs overseas making them the best people for the job. Of course, the service doesn’t stop there.
With the help of your placement supervisor you’ll assist in an array of situations that don’t commonly arise in Australia or New Zealand. This could be anything from assisting in complicated birthing procedures to providing postnatal advice to families. In such situations you’ll gain insight into and perspective on things that you’d otherwise be unlikely to witness. For example, many countries in which we work don’t offer pain treatments during labour and women are expected to give birth in silence.
ON THE GROUND
What’s more you’ll have round the clock support from our sociable in-country crews. The teams work in the private, security guarded, fully catered accommodation in which you’ll be staying. You’ll also have unrestricted access to MyTrip, our online elective information and placement-tracking platform. We exist to design you a midwifery placement that is, quite simply, unparalleled in quality and we’re very proud of that fact. Take a leap and travel overseas to make your midwifery placement worth every second.
Midwifery elective destinations
Cambodia - Phnom Penh
The Southeast Asian city of Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s nerve center. You’ll find some of the most ancient temples in the world side-by-side with markets selling knock-off brand handbags. At weekends, visit paradise islands off the coast, and venture deep into the jungles to come face-to-face with sun bears, leopards, and elephants. A midwifery placement here will highlight the harsh realities faced by midwives in the developing world. Under expert supervision you’ll witness local staff deploy creativity to deal with the limited resources they have. You could also encounter local techniques for dealing with birthing complications, and HIV positive mothers.
The Philippines - Batangas
Ambling through the laid-back city of Batangas, you’ll find restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and the ancestral houses of old sugar barons. It’s also a perfect jumping-off spot for trekking rice paddies, swimming with whale sharks, and discovering lush tropical jungles. On a Midwifery Placement here, you’ll assist in a ward where encountering caesarian sections and a range of complications like breech birth are commonplace. You’ll also come to understand the challenges local professionals face when treating with a lack of prenatal resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas, click here.
Tanzania - Arusha
Arusha has an authentic African atmosphere, with Maasai markets and food stalls spilling out into busy streets. In your free time go on big game safaris, climb nearby mountains, scuba dive, or simply unwind on the beach. Assisting in a busy delivery department will open your eyes to cultural birthing traditions in Tanzania, as well as the challenges limited resources pose to the midwives here. Rotate through antenatal, labour, postnatal and theatre to gain a breadth of experience on your midwifery placement. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.
Nepal - Pokhara
Tranquil Pokhara lays nestled at the feet of the Himalayan Mountain range, making it the perfect jumping-off point for adventurers. Think paragliding, mountain trekking, and temple touring. On your midwifery placement you’ll assist in a busy maternity department, and Antenatal clinics where as many as 600 women are seen a day. The department also has a post-natal, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia unit in which you’ll likely encounter in both standard and complicated procedures. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the ancient capital of Nepal, and is home to elaborate Buddhist temples, traditional markets, modern bars, and more. Beyond the city you’ll discover adventure activities like paragliding, whitewater rafting, and mountain climbing to name but a few. Local midwives, keen to impart their knowledge of birthing traditions and common practices, will oversee your work on a busy ward, as well as in post-operative and post-natal wards. The epidemic of HIV also presents a challenge for many breast-feeding infants in Nepal - an issue you’ll encounter on your midwifery placement. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is one of Tanzania’s largest cities. Despite developing into a more modern metropolis, it’s surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty. Go on big game safari, sample famous national dishes, or boat over to tropical Zanzibar for water sports and diving. On a midwifery placement you’ll encounter complicated surgical births alongside local Tanzanian students. Assisting in a ward dedicated to mothers with HIV will open your eyes to the realities of issues in the developing world, and how local specialists battle them with limited resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.
Ghana - Takoradi
The city of Takoradi lies close to golden beaches that stretch on for miles, local fishing villages, and decaying historical forts which are dotted along the coast. On a midwifery placement here you’ll discover that limited resources means prenatal care is non-existent, and the maximum length of stay in the unit is a mere 5 days. Add to that the array of cultural traditions that surround birth here, and you’ll find the opportunities for personal and professional growth are endless. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.
Peru - Arequipa
Not only is Arequipa a city with incredible culture, it’s also surrounded by some of South America’s most breathtaking natural beauty. Hike to ancient mountain ruins, join local festivals, trek through the Amazon rainforest, or row across to lake Titicaca’s floating villages. In our partner hospital you’ll work with women from impoverished backgrounds, many of whom have pre-delivery complications. Time at a primary care clinic will present the opportunity for you to encounter neonatology, dilation control, psychoprophylaxis, and normal deliveries. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.
Sri Lanka - Kandy
Kandy is a time-worn city surrounded by lush tropical forests, diverse wildlife, and golden beaches. With opportunities to go trekking, swim with dolphins, and discover ancient ruins, you’ll never be short of new things to try. On your midwifery placement you’ll have the chance to rotate through the antenatal, postnatal and premature baby units, encountering complicated birthing procedures, terminations, and miscarriages. Perceiving how patient numbers regularly exceed bed space will open your eyes to the impact a lack of resources has on local women and the staff who help them. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.
Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
The Buddhist city of Anuradhapura has a remarkable number of temples, shrines, palaces, and stupas, not to mention the modern restaurants and bars. Further afield you’ll discover safaris and palm-lined beaches. On your midwifery placement caesareans will be commonplace - so much so that they’ve been dedicated an entire ward. The lack of pain relief during labour is just one of the cultural differences you’ll encounter that will enrich your understanding of your field in the developing world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.
Philippines - Iloilo
Iloilo is a tropical paradise. Dive off the coast into emerald waters, join locals in one of their many festivals, or even watch whales off the coast. On your midwifery placement you’ll work as part of a dedicated delivery team and have the chance to rotate through specialisms like Reproductive Endocrinology, Cervical Pathology, and Gynaecologic Oncology. The high number of patients here often means women share beds – highlighting just one of the areas a lack of resources can impact in your field. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.
"The Ngorongoro Crater was the most stunning place I have ever been"!
Ellen Smith - Safari and Massai VHE, Liverpool John Moores University 2016Read more
"I got back to basics and improved my core skills".
Georgina Lennon, University of Greenwich 2016Read more
"The student midwives we worked with took us out to go sight-seeing".
Katherine Amis and Charli Plunket, University of East Anglia 2015Read more
"With the large numbers of births in Nepal, you definitely get variation".
Hayley Cantrell and Jodi Merrington, De Montfort University 2015Read more
"I have become more self–confident in my ability to communicate with patients".
Lisa Iles, University of Hertfordshire 2015Read more
From our blog
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