Why go Overseas

A midwifery placement overseas is a unique opportunity to develop your skills as a midwife, as well as seeing the world, learning about yourself as you go. You’ll work alongside local midwives and see how they handle issues, like high patient numbers and birthing complications, with low resources. Throughout your placement, you'll find yourself in a range of different settings, such as NICU, OBG, delivery, and post and prenatal care.

We have more than a decade of experience providing placements across the world. During this time, we’ve developed unique partnerships with the hospitals we work with, which allow us to tailor every detail of your placement and offer high-level of structured supervision. You’ll get 24/7 support from our in-country management teams who run your private, catered accommodation. The teams also monitor your clinical experience, helping you get the most from your experience.

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How it Works

With our extensive experience creating thousands of placements, our team can help you decide which country will best suit you. The next step is personalising your placement to make sure we get you in front of the things you want to experience based on your areas of interest. Just tell our team what you want to achieve and we’ll customise every detail to suit.

A lot of the organisation of your placement goes on behind the scenes. We share every stage of this process with you through our online placement planner — MyTrip. Simply login to view your interactive timeline and access all the personalised details of your placement.

Accommodation and TeaM

Our in-country team will be waiting at the airport when you arrive. They’ll take you to the Work the World house where you can unpack and meet the other students. After your welcome briefing, the team will take you on an orientation trip around the local area, and visit the hospital you’ll be based in.

 

We provide private, catered accommodation for the duration of your midwifery placement. All Work the World houses are safe, secure and spacious, and living with students and professionals from a range of disciplines lends a friendly and sociable atmosphere to the house. Our fantastic in-country teams offer 24-hour support, and you’ll have the added bonus of an in-house chef to cook your meals and housekeeper. Twice-weekly, a local teacher will visit the house to give language lessons.

IN THE HOSPITAL

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's unparalleled in quality, a fact we’re very proud of. Make the leap and travel overseas to experience midwifery abroad. 

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.

 

We’re partnered with a hospital in Merida that deals solely with infant paediatric cases and expectant mothers. At more than 150, the number of beds here is impressive, yet the wards remain uncommonly busy. This gives you the opportunity to get a breadth of experience across cases, both recognisable and unfamiliar. As patient numbers are high, you’ll to see how resourceful the techniques used by local specialists are when dealing with intrapartum complications, like breech births.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is Zambia’s thriving capital city. Visit game parks to see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah, and spot hippos wading through the beautiful Zambezi River while rowing along the shore in your canoe. Rich local cultures and traditions deeply ingrained in Zambian tribal culture are a highlight.

 

Our partner hospital could allow you to get involved in live births, daily. It’s also possible to gain insight into pre and postnatal care programmes offered locally. On placement in Lusaka, emergency labours like breech births will be part of your day to day, as will providing care for HIV positive mothers, mothers with malnutrition and a host of other complications.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

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

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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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 here you could encounter complicated surgical births, working alongside local Tanzanian students. Assisting in a ward dedicated to mothers with HIV will open your eyes to the realities of issues faced by professionals in the developing world, and how local specialists battle them with limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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

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Peru - Arequipa
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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 could present opportunities for you to work with neonatology, dilation control, psychoprophylaxis, and normal deliveries. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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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, you'll find out that caesareans are common—they’ve even been dedicated an entire ward in our partner hospital. 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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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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 areas 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 your field. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.

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