A fresh perspective:

On one of our tailored physiotherapy placements you’ll gain skills that will set you apart from those who chose to stay at home. You’ll also be better prepared for a career in physiotherapy. You’ll learn how specialists in the developing world have adapted to issues like ageing equipment, under resourced wards, large numbers of patients, and more.

What's Included?

  • 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


‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. All you have to do is let us know where your clinical skills and interests lie and we’ll spare no expense engineering a physiotherapy placement that precisely suits your needs. Our placements are far from ordinary, they’re custom designed and tailored specifically to you. One of our experts will design your experience from organising your visa to arranging your in-hospital experience and beyond. They also oversee all of our in-country operations and make regular trips overseas to make sure the programs are meeting our high standards.

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Go Further

On the ground you’ll see a range of uncommon conditions and unconventional treatments that you won’t have been exposed to in Australia or New Zealand. In some destinations, for example, electrotherapy is still used. People in developing countries often can’t afford healthcare, which coupled with long travel times to hospitals means patients won’t seek care until it’s absolutely necessary. This means physiotherapy abroad will give you the chance to see cases that are far more severe than you’re used to at home. This is the perfect opportunity to add another string to your bow and get yourself ahead.

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From the moment you land our teams on the ground are on hand to provide 24/7 support from our large, fully catered, private, security guarded accommodation. What’s more, our houses are exclusively for the use of Work the World students. In addition you’ll also be given access to MyTrip - our online placement tracking and information tool. All our houses are staffed by Program Managers, their assistants, in-house chefs who’ll cook you delicious breakfasts and dinners, a cleaner and a fully trained security guard for complete peace of mind.

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Physiotherapy elective destinations

Cambodia - Phnom Penh

Sprawling out from the mighty Mekong river, Cambodia’s ancient capital is an eclectic jumble of contrasts, where marketplaces laden with branded goods sit beside sacred Buddhist temples. Sample mouthwatering traditional street food, discover the city's vibrant nightlife, boat to rural rice paddies, or head to the famous crystal waters of the coast. A physiotherapy placement here will highlight how your overseas peers combat limited resources on a daily basis. Using hand-made equipment, you could assist the treatment of patients presenting a range of conditions from meningitis to cerebral palsy. 

Famous Angkor Wat temple complex in sunset, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.Panoramic view.
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The Philippines - Batangas

Living in the tropical city of Batangas offers the best of two worlds. You’ll be a stone’s throw away from some of The Philippine’s most beautiful natural wonders, while never being far from laid-back bars and traditional restaurants. On an Physiotherapy Placement here, you’ll work with some Occupational Therapy practices in our partner hospital. Under the supervision of local specialists, you’ll come to grapple with the realities of delivering care in this low resource environment. For example, using improvised rehabilitation equipment is the norm. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas, click here.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is a relaxed and welcoming city nestled in the dense green foothills of the Himalayas. Trek your way through the Annapurna mountains, seek out the city’s ornate temples, or paraglide high above the still waters of Phewa lake. On your physiotherapy placement you’ll work in a specialist rehabilitation hospital, which is well-equipped by Nepalese standards. Be proactive and you’ll assist in cases of soft tissue injury, stroke rehabilitation, and neuromuscular disorders. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu has an ancient history than spans back thousands of years, influencing everything from architecture to food. Modernity has also made its way in; motorbikes speed down winding streets, monks check their mobile phones, and market stalls sell traditional food alongside more familiar Western dishes. Physiotherapy is a swiftly evolving practice in Nepal; you’ll observe the discipline coming into its own on your placement. Cerebral palsy, stroke, and burns are all common cases in this developing department. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Iloilo sits on the coast of a tropical island and is surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty, with white sand beaches, jungles, and palm-trees aplenty. The city itself is a modernising cultural hub with restaurants, bars, seafront cafes, and a budding art scene. A physiotherapy placement here will see you in a department that caters for the city and its surrounding villages. Cerebral palsy, traumatic brain surgery, amputees, and spinal cord injury are all examples of common rehabilitation cases here. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.

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Tanzania - Arusha

The friendly city of Arusha is abundant with typically African marketplaces, bars, restaurants, and more. It’s also surrounded by lush landscapes. Spot lions and wildebeest on safari, and enjoy views of Kilimanjaro from the top of Mt. Meru. On a physiotherapy placement here you’ll encounter a wide range of conditions including post-surgical rehabilitation and child cerebral palsy. Burns from gas cookers and road traffic accidents are also very common, as is handmade equipment that could be considered outdated by western standards. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam might be one of Tanzania’s largest and busiest cities, but it’s also surrounded by wild game parks, mountains, and jungles, boasting a plethora of natural beauty to be discovered. Go on safari, or take a short boat trip to the paradise island of Zanzibar. Clinically speaking, you’ll be assisting in a department that centres on orthopaedic cases like road traffic accidents, and construction and logging injuries. The use of dated and often handmade machinery will highlight the lack of resources in this developing area of healthcare. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Kandy is a melting-pot of historical culture, time-worn temples, bars, restaurants, and markets. It also boasts jungle safaris, lush tea plantations, and opportunities to go whitewater rafting and temple trekking. On a physiotherapy placement here you’ll work in a teaching hospital that actively promotes interaction with patients. This means working with handmade equipment and assisting in the rehabilitation of stroke, MSK and burns patients. What’s more, the busy outpatient department will provide insight into more advanced cases common in Sri Lanka. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.

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Peru - Arequipa

Arequipa is a perfect balance of old and new. Traditional textile markets and food stalls set up beside colonial buildings and modern amenities. In your spare time, hike through the misty Amazon jungle, visit famous floating villages, or trek to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. On your physiotherapy placement you’ll encounter a more holistic approach to rehabilitation than that favoured in the West. You’ll also work with patients from the poorer classes of society, some of whom suffer from untreated conditions and birth defects. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is a mix of both ancient and new. Sacred stupas, temples, and ancient palaces on one hand, and bars and busy markets on the other. Further afield, discover safari in the national parks, clear blue seas, and paradise beaches. On a physiotherapy placement here, you’ll discover how local specialists provide care for amputees left by the Sri Lankan civil war with equipment considered outdated by standards in the developed world. The Physiotherapy Unit also works with the Neurosurgical and Surgical ICU wards, giving you plenty of chances to broaden your experience. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Takoradi is a lively city with a typically African atmosphere. Located on Africa’s West coast, the region is a centre of historical, as well as natural, attraction. See ageing forts stretch along golden coastline, swim in cascading waterfalls, and sip cocktails by the port at sunset. Further afield you’ll find waterfalls, safari parks, and rural villages. A confident attitude on placement will see you actively involved in the rehabilitation of regular patients, and you could also work with cases requiring post-op rehabilitation, as well as strokes, burns and Erb’s Palsy. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.

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Foster, Caitlin

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"You get to see how patients are treated without all the tools we use at home."

Caitlin Foster, Monash University 2015

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"My time in the hospital was rewarding both personally and professionally".

Caitlin Dunsford , Professional Placement 2015

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"There are also so many amazing chances to travel, at very affordable prices".

Rebecca Fawcett, University of Birmingham 2015

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Heil, Madison

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"I would definitely recommend this program, all the Nepalese people are wonderful".

Madison Heil, University of San Francisco 2015

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"Enjoy yourself, get stuck in, make the most of your time in Arusha. You’ll never forget it!".

Harriet Campbell, Cardiff University 2015

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