WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PLACEMENT WITH WORK THE WORLD?

An occupational therapy placement abroad is a clinical placement you undertake in a low-resource clinical setting in a developing country

You’ll see immense differences between occupational therapy abroad and back home. You’ll also see practices, like paraffin therapy, that you wouldn’t normally see back home.

You’ll come across uncommon conditions like leprosy and polio, and learn how local staff treat conditions like neuropathies and contractures with limited resources. In fact, you’ll see that much of the rehabilitation equipment they use is handmade.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PLACEMENT ABROAD?

With experience like this you’ll stand out from all the other OT students graduating every year.

On one of our placements, you’ll:

  • Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set
  • Sharpen your communication skills
  • Develop your confidence and resourcefulness
  • Build your personal and professional network
  • Become more attractive to employers

You’re in the hospital Monday to Friday, so you have freedom at the weekend to explore your destination of choice.

WHO ARE WE?

We're Work the World — We’re expert at planning, building and overseeing occupational therapy placements in foreign countries. We've been designing international occupational therapy opportunities for 12 years for 13,000+ student from 450+ universities around the world.

Our service is end-to-end, and it includes:

A customised placement in a destination of your choice | Comprehensive pre-trip preparation | 24/7 in-country support | Private, catered accommodation

You'll arrive on a Sunday (whenever suits you — we're open year-round). Placement durations start from two weeks.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to how our service works.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

You can go on one of our occupational therapy placements:

  • You are undertaking an occupational therapy degree
  • You have recently graduated with an occupational therapy degree

WHERE DO I START?

Talk to our team. The team have the answers to all your questions and offer a clear picture of what you can expect from our occupational therapy shadowing opportunities.

Get in touch using the short form at the bottom of the page (or click the green enquire now button).

DESTINATIONS

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 witnessing 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.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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With more than 50 stupas, temples, and time-worn palaces, in Anuradhapura you’ll immerse yourself in ancient culture spanning thousands of years. Explore nature’s beauty in the national parks, during safari, on paradise beaches, and up in hot air balloon rides over the jungles of Dambulla.

 

From a clinical perspective, Sri Lanka is home to amputees left by the country’s civil war. OT students will encounter these cases on their placement, using homemade equipment to help rehabilitate a mixture of inpatients and outpatients. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.

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"Due to a lack of resources and trained professionals, the patient to occupational therapist ratio poorly balanced."

Carmen Lai, Swinburne University of Technology 2019

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"I helped form treatment plans, made splints, and carried out assessments within my professional limitations."

Gemma Fryer, Coventry University 2018

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"If you’re thinking of heading to Nepal for your placement, get ready to have the experience of a lifetime."

Laura Langdon, La Trobe University 2018

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

Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016

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