A fresh perspective:

Nursing in a developing country will change the way you see healthcare forever. After one of our specialist overseas nursing placements you’ll be better prepared for a career in nursing than anyone who chose to play it safe and stay at home. You’ll learn how nurses in the developing world adapt to deal with under-resourced wards, treat conditions you've never even seen, pick up new clinical skills 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

YOUR PLACEMENT, CUSTOM-MADE

Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll tailor your Nursing Placement down to the tiniest detail. These are not off the shelf placements; they are custom-made experiences that can change your life.

Our experts tailor your hospital experience, match you with supervisors, tackle visa administration — and the list goes on. They’re also responsible for running our programs overseas making them the best people for the job. Of course, the service doesn’t stop there.

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Whether you choose Adult, Paediatric or Mental Health Nursing, under your supervisor’s wing you’ll have the chance to diagnose and treat unfamiliar conditions such as Dengue Fever, Malaria, Rabies and more.

Because healthcare is expensive and patients often live too far from the hospital to make a trip worth it, you’ll see plenty of advanced-stage conditions too. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see nursing from a totally different angle.

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ON THE GROUND

You’ll also have round the clock support from our friendly overseas teams from within our private, security guarded, fully catered accommodation. What’s more, you’ll get open access to MyTrip (our online placement application and information hub) to find out everything about your placement at the click of a button.

We focus exclusively on building the best nursing placement experiences available, meaning you’re in the hands of the specialists. Take a leap and travel overseas to make your nursing placement worth every second.

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Nursing placement destinations

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.

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The Philippines - Batangas
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Batangas is a mellow city, home to friendly people, colonial houses, and a range of restaurants and traditional bars. It’s also the ideal jumping-off point from which to delve into the stunning natural surroundings—tropical beaches and volcano islands, for example.

 

When it comes to your Nursing Placement here, you could choose to rotate through departments like Emergency, Surgery, Post-Anesthesia Care, and Internal Medicine. This will quickly bring to light the challenges of delivering healthcare in this resource-poor environment. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas. 

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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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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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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