Our base in Phnom Penh is home to Southeast Asian culture at its most striking. Brightly painted wooden boats adorn the banks of the Mekong River, Buddhist monks in saffron robes offer prayers, and the aromas of local cuisines provide an intoxicating feast for the senses. Outside the capital, discover ancient Hindu temples nestled deep in the jungle, beautiful coastline, and lush national parks.
- Discover the ancient vine-clad temples of Angkor Wat
- Visit Koh Rong island for white sands and crystal seas
- Browse trinkets and brands alike at the Russian Market
- Trek deep into the jungles of the Cardamom Mountains
- Spot Tropical wildlife in Botum Sakor National Park
The Work the World House
The Work the World house is the central hub of activity while you’re with us in Phnom Penh. It’s your home from home. Living with healthcare students from all over the world lends the house a friendly, social atmosphere.
The house is based a short tuk tuk ride from the banks of Cambodia’s famous Mekong River. In fact, you can get from the Work the World house to the centre of the city in a matter of minutes. After placement, hop on a dragon boat tour along the river, visit a temple or two, explore the night markets to find the best street food, and then hit the bars and clubs in the nightlife district.
You’ll find the house in a peaceful residential area, so after a busy day on placement it offers the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.
Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind
Support in the Hospital
The team in Phnom Penh will take you on an informal visit to your placement hospital before it officially starts. You’ll meet key department staff and your assigned supervisors, helping you get used to the environment before you jump into your placement. You’ll often see the Phnom Penh team around the hospital. They’ll visit you regularly, making sure everything is running smoothly.
Your in-country supervisors will be expecting your arrival — we assign them before you’ve even arrived in-country. If you make an honest effort to get to know them, they’ll offer up insights into the Cambodian healthcare system that only a local practitioner can offer.
When it comes to support, we’ve got everything covered. Our teams are there for you right the way through your clinical placement if and when you need them.
Placements in Phnom Penh
VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK
To complement your main placement in the city, we highly recommend undertaking this optional, additional week in a rural Cambodian village. In the morning, you’ll go to a local health outpost where you can see how local staff treat patients from the surrounding areas. In the afternoons, you can learn all about rural Cambodian life — you’ll learn local silk weaving techniques, cook Khmer dishes, receive blessings from the local buddhist monk, visit vast rice paddies, see the local wildlife rescue centre and the Chisor Mountain Temple dedicated to the Hindu divinities Shiva and Vishnu.
"The women were so strong — they didn’t have access to pain relief like we do in Australia."
Lauren Filmer, University of Canberra 2019Read more
"It was a lovely tradition to be involved with and the family were always very appreciative."
Stephanie Marsh, Bournemouth University 2020Read more
"The patients’ family members would often sleep on the floor under the beds!"
Niamh Temple, University of Hertfordshire 2019Read more
"This trip has been the most life-changing experience and it has taught me so much."
Millie Cronin, University of Brighton 2019Read more
"I chose Cambodia due to its diverse culture and how different the healthcare system is."
Alice Hardisty, University of Gloucestershire 2019Read more