A fresh perspective:

Nursing electives in developing countries have the potential to change the way you see healthcare forever. After one of our specialist nursing 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.

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‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll tailor your nursing elective down to the tiniest detail. These are not simply off the shelf elective placements for nursing students; 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.

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Whether you choose adult, paediatric or mental health nursing, 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.

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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.

Case Studies

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Each medical case that I saw was as interesting as the next.

Emma Simson van Dijkhuizen, University of Nottingham 2016

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Case Studies - Beth Hargreaves

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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 2016

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I would recommend my placement with Work the World to others without a doubt

Kate Henderson, University of Auckland 2015

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Scoggin, Samantha

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I would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone considering it.

Samantha Scoggin, University of Michigan 2015

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Nastaly, Madeline

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You learn very quickly how to assess patients much more efficiently.

Madeline Nastaly, University of Sydney 2015

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Nursing elective destinations

Tanzania - Arusha

The lively city of Arusha is situated a way inland from the East Coast of Africa. Whether you like the idea of big game safaris, mountain climbing, markets, street food vendors, bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas, and more, there’s a wealth of opportunity for new experiences here.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, yet a wealth of natural beauty is right on its doorstep waiting to be explored by keen travellers. The beaches along the coast here are out of this world, some of the best safaris in the world are nearby, and the famous Mt. Kilimanjaro is but a short flight away.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is an exciting city found in a valley at the edge of the Himalayan Mountains. The city is a historical and cultural centre, and yet it has all the modern amenities any traveller could want. Thrill-seekers will love the adventure sports like paragliding and white-water rafting, while students looking for a slower pace will find it in the temples and markets across the city.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city, and living and working here will tell a story about the country can’t simply be expressed in words. This dynamic cultural centre has ornate Hindu temples, free-roaming monkeys sprinting across rooftops, chanting Buddhist monks, and more. Adventurers will enjoy paragliding, bungee jumping, and white-water rafting too.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is sandwiched between tropical forest on one side and calm turquoise sea on the other. Here you can dive with colourful fish in a coral reef paradise, adventure through wild jungle, and witness the mystifying healing spells of Siquijor Island’s resident witches. Nurses in Dumaguete run the wards, so expect to get involved in things you’ve never seen or done before, and might never see or do again.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Iloilo is a great choice if you’re looking for sun, sea and specialist nursing placements abroad. The beaches here are incredible, as is the coral diving (which comes highly recommended), and you never need to go far to find a good bar to relax in after a day on the ward. There always seems to be a festival going on somewhere on the island too.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura – an ancient centre of Buddhism – is packed with sacred stupas, time-worn temples, and princely palaces. The new city, with its restaurants, bars, and bustling markets, provides a perfect contrast to the more peaceful rural areas. Beyond the city boundaries you’ll discover safaris in the national parks, paradise beaches on the unspoiled coastline, and more.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy

Sri Lanka is a country full of some of the friendliest people on the planet, is staggeringly beautiful, and has an ancient tie to healthcare that spans back over 5000 years. Whether you’re interested in exploring Sri Lanka’s lush wilderness in search of elephants, or simply relaxing on stretches of golden beach, this country has something for everyone.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Ghana was the first programme we ever opened and today it’s offers higher quality nursing placements than ever before. Perched on the edge of West Africa, Takoradi (the city in which we’re based) has picture-perfect golden, palm tree-lined beaches, dark and beautiful colonial forts dotted up and down the coast and fishing villages everywhere in-between. The centre of town is a busy focal point, as the Takoradi is a port city that has people travelling through from far and wide.

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Peru - Arequipa

Peru is one of the most culturally rich countries in South America, and is home to the misty Amazonian jungle, weathered mountaintop city remains, mouth-watering local cuisines and mysterious clues left by ancient civilisations. Your trip to Peru is sure to be a unique adventure indeed.

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