A fresh perspective

A specialist dentistry placement with us will set you apart from anyone who chose to play it safe and stay in the UK. In our partner hospitals you’ll gain valuable insight into how dentists in the developing world adjust to common problems like under resourced wards, lack of modern equipment, high patient numbers, and more.

Available Destinations


‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Advise us on the areas of dentistry that are of particular interest to you and we’ll create a bespoke experience down to the very last detail. Note that these experiences are far from ordinary; they are meticulously tailored placements specially designed to meet your individual requirements. Once you’ve signed up our Elective Experts will do everything from overseeing visa administration to organising your hospital placement and beyond. Our specialists also manage and regularly visit our overseas operations, meaning they’ve got their expert eyes on every aspect of your placement.


This is your chance to expand your knowledge base and gain highly particular skills that you simply won’t be able to get in the UK. To do this, you’ll work with specially designated in-country supervisors to examine a cross-section of conditions that are extremely uncommon, sometimes even non-existent in the UK. As healthcare is relatively expensive in the developing world and distances to the nearest hospitals can be too far for many patients, you’ll also come across cases that will be at stages far more advanced than you’re used to. This means you’ll get involved with everything from extractions to treating extreme cases of decay and beyond.

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When you’re on the ground our hospitable teams will provide support 24 hours a day. Our crews work in our private, fully catered, security-guarded houses that are exclusively for the use of Work World students. You’ll also be given a login to MyTrip, our online elective information and application tool. Our sole purpose is to create tailored healthcare placements of an outstanding quality, which is why we’re proud to offer the best dental electives available. Take action now and take yourself further than you ever thought you could.

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Li, David

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Immerse yourself in the local culture and don't be afraid to try new things

David Li, Griffith University 2016

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Kevin's Review of his Dental Elective in Iloilo

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Every Thursday night is like Christmas, with so much good food and drinks.

Kevin Zhang, University of Melbourne 2015

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Dhillon, Abhayjit

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Patient outcomes can be challenging. You quickly learn to accept that way of doing things.

Abhayjit Dhillon, James Cook University 2014

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Brendan's Review of his Dental Internship in Iloilo

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It was great to have other dental students around, to share stories and experiences with.

Brendan Clarnette, University of Queensland 2014

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Graham's Review of his Dental Placement in Kathmandu

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I feel that I have only seen the tip of the iceberg of what Nepal has to offer.

Graham Wong, University of Queensland 2014

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Destinations where this elective is available

Tanzania - Arusha

The energetic city of Arusha can be found just inland from Africa’s magnificent east coast. There are countless opportunities for fun both in and beyond the boundaries of the city. But if you’re interested in spotting lions on safari, observing Kilimanjaro from the summit of a nearby mountain, or scuba diving in the deep, Arusha may well be for you.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the second most expansive city in Tanzania. It is rapidly becoming an urban metropolis, but being a coastal city surrounded by game parks, mountains, and forests, the region has a wealth of natural beauty that begs exploration. There are stunning white sand beaches here too, which is not what people typically expect from our African destinations.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is a vibrant city that allows adventurers to learn not only about a fascinating ancient culture, but also about how locals have adapted to an ever-modernising world. What’s more the entire experience will be set to a dramatic backdrop, as Pokhara is set in a valley at the base of the Himalayas. Wandering through the city itself is charming experience, and outside its boundaries you can go paragliding, hike through the snow-capped mountains, explore ancient temples, and go tiger tracking in the forests.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the proud capital of Nepal. With both a history and a culture that span back thousands of years (and being surrounded by outstanding natural beauty) the city has a tangible atmosphere. The juxtaposition between old and new is ever present; motorbikes zoom down old dusty roads as the monks make their way to daily prayers.


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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is a rapidly modernising city that just so happens to be surrounded by a tropical paradise. On one side there’s untamed jungle, and on the other, a vast expanse of beautiful blue-green sea. The diving in this region is nothing short of amazing, and trekking through the jungles is an absolute must. If you choose Dumaguete, be sure to try the local cuisine, as there are master chefs disguised as street food vendors all over the city.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Iloilo is so much more than your typical tropical island paradise. Staggering natural beauty surrounding the city (think palm trees, beaches, mountains and jungle), while both modern and traditional restaurants, bars, and shops line the streets. When you’re feeling hungry you’ll find that the city’s roads are punctuated with street food vendors found between the museums and ageing churches.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Your experiences in the sacred Buddhist city of Anuradhapura will linger for a lifetime. The old city with its stupas, temples, and ancient palaces never fails to impress, and the new city is a lively centre of development with restaurants, bars, and bustling markets. The national park safaris and paradise beaches are the icing on the cake.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Sri Lanka’s eclectic culture can be traced back thousands of years making it a place of truly diverse beauty. Being a mix of influences from east to west, the food in Sri Lanka is as good as it gets anywhere in the world. There are plenty of mild and cool cuisine options, but if you like your food spicy, there’s no better place. Home to elephants, jaguars, leopards, whales and more, Sri Lanka is also a haven for wildlife. What’s more, the wilderness that the wildlife inhabits is nothing short of paradise.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Ghana was the first ever programme the Work the World team opened, and today it remains one of our most popular destinations (with very good reason). Africa’s west coast, particularly in the area we’re based, is a perfect representation of how amazing West Africa can be. The area has a fascinating history, and has old forts dotted up and down the coast. At the same time there are long stretches of golden beaches and blue waters that are perfect for relaxing on and swimming in under the sun.

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Peru - Arequipa

Peru is proving to be one of the most exciting destinations we travel to. This is the case both in terms of the amazing things there are to do in Arequipa (where we’re based), and the clinical experience on the dentistry placement’s we’re offering. With Amazonian jungle, one of the highest lakes in the world, weathered mountaintop city remains, and climbable dormant volcanoes, it’s easy to see why this destination should be on your radar.

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