Why Go Overseas

Heading overseas for a nursing placement is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In a clinical setting you’re unaccustomed to, you’ll see how local nurses — with limited resources and high patient numbers — deal with advanced conditions. Nursing overseas will jumpstart both your personal and professional development.

Over the last decade we’ve crafted thousands of nursing placements abroad. The partnerships we have with hospitals give us the ability to tailor each individual placement, and also let us offer a high level of structured supervision for the duration of your placement — something which is central to the learning experience. Our locally hired in-country teams are responsible for making sure your placement goes smoothly and providing 24/7 support. The teams also run our private, catered accommodation where you’ll live during your placement.

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HOW IT WORKS

When it comes to nursing placements abroad, we’re the experts. Our extensive knowledge and experience will help you decide which location suits you best. Once you’ve chosen, we’ll craft a unique placement based on what you’re interested in experiencing. Our team will help you customise every aspect of your trip, right down to the departments you’d like to work in.

Behind the scenes, we put in an enormous amount of legwork. So you can keep track of each step in the process, you’ll get access to MyTrip — our online interactive placement planner and timeline, which contains personalised information about every aspect of your experience.

Team and Accommodation

A member of our in-country team will collect you from the airport and accompany you to the Work the World house. When you arrive you’ll get an informative welcome briefing and, once you’ve settled in, a full hospital introduction and orientation of the local area.

 

Our houses are famous for being spacious, private and secure. Students and professionals from a range of disciplines living together feeds a social atmosphere. You’ll get to know people well and will quickly start taking advantage of some amazing weekend travel opportunities. Providing 24/7 support, our in-country management teams are on hand, both inside the house and out. The rest of the house team is comprised of a chef, a housekeeper and a teacher who hosts the twice-weekly language lessons.

IN THE HOSPITAL

One day before you start your hospital placement, the team will take you to the hospital and will introduce you to your supervisors. The strong relationships we have with our hospital partners allow you, as a nurse, to see both unusual and advanced medical conditions, diverse cultural attitudes towards nursing and unfamiliar clinical practises. To make sure your placement lives up to your expectations, our in-country teams review your placement regularly. Placements run Monday to Friday, meaning you’ve plenty of time to explore the amazing destination you’ve chosen.

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.

 

Understand the ‘ins and outs’ of the healthcare system in Mexico by working directly with local nurses in a highly specialised government hospital in Merida. Many patients will present advanced cases having gone through a typically long and complicated referral process. In another hospital with far fewer resources, you could gain direct experience working with patients suffering from unfamiliar tropical diseases such as Chagas, chikungunya and dengue fever.

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.

 

The hospital we’re partnered with in Lusaka is actually five independent institutions in one, comprising Adult, Paediatric, Mother and Newborn, Eye and Cancer and Diseases Hospitals. Great flexibility is built into our placements, meaning you can rotate through them all. Gain experience assisting with cases of glaucoma, clubfoot, malnutrition, paediatric HIV and cervical cancer — one of Zambia’s most prominent causes of death among women.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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Sprawling from the banks of the mighty Mekong river, Cambodia’s capital is an intoxicating hub of contrasts, where bustling street side marketplaces touting branded accessories coexist with the quiet and ancient Buddhist temples. Outside the capital, discover pristete coastline and explore the jungles to find the resident leopards and sun bears.

 

On a nursing placement here you’ll encounter tropical infectious diseases like malaria, HIV, TB, and influenza. Patients will likely present conditions at stages much further advanced than you've seen. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

Famous Angkor Wat temple complex in sunset, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.Panoramic view.

Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara is a historical hub, but with all the amenities any traveler could want. Paragliding and white-water rafting opportunities make it perfect for thrill-seekers, while the city’s temples and still lake provide tranquility.

 

Demonstrate proactivity on your nursing placement and you could assist in the treatment of cases like pneumonia, leprosy, and respiratory infections. You’ll also gain insight into the roles Nurses have here, with bedside care carried out by family members. Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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Iloilo is the perfect destination if you’re searching for sun, sea, or a specialist nursing placement abroad! Island hopping at weekends, diving with whale sharks and giant turtles, and touring local bars are just some of the activities you’ll enjoy.

