Why go overseas?
There are countless benefits to undertaking your midwifery 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 midwifery placement’ on your CV. All this in addition to exploring an exotic country on the other side of the world.
- 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
YOUR ELECTIVE, CUSTOM-MADE
‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by when it comes to midwifery abroad. Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll carefully tailor your midwifery placement down to the tiniest detail. You should keep in mind that these are not off the shelf placements; they are custom-made elective placements for that change lives. Our Elective Experts have years of experience tailoring midwifery placements abroad. They’ll meticulously customise your entire elective, match you with supervisors, tackle visa administration, and a whole list of other things that you won’t have even thought of. They’re also responsible for managing our programmes overseas, making them the best possible people for the job.
With the help of your placement supervisor you’ll assist in an array of situations that don’t commonly arise in the UK. This could be anything from assisting in complicated birthing procedures to providing postnatal advice to families. In such situations you’ll gain insight into, things that you’d otherwise be unlikely to witness. For example many countries in which we work don’t offer pain treatments during labour, and women are expected to give birth in absolute silence.
ON THE GROUND
You’ll also have round the clock support from our sociable in-country crews. Our teams operate from our private, security guarded, fully catered accommodation in which you’ll be staying. You’ll also have unfettered access to MyTrip, our online elective tracking tool. We exist to design midwifery electives that are unparalleled in quality, and we’re very proud to say that we’ve achieved just that. Remember: this is the only elective you get, so make the decision to travel overseas and your midwifery elective placement will be worth every second you spend on it.
Midwifery elective destinations
Cambodia - Phnom Penh
The intoxicating Asian city of Phnom Penh is a hub of contrasts, where some of the most ancient temples in the world sit alongside street food vendors and markets brimming with knock-off brands. Further afield, visit islands off Cambodia's coast for white sands and crystal clear seas, and trek deep into the jungles to spot sun bears, leopards, and elephants. A midwifery elective in Cambodia will highlight the sometimes harsh realities faced by midwives in the developing world. Under expert supervision you’ll witness local staff deploy creativity with limited resources, engage with birthing complications, and encounter HIV positive mothers. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.
Sri Lanka - Kandy
Kandy is an ancient city surrounded by lush forests, diverse wildlife, and tropical beaches. With trekking, swimming with dolphins, and visiting ancient ruins, you’ll never be short of things to do. A midwifery elective here will see you rotating through wards like antenatal, postnatal and a premature baby unit. You’ll encounter complicated birthing procedures, terminations, and miscarriages. Witnessing how patient numbers often exceed available bed space will highlight how a lack of resources impacts local women. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.
Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
The Buddhist city of Anuradhapura has an impressive number of temples, sacred palaces, and stupas, not to mention the restaurants, bars, and markets that make for a lively alternative. Further afield expect safaris and golden beaches. On your midwifery elective you’ll encounter plenty of caesareans – they make up 40% of all births and are dedicated an entire ward. The lack of pain relief used in labour is just one of the many cultural differences you’ll encounter, all of which will enrich your understanding of the field. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is the second largest city in Tanzania, yet despite its gradual development toward a modern metropolis, is surrounded by incredible natural beauty. Go on safari, try national dishes, or boat over to tropical Zanzibar for water sports. Practicing midwifery in Africa will see you assisting in complicated surgical births alongside local Tanzanian students. Visiting a ward dedicated to mothers with HIV will highlight the reality of this epidemic in the developing world, and how local midwives provide care with limited resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.
Tanzania - Arusha
The bustling city of Arusha can be found on Africa’s stunning east coast, from which you can enjoy big game safaris, mountain climbing, scuba diving, or simply relaxing on the beach. When it comes to midwifery abroad, you’ll be assisting in a department that delivers up to 20 babies per day will open your eyes to cultural traditions that surround birthing, and the challenges limited resources pose to Tanzanian midwives. Rotate through antenatal, labour, postnatal and theatre to make the most of your midwifery elective. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.
Ghana - Takoradi
The thriving city of Takoradi is close to golden beaches that stretch on for miles, quaint fishing villages, and decaying forts which are dotted along the coast. Midwifery in Africa will see you discovering that a lack of resources means prenatal care is non-existent, and the maximum length of admission in the unit is just 5 days. Add to that the many differing cultural traditions that surround birth and you’ll find the opportunities for growth are endless. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.
Philippines - Iloilo
Iloilo is a tropical haven. Go diving off the coast in calm blue waters, join colourful island-wide festivals, spot whales off the nearby coast, or try local delicacies. On your midwifery elective, you’ll work on hardworking delivery team and rotate through specialisms like Reproductive endocrinology, gynaecologic oncology, and cervical pathology. High patient loads often mean patients here share beds – a clear picture of the impact a lack of resources can have in your field. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.
Philippines - Dumaguete
Dumaguete is surrounded by untamed tropical jungle on one side, and an expanse of blue-green ocean on the other. The diving in this region is incredible, as are the colourful festivals and parties the region is known for. On your midwifery elective you’ll work on a busy and regularly understaffed ward where patients often share beds. General cases include deliveries, caesarean sections and hysterectomies. Proactivity will grant you the chance to head into rural areas for community outreach work. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dumaguete, click here.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the beating heart of Nepal, home to Buddhist temples, markets, street food vendors and more. Beyond the city you’ll discover paragliding, white-water rafting, and mountain climbing to name a few. Local midwives keen to share their knowledge will oversee your work on a ward delivering up to 100 babies per day, as well as in post-natal and post-operative wards. HIV also presents a challenge for many breast-feeding infants in Nepal - an issue you’ll encounter on your midwifery elective. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.
Nepal - Pokhara
Peaceful Pokhara sits nestled at the feet of the Himalayan Mountains, making it the perfect base for any adventurer. Activities include paragliding, mountain hiking, and temple touring. On your midwifery elective you’ll work in a busy maternity department, which has seen up to 30 deliveries per day. You’re also able to join the twice weekly antenatal clinics where hundreds of women are assisted. The department also supports a post-natal, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia unit, where you’ll assist in both standard and complicated procedures. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.
The Philippines - Batangas
On an amble through the mellow city of Batangas you’ll discover restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and the beautiful ancestral houses of old sugar barons. It’s also the perfect jumping-off spot for swimming with whale sharks, exploring rice paddies, and trekking through lush tropical jungles. On a midwifery elective here, you’ll work in a ward where you could encounter caesarian sections and a range of complications like breech birth. You could also come to understand the challenges local professionals face when treating with a lack of prenatal care.
Peru - Arequipa
Arequipa is a city of rich cultural heritage surrounded by some of South America’s most stunning natural beauty. Hike to ancient mountain ruins, join in local festivals, trek through the Amazon, or row across ancient lakes. In a government run hospital you’ll work with women from impoverished backgrounds who have experienced problems pre-delivery, or during birth in a clinic. A spell in one of these primary care clinics will give you the chance to encounter dilations control, psychoprophylaxis, neonatology, and, of course, normal deliveries. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.
"The Ngorongoro Crater was the most stunning place I have ever been"!
Ellen Smith - Safari and Massai VHE, Liverpool John Moores University 2016Read more
"I got back to basics and improved my core skills".
Georgina Lennon, University of Greenwich 2016Read more
"The student midwives we worked with took us out to go sight-seeing".
Katherine Amis and Charli Plunket, University of East Anglia 2015Read more
"With the large numbers of births in Nepal, you definitely get variation".
Hayley Cantrell and Jodi Merrington, De Montfort University 2015Read more
"I have become more self–confident in my ability to communicate with patients".
Lisa Iles, University of Hertfordshire 2015Read more
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