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 radiography abroad 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, and 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 and graduates who’ll be competing in the job market alongside you.
On 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 18,000+ students and graduates 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.
For more detail about how our service works click here.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
You can go on a radiography placement abroad if:
- You are on a 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 get your place secured right away. You can also undertake a radiology placement with us if that is where you are specialising.
Get in touch using the short enquiry form.
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 undertaken radiography placements abroad in Takoradi.
Sri Lanka - Kandy
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You can expect to have a varied and interesting placement in our partner hospital in Kandy. The hospital is relatively well equipped, so you’ll have the chance to get to grips with a range of technologies — CT scans and angiograms, MRI scanning, mammography, digital subtraction angiography and radio-opaque substance investigations like barium swallows and enemas. You could even get access to operating theatres, a catheterisation lab, and a lithotripsy unit, accompanied by a local radiographer.
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.
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.
"Even ‘disposable’ equipment was sometimes reused from patient to patient"
Jack Bailey, Bradford University 2022Read more
"The opportunity to travel around Vietnam was a great addition to my elective placement."
Alice Weaver, Keele University 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
"Travelling by myself was a lot less difficult than I thought it would be."
Celyn Thomas, University of the West of England 2018Read 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 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 4-6 weeks. There is no upper limit to how long you can travel.