A fresh perspective:
With one of our custom-designed overseas placements under your belt, you’ll immediately stand apart from those of your peers who couldn't make the leap. You’ll gain unique skills while learning how professionals in the developing world have adapted to face challenges such as high patient numbers, under resourced wards, ageing equipment, and more.
Under the guidance of a supervisor you’ll diagnose and treat a range of conditions that you won’t have seen in the UK. And because the cost of healthcare is high, and the distance to the relevant facilities is long, patients often present at extremely advanced stages. Working in an environment where machines are often out-dated or non-existent, you’ll also get to observe practices that haven’t been used in the UK for a long time. This is your once in a lifetime chance to get experience impossible to acquire back at home.
YOUR ELECTIVE, CUSTOM MADE
‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Tell us where your interests lie and we’ll tailor an experience with clinical precision to suit your individual needs. These are not run-of-the-mill placements; they are carefully crafted radiography experiences designed specifically for you. Our experienced team of Elective Experts will customise your hospital placement, arrange appropriate supervision, handle tedious visa applications, and a lot more. They also manage and make regular visits to our overseas bases of operation, meaning there’s no one better for the job.
ON THE GROUND
From the moment you land at the airport our ground teams will be on call 24/7 to provide support. What’s more, you’ll be living in our private, security guarded and fully catered accommodation, access to which is exclusively for Work the World students and staff. You’ll also get free access to MyTrip, our elective information hub and progress tracker. We’ve done this for over 5000 students to date, so we know exactly how to deliver the placement of a lifetime.
X-rays were constantly taken with multiple patients and family in the room.
Alison Clarke, Birmingham City University 2015Read more
We have realized that three weeks in Tanzania just isn't long enough!
Faye Morrissey & Saima Dalvi, University of Derby 2014Read more
I’ve returned home from my radiography placement with a fresh outlook on the type of practitioner I want to be
Sean Kennedy, University of Ulster 2014Read more
I do have great admiration for the hospital staff, who were relentless in their efforts
Ashleigh Bishop, Robert Gordon University 2014Read more
The introduction at the hospital made things reassuring, especially knowing that people were there to support us
Mairead O' Callaghan, Birmingham City University 2014Read more
Radiography elective destinations
Tanzania - Arusha
The city of Arusha is a lively cultural hub and Tanzania, more broadly speaking, is a wild paradise that begs exploration. Head out on safari, to observe animals like elephants, lions and wildebeest, climb mountains, explore volcanic craters and a lot more..
For many radiographers clinical experience in Arusha is an insight into the harsh realities of life in a developing country. More often than not, patients delay a hospital visit until pathologies are too far advanced for successful treatment. We are well established in the government regional hospital, and have an excellent relationship with the Radiography department. This placement will allow you to hone core skills, learn more about advanced pathologies and develop x-rays on film using the hospital’s darkroom.
Arusha is a busy city and has plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you entertained, whether you want to sample the finer points of Tanzania’s food and music, or enjoy more familiar comforts like beer and pizza. At the weekend students typically tend to travel out to the Serengeti to go on Safari. Cheetahs, lions, zebra, wildebeest, and more can be found roaming the plains here. Lake Manyara is a short journey away, and Zanzibar – a paradise island found just across the water – is on the other end of the short domestic flight. Another major draw is Ngorongoro crater. The giant volcanic caldera is 3 million years old, and home to a vast selection of wildlife that can be seen from the comfort of a 4x4.
Working in Arusha city hospitals will provide you with invaluable experience that you can take home with you. But to gain an understanding of the bigger picture, heading out to rural village to understand the challenges faced by local professionals is essential. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work with the world-famous Maasai tribe. Spend mornings in the village learning about ancient tribal medicines and helping with everything from treating malaria to vaccinating local children. In the afternoons you’ll get the chance to watch traditional ‘tsoto’ dances, visit old healing sites, and even witness a goat sacrifice.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, yet has access to a wealth of natural beauty. The beaches here are out of this world, you'll see lions, elephants, zebra and more on safari, and Kilimanjaro is a short flight away.
For many radiographers the lack of equipment is most evident when detecting cancers. Radiotherapy is simply not available in the majority of hospitals and patients must go to specialist cancer care centres which may number just one or two in an entire country. Procedures are also very different - for example most patients are treated without immobilisation. You can expect to see cases of advanced cancers such as retinoblastoma, fractures, trauma, road traffic accidents, tuberculosis, HIV related cases, and more.
We’re happy to let you know that our private house in Dar es Salaam is situated a short journey away from some of the most interesting bars and eateries on the east coast of Africa – the ideal antidote to a long day on the wards. If you had further inland you’ll discover the wonders of the city itself. Those with a keen eye will quickly realise that Dar es Salaam has been influenced by Arabic, French, Indian and German culture in everything from the architecture to the food. It goes without saying that in a city as big as this there are more bars and restaurants then you’ll have time to visit. You can also head to the nearby game park to go on safari, take a boat trip across to Zanzibar (a paradise island) to relax on its award-winning beaches, or dive beneath the waves to explore a hidden underwater paradise.
