Hue is one of Vietnam’s most lively cities. You’ll find adventure around every corner and have the chance to immerse yourself in local culture. From Hue, you can explore national parks, experience Vietnamese nightlife in the coastal cities, kick back on tropical beaches… there’s more to do than you’ll have time for.

The Work the World House

A big part of your experience in Vietnam is living in the Work the World house — your home from home. You'll live with healthcare students from all kinds of disciplines around the world, so the houses have a social vibe.

Our house in Hue is an oasis of calm, offering a break from the excitement of the city. The garden is beautiful, with a stream, an ancient wishing well, and a swimming pool to cool off in.

You’ll find the house in central Hue — it’s within walking distance of the Imperial City.

If you cross a bridge over the Perfume River, you’ll find some of the Hue’s best bars, markets, temples, and street food vendors.

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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 your placement begins, our team in Hue will take you to visit your placement hospital. The informal tour will help you get a feel for your new environment. You’ll meet your supervisors and other key department staff while you’re there.
 
You’ll see the in-country team in the hospital throughout your placement. They’ll come and visit you on the wards, making sure everything is running smoothly.
 
We assign and inform your supervisors well before your placement starts. Aim to build a relationship with them and you’ll see what the local healthcare system is like through the eyes of a local practitioner.
 
We’ve got all bases covered, offering you support at every level throughout your clinical placement.

Placements in Hue

Medical Electives

On a medical elective in Vietnam, you can choose to get experience in a range of departments. These include OBG, internal medicine, A&E, and general and orthopaedic surgery. You can also spend time in oncology, which offers particular insight. Modern medicines are greatly respected, but unregulated in many areas. For instance, there have been cases of children suffering from arsenic poisoning having been given contaminated baby formula. Chronic malnutrition is relatively common in paediatric patients, and there are huge volumes of patients involved in RTAs. Hue is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a medical elective in Asia.

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Nursing Placements

The 3000-bed university teaching hospital we’ve partnered with in Hue is the perfect place to undertake your nursing placement. You can choose to spend time in a range of departments — the emergency department, paediatrics, psychiatry, oncology, the reproductive endocrinology and infertility centre, and the center for gastrointestinal endoscopy among others. The Vietnamese traditional medicine department is eye-opening, and you’ll see how traditional techniques complement more contemporary practises.

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Midwifery Placements

Our partner institution in Hue, Vietnam is a university teaching hospital, making it the perfect place to undertake your clinical placement. Alongside nurses, medics and fellow midwives and midwifery students, you’ll get first hand insight into a Vietnamese OBG department. From pre and postnatal care to attending and assisting in live births, you’ll see exactly how local professionals use ingenuity to deliver care with limited resources. Seeing how traditional Vietnamese culture influences local practices will be a highlight.

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Physiotherapy Placements

Based in a university teaching hospital, the rehabilitation department in our partner institution has decades of experience training physiotherapists. Under the supervision of local specialists, you can assist with the rehabilitation of a breadth of conditions. These could include everything from severe burns to paediatric spina bifida caused by the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn how an impressive level of care is provided, despite resource limitations.

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Paramedic Science Placements

Paramedic science placements in Vietnam are fascinating as traditional medicine is built right into the healthcare system. This means you’ll see how modern practises complement ancient traditions. In our partner hospital’s A&E department you’ll see cases like RTAs and trauma, and even unfamiliar diseases. Many patients travel in from some of Vietnam’s most rural areas, so the patient demographic (and the conditions they present) will be mixed.

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Radiography Placements

Our partner institution in Hue is a university teaching hospital where you can learn what it’s like to practice radiography in a low-resource setting. Much of the diagnostic equipment in the hospital is out of date, and some machines that better-funded hospitals might take for granted do not exist at all. While equipment may be lacking, local staff have adapted techniques to make up for the limitations a lack of equipment imposes. This will teach you how to be resourceful in ways you might not have previously considered.

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Pharmacy Placements

A pharmacy placement in our partner hospital in Hue will highlight the limitations poor funding places on the pharmacy provision. The resource gap is particularly notable when it comes to pharmacy as a discipline — certain medicines have extremely limited availability, while others are non-existent. This has an obvious impact on patients in that they don’t have access to crucial medicines that could help them recover. Unique to our programme in Hue, you’ll also be able to observe traditional Vietnamese medicinal practices being used alongside more contemporary techniques.

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VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK

At the end of your city-based placement, if you undertake this additional week in a rural setting, you’ll see a different side of healthcare in Vietnam. Alongside your official Work the World guide and interpreter, you’ll spend mornings in the local clinic, learning how local staff employ resourcefulness to get around a lack of equipment. We fill your afternoons with cultural activities, fully immersing you in the rural way of life. You’ll learn local traditions through participation, cook regional specialties, and much more.

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"Each morning on the postnatal ward the midwives would collect all of the babies and take them into the washroom to bathe them, they would have easily washed 30-40 babies".

Rachel Jowett, La Trobe University 2020

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"I loved the ease with which my placement was organised."

Michaela Burke, University of Queensland 2020

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"I learnt a lot about using resources judiciously and creatively solving clinical problems."

Anna Kersch, University of New South Wales 2020

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"after spending four weeks in the beautiful country, I can assure you it didn’t disappoint."

Geena Tebbutt, University of Queensland 2020

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"I learnt so much both in my practical skills, care and compassion and ability to problem solve."

Chloe Dooley, Cardiff University 2020

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WHAT HEALTHCARE DISCIPLINES DO WORK THE WORLD CATER FOR?

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

WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES CAN I TRAVEL TO ON A WORK THE WORLD PLACEMENT?

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

WHAT IS THE WORK THE WORLD HOUSE LIKE IN VIETNAM?

Our house in Hue offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city. The garden is beautiful, with a stream, an ancient wishing well, and a swimming pool. The house is located in the centre of the Hue, within walking distance of the famous imperial city.

WHAT TRAVELLING OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR ME WHILST I’M IN VIETNAM?

Hue is one of Vietnam’s most lively cities. You’ll find adventure around every corner and have the chance to immerse yourself in local culture. You can explore national parks, experience Vietnamese nightlife in the coastal cities and kick back on tropical beaches.