 

A proactive attitude on placement will allow you to tap into subspecialities like Ophthalmology, Toxicology, Dermatology, and Cardiology. Spending time in the popular Animal Bites Clinic will open your eyes to cases tupical to Iloilo and the surrounding villages. Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is a lively jumble of ornate temples, wild monkeys, chanting monks, and more. Paragliding, bungee jumping, and white-water rafting opportunities all lie close-by, as do the jungles and mountains.

 

On your nursing placement, you’ll work in departments like Mental Health, OBG, and Paediatrics. Venture into local communities to undertake outreach work, and you'll encounter conditions specific to Nepal. You’ll also learn from staff whose daily battle with limited resources forces innovation. Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Kathmandu. 

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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The large Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Spot the ‘big five’ on safari in Sealous Game Park, or travel to Mt. Kilimanjaro, which some of our students have climbed!

 

A nursing placement here will give you the chance to work in the hospital’s HIV clinic. Departments dedicated to Paediatric HIV and supporting HIV positive mothers will highlight the realities of providing necessary care to high patient numbers, all with limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Peru is abundant with natural beauty and colourful culture, from misty Amazonian rainforest and ancient mountaintop ruins, to mouth-watering cuisine and textile markets. Take to the rivers for whitewater rafting, or trek through breathtaking canyons.

 

On a nursing placement you can choose to work in an HIV Centre run by Nurses, and in the largest Oncology Department in Southern Peru. Typical cases here often include skin cancers, cervical cancer, and other less common in the developed world. Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Not only is Kandy staggeringly beautiful with lush tropical jungles, ornate temples and wildlife like elephants and leopards, but it also boasts an ancient healthcare system that’s over 5000 years old, the practice of which is still a popular alternative to western medicine.

 

Show initiative on your nursing placement and opportunities to assist in the treatment of advanced diseases like dengue fever, TB and cases of malnutrition will present themselves. There’s also the busy OBG Ward where you might choose to assist with complicated pregnancies and Neonatal Intensive Care. Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Kandy.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi is a backpacker’s paradise, with fishing villages and historical forts dotting the golden, palm-lined shores. You’ll also have the chance to spot wildlife on safari, swim in jungle waterfalls, or simply relax and soak up the sun!

 

On your nursing placement you can choose to work in The Reproductive and Child Health Department. This is run solely by Nurses and encompasses Family Planning, Postnatal Care, and growth monitoring. Visits to schools to offer hygiene talks and immunizations are also common. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi. 

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura is overflowing with stupas, time-worn temples, and ornate palaces. Beyond the city walls you’ll find national parks and golden, palm-lined beaches.

 

On a nursing placement here you’ll encounter advanced tropical diseases like hepatitis, chikungunya, and malaria. Heavy use of certain pesticides have resulted in chronic kidney disease in some rural areas—spending time in the Renal Transplant Unit (which sees 80% of cases in northern Sri Lanka), will bring you face-to-face with how local specialists treat the condition with minimal resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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Lively Arusha and its lush surroundings brim with adventure, with big game safaris, mountain treks, street food vendors, and dormant volcanoes all close-by.

 

On a nursing placement you’ll work alongside local specialists, assisting in the treatment of conditions you’re likely to be unfamiliar with. These often include dengue fever, malaria, and HIV. Working in the hospital’s Casualty Department will see you encountering up to 300 outpatients daily, who often present with advanced cases. Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Arusha.

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"The Work the World team did everything possible to make our stay comfortable and knowing I had their support during my stay was very reassuring."

Richard Beston, University of Brighton 2017

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"My advice would be GO TO PERU and have the adventure of a lifetime like I did!"

Nicola Looby, Chester University 2017

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Sarah Mabbott

"My advice to anyone considering a trip with Work the World is: make it happen".

Sarah Mabbott, Bournemouth University 2017

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"The consultant I worked with was fantastic. He took me under his wing and treated me as a trainee psychiatrist".

Shannon Flowers, Staffordshire University 2017

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"At the beginning, I was unsure of what to expect, but enjoyed every minute of it"

Phillipa Harwood, Sheffield Hallam University 2017

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WHAT IS A NURSING PLACEMENT?

Nursing placements are undertaken by nursing students as part of their degree—Work the World tailors structured, supervised volunteering nursing placements in destinations across Africa, Asia and Latin America.