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Summer is fast approaching and there is no better time to indulge your wanderlust & explore the great unknown. There’s only one problem: to organise the Elective Experience of a lifetime you’ll need plenty of time. Time to research destinations, email hospitals, tackle language barriers, sort accommodation, consider visa applications… the list goes on.

Want some good news? It’s not too late; Work the World is here to help.

This year, due to popular demand, the Work the World Australia team is running three very exciting Global Summer Placements for all our Aussie & NZ healthcare students to Ghana, Peru and Tanzania over the following dates:

  • Arusha, Tanzania: Sunday 29 November - Saturday 19 December 2015
  • Arequipa, Peru: Sunday 3 January - Saturday 23 January 2016
  • Takoradi, Ghana: Sunday 10 January – Saturday 30 January 2016

Seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use, develop and share your skills whilst gaining invaluable experience interacting with communicable diseases and advanced pathologies that are rarely managed in Australia & New Zealand. For those looking to develop both professionally and personally, work alongside respected professionals and come to gain a deep understanding of how healthcare is delivered in under-resourced settings.

Our Global Summer Placements are perfect for those looking to enhance their expertise, refine their resourcefulness, and most of all, for those wanting to return home with a new found appreciation for their future in healthcare. With places still available over the summer, you could be working within a Maasai village clinic in Tanzania, jet setting off to learn Spanish in Peru before working with oncology patients, or exploring the ruins of old coastal slave forts after a day working in a HIV clinic in Ghana. 

We are passionate about tailoring exceptional global health experiences. Our normal safe and structured placements come highly recommended and are on offer 365 days a year. Our Global Summer Placements are no exception. Work the World understands your placement is about more than just your time in clinic – you’re going overseas and, let’s face it, our exotic destinations were not chosen for their fantastic placement opportunities alone. Expect to enjoy 24/7 support in country, full end-to-end placement organisation, catered meals, travel advice, and more. Come home and unwind after your time in the clinic in one of our secure, comfortable houses whilst you plan weekend adventures with new, potentially lifelong mates.

To ensure we don’t oversubscribe the departments within our partner hospitals, a maximum number of places have been set for summer. Limiting the number of students in this way allows us to make sure your clinical placement will be a comprehensive experience filled with opportunities for patient interaction.

For University of Western Australia student Ashlee Burgess, these clinical opportunities turned out to be the highlight of her 2015 elective in Arusha, Tanzania:

“As for the hospital – it is rewarding, challenging, heart breaking and uplifting all at the same time. You will see end stage disease and clinical signs, like nothing you have ever seen at home. It is an incredible learning experience”

If you are seeking adventure, a new perspective on healthcare, or an authentic cultural experience, get in contact with the Work the World team today to secure your place for summer 2015/2016 or even get in early to enquire about our summer 2016/17 dates. With 10 years experience in providing students with safe, affordable and hassle-free overseas placements – you can be sure your summer will be unforgettable. For more information, contact the team directly on +61 7 3607 6330 or at

Don’t be the only one stuck at home, seize your summer and see where in the world healthcare can take you. Go beyond your wildest expectations like Griffith University nursing student, Adrienne Day, who praised her placement saying:

“I knew this was going to be a life changing experience going to Ghana, however, the skills I’ve gained, friendships made and things I’ve accomplished were far beyond even my wildest expectations.”


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