by Work the World

Nursing, All Destinations, Our Service

You can now undertake an overseas elective tailored specifically to your nursing branch. This includes adult nursing, child nursing, learning disability nursing and mental health nursing.

Some universities offer courses combining branches, while others let you go ‘off branch’ for your elective placement. If either of these apply to you, or even if you’ve already graduated, we can offer a placement that’s tailored to your clinical interests.

You can change every single aspect of your overseas elective with help from our expert team. And now you can feel completely confident knowing that you get even more flexibility when booking your Work the World placement. We've also introduced additional procedures in our accommodation to give you total peace of mind while you're overseas.

Whether you want to spend one week or eight weeks overseas, we guarantee to build you a once-in-a-lifetime overseas nursing placement.


Your next question might be, “Which Work the World destination is best for my branch of nursing?”

The simple answer is all of them.

We handpick every country, every hospital, and every overseas team member who works for us. It means we have a level of control over the fine details, meaning you have the best possible experience overseas.

All you need to do is to decide where you want to go.

Our experts know our destinations and hospitals inside and out. So, if you’re struggling to decide what you want to do outside of placement -  like hiking in the Himalayas, going on Safari in the Serengeti, or enjoying some rest and relaxation on white-sand beaches - our team will help you decide.

Safari time!

What do our nursing placements look like branch by branch? 

Imagine yourself in a hospital in the developing world, learning how local culture, customs and resource shortages affect how nurses care for patients. You'll quickly learn that the 6Cs are a luxury we take for granted.

You’ll also see local nurses improvising clinical techniques on the spot. And you’ll see patients with conditions you’ve only read about, like malaria and dengue fever.

On the ward in Arusha, Tanzania

Compared to the NHS, you’ll see big clinical differences on every single one of our nursing placements.

Here’s what you might see, branch by branch:

Adult Nursing Placements

  • Families providing bedside care including manual ventilation
  • A lack of patient privacy including multiple patients to a bed
  • Traditional herbal medicine is often used in place of modern techniques
  • Back-to-basics care like manual intubation (without analgesia)
  • A lot of ‘disposable' equipment is sterilised and reused

Child Nursing Placements

  • A greater number of malnourished children than you'd see in the UK
  • High numbers of children with severe burns
  • Overcrowded paediatric wards with limited staff numbers
  • Increased instances of neonatal sepsis
  • Families required to supply children's equipment like saline and bandages

Mental Health Nursing 

  • Some countries are decades behind the UK in terms of awareness and practise
  • Extremely under-resourced psychiatric departments
  • There is a lot of social stigma around mental illnesses
  • Consultations often take place in front of other patients
  • A widespread use of ECT under general anaesthetic 

Learning Disability Nursing 

  • Under-resourced Special Educational Schools
  • A greater stigma around disability than you’re used to at home
  • Religious beliefs have a significant influence on care
  • Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down's syndrome are all treated very different than in the UK


Nursing abroad gives you the rare opportunity to share the skills and knowledge from your country and culture with equally dedicated nursing abroad. Better still, it works both ways; if you keep an open mind, you’ll pick up techniques that will help better you professionally.

We’d love the chance to show you what your own personalised nursing elective trip could look like.

You tell us which destinations and departments you’re interested in, we'll then paint you a picture of what your trip will look like.

Whatever nursing branch you’re studying and whatever you would like to experience we can tailor just the placement for you.



Make sure you secure your spot before the dates you want fill up. Start by learning more about our overseas nursing electives.


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