WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS RADIOGRAPHY PLACEMENT WITH WORK THE WORLD?
A radiography placement abroad is a clinical placement you undertake in the radiography department of a low-resource hospital in the developing world. We cater to radiotherapists too.
You’ll see exactly how different a healthcare system in another country can be. What’s more you’ll get all sorts of experience with practices and conditions you’ve never seen.
You choose the destination you want to travel to, then tell us about your clinical interests. We’ll then completely customise your radiography placement to suit you.
You’ll help scan and diagnose unfamiliar conditions, see how sociocultural factors affect the manner in which local staff go about their practice, and learn techniques like developing X-rays on film.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS of experiencing radiography abroad?
Our placements are specially designed to set you apart. The experience gives you a head start on all the other radiography students who’ll be competing in the job market alongside you.
On a one of our radiography placements abroad, 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
You’ll be in the hospital from Monday to Friday, which leaves your evenings and weekends free to explore whichever country you’ve chosen to visit.
WHO ARE WE?
We're Work the World — the authority on designing and building customised radiography placements abroad. Since we started in 2005, we've built placements for 15,000+ students from more than 400 universities around the world.
Our personal end-to-end service includes:
Placement customisation (choose your destination and areas of clinical interest) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation
Arrivals are every Sunday and we operate 52 weeks a year. Placement durations start from one week upwards.
For more detail about how our service works click here.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
You can go on a radiography placement abroad if:
- You are radiography or radiologic technology degree
- You have recently graduated with a radiography or radiologic technology degree
WHERE DO I START?
Talking to us is the best way to start. Our expert team are ready to answer your questions, help you with choosing a destination, and to get your place secured right away.
Get in touch using the short enquiry form.
Indonesia - Yogyakarta
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Radiography in Indonesia isn’t the same as what you’re familiar with in Australia. Yes, you’ll get experience helping scan and interpret conditions. But right from the start you’ll see differences in equipment and in practise. And this is what a radiography placement in Yogyakarta is all about — being right there alongside skilled Indonesian specialists, learning how they have found innovative ways to work around problems. And this will make you more resourceful and confident in your own practise (you’ll have a few stories to tell too).
Mexico - Merida
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Merida is Mexico’s centre of sophistication. The city is home to beautiful colonial architecture, and broad boulevards punctuated with green plazas. At night, the city is alive with restaurants and bars spilling out into the streets. At weekends, dive in beautiful underwater caves known as ‘cenotes’, unwind on tropical beaches, and visit breathtaking Mayan temple ruins.
Radiography placements in our Mexican partner hospitals, present the opportunity to gain practical experience with some of the best scanning technologies available anywhere—unusual for a government hospital regardless of where it is in the world. Patients here typically present advanced stage illnesses, meaning you could see things entirely unfamiliar to you. If radiotherapy is your speciality it’s also possible to learn technologies, like cobalt therapy and brachytherapy.
Vietnam - Hue
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A vibrant focal point of Southeast Asian culture and backpacker favourite, with bustling markets, lively bars and delicious street food in abundance. Close to tropical beaches, rainforests, and ancient temples and pagodas, you’ll have every chance to indulge your adventurous side.
We’re partnered with a university teaching hospital in Hue, Vietnam. The way the hospital is run means you’ll get comprehensive experience both scanning and helping to interpret imagery. The insight here comes from understanding how local staff cope with a lack of modern machinery. Your experience here will teach you a new level of adaptability that will serve you throughout your career as a radiographer.
Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is Zambia’s thriving capital city. Visit game parks to see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah, and spot hippos wading through the beautiful Zambezi River while rowing along the shore in your canoe. Rich local cultures and traditions deeply ingrained in Zambian tribal culture are a highlight.
You’ll quickly see that the hospital we’ve partnered with uses most standard diagnostic equipment. However, local staff also utilise analogue techniques for when, from time to time, power cuts occur. This means learning things like developing X-rays using traditional darkroom equipment. Upon request, it’s also possible to get experience in the Cancer and Diseases hospital.
Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s entrancing capital city, emanates from the banks of the Mekong river, it’s streets are busy with market stalls, street food vendors, and exciting nightlife once the sun goes down. Outside the city, discover lush national parks home to exotic wildlife, and jump between some of Southeast Asia’s most famous tropical islands.
A Radiography Placement here will highlight the realities of this rapidly developing field. You could have the chance to experience dark room image development, shadow specialists on ward rounds, and assist in the diagnoses of anything from road traffic accidents to manual labour injuries. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.
Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara is an ancient city found in the Himalayan foothills. Despite its wealth of peaceful Hindu temples and lush, rolling landscapes, the city also happens to be a nerve centre of adventure. Paragliding, whitewater rafting, and bungee jumping are all on offer here.
Show enthusiasm on your Radiography Placement and you could get involved in KUB, IVU, with the hospital’s only CT scanner. Assisting diagnose various chest infections, fractures, and trauma will provide a unique and detailed picture of healthcare in this developing nation. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.
Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is the beating heart of Nepal. Mischievous monkeys roam rooftops, motorbikes speed through narrow streets, ornate temples loom around every corner. Trek through jungles, go paragliding, or even leap from the world’s highest bungee jump.
A Radiography Placement here will have you placed in a department that can see over 100 patients per day for X-ray alone. Many of the cases you’ll see are referred from elsewhere in the hospital and surrounding rural areas, making for a diverse range of often advanced cases. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.
Philippines - Iloilo
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Iloilo is a fusion of traditional Filipino culture and western modernity. Vibrant street festivals, food vendors, bars and local markets with a tropical island backdrop of palm trees and clear waters.
On your placement you'll assist diagnose everything from infectious diseases like pulmonary tuberculosis, to trauma cases. Demonstrate proactivity and you could also assist with inserting IV lines, injecting contrast dyes, and performing fluoroscopic procedures. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam might be one of the largest cities in Tanzania, but it’s surrounded by stunning natural beauty. You’ll see lions, elephants, zebra and more on safari, discover the tropical shores of Zanzibar island, and even take a short flight to Kilimanjaro should you choose to.
On your Radiography Placement here, you’ll get experience in one of the country’s best equipped departments. Show enthusiasm and you could assist with cases ranging from fractures to road traffic accidents and severe burns. Diagnosing a range of HIV related chest infections will open your eyes to the local impact of this virus. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.
Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi is a bustling African city located on Ghana’s golden West Coast. Stretches of sandy beach are peppered with colonial forts, cannons still intact, making it perfect for the culture lover and sun-seeker alike. In your free time, swim in jungle waterfalls, sleep in jungle tree houses, go on safari, and more.
On a Radiography Placement here, you can choose to help provide diagnostic services for departments like A&E, and for small clinics in surrounding rural areas. The wide scope of patients you’ll encounter will highlight the range of advanced pathologies typical in the developing world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.
"I saw quite a few abdomen ultrasounds done to check for metastases."
Samantha Chan, City University London 2019Read more
"The opportunity to travel around Vietnam was a great addition to my elective placement."
Alice Weaver, Keele University 2019Read more
"Travelling alone for the first time gave me so much more confidence and independence."
Niamh Corry, University of Liverpool 2019Read more
"Local staff taught me about their exposure techniques and why they use a higher kVp."
Tunmise Eso, University of Hertfordshire 2019Read more
"The operation of the department was very efficient despite the limited services available."
Jonathan Small, University of Cumbria 2019Read more
What do our radiography placements offer?
A Work the World radiography placement gives you the chance to undertake a clinical placement in the developing world. You will spend time in a low-resource hospital and see unfamiliar practices and advanced conditions. You can even choose the departments you want to rotate through. Learn more here.
What are the benefits of a Work the World radiography placement?
The benefits of our radiography placements include:
- Expanding your clinical knowledge and skill set
- Becoming more confident, independent and resourceful
- Making yourself more attractive to employers
- Doing some proper travelling
- Building your personal and professional network
- Sharpening your language and communication skills
- Renewing your perspective on care back home
How can I raise funds for my radiography placement?
It’s easier than ever to get the funds together for your overseas radiography placement. You can take advantage of government programs like OS-HELP, you can take the initiative by starting your own online fundraising page, and you can apply for a huge number of grants and bursaries to help you along the way. Learn how easy it is to raise as much as you need.
What countries can I travel to on a Work the World radiography placement?
What will I see on a Work the World radiography placement?
You’ll see things like:
- Relaxed radiation protection procedures
- CT, MRI and X-ray developed on film in a darkroom
- Extremely limited patient privacy
- Late presentations and advanced pathologies
- Unmaintained and faulty diagnostic equipment
How long is a Work the World radiography placement?
A radiography placement is as long as you want it to be. Our minimum placement duration is one week, but students typically travel on their radiography placements for 4 weeks. There is no upper limit to how long you can travel.