Why go overseas?

There are countless benefits to undertaking your dentistry elective in the developing world. You’ll become more creative working in low-resource hospitals, connect with peers from around the world, strengthen your confidence, become a more effective communicator, and stand out from your competition by having ‘overseas dentistry placement’ on your CV. All this in addition to exploring an exotic country on the other side of the world.

What's Included?

  • Our famous elective tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons


‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by when it comes to dental electives abroad. 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 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.

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On our overseas dentistry placements you’ll work with in-country supervisors, examining a range of conditions that are uncommon, sometimes even non-existent in the UK. Healthcare is relatively expensive in the developing world, which combined with long distances to hospitals causes many patients to delay treatment. Because of this you could see cases at stages far more advanced than you’re used to. With us you’ll expand your knowledge base and gain specialised experience that you simply can’t get at home.

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Our hospitable in-country teams provide support 24 hours a day. The teams work in our private, catered houses that are inhabited by Work the World travellers only. Our Programme Managers have close working relationships with staff in our partner hospitals, meaning exceptional flexibility when undertaking your placement. Our expertise is in creating tailored healthcare placements of the highest quality, which is why we’re proud to offer the best dental electives available.

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Destinations where this elective is available

Cambodia - Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a feast for the senses. The scent of Southeast Asian cuisine drifts through winding streets where marketplaces, temples, and vibrant local bars can be found. Discover coastal islands with white sands and crystal clear seas, or trek into the jungle to spot elephants, leopards, and sun bears. On placement here you’ll assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of dental ailments and mouth disorders, often presented at severely advanced stages. Learning from specialists will give you unprecedented insight into how this field differs in the developing world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.

Monk in Angkor Wat Cambodia. Ta Prohm Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest
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Tanzania - Arusha

The laid-back city of Arusha can be found just inland from Africa’s magnificent east coast. If you’re interested in spotting lions on safari or climbing the famous Kilimanjaro for panoramic views, this is the place for you. Travel costs and a lack of oral health education in Arusha means you’re likely to encounter advanced pathologies and decay in our partner hospital. Show initiative on your elective and you could work with specialists on both minor and major cases, gleaning insight into the limitations they face daily. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the second most expansive city in Tanzania. It’s becoming an urban metropolis, but being a coastal city surrounded by game parks, mountains, forests, and white beaches, the region also has a wealth of natural beauty. When it comes to your dental elective, ideas you might have about developing healthcare will be challenged. As many Tanzanians suffer from oral health issues due to contaminated water and a lack of oral health education, you could encounter a range of advanced cases on your dentistry elective, working through the oral surgery, pathology and medicine wards. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is a vibrant city nestled at the feet of the Himalayas, surrounded by lakes, temples, and plenty of bars and restaurants. For adrenaline seeking students there’s paragliding, bungee jumping and whitewater rafting opportunities too. Choose a dentistry elective here and you could learn how local specialists battle gum diseases, manage maxillofacial traumas, and repair cleft lip palettes with limited resources. You could also have the chance to work in dental radiology, examining and diagnosing a range of oral problems. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.

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The Philippines - Batangas

Batangas is a relaxed coastal city with popular cafes and art galleries scattered throughout. During the summer the city also hosts international music festivals and even throws street parties. Batangas is found on the tropical rainforest island of Luzon, and is in great proximity to volcanoes and beautiful sandy beaches. On a dentistry elective here, under specialist supervision, you’ll gain experience diagnosing and treating conditions presented at critically advanced stages resulting from a lack of focus on preventative care and education — one of the many challenges delivering healthcare in the developing world presents.

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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. It’s also surrounded by outstanding natural beauty with plenty of chance to adventure into jungles, plunge from the world’s highest bungee platform, or ride elephants. When it comes to dentistry electives you could encounter everything from routine check-ups to abscess surgeries. An enthusiastic attitude towards your placement could open up opportunities in other areas like maxillofacial, prosthodontics and others. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.


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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is a gradually modernising city surrounded by tropical paradise. The diving in this region is nothing short of amazing, and trekking through the jungles is an absolute must. The high sugar diet of the locals means that tooth decay and gingivitis are real problems in the area, so coming across severe cases on your elective is likely. This department is also one of the busiest and most understaffed in the hospital, and will highlight the challenges local specialists face daily. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dumaguete, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Kandy’s eclectic culture can be traced back thousands of years and boasts ancient Buddhist temples – one of which is said to contain the tooth of Buddha himself! Home to elephants, jaguars, leopards, and whales, the country is also a haven for wildlife you’ll be able to spot on jungle safari. Under the supervision of local specialists, you’ll work in a dentistry department that deals with patients suffering from a range of conditions. You may even have the chance to see cases of oral cancer, providing insight into how treatment is provided in such a low resource hospital. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to kandy, click here.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Ghana is typically African in its atmosphere - a hub of lively markets and welcoming local people. The area also has a fascinating history, with old forts dotted along the coast, and plenty of opportunities to go on safari, trek to hidden waterfalls, or visit rural villages. On your dentistry elective you’re likely to encounter advanced oral conditions uncommon in the developed world. Spending time in Paediatric Dentistry will open your eyes to the severity of conditions like pulpitis, gingivitis, and periodontitis in young people. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.

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Peru - Arequipa

Arequipa is a thriving cultural city surrounded by some of South America’s most stunning vistas. With the Amazon rainforest, one of the highest lakes in the world, weathered mountaintop city remains, and climbable dormant volcanoes, there’s truly something for everyone. Preventative dental care is also increasingly common here, meaning you could assist with routine health checks on this elective, witnessing the ongoing development of the discipline. Referrals from surrounding institutions will mean you’re likely to encounter severe decay, cavities and other oral diseases. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.

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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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Beshmi's Review of her Dental Internship in Arusha

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"Such an awesome time... learning so many new things and making a bunch of new friends".

Beshmi Kularatne, University of Sasketchewan 2014

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Anokhi's Review of her Dental Placement in Tanzania

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"Staff at the head office provided all necessary information before departed".

Anokhi Patel, University of Saskatchewan 2014

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Dental treatment in Arusha, Tanzania

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"Have a keen and open mind, as you are joining a completely different culture".

Danielle Cook, Columbia University 2014

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Swan's Review of his Dental Internship in Nepal

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"The experience taught me how to work around limited resources and making the most out of them".

Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014

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