Why go overseas?

There are countless benefits to undertaking your OT elective in the developing world. You’ll become more creative through 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 OT placement’ on your CV. All this in addition to exploring an exotic country on the other side of the world.

What's Included?

  • 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. All you have to do is tell us which specific areas of occupational therapy you’re interested in and we’ll create a custom-made experience just for you. It’s important for you to understand that these are not run-of-the-mill placements; they’re highly tailored experiences that have unlimited potential to positively impact the course of your life. One of our Elective Experts will arrange your hospital placement, pair you with the right supervisors, handle visa administration and more — the service is fully comprehensive. The same team is also responsible for all our on-the-ground operations around the world, meaning there’s no one better placed to help you.

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Work the World will match you with a supervisor under whose wing you’ll observe, diagnose and treat a number of conditions, some of which will be completely alien to you. You’ll gain an extraordinary breadth of experience in a multitude of environments, which is vital to developing a comprehensive understanding of occupational therapy. What’s more, the costs of healthcare and the distance some patients have to travel to be seen can be disproportionate. This means you’ll see plenty of conditions that are at stages far beyond what you’ll have seen back home as a result of patients presenting late.

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When you finally arrive in your destination of choice, you’ll start receiving round the clock support from our ground teams. They’ll meet you from the airport and then whisk you off to your private, fully catered, security guarded accommodation where the fun truly begins. We’ll also give you access to MyTrip, a specially designed online elective planner and information centre tailored specifically to you. As our primary focus is designing healthcare experiences, we’re able to focus our efforts on providing the best OT elective placements available anywhere.

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Occupational therapy elective destinations

Nepal - Pokhara

Found nestled at the feet of the Himalayan mountains, Pokhara has bustling streets, spiritual festivals, and delicious local delicacies. Here, you can try tandem paragliding, trek through the Annapurna mountains, and explore ornate temples and pagodas. On your occupational therapy elective, you’ll be placed in the only rehabilitation hospital in Western Nepal, which is well equipped by local standards. Be proactive and you’ll work with cases of stroke, neuromuscular disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.

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The Philippines - Batangas

Batangas is a laid-back city peppered with cafes, music venues, traditional bars, and restaurants. Stunning dive spots, rainforest treks, volcano hikes and white-sand beaches are just some of the adventures awaiting in the surrounding areas. On an Occupational Therapy elective in Batangas you’ll work with some Physiotherapy practises in our partner hospital. Under the supervision of local specialists, you’ll get unparalleled insight into the rehabilitation treatment plans of a diverse spectrum of patients, and how they are put together. This is an experience that will broaden your understanding of healthcare in a global context.

Panorama of the paddy rice field. Philippines
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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Despite Dar es Salaam’s rapid expansion, the city is surrounded by some of the most impressive examples of natural wonder in the world. Beaches, safari, mountains, African plains, and national parks are all waiting to be explored. A proactive attitude on your OT elective will see you working with cases of arthritis, contractures, neuropathies and delayed milestones. The occupational therapy team are also stationed in ICU and do home visits, giving you an all-encompassing picture of OT in the developing world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to, click here.

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Case Study

"Work the World made planning and preparing my placement totally achievable."

Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016

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