WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS PARAMEDIC SCIENCE PLACEMENT WITH WORK THE WORLD?

Our placements for paramedic science students are undertaken in the developing world in low-resource hospitals with busy wards.

You’ll see just how big the differences between healthcare systems can be. And you’ll come across conditions and practices you’ve never seen before.

It’s worth pointing out that very few countries benefit from sophisticated ambulance services. With that in mind, your role in our destinations is focused on emergency medicine.

You’ll observe how local specialists deal with emergencies using limited resources, see which sociocultural issues affect the provision of care (in some destinations you’ll find there’s less of a sense of urgency), and see practices — like manual intubation without anaesthesia — that you won’t see back home.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PARAMEDIC SCIENCE PLACEMENT ABROAD?

Our placements are set out to help you stand apart from the all the other paramedic science students out there.

On one of our paramedic placements you’ll:

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

Hospital placements run Monday to Friday. And that means your evenings and weekends are free to explore whichever destination you’ve chosen to visit.

WHO ARE WE?

We're Work the World — World renowned experts in planning, customising, and building overseas paramedic placements. Since we were founded in 2005, we've built international paramedic opportunities for 13,000+ students from over 400 universities globally.

Our personal, end-to-end service that includes:

Placement tailoring (you choose your destination and areas of clinical interest) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation

Placement durations start from two weeks, and arrivals are every Sunday, 52 weeks of the year.

For more detail about how our service works click here.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

You can go on a paramedic science placement abroad if:

  • You’re undertaking a paramedic science degree
  • You’ve recently graduated with a paramedic science degree

WHERE DO I START?

Your first step is to chat with our team. Our experts are here to answer your questions. They'll give you advice on which destinations are best for placements for paramedic science students, and to get your place secured.

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

DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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Undertake your paramedicine placement in Mexico and you’ll get experience in our partner hospital’s busy A&E department. It's so busy that patient wait times can be 24 hours or longer. Look into the corridors and in waiting rooms and you’ll see treatments being carried out. No space is wasted. RTAs are common, as are heart attacks, strokes, and appendicitis among others. You can also spend time in the paediatric emergency department, where cases vary from respiratory conditions to premature births.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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 In Cambodia, you’ll get experience in a busy A&E department with a high volume of emergencies. The hospital has limited resources; patients often share beds and gloves are so scarce that staff can rarely afford to change them between patients. You might even see multiple surgeries going on in the same theatre at the same time. Common cases include injuries caused by fighting, COPD, cardiac arrests, attempted suicides, and drug and alcohol abuse. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

Vietnam - Hue
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You’ll spend time in the A&E department of our partner hospital in Vietnam. RTAs and trauma are common, as are tropical diseases like dengue fever and malaria. A lot of patients travel in from some the most remote areas in Vietnam, so you’ll see that the patient demographic is mixed. Even more interestingly, you’ll also see how modern practises complement ancient traditions.

Zambia - Lusaka
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In Zambia, your attention while on placement will be directed toward patients in A&E. You’ll see a range of conditions; severe malaria, injuries sustained through manual labour, serious burns, and cases of domestic abuse. Resources are scarce in Zambia, and practises may be unfamiliar — take manual intubation as an example. The A&E department is divided between four admissions areas and you’ll see huge patient volumes. This placement is eye-opening, and it’s all the more rewarding for it.

Philippines - Iloilo
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You’ll spend time in A&E, OBG emergency, and surgery on your paramedic placement. The A&E department here is busy. It’s the general emergency room for the entire island. You’ll see differences in both resource and practise. Manual intubation and a lack of anaesthesia are two examples. Another key difference is that patients’ families do a surprising amount of the patient care — bagging for example. You’ll see a diversity of cases here too; respiratory failure, gastroenteritis, burns, rabies, hernias, and hyperglycemia are some examples. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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In Dar es Salaam, you can get experience in both A&E and surgery. On a paramedic placement here, you’ll be in the city’s main A&E department within a national referral hospital. That means you’ll often see critical cases. This is the only department of its kind in Tanzania, so patients will travel for miles to be seen, even in an emergency. You’ll see a diversity of cases; sepsis with multi-organ failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, cerebral malaria, metabolic disorders, polytrauma, blunt trauma, and penetrating trauma among others. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Peru - Arequipa
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On a placement in Peru, you’ll learn how disorders arising from poor sanitation, and cases of cross contamination, come to be. The A&E in our partner hospital is the main inlet for patients in some of Arequipa’s most economically disadvantaged regions. Patients are typically diverted into one of five emergency areas, following triage; OBG, surgery, paediatrics, trauma, general medicine, and the critical observation room. In terms of cases, you’ll see victims of domestic abuse, assault, suicide attempts, and tuberculosis.  Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

Ghana - Takoradi
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Go to Ghana for your paramedicine placement and your focus will be on emergency care.  RTAs are common, and you could see hernias, ectopias, hypo- and hyperglycemia, severe diarrhoea, convulsions, and fractures. Socio-cultural circumstances affect how local staff deliver emergency care in Ghana. For example, there’s much less of a sense of urgency in A&E. The lack of resources in our partner hospital means learning how to be creative with the outdated equipment you do have access to.  Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Takoradi.

Nepal - Pokhara
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Head to Nepal to learn about local paramedicine practice and you’ll see major differences in the provision of care when compared to what you’re used to. There’s a lack of patient privacy, infection control is limited, and doctors take patients’ socioeconomic circumstances into account when making diagnoses. In this hospital you even can follow patients into surgery to get a broader sense of the patient journey. The hospitals here only use ambulances in critical situations. If a patient needs life support while being transported for example, or during critical labour, or in the event of mass casualties. If you're looking for a paramedic placement in Nepal, Pokhara is an amazing option. Read stories of those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

"The economic burden had an enormous impact on the local healthcare system’s availability to deliver the 'gold standard' care I was used to seeing in the UK."

Cody Thorndyke, University of East Anglia 2018

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"I had the best 3 weeks of my life, and I cannot wait to do it all over again."

Amber Sheldon, University of East Anglia 2018

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