A fresh perspecitve

Following one of our highly specialised OT placements, not only will you be fully equipped to deal with the rest of your studies, but you’ll also be set up for a successful career in OT. While overseas you’ll learn how OT departments adapt to face challenges like lack of rehabilitative equipment (most is made in hospital), high patient numbers, 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

All you have to do is tell us which specific areas of Occupational Therapy you’re interested in and we’ll create a custom-made OT Placement just for you. It’s important for you to understand that these are not run-of-the-mill placements; they’re highly tailored occupational therapy placements abroad that have potential to positively impact the course of your life.

One of our experts will arrange your hospital placement, pair you with the right supervisors, handle visa administration and more—the service is comprehensive. The same team is also responsible for all our in-country operations around the world, meaning there’s no one better placed to help you.

OT electives

go further

Work the World will match you with a supervisor under whose wing you’ll observe, diagnose and treat a number of conditions, some of which will be completely alien to you. You’ll gain an extraordinary breadth of experience in a multitude of environments, which is vital to developing a comprehensive understanding of Occupational Therapy.

What’s more, the costs of healthcare and the distance some patients have to travel to be seen can be excessive. As part of your OT Placement abroad, you’ll see plenty of conditions that are at stages far beyond what you’ll have seen back home.

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When you finally arrive in your destination of choice, you’ll start receiving round the clock support from our ground teams. They’ll meet you from the airport and then whisk you off to your private, fully catered, security guarded accommodation to begin your trip. We’ll also give you access to MyTrip, a specially designed online placement planner and information centre tailored specifically to you. As we only offer healthcare experiences, we’re able to focus our efforts on providing the best OT placements available anywhere.

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Occupational therapy elective destinations

The Philippines - Batangas
Panorama of the paddy rice field. Philippines
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Batangas is a laid-back city peppered with cafes, music venues,  bars, and traditional restaurants. Stunning dive spots, rainforest treks, volcano hikes and tropical beaches are just a handful of the adventures that wait in the surrounding areas.


On an Occupational Therapy Placement here in our partner hospital, under the supervision of specialists, you’ll attain unsurpassed insight into the rehabilitation treatment plans of a diverse spectrum of patients. You'll even integrate some Physiotherapy practices into your experience. This will broaden your understanding of healthcare in a global context. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas.

Panorama of the paddy rice field. Philippines

Nepal - Pokhara
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You’ll find Pokhara at the foot of the Himalayan mountains. It’s a laid back amalgam of winding cobbled streets, temples, religious festivals, and delicious national delicacies. Paragliding, trekking through the Annapurna mountains, and exploring ornate temples and pagodas could all be part of your experience.


On your OT Placement you’ll be working in Western Nepal’s only rehabilitation hospital, which is well equipped by local standards. Show initiative and you’ll assist with cases of stroke, neuromuscular disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.


Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Despite Dar es Salaam’s swift expansion, the city’s surrounds hold some of the most impressive natural beauty in the world. African plains home to endangered wildlife lie under the watchful gaze of mountains, and Zanzibar — a paradise island — is a short boat ride away.


A proactive approach to your OT Placement will open doors to working with cases of arthritis, neuropathies, and contractures. The OT team also works with the ICU as well as doing home visits, giving you an immersive experience of OT in the developing world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.


Case Study

"Work the World made planning and preparing my placement totally achievable."

Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016

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