Why Go Overseas

Travelling abroad for your dentistry placement is an opportunity not to be missed. You’ll be applying your dentistry skills in new and challenging clinical settings, working with basic equipment and limited resources. Overseas dentistry placements present life changing experiences that are as much about personal growth as professional development.

Our relationships with overseas hospitals have been developed through more than a decade of working together. This trusting partnership means we can offer unique experiences that are extremely flexible when it comes to customisation. Every dental placement includes 24-hour support from our in-country teams, they’ll review your placement in real time and oversee every aspect of your experience. They also run our private catered accommodation making sure you’re comfortable at every stage.

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How Does it Work?

When it comes to dental placements abroad, no one has expertise quite like us. Our extensive knowledge will help you choose a suitable destination. Next, we take the time to find out which areas you want to work in and what you want to achieve. We then create a fully customised dentistry placement based on your professional needs, personal interests and future goals.

You can follow every element of the planning stage through our interactive online placement planner – MyTrip. You’ll see full details of your personalised itinerary, and you can track the work we’re putting in to make it happen.

Team and Accommodation

Our in-country management team will be waiting at the airport when you arrive. Available for round-the-clock support, they’ll be your first port of call for any questions or advice. From the airport, they’ll take you to your private accommodation at the World of Work house where you’ll meet your housemates. We host students and professionals from a range of different disciplines, so expect a friendly atmosphere with lots of opportunities to socialise after placement and travel at weekends. 

 

Spacious, secure and fully catered, all our houses have an on-site chef and housekeeper, and we provide twice-weekly language classes with local teachers. To help you settle in, you’ll have a welcome briefing, a local orientation tour, and a visit to the hospital you’ll be based at.

IN THE HOSPITAL

To make sure you are fully prepared for your first day at the hospital, our team will give you a hospital induction and introduce you to your supervisors beforehand. Facing new situations and understanding different cultural attitudes towards providing care will become part of your daily routine. You'll also encounter oral pathologies that are far more advanced than back home. To make sure you achieve everything you'd hoped, our in-country team perform regular reviews throughout your placement.

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DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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Merida is Mexico’s centre of sophistication. The city is home to beautiful colonial architecture, and broad boulevards punctuated with green plazas. At night, the city is alive with restaurants and bars spilling out into the streets. At weekends, dive in beautiful underwater caves known as ‘cenotes’, unwind on tropical beaches, and visit breathtaking Mayan temple ruins.

 

A high percentage of people in Mexico exhibit signs of periodontal disease. This can be considered a reflection of the population’s limited access to information and preventative care. Common procedures such as fillings and restorations are performed here, but many patients present late meaning cases are likely to be far more severe than restorative treatments can help.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is the beating heart of Zambia. From here you can visit up to 20 game parks to see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah. You might even spot hippos wading through the beautiful Zambezi River while canoeing along the shore. You can also the rich local cultures and traditions so ingrained in Zambian tribal culture.

 

Our partner hospital is the only one in the city where patients enjoy free or low cost care. All standard procedures are carried out here like restorations and fillings, however, as education about oral hygiene is lacking, patients can often present late. This means you’re more likely to see severe cases than you are at home. It’s possible to observe maxillofacial surgery here, too.

Ghana - Takoradi
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi. 

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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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 Placement, ideas you might have about developing healthcare will be challenged. As many Tanzanians suffer from oral halth 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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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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 the opportunity to work in Dental Radiology, assisting in the diagnoses of a range of oral issues. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu. 

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.

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Peru - Arequipa
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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. Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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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 and enthusiastic students may get the chance to work with specialists on both minor and major cases, learning what limitations local professionals face daily. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.

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Dental treatment in Arusha, Tanzania

"Have a keen and open mind, as you are joining a completely different culture".

Danielle Cook, Columbia University 2014

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Swan's Review of his Dental Internship in Nepal

"The experience taught me how to work around limited resources and making the most out of them".

Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014

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Mengzhu's Review of her Dental Internship in Dar es Salaam

I was exposed to more oral surgery at this clinic in ten days than in my entire fourth year at dental school

Mengzhu Wang, Griffith University 2014

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Suman's Review of his Dental Elective in Nepal

My elective in Nepal was an experience of a lifetime, which was only made possible by the immense help from WTW

Suman Suppayah, University of Sheffield 2014

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Rachel's Review of her Dental Internship in Pokhara

We got hands on experience, such as the chance to do fillings, extractions, x-ray taking and assisting in biopsy taking

Rachel Otukoya, University of Sheffield 2014

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