Getting a breadth of experience in Tanzania is essential if you want to understand the extent of the difficulties facing the broader healthcare system. This is your opportunity to stay with a host family in a rural village nestled at the foot of the staggeringly beautiful Viduna Mountains. In a local clinic you’ll work alongside doctors in a number of departments to get an understanding of rural nursing. In the afternoons you’ll take part in activities like meeting the village elders, cycling to the local sugar plantations, swimming in waterfalls, and a lot more.
Nepal - Pokhara
Pokhara can be found nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains that dominate the skyline. In the city itself the casual pace of life is a welcome break for busy students, and a tour of the area’s ancient Buddhist temples will show you just how deeply this sense of inner peace has been adopted by the broader culture here. Conversely the city is also an action and adventure hub with paragliding, white-water rafting and more.
This large Radiology Department has a good range of facilities by local standards, including X-ray machines, CT scanners and an MRI scanner. These services are offered at a reasonable rate in comparison to other private hospitals in Nepal. The number of patients varies, but typically there are around 20 to 30 patients for USG and CT scans, up to 100 patients for X-ray and 2 to 3 patients for the MRI scanner per day. On some days, there are no patients for MRI as it is costly and the majority of patients cannot afford this service. As a radiography student you’ll have the chance to get involved in all of the above.
Given that this mountain city is a travellers’ paradise, there’s more to do in Pokhara than you’ll have time for. From paragliding in the snow-capped mountains to white-water rafting, and from trekking to the Peace Pagoda to a session of sunrise yoga at the top of a hill, you’ll be constantly entertained. You can also test your nerves by going bungee jumping in the mountains, or head to Chitwan National Park for a spot of safari as you ride elephants through the forests.
This is a one-off experience designed to complement your city-based placement. You’ll venture into the foothills and live with a host family in a small village located right on the mountain slopes. You’ll be posted in a local health unit where you’ll help a resident specialist treat walk-in patients with the very limited resources available to them. In the afternoons you’ll have cooking lessons from your host family, hike to mountain temples, try your hand at milking local buffalos and, if you’re lucky, stop by at the local shaman’s hut to see age-old spiritual practices at work.
Nepal - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is our most recently added programme in Nepal. This city is well and truly alive, and the frantic bustle in the streets reflects the spirited nature of the people who live here. There is never a dull moment in Kathmandu. Wild monkeys roam the city looking for an easy meal, bikes speed through the narrow dusty streets, temples and stupas can be found around every corner, and the many bars and restaurants will help you refuel for another day exploring Kathmandu.
The experience for radiologists in Kathmandu is exceptional, as our partner hospitals and clinics have a good range of facilities by local standards. These services are offered at a reasonable rate in comparison to other, private, hospitals in Nepal. The number of patients varies, but typically there are around 50 patients for USG, 15 for CT scans, up to 150 patients for x-ray and around 8 patients for the MRI scan per day. Radiology students will be able to get deeply involved in these areas and more.
It will be obvious from the moment you set foot in the city that Kathmandu is ancient. Of course there is modernity here too, but the foundation on which the city stands is incredibly old. There are temples everywhere and the holy men, or ‘sadhu’, that can be found in their grounds are truly a spectacle to behold. Adventurers here can take on the world’s largest bungee jump, go hiking in the mountains, or go white water rafting, and that’s just for starters.
Live in a small village on the Himalayan mountain slopes on this opportunity of a lifetime. In the foothills near Kathmandu you’ll stay with our charming host family. In the mornings you will be working in a village health outpost and, with the bare minimum resources, treat walk-in patients with an array of ailments. In the afternoons you’ll learn aspects of local culture like milking buffaloes, cooking lessons and beekeeping.
Philippines - Dumaguete
Dumaguete is a thriving city that just so happens to be on a paradise island in the middle of the Philippines. The city is surrounded by tropical jungle on one side and on the other, the crystal clear waters of the sea. Take time strolling along the boulevard, or head to the beach (15mins from our house) to soak up a little sunshine. Thrill seekers will enjoy the water sports here too.
Our partnerships with hospitals in Dumaguete means radiography students will get to test their skills in new and unusual areas. You’ll have the chance to take X-rays on film meaning you’ll be going back to basics in this busy unit. You’ll also learn how to develop this film in the facility’s dark room, and then learn how to interpret what they show. This really is an excellent department and an opportunity not to be missed.
While Dumaguete is undoubtedly a tropical paradise, it’s also a hip cultural hub thanks to the presence of three local universities and the 30,000 students who live here. The promenade, for example, is a cosmopolitan centre with trendy bars, street food vendors and restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous you can climb to the top of an extinct volcano, trek to an adventure reserve with waterfalls galore in the heart of an untamed jungle, go diving with whale sharks and more.
Dumaguete’s village healthcare experience is second to none. In local clinics in a rural setting you’ll get to grips with the problems faced by local healthcare professionals in the area. On one day of the week you’ll head out into the mountains to see how tribal villages deal with extremely limited access to healthcare. In the afternoons you’ll be introduced to local culture and take part in activities like BBQs on the guardhouse patio of a protected reef, go crab collecting among the mangroves and much more.
