“True to the words on the Work the World website, the house really was a home away from home. The food was amazing. Breakfast and dinner were always freshly prepared. There was a lovely seating area to relax in the evening, too. We would all catch up and tell stories after a day on placement. There were students in the house from all over the world, and we all enjoyed comparing our healthcare experiences from back home. BBQ nights every Thursday were a real highlight. We would sit on the terrace and try out some traditional African dancing." — Rachael Bowis, Manchester Metropolitan University
When roughing it around the world on a shoestring budget, staying in hostels and homestays are reasonable options. But when travelling overseas to get clinical experience in an unfamiliar healthcare system, you need a comfortable, worry-free space to decompress after placement.
With us, you’ll get just that; a large private house with all the creature comforts. Yes, that includes WIFI.
“The house was large and accommodating. All our needs were met. I was so impressed with the atmosphere, amenities and how much it felt like home.” — Ashley Lowrey, Michigan State University
Spanning multiple floors, our houses are huge. There are spacious bedrooms, bathrooms, social areas, lounges with comfy furniture to crash on, dining rooms, gardens, roof terraces — some even have pools. Each house has its own unique character, inspired by local culture.
Each house can comfortably fit upwards of 25 people.
The Dream Team
Our houses don’t run themselves. For that, we have experts of many talents.
Our overseas teams are the backbone of our organisation. They handle everything in-country, from arranging your clinical placement with local hospitals, to cooking your food.
Your Programme Manager runs the show and is responsible for all other staff. The Assistant Programme Manager is the Programme Manager’s right hand. Watching this duo in action is like seeing two minds as one. Together, they’re responsible for you and for everything that happens both in the house and in the hospital. You’ll have plenty of everyday interaction with both of these members of the team. They’ll be in the house a lot of the time, making sure your experience is above and beyond what you expected.
Each property has a housekeeper. They’re meticulous, and bring a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘spick and span’. Delicious meals are prepared fresh by your in-house chef, but more on them later.
The destinations we choose are perfectly safe, but we understand that total peace of mind is important. It’s because of this that each house has security staff.
We’re glad to be able to say that all our staff are hired locally. You can tap into our teams’ specialist local knowledge at a moment’s notice. From guiding you to the best local bars, to demonstrating local customs, the teams have you covered.
Location is everything
When we open a new programme, our teams spend an obsessive amount of time choosing the perfect house. Location is a major consideration.
Friendly neighbourhood? Check. Nearby bars and restaurants? Check. Sunrise views of the Himalayas? Check.
Our teams scour the land until they find the place that meets each and every one of our strict requirements. All local amenities need to be easily accessible. Transport links are also crucial, including access to the hospitals you’ll be working in.
Easy access to town and city centres is also factored in. We normally have special arrangements with local taxi companies and tuk tuk/dala dala/jeepney drivers to make sure you’re paying the local price as opposed to the ‘tourist’ price.
When Friends Become Family
“My advice for future students is to sign up and go! I was hesitant at first because I was traveling alone, but it turned out to be for the best. I was able to meet so many people from all over the world and make lifelong friendships.” — Madison Molotky, University of San Francisco
The Work the World experience is a social experience. You’ll meet people from all over the world and from all kinds of background. You could meet a mix of Medics, Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dentists, Radiographers, and Pharmacists, both aspiring and qualified. Living and working closely with such a diversity of disciplines will help you understand the people behind the skillsets.
The house atmosphere is one of camaraderie. When you arrive, you might find that some students have already been in the country for weeks. While all our houses have expert staff teams, it can be comforting to know you’re with people who’ve already experienced what you, yourself are about to.
The breadth of clinical learning extends beyond the hospital. Anecdotes, comparisons, and collaborative discussion with your housemates about global health will be invaluable to your development.
Once settled, you’ll make long-term friendships. Living with people of a similar interest to you in a new and unusual setting forms strong bonds. You’ll travel to placement together, party together, and go on weekend trips across the country together. You’ll share highs and lows together.
Each house has a book full of tips from previous students. They contain all kinds of messages and advice to current and future travellers who stay the house. When you come to the end of your own trip, you can contribute to it.
Despite the abundant opportunities for socialisation, the houses are spacious. So, if you need some time alone to decompress, it’s easy to find a spot to be by yourself.
“Because I had come from the US, I really enjoyed meeting students from different countries, some of which were from the UK. It was really interesting to learn what their lives were all about! A lot of the girls in the house were on midwifery or nursing Internships. There were also physio students, all doing international placements. It was great to talk about shared interests and how their schooling differed from ours, I feel like I learnt just as much about the UK as about Sri Lanka! “ - Ashley Lowrey, Michigan University
In the House
When you first arrive at the house, you’ll be taken on the Grand Tour. The next step is your Welcome Briefing, where you’ll get all the information you’ll need about your experience. There’s also a welcome dinner where you’ll meet those who are already in the house.
House barbeque nights are a big deal. They happen once a week. Your chef will grill up the tastiest barbecue grub you’ve ever eaten. Some of our destinations have entertainment during the evening — from traditional dancing in Tanzania, to karaoke in the Philippines.
Free local language lessons are hosted in the house, weekly. These teach you key phrases and clinical terminology to give you the tools you need to get the most from your hospital experience.
There are even salsa dance lessons in our Peru house and yoga classes in Nepal.
What About Food?
‘The chef spread out the most mouth-watering feast every morning and night for breakfast and dinner, and stocked the house with plenty of snacks to keep us well-fuelled everyday.’ Progga Saha, Bond University
Breakfast and dinner will be freshly prepared for the duration of your stay. All our houses have top-tier chefs with impressive backgrounds ranging from veteran restaurateurs to national baking competition winners.
Your chef will prepare local delicacies, and favourites from home with tremendous passion and skill. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, are gluten intolerant, celiac, or you just hate broccoli, they’ll cater to your every need. They’ll cook local and national dishes, as well as favourites from home. Dinner is at the same time every day, making it a great opportunity to catch up with your housemates.
Attend one of chef’s cooking lessons if you want recipes to surprise friends and family with.
Your Safety and Security
The houses are in safe locations, as mentioned above. The areas are well-researched and known to our local staff teams long in advance of anyone visiting. But to offer total peace of mind, we employ security staff in all our properties.
Work the World houses are for Work the World students only. No one is allowed onto the property unless they’re on a Work the World placement or a member of the house team.
The destinations we work in are developing nations. This does not mean they’re unsafe. The sense of community responsibility, honesty and fellowship among local people in all our destinations will charm you.
As well as having experienced teams on the ground, we’re in communication with the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth Office. This means we get immediately alerted to any issues that may arise, so we can resolve them appropriately. We have a specifically trained crisis management team, so be assured; we’re prepared for anything and everything.
This post provides but a glimpse of the experiences you’ll enjoy while living in a Work the World house. The only way you’ll fully appreciate the way we make a house a into home is to go and see for yourself.
For further information please fill out the short enquiry form at the bottom of the page and we’ll get back to you. You can also call one of our placement consultants:
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