Why go overseas?
There are countless benefits to undertaking your nursing 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 nursing 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
Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll tailor your elective down to the tiniest detail. These aren't off the shelf nursing electives; they're custom-made.
Our experts will help you find the right destination, completely 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, guided by your supervisors you’ll have the chance to help diagnose and treat a host of unfamiliar conditions.
As healthcare is relatively expensive and patients often live too far from hospitals to justify a trip, you’ll see advanced conditions too. Nursing abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see things from a totally different angle.
ON THE GROUND
In country, you’ll have round the clock support from our friendly in-country teams from within our private, secure, catered accommodation. You’ll also get a personal login to MyTrip (our personalised online elective information hub) to find out everything about your placement at the click of a button.
Our sole focus is building the best elective experiences available — this hasn't changed in over 10 years. You’re in expert hands. You only get one Nursing Elective, so make it count.
Nursing elective destinations
Cambodia - Phnom Penh
Stemming from the banks of the mighty Mekong river, Phnom Penh — Cambodia’s capital — is a thriving hub of contrasts, where ancient Buddhist temples coexist with streetside markets touting knock-off handbags. Outside the city, discover untouched coastlines and jungles where leopards and sun bears hide.
On a Nursing Elective here you could observe tropical infectious diseases like malaria, HIV, and TB, and other conditions at stages much further advanced than you’re used to. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh, click here.
The Philippines - Batangas
Batangas is a laid-back city home to friendly people, beautiful colonial houses, and a diversity of restaurants and traditional bars. It’s also the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore the broader draws of the archipelago, like diving and whale watching.
When it comes to undertaking a Nursing Elective here, you can rotate through departments like Emergency, Surgery, Post-Anesthesia Care, and Internal Medicine. This will quickly bring to light the challenges of delivering healthcare in a resource-poor setting. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas, click here.
Sri Lanka - Kandy
Kandy — one Sri Lanka's most charming cities — is home to some of the friendliest people on the planet and boasts a healthcare system 5000 years in the making. If you like adventure you can find elephants while trekking through lush jungles, visit ancient hindu temples, and wander through sprawling tea plantations.
On placement, proactivity will open opportunities to work with advanced cases of tropical diseases like dengue fever, and TB. There’s also a busy OBG Ward where you could 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
The city of Anuradhapura has two sides — one is jam-packed with sacred stupas, time-worn temples, and princely palaces and the other opens a window to the charms of modern Sri Lankan life. Discover rare wildlife in the national parks, or relax on paradise beaches beyond the city's boundaries.
As a student Nurse, you could work with unfamiliar 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 this 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. From our base of this newly developing city, you can go coral diving, island hopping, whale watching, and enjoy bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping centres at your leisure.
A proactive attitude on placement will yield a breadth of experience across subspecialties like Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Toxicology, and Cardiology. Working in the Animal Bites Clinic will provide insight into 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 is the gateway to a wealth of natural beauty and adventure. Go on safaris, travel to Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the tropical island of Zanzibar a boat ride away. A Nursing Elective here opens a window on to one of the more serious healthcare issues facing the local population — HIV.
Here, you can work in departments dedicated to supporting HIV positive mothers, or paediatric HIV, opening your eyes to the difficultiue faced by local professionals when it comes to 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.
Tanzania - Arusha
The lively city of Arusha and the surrounding areas are brimming with adventure; whether that means going on a big game safari, climbing a mountain climbing, or just enjoying local street food and catching a Tanzanian film in the local cinema.
On a Nursing Elective here, you’ll work alongside local specialists, learning to diagnose and treat conditions you’re unlikely to have encountered before like dengue fever and malaria. Should you also choose to work in the hospital’s Casualty Department, you’ll understand the true meaning of 'high patient numbers', many of whom will present with late-stage 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 is a lively port town and and a real hub of activity. You’ll have the chance to swim in hidden waterfalls, walk through jungle canopies, or simply soak up the sun on a local beach. Nursing in Africa will give you the choice to work in places like The Reproductive and Child Health Department, run exclusively by nurses.
Services provided here include family planning, postnatal care, and growth monitoring. You might also get the chance to visit schools and offer immunizations and hygiene talks. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is a surprising muddle of ornate Buddhist temples, free-roaming monkeys, bustling markets, and chanting monks. Enjoy paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting at the weekends. On your Nursing Elective Placement, you’ll work in a teaching hospital across departments like Mental Health, OBG, 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 on a daily basis. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.
Nepal - Pokhara
Pokhara is a rich historical centre yet has every modern amenities a traveller could want. Thrill-seekers will enjoy paragliding through mountains and white-water rafting, while tranquillity can be found in the city’s temples and on boat trips across the stunning Phewa Lake.
A proactive mentality on your Nursing Placement will see you assisting with cases of unfamiliar conditions like leprosy. Interestingly, bedside care is 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 misty jungles, world-famous ruins of ancient civilisations, and mouth-watering cuisine. Take to the river for whitewater rafting, trek to awe-inspiring canyons, or simply tour the city of Arequipa itself — a white stone metropolis begging exploration.
On your placement you could work in our partner hospital's HIV centre run exclusively by nurses, and in 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.
"Rotating through women's health was invaluable!"
Kirstie Gray, Edinburgh Napier University 2016Read more
"I personally feel this has really enhanced my nursing skills."
MEGAN WILLIAMSON, De Montfort University 2016Read more
"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
From our blog
What is a Nursing Elective?
A Nursing Elective is a placement nursing students undertake as part of their degree. Broadly speaking, it’s up to you where you choose to go and what the theme of your nursing placement will be, which is why they’re called ‘electives’.