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.

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 13,000+ 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 two weeks 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 form at the bottom of the page (or click the green enquire now button).

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DESTINATIONS

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
Famous Angkor Wat temple complex in sunset, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.Panoramic view.
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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.

Famous Angkor Wat temple complex in sunset, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.Panoramic view.

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.

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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.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Peru is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and iconic attractions. Explore the misty Amazon jungle, trek to the weathered remains of ancient mountaintop citadels, sample delicious local cuisines, and visit floating villages.

 

A radiography placement will place you in the largest Oncology unit in Southern Peru, with opportunities to spend time with a range of cancer patients. Typical conditions include skin cancers, breast cancer, cervical cancer, as well as others not common in the developed world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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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.

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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.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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The city of Anuradhapura is steeped in history. An endless assortment of temples, stupas, and ancient palaces line its winding streets. The New Town, however, is home to modern restaurants and bars. In your free time try things like wildlife safaris, or hot air balloon rides over Dambulla’s lush jungles.

 

On your placement you’ll assist in a very busy department which has the only Radiography facilities in the area. The provision of Interventional Radiography will open your eyes to the realities of your field in a low resource setting. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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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.

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"We conducted an MRI and found a grapefruit-sized tumor in his brain. It was too big to safely remove."

Karissa Wikander, Champlain College 2018

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"I’m so much more comfortable being myself now, and I feel stronger and more confident as a person."

Refa Begum, Cardiff University 2018

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"Travelling by myself was a lot less difficult than I thought it would be."

Celyn Thomas, University of the West of England 2018

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"Using an older method of radiography was truly unique and something I would never have been able to do in Australia."

Jacinta Pang, University of Canberra 2018

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"When a bed became free, the next patient would hop on to claim their spot otherwise someone else would take it!"

Philippa Jowett, University of Leeds 2018

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