What's included?


  • Catered accommodation
  • Dedicated Work the World guide
  • 5-day clinical placement in a rural setting
  • Cultural afternoon activities
  • Transport to and from the village


Once your main hospital placement has ended, you can spend a week in a village,  learning how healthcare is delivered in a rural setting. These add-on experiences are available in most of our destinations, so check below to see the full list.

Village Healthcare Weeks - $900 AUD

Add a week to the end of your trip and you can spend time in a rural community in your placement destination.

We will take you from the Work the World house right into the rural community. Your official guide will be waiting for you when you arrive.

You’ll get the authentic experience of village life and immerse yourself in local culture and tradition.

Each morning, you will get experience in a local clinic, rural hospital or health outpost. This is where you’ll see how limited resources hinder the ability of local healthcare staff to deliver care.

Spend your afternoons taking in the region’s top pick activities with your guide. Depending on which destination you choose, you could try your hand at milking buffalo, go island hopping, swim in waterfalls, learn traditional dances, hike to mountain temples and visit village shaman.

xThis is a rare opportunity and is often cited as the highlight of the trip.

Available in:

The Village Healthcare Week is in addition to your city-based placement. You can’t do a Village Healthcare Week by itself.

Enquire now to see how you can add a Village Healthcare Experience to the end of your placement.

Ayurvedic Health Weeks - $900 AUD

Adding an extra week to the end of your trip allows you to experience life in a rural village in Sri Lanka.

We’ll take you to the village where your Work the World guide will be waiting to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

In the mornings, you’ll spend time in the local Ayurveda clinic. Ayurveda, or ‘tree medicine’, is a healing art passed down through generations across 5000 years.

You’ll learn from an Ayurveda master, creating medicines from tree barks and plants found in the surrounding forests. The patients and cases will fascinate you, as will the diagnoses and treatments.

You’ll spend afternoons exploring the region’s best sights and rural village activities. Go on wild elephant safaris, tour beautiful local paddy fields, explore jungle rivers by canoe, and cool off with a swim in the nearby lake—a great way to take in a sunset.

Available in:

The Ayurveda Experience is in addition to your city-based placement. You can’t do an Ayurveda Experience by itself.

Enquire now to see how you can add the Ayurveda Experience to the end of your placement.


Don't just take our word for it — read stories from students and graduates who've already travelled.

"Life in the village exceeded my every expectation. My advice, if you’re considering a week in the village? Do it."

Radha Mehta - VILLAGE HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE, University of Plymouth 2018 – Village Healthcare Experiences

"The village week is a must. It was truly the highlight of my whole trip to Ghana."

CLAIRE DYER, King's College London 2017 – Nursing

"My one piece of advice for anyone considering the Ayurvedic week is to go in with an open mind"

Ashley Lowery - VILLAGE HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE, Michigan State University 2017 – Village Healthcare Experiences