A child nursing elective abroad puts you right there in the action.

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.

You can get experience on pediatric wards and even in specialist pediatric hospitals. But you can also go off branch and get experience in areas like A&E and oncology.

"There were up to four patients to a bed"

“Whilst on the paediatric burns unit, I witnessed the aftermath of an awful event that led to a little girl to have irreparable damage to both of her eyes after her dress caught alight.

I also saw a 2-year-old on PICU with 46% of his body burnt due to oil. Many of these injuries occur at home due to lack of supervision.

Despite this, it was amazing to see how happy the children on the ward were, even in times of pain they were always smiling and overjoyed to see us when we arrived on the ward.

— Ruby Sullivan, nursing student from King's College London

flexible booking

Our programmes are open! You can book your Work the World overseas placement with total confidence. Once you’ve secured your space, you can make unlimited changes to your travel dates, absolutely free.

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Nursing Page - Image 2You'll see big clinical differences...

While you're on the wards you’ll see:

  • 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

Here’s one huge ADDED bonus…

Your evenings and weekends are free to do some proper travelling with new friends from the Work the World house.

Here are some once-in-a-lifetime adventures you can check off your bucket list:

  • Get up close to wild elephants, lions and giraffes on safari
  • Swim with curious sea turtles in warm tropical waters
  • Stay up late at legendary paradise beach parties
  • Hike (or paraglide!) through the Himalayan Mountains


TRAVELBy the end of this trip you Will:

  • Have rare clinical experience that sets you apart from other nurses
  • Be much more confident and ready to take on new challenges
  • Give your CV the wow-factor to help you land your dream job
  • Have a global network you can tap into to boost your nursing career
  • Collect a lifetime’s worth of stories to share with your friends

This trip — tailored specifically to you — gives you everything you need to succeed. We are completely confident saying that this trip will teach you what you’re capable of. By the time you get back to the UK, you’ll feel ready for anything.


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"A Work the World placement stands out on your CV as a badge of durability, resourcefulness, and cross-cultural aptitude.

During the interview for my current position, I felt as if I started every sentence with 'When I was a student nurse in Tanzania…'. It got me the job.

It’s the best investment you'll ever make in developing your skills, your career, and yourself.”

— John Hansen-Brevetti, former nursing student at Queen Margaret University

Here's what we're offering...

This is the kind of trip you only take once, so it needs to be right first time. You need to know you're in experienced hands.

We are the experts in planning, customising, and building child nursing electives abroad. We were founded in 2005, so we’re the longest-running (most experienced) elective organisation out there.

The proof:

We’ve created unique electives for 17,000+ students around the world who have independently rated us 4.8 out of 5.

With us you get a one-to-one service that includes:

  • A supervised overseas elective in your choice of departments
  • Complete preparation process before you go
  • Accommodation in a private, catered house
  • Language lessons
  • A 24/7 in-country team to support you

See the full list of inclusions here

LET US show you what your personalised elective trip LOOKS like.

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

You tell us which destinations and departments you’re interested, and whether you want to travel by yourself or with a group of uni friends (you're welcome to do either). We'll then paint you a picture of what your trip will look like.

All we do is give you the information you need to see if our elective placements are for you. If not, no problem.

Drop your details in the form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

What do our child nursing electives offer?

A Work the World child nursing elective abroad gives you the chance to undertake a clinical placement in the developing world. You will spend time in a low-resource hospital and see unfamiliar practices and advanced conditions.

What are the benefits of a child nursing elective with Work the World?

The benefits of our child nursing electives include:

  • Getting invaluable clinical experience in the field
  • Making yourself more attractive to employers
  • Building your professional network  
  • Doing some proper travelling

What countries can I travel to on a child nursing elective with Work the World?

Work the World organise child nursing placements in Africa, Asia or Latin America, with placements in: 1. Tanzania 2. Zambia  3. Vietnam 4. Mexico 5. Ghana 6. The Philippines 7. Nepal 8. Sri Lanka.

How long is a child nursing elective with Work the World?

A child nursing elective is as long as you want it to be. Our minimum placement duration is one week, but students typically travel on their nursing electives for 4 weeks. There is no upper limit to how long you can travel for.

What is a child nursing elective?

A child nursing elective placement is your opportunity to get some real-world experience in a clinical setting. Undertaking your nursing elective placement overseas massively expands the scope of what you'll be able to achieve. It also looks great to employers as it shows your passion for your vocation.