A fresh perspective:
Nursing placements abroad have the potential to change the way you see healthcare forever. After one of our specialist elective placements you’ll be better prepared for a career in your field than anyone who chose to play it safe and stay at home. You’ll learn how nurses in the developing world adapt to deal with under-resourced wards, treat conditions you've never even seen, pick up new clinical skills and more.
YOUR ELECTIVE, CUSTOM-MADE
‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll tailor your elective down to the tiniest detail. These are not simply off the shelf nursing electives; they are custom-made experiences that change lives. Our Elective Experts will tailor your hospital experience, match you with supervisors, tackle visa administration — the list goes on. They’re also responsible for the day-to-day running of our programmes overseas making them the best people for the job.
Whether you choose adult, paediatric or mental health nursing electives, under your supervisor’s wing you’ll have the chance to help diagnose and treat unfamiliar conditions such as dengue fever, malaria, rabies and more. And because healthcare is expensive and patients often live great distances from the hospitals to make a trip until it is absolutely essential, you’ll see plenty of advanced-stage conditions too. Nursing abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see things from a totally different angle.
ON THE GROUND
You’ll have round the clock support from our friendly in-country teams from within our private, security guarded, fully catered accommodation. What’s more, you’ll get open access to MyTrip (our personalised online elective information hub) to find out everything about your placement at the click of a button. We focus exclusively on building the best elective experiences available, meaning you’re in the hands of the specialists. You only get one shot at your nursing elective, let us help you make it count.
Nursing elective destinations
Sri Lanka - Kandy
Kandy is home to some of the friendliest people on the planet, is staggeringly beautiful, and boasts ancient healthcare over 5000 years old. Trek through lush jungles in search of elephants, or visit ancient temples. Proactivity on placement will open opportunities to address advanced diseases like dengue fever, TB and cases of malnutrition. There’s also the busy Obs & Gynae Ward where you’ll assist in complicated pregnancies and neonatal intensive care. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy, click here.
Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura is packed with sacred stupas, time-worn temples, and princely palaces. Beyond the city boundaries discover rare wildlife in the national parks, or relax on paradise beaches. As a student nurse, you’ll see advanced tropical diseases like chikungunya, hepatitis, and malaria. The use of pesticides on crops has also meant chronic kidney disease is a major issue in rural areas. You’ll see the direct effects of the issue in the Renal Transplant Unit which sees 80% of all related cases in northern Sri Lanka. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.
Philippines - Iloilo
Iloilo is the perfect choice if you’re looking for sun, sea and specialist nursing placements overseas. Further afield you’ll discover coral diving whilst island hopping, chances to whale watch, and plenty of bars and restaurants. A proactive attitude on placement will yield a depth of experience across subspecialties like ophthalmology, dermatology, toxicology, and cardiology. Working in the popular Animal Bites Clinic will provide insight into the realities of cases typical to Iloilo and its surrounding villages. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Despite being the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam boasts a wealth of natural beauty right on its doorstep. Go on safaris in Sealous Game Park, or travel to Mt. Kilimanjaro which some of our students have successfully climbed. A nursing elective here will bring the chance to work in the hospital’s HIV clinic. Other HIV-related departments dedicated to supporting HIV positive mothers and paediatric HIV will open your eyes to the realities of providing specialist care to high patient numbers with limited resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.
Philippines - Dumaguete
Dumaguete is located between lush jungle and calm turquoise sea. Swim through coral reefs with giant turtles, join colourful festivals, and sample traditional food in your spare time. Expect to encounter advanced cases of typhoid, hepatitis, diabetes and dengue fever on your elective. Under the supervision of local nurses who run the wards you’ll work with indigenous patients, opening your eyes to the impact limited resources have on local communities. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dumaguete, click here.
Tanzania - Arusha
The lively city of Arusha and its lush surroundings are brimming with adventure; whether it’s big game safaris, mountain climbing, street food vendors, museums, or cinemas. On a nursing elective here, you’ll work alongside local specialists, assisting in the treatment of conditions you’re unlikely to have encountered before such dengue fever, malaria, and HIV. Should you also choose to work in the hospital’s Casualty Department, you’ll witness up to 300 outpatients daily, often presenting with advanced cases. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.
Ghana - Takoradi
Situated on the edge of West Africa, Takoradi boasts golden, palm-lined beaches, and fishing villages everywhere in-between. You’ll have the chance to take safari, swim in hidden waterfalls, or simply soak up the sun. Nursing in Africa will give you the choice to work in The Reproductive and Child Health Department. It’s run purely by nurses and includes services such as family planning, postnatal care, and growth monitoring. Visits to schools to offer immunizations and hygiene talks are also commonplace. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is an exciting jumble of ornate Buddhist temples, free-roaming monkeys, chanting monks, and more. Enjoy paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting in your free time. On your nursing elective placement, you’ll work in a teaching hospital across departments like Mental Health, Obs & Gynae, and Paediatrics. The chance to venture into local communities to do outreach work will highlight cases specific to Nepal, and the creative nature of staff who battle against limited resources, daily. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.
Nepal - Pokhara
Pokhara is a historical centre with all the modern amenities any traveller could want. Thrill-seekers can paraglide through mountains and white-water raft, while tranquillity can be found in the city’s temples and boating across Phewa Lake. A proactive mentality on your nursing placement will see you assisting in the treatment of cases like leprosy, pneumonia, and respiratory infections. Bedside care is also carried out by family members, enabling you to glean insight into the differing roles nurses have here. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.
Peru - Arequipa
Peru is home to the misty Amazonian jungle, world-famous ruins of ancient civilisations, and mouth-watering cuisine. Take to the rivers for whitewater rafting, trek to awe-inspiring canyons, or simply explore Arequipa’s many textile markets. On your placement you’ll have the chance to work in an HIV centre run exclusively by nurses, and one of the largest Oncology departments in Peru. Typical cases in this area include skin cancers, tumours, cervical cancer, and other cancers uncommon in the developed world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.
"I saw my first ever birth – which was then followed by six more – a definite highlight!"
Natalie Sampson, University of Southampton 2016Read more
"All of the nurses were amazingly friendly!"
Helen Scivier, University of Surrey 2016Read more
"Each medical case that I saw was as interesting as the next."
Emma Simson van Dijkhuizen, University of Nottingham 2016Read more
"I had the time of my life in Sri Lanka with Work the World, and I wouldn’t change a single thing".
Beth Hargreaves, University of Manchester 2016Read more
"I would recommend my placement with Work the World to others without a doubt".
Kate Henderson, University of Auckland 2015Read more
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