Why go overseas?
There are countless benefits to undertaking your radiography 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 radiography 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
‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by when it comes to radiography electives abroad. 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.
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 Working in an environment where machines are often outdated or non-existent, you’ll also get to observe practices that haven’t been used in the UK for a long time.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.
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.
Radiography elective destinations
Cambodia - Phnom Penh
The intoxicating city of Phnom Penh lies on the banks of the Mekong river. Explore winding streets hemmed with market stalls, street food vendors, and lively nightlife. Outside the city explore lush national parks home to an abundance of exotic wildlife like sun bears and leopards, or hop between some of Southeast Asia’s finest tropical islands. A Radiography placement here will open your eyes to the realities of how this field has grown in recent years. You could have the chance to learn dark room image development, shadow specialists on ward rounds, and assist in diagnoses - from road traffic accidents to injuries sustained via manual labour. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, yet has access to a wealth of natural beauty. See lions, elephants, zebra and more on safari, take a boat ride to tropical Zanzibar island, or a short flight to Kilimanjaro. Radiography electives here will see you gaining hands on experience in the best equipped department in Tanzania, assisting with a variety of advanced cases like fractures from road traffic accidents and burns. Diagnosing various HIV related chest infections will open your eyes to the impact this virus has. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam, click here.
Peru - Arequipa
Peru is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Explore the Amazon jungle, trek to weathered mountaintop city remains, enjoy delicious local cuisines and boat to remote floating villages on ancient lakes. A radiography elective will place you in the largest Oncology unit in Southern Peru, with opportunities to work directly with cancer patients. Typical conditions you’ll encounter include skin cancers, breast cancer, tumours, cervical cancer, as well as cancers not common in the developed world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.
Philippines - Iloilo
Iloilo is a melting pot of Filipino culture, with colourful festivals, Spanish architecture, and stunning tropical vistas. Go diving off the coast into clear, warm waters, take a tour of the city’s best street food vendors, or make your way to the local bars for a great night out. On your radiography placement you’ll assist in the diagnostic imaging of trauma related cases, and infectious diseases like pulmonary tuberculosis. Proactively display your skill level and you could be responsible for inserting IV lines, injecting contrast dyes, and perform fluoroscopic procedures. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.
Philippines - Dumaguete
Dumaguete is a thriving city with tropical jungle on one side and crystal clear waters on the other. Head to white beaches, swim with turtles, spot whales off the shore of Bais island, and more. When it comes to your radiography elective, you’ll be placed in a large and busy department housing the only MRI in the province. The combination of everyday patient needs with the images that are sent allows this department to offer a varied choice of diagnostic cases. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dumaguete, click here.
Nepal - Kathmandu
There is never a dull moment in Kathmandu - wild monkeys roam the rooftops, bikes speed through the narrow dusty streets, and temples and stupas can be found around every corner. Enjoy trekking through jungles, paragliding, or leaping from the world’s tallest bungee jump. A radiology elective here will see you assisting in a busy department that sees large patient numbers for X-ray. Many of these are referred from other wards in the hospital and the surrounding areas, making for a diverse range of cases. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.
Nepal - Pokhara
Pokhara is an ancient city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, known for its laid back and relaxed atmosphere and wealth of Buddhist and Hindu temples. Conversely, the city is also an adventure hub with paragliding, white-water rafting, and bungee jumping all on offer. Display enthusiasm in the radiography department and you could get heavily involved in KUB, IVU, and work with the hospital’s only CT scanner. Diagnosing fractures, trauma, and various chest infections will provide a clear picture of common cases in this developing country. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.
The Philippines - Batangas
Batangas city is small and tranquil, peppered with stylish cafes, traditional bars, and restaurants catering to every taste. Beautiful dive spots, rainforest treks, volcano hikes and white-sand beaches are just some of the things you can experiences further afield. On a radiography elective here, you’ll have the chance to work with X-ray, CT, Ultrasound, and MRI. The day-to-day involves assisting with the diagnosis of conditions resulting from things like road traffic accidents, as well as working with patients suffering from degenerative diseases.
Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
The city of Anuradhapura is steeped in history, boasting a jumble of ancient temples, stupas, and palaces. However, the ‘new town’ houses bustling markets, restaurants, and bars. In your free time, spot endangered wildlife on safari, or ride a hot air balloon over the jungles of Dambulla. On your elective you’ll work in a department that sees huge patient numbers per day, having the only radiography facilities in the area. Show initiative and you’ll have the opportunity to assist with the provision of interventional radiology. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.
Ghana - Takoradi
Takoradi is a lively city situated on Africa’s golden west coast. Stretches of golden beach run along a coast peppered with old forts, canons still intact, making it perfect for the history enthusiast and sun-seeker alike. Further afield, swim in jungle waterfalls, sleep in tree houses, or go on safari. On your radiography elective you’ll help provide diagnostic services for departments like A&E, and for smaller clinics in the surrounding area should you choose. Receiving a variety of patients will open your eyes to a range of advanced pathologies typical of Ghana. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.
Tanzania - Arusha
The city of Arusha is a lively cultural hub surrounded by African vistas that beg exploration. Head out on safari and spot elephants, lions and wildebeest, or perhaps climb Mt. Meru and explore the nearby volcanic crater. On your radiography elective you’ll go back to the basics of your field, developing X-rays in the darkroom and using limited ultrasound equipment to assist in diagnosis and treatment for fractures, trauma and various chest infections. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha, click here.
"I can honestly say it is the best decision I have ever made."
Julia Mooney, Glasgow Caledonian University 2016Read more
"X-rays were constantly taken with multiple patients and family in the room".
Alison Clarke, Birmingham City University 2015Read more
"We have realised that 3 weeks in Tanzania just isn't long enough"!.
Faye Morrissey & Saima Dalvi, University of Derby 2014Read more
"I’ve returned home 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