A fresh perspective

After a highly specialised placement with Work the World you’ll be better prepared for a successful career in medicine than anyone who chose the easy route and stayed at home. You’ll come to appreciate the ingenuity professionals use to combat problems such as ageing equipment, high-patient numbers, under resourced wards, and more.

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Under the guidance of your in-country supervisors you’ll be introduced to a range of unusual cases and conditions such as dengue fever, typhoid, and malaria. Diagnosing and treating them will teach you new skills and impart you with knowledge that would otherwise be impossible to acquire. The cost of care and distance to appropriate facilities in developing countries often deters patients from seeking care until the last minute. This means you’ll see a number of advanced-stage conditions too. As far as medical electives go, travelling overseas to get experience as diverse as this is an opportunity not to be missed.

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‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Let us know your interests and we’ll tailor your medical placement with clinical precision, right down to the smallest item. It’s important to know that these are not off the peg placements; they are custom-fit experiences that meet the specific wants and needs you have as an individual. Our team of Elective Experts will arrange your hospital placement, pair you with the right supervisors, handle university documentation, your visa application, and more — the service is comprehensive. Our Elective Experts are also responsible for overseeing our on-the-ground operations, meaning there’s no one better for the job.


When you’re in the country of your choice you’ll receive 24/7 support from our welcoming in-country teams and a room in one of our private, secure, and fully catered houses. To make it easy to find out everything about your placement all in one place, we’ll also give you access to MyTrip, our personalised, online elective information tool. Our sole focus is the creation of exceptional overseas clinical experiences. So when it comes to medical electives abroad we’re proud to offer the best placements available anywhere.

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Bertelson, Heather

Case Study

The most interesting cases and presentations I have seen on placements are Neurocysticercosis and a gastric tumour I saw in GI Endoscopy.

Heather Bertelson, Ross University 2015

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Kwek, Georgina

Case Study

I am so grateful to have had the chance to work with the team of staff at the emergency department; I would return in a heartbeat.

Gou Jun Kwek, National University of Singapore 2015

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Fielder, Ryan

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Ryan Fielder, University of Manchester 2015

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Manoharan, Kalaichelvy

Case Study

I have seen so many interesting cases. Because of the climate in the Philippines, I have seen so many tropical infectious diseases such as Dengue, Typhoid, TB, etc.

Kalaichelvy Manoharan, University College London 2015

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Lewis, Dana

Case Study

The Philippines is still considered to be in a transitory epidemiologic phase, characterised by a double burden of disease – infectious and non-communicable.

Dana Lewis, University College London 2015

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Medical elective destinations

Tanzania - Arusha

Arusha is one of the liveliest cities in Africa, and an open door to adventure. Whether you enjoy mountain climbing, big game safaris, touring dormant volcanoes, or browsing craft markets, there’s a world of exciting options right on your doorstep. The city is always in motion, and no two days are the same. Medics will have access to a number of wards and be able to gain experience across an array of specialisms from paediatrics to observing in theatre. This is one of the best medical electives that Africa has to offer.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, yet due to its location the most extraordinary natural beauty surrounds it. There are opportunities to go on safaris in Sealous Game Park, and to travel to Mt. Kilimanjaro, which some of our students have successfully climbed. You can also head across to Zanzibar to experience some of the most incredible beaches you’ll have ever seen. The city itself is a bustling hub of culture that you’ll never forget. Focusing on your medical elective you’ll team up with specialists in our partner hospitals to help treat communicable diseases, road traffic accident injuries, HIV, and a host of other ailments may well be entirely unfamiliar to you.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is an energetic city nestled at the feet of the Himalayas. The city and the surrounding areas offer a variety of amazing experiences from paragliding to hiking through the snow-capped mountains. As a medic you’ll enjoy working in either large key departments, or smaller clinics with a much more specific focus. You’ll have the opportunity to observe and treat a number of unusual cases including everything from HIV to insect and snake bites. A medical elective abroad in an environment such as this has the potential to change the course of your life.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a more recent addition to our list, and the second in our Nepal line-up. In this lively capital city you’ll see monkeys roaming the rooftops, walk past Buddhist temples as you listen to the monks chanting their daily prayers, head into the Himalayan Mountains to go paragliding and bungee jumping, and beyond. As a medic you’ll work across a range of departments and even have the opportunity to leave the hospital to engage in some community outreach. There are also specialist departments here that focus in on everything from pulmonology to neurology.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is besieged by a combination of 800 hectares of tropical forest on one side, and calm turquoise ocean on the other. Head beneath the waves and dive into a coral paradise inhabited by colourful marine life, trek through untamed jungles, visit Siquijor Island to witness the strange healing spells of the local witches and more. Medics will be able to go niche and work in areas like paediatrics, urology and oncology, picking up skills that would otherwise be difficult to acquire.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Iloilo is the perfect place if you like tropical beaches, warm seas and long sunny days. Go diving off the coast to peer into a colourful underwater world, join in the regular festivals that take place across the island, take a tour of the city’s best street food vendors, and in the evenings make your way to the local bars for a great night out. As a medic you’ll experience a diverse placement with a strong emphasis on getting involved. You’ll work across a range of departments, both specialised and general, observing medical practices in a healthcare system entirely different from your own.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Sri Lanka is home to a population of welcoming and inclusive people. It has stunning natural beauty, and has a link to an ancient system of healthcare that is over 5000 years old. As a result of the caste system doctors here are greatly respected, but you’ll still have to prove your worth on the wards if you want opportunities to present themselves. Medical students in Sri Lanka will come across unique cases such as Dengue fever and Typhoid, and observe and treat injuries from a surprising number of road traffic accidents.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Ghana is our longest running programme and today it delivers a more exciting placement than ever before. For starters the west coast of Africa is magnificent; white sand beaches lined with palm trees, small fishing villages, ageing forts dotted up and down the coast, and more. The city of Takoradi where our private house is based is a busy centre of Ghanaian culture – exotic food, bustling markets, a selection of bars and restaurants, locals wearing beautiful traditional clothing, to name but a few elements. As a medic here you’ll enjoy a varied placement with access to departments like NICU and orthopaedics among others.

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Peru - Arequipa

Peru is the most recent addition to our already extraordinary line-up of destinations, and it’s already proving incredibly popular. Here you’ll have the chance to hike up mountains to visit the remains of an ancient city, trek through the Amazon jungle, dance in the colourful festivals that take place in Arequipa where we’re based, boat across ancient lakes and more. Medical students who choose Arequipa will have access to some of Peru’s best and brightest to show them how medicine is practiced in such an under resourced setting.

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