Philippines - Iloilo
Iloilo is the perfect place if you like tropical beaches, warm seas and long sunny days. Go diving off the coast to peer into a colourful underwater world, join in the regular festivals that take place across the island, take a tour of the city’s best street food vendors, and in the evenings make your way to the local bars for a great night out.
The hospital we’ve partnered with has a busy unit in which you’ll work alongside specialists using techniques that will be largely unfamiliar to you. For example the department has three X-ray machines, but they all use film rather than digital technology, meaning you’ll use the hospital’s dark room to develop the images using much older practices. You’ll see orthopaedic patients, patients from internal medicine, cardio, patients with pulmonary diseases (resulting from the high number of smokers in the country), and more. As far as radiology goes, there are two ECG machines, 2-dimensional echo machines, and an array of other diagnostic imaging to explore.
Iloilo is on a tropical island where opportunities for adventure are limitless. Climb aboard a boat and go whale watching off Cebu’s coast, head into the jungle and experience being ‘cooked alive’ in a kawa hot bath, or head over to Boracay to worship the sun on the island’s award-winning beaches. The city is home to a huge number of eateries including everything from fine dining to street food vendors. There are also plenty of bars for entertainment in the evenings. Whatever you choose to do in Iloilo, you surely won’t forget it.
To complement your placement in Iloilo’s comparatively busy city hospitals, we’re offering you the chance to get out of town to live and work in a remote setting, helping you understand the bigger picture. You’ll stay on an offshore island with our hosts from the Ati tribe whose house is inhabited by a sizeable family that includes a number of excitable children and the occasional stray duck. The healthcare placement is comprised of five busy mornings working in both a small rural healthcare centre and an under-resourced district hospital. In the afternoons you’ll join in a number of activities covering everything from barbecues to island hopping and beyond.
Ghana - Takoradi
Ghana was the very first programme we opened here at Work the World, and today it remains one of our most popular destinations. We’re based in the town of Takoradi, a port city right on the West coast of Africa. Being a port town it’s incredibly lively and there are always novel experiences to be had. Stretches of golden beach run along a coast peppered with old slave forts, canons still intact.
Although not as well equipped as departments at home, there are plenty of opportunities to work with X-ray and ultrasound in our partner hospitals. Patients are referred either directly from within the hospital or from smaller centres and clinics in the surrounding areas, so you’ll stay busy working on a wide range of conditions. You can expect to observe and conduct hysterosalpingograms, barium meals, ureothograms, fistusograms, IVU, fractures, tuberculosis, chest problems and more.
Ghana truly exhibits the best of Africa’s West Coast. Get back to nature and take a forest canopy walk, enjoy the cooling pools at waterfalls that pour into one another in the Volta region, observe life in a modern leper colony, track elephants in Mole Game Park, visit the houses on Axim beach that are lifted from the sand by stilts, and much more. Finally, after a long day on the wards, take the short walk to the beach and watch the sunset with a cocktail.
Working in busy city hospitals and clinics is an incredible experience by itself. But if you want a true taste of rural healthcare, head with us to a remote coastal village where you’ll work with a local specialist in an extremely low resource environment. You’ll stay with our friendly host family and learn about culture, cooking and tradition, and in the afternoons you can enjoy relaxing on deserted beaches that stretch on for miles. The clinical experience involves working with professionals to treat the community, observing local herbal traditionalists and more.
Peru - Arequipa
Peru is our newest destination yet it’s already proving to be one of the most popular. Explore the Amazon jungle, trek to weathered mountaintop city remains, enjoy delicious local cuisines and boat to remote floating villages on ancient lakes to make your trip to Peru a real adventure.
The radiography department that we have partnered with in Peru was the first of its kind in the country. Due to its success it enjoys a positive reputation with the community, which by extension you too will enjoy. The department is surprisingly well equipped, meaning you will gain experience with a number of machines. The X-ray department serves the entire hospital, so expect to observe a broad range of ailments and conditions. Something that will become immediately obvious is that cancer is a prevalent disease in Peru. Because of this the hospitals Oncology Department is one of the hospitals busiest. If you decide to work in oncology as a radiographer, you’ll come to understand the multidisciplinary approach that is taken by the hospital when it comes to fighting cancer. You’ll work with doctors, nurses and others to help diagnose a broad range of cancers.
Peru is our newest destination yet it’s already proving to be one of the most popular. Explore the Amazon jungle, trek to weathered mountaintop city remains, enjoy delicious local cuisines and boat to remote floating villages on ancient lakes to make your trip to Peru a real adventure. What’s more, practicing radiography in our specially selected partner hospitals will equip you with specialist knowledge and skills that you may have otherwise never known about.
Being able to understand your patients, and indeed your colleagues, is of critical importance on any placement. On our intensive Spanish course (focused specifically on radiography) you'll enjoy an entire week of lessons comprising several one-to-one sessions taught in the school’s beautiful garden, and afternoon clinical role-play sessions designed to mimic situations that will likely arise in the hospital. No boring grammar drills, just fun, practical language learning that you can use right away.
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