Opening 2023! Yogyakarta is the cultural heart of Java, the biggest of Indonesia’s 18,000-island archipelago. From here you can access tropical beaches, jungle tribes, ancient temples… But Yogyakarta is a city after all - so you’ll drink in local culture and cuisine, and get a taste of local nightlife, Indonesian style.

The Work the World House

The Work the World house is a big part of your experience in Indonesia, and will quickly become your home away from home. You’ll live with healthcare students and graduates from all over the world, and that gives the house a lively vibe.

The house in Yogyakarta is the perfect place for you to kick-back after a day on the wards. The big living areas are great for socialising, but there’s still lots of space for when you want time to yourself.

The house is in a friendly suburb, and from there you can jump in a Grab taxi (the local Uber equivalent) and get anywhere in the city.

Go shopping for colourful batik on Malioboro Street, grab some street food in the alun-alun (local square), and join the locals as they ride neon-lit ‘bling-bling cars’ around the park after dark.

In-Country Team

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

Before you start your placement, your in-country team will take you to your placement hospital for a visit. They’ll introduce you to department staff (including your key supervisor) and this helps you settle in. In actual fact, you’ll see the in-country team in the hospital all the time — they visit you on placement to make sure you’re supported.

We assign your supervisors before your placement starts. Your aim is to build a relationship with them so you can see the local healthcare system through their experienced eyes.

We’ve got all the bases covered, offering your support all the way through your placement.

Medical Electives Abroad


Our programs are open (Yogyakarta opening 2023)! You can book your Work the World overseas placement with total confidence. Once you’ve secured your space, you can make unlimited changes to your travel dates, absolutely free.

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Placements in this destination

Nursing Placement

On placement, you'll see patients presenting conditions so severe that you’ll wonder how they managed the pain (especially when there's so little pain medication in Indonesia). Why does this happen? Healthcare is expensive here, so patients wait until their conditions worsen before seeking treatment. On your nursing placement in Yogyakarta, you'll see that hospitals here have a real lack of resources—you’ll see the lengths to which local nurses have to go to get the job done. And based on your nursing branch, you can spend time in as many different departments as you choose. You’ll see cases you're used to in Australia, plus a few (like dengue fever), that aren't familiar to you.

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Medical Elective

In Yogyakarta, you can rotate through lots of different departments — OBG, internal medicine, A&E… whichever take your interest. Most hospitals in the city (and, for that matter, in Indonesia more generally) lack resources. So you’ll learn firsthand what it takes to get the job done as a medic in this environment. When it comes to conditions, you’ll see many common cases, plus a few you won’t have seen like dengue fever. Some patients present conditions so far advanced you’ll wonder how they coped with the pain (especially with Indonesia’s analgesia scarcity). Why does this happen? Healthcare is relatively expensive here, so many patients here wait until the last minute to seek treatment.

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Midwifery Placement

It starts from the moment you walk through the doors of our partner hospital in Yogyakarta. You’ll see low-resource wards, a lack of up-to-date equipment, and low staffing levels compared to what you’re used to in Australia. You’ll recognise wards and departments like OBG and NICU, but the way local midwives approach their discipline here is very different indeed. Staff face unique challenges here too. For instance, in 2016, around 3200 children were infected with HIV due to mother-to-child transmission. But the real insight comes from seeing just how differently local staff approach complications like breech births and eclampsia.

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Physiotherapy Placement

There are more differences between physiotherapy in Australia and Indonesia than you probably realise. Once you get going in our physiotherapy department here in Yogyakarta, you’ll start unpacking these differences for yourself. One big challenge for local staff is a lack of equipment, and a few weeks on placement here will make you appreciate what’s available on the at home. You’ll engage with patients from some of the island of Java’s most economically disadvantaged areas, and the cases themselves are eye-opening. You’ll see paediatric patients, cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions, spinal injuries, severe burns, post-surgical patients… we could go on.

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Pharmacy Placement

In Yogyakarta, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of an Indonesian hospital pharmacy. But the real point of a placement like this is to see how local pharmacists make do when medicine is in such short supply. You won’t just be standing by — you’ll learn how staff dispense medicines, visit wards to learn about patient medication plans, help keep track of stock, learn how patients have to cope without pain relief, and see how traditional medicine helps fill the gaps. This is just a snapshot of what you’ll get involved in on this eye-opening placement.

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Radiography Placement

Do your radiography elective in Yogyakarta and you’ll get a closeup look at what it’s like to practise radiography in a developing healthcare system. Local staff will deliver to you a masterclass in resourcefulness and demonstrate the definition of ‘making do with what you’ve got’. To be clear, you will recognise some of the equipment. But what’s there is likely to be outdated (compared to Australian standards). Some technologies that we take for granted don’t exist at all.

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Dental Elective

You’ll start getting insights into the Indonesian approach to dentistry as soon as you step into the department. Equipment might seem outdated, but local dentists are absolutely expert at doing the best they can with what you have. You stand to learn a lot from them in the way of resourcefulness. Something else you’ll notice from day one is that preventative techniques are less of a priority here than in Australia. There are lots of reasons for this. One prominent reason is that in many cases decay is severely advanced. And the reason for this is that patients can’t afford preventative treatment. Many will only seek help when pain becomes too much to bear and it’s too late to save the tooth.

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Village Healthcare Week

During your placement in Yogyakarta, you’ll experience all the ins and outs of a city-based placement. But to see how the healthcare system holds up out in rural Indonesia, you need to undertake this optional (and eye-opening) additional week. You’ll head out with your personal Work the World guide and interpreter to spend a week living in a traditional Indonesian village community.

In the mornings, you’ll head to the local clinic to learn how local healthcare staff have learned how to get around a severe lack of resources. Your afternoons are filled with cultural activities that immerse you in the rural way of life, like learning to cook classic Indonesian dishes and creating your own traditional ‘batik’ print.



Work the World organise supervised healthcare electives and placements for the following disciplines: - 1. Medical  2. Nursing 3. Midwifery 4. Physiotherapy 5. Radiography 6. Pharmacy 7. Dentistry 8. Occupational Therapy 9. Paramedic Science


Work the World provides a huge variety of flexible placement opportunities throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. These include 1. Tanzania 2. Indonesia  3. Vietnam 4. Mexico 5. Ghana 6. The Philippines 7. Nepal 8. Sri Lanka 9. Zambia


Our house in Yogyakarta is the perfect place for you to kick-back after a day on the wards. The big living areas are great for socialising. The house is in a friendly suburb, close to the city centre.


Yogyakarta is the cultural heart of Java, the biggest of Indonesia’s 18,000-island archipelago. From here you can access tropical beaches, jungle tribes, ancient temples… to name but a few.