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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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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‘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.


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.

Pilling, Amber

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I enjoyed every minute in the Work the World house & have made friends for life from all over the world.

Amber Pilling, University of Central Lancashire 2015

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Childress, Eric

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Seeing a patient with ophthalmic cancer in both eyes was definitely interesting, a little disconcerting according to the Doc it usually only occurs in one eye

Eric Childress, Fairleigh Dickinson University 2015

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Brenner, Adrienne

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Colca Canyon was definitely a highlight. I did a 3-day hike through the canyon. I love hiking and being outdoors so I really enjoyed it. It was a tough but totally worth it.  

Adrienne Brenner, University of Texas at Austin 2015

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Khrista, Prudencio

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The most interesting things that I've seen on placement have been a cholecystectomy and a colon tumour excision and colon anastomosis.

Khrista Prudencio, Los Angeles Pierce College 2015

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Albor, Diana

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I learned more about medication administration, IV tubing and IV placement. I came with the hopes of improving my Spanish and that was fulfilled.

Diana Albor, Avila University 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. As a nurse here you’ll enjoy working across a number of departments including casualty, theatre and surgical wards, paediatrics and more. As far as nursing electives go, few offer opportunities as rich as this one.

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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. On the clinical side of things you’ll team up with specialists in our partner hospitals to help treat communicable diseases, road traffic accident injuries, HIV and more.

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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. Nurses here take on a slightly different role than in the UK, so working on busy wards in our partner hospitals and clinics you should prepare to start gaining invaluable skills and experience from day one.

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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. Nursing in Kathmandu will not only give you unique insight into the provision of healthcare under challenging circumstances, but also equip you with skills and information only obtainable from this location.

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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. When it comes to nursing opportunities abroad, you won’t find anything quite like this.

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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. Iloilo is especially great for nurses as the placements are very hands-on and clinically focused. Nurses have a more diverse different role in the Philippines than they do in the UK, so this placement will help you develop skills you won’t acquire anywhere else.

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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. As a nurse you’ll work in hospitals and clinics around the city and come to understand nursing in a very unique way, treating everything from malaria to TB.

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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. Nursing students can choose a varied placement across multiple departments, and get exceptional hands-on experience with cases that simply don’t exist in the UK. If you’re looking for nursing placements abroad, there are few that will match up to this.

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Peru - Arequipa

Peru is the newest destination in our line-up and it’s already living up to, and surpassing our expectations. Misty Amazonian jungle, weathered mountaintop city remains, mouth-watering local cuisines and mysterious clues left by ancient civilisations will make your trip to Peru a unique adventure indeed. Nursing electives abroad in our specially selected partner hospitals in Peru will equip you with unique knowledge and skills that can be studied and applied at home.

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