why go overseas

Travelling abroad to undertake a dentistry elective placement is a rare opportunity. In clinical surroundings, you’ll see how local dentists get by with limited resources, treating cases more advanced than what you normally see at home. The whole overseas experience — travel included — will boost your professional and personal development.

We’ve been organising dental electives for more than ten years. We have close partnerships with hospitals and clinics around the world, which means you get access to experiences that you’re unlikely to have anywhere else. These relationships also mean structured supervision right through your placement. Expert in-country management teams oversee your whole dental elective and deliver round-the-clock support. Our teams also run our private, catered accommodation, and will oversee your dental placement experience throughout.

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how it works

Our teams know every detail of each of our programmes. The expertise we’ve developed will help you decide which of our amazing destinations you want to travel to. Then, based on your areas of  interest, we’ll customise your entire dental placement. Our experienced team will work with you to design every detail, including which departments you want to spend time in.

Lots of work goes on behind the scenes. To help you keep tabs on everything, you’ll get access to MyTrip — an online interactive placement planner. MyTrip contains information about every aspect of your trip, and it’s completely personalised to you.

TEAM and ACCOMMODATION 

When you arrive at the airport, a member of in-country management team will pick you up and take you to the Work the World house. First, we’ll give you a house tour and then let you settle in. We’ll then provide a welcome briefing, and take you on a local orientation and hospital introduction trip.

 

Our large houses are private and secure. You’ll live with students and professionals from different disciplines, making for an entertaining social atmosphere, and you’ll love the amazing weekend travel opportunities with all the new friends you make. Our local management teams are there to provide 24/7 support and are always on hand. The rest of the team is made up of a housekeeper, an in-house chef and a teacher who hosts local language lessons twice a week.

IN THE HOSPITAL

The day before you head to placement, our staff will show you the route to your hospital, introducing you to your supervisors when you get there. Trusting relationships with our hospital partners offer you the opportunity to gain experience with advanced dental conditions and unfamiliar clinical practises, and observe diverse cultural attitudes. To make sure your dental placement is meeting your expectations, our in-country teams review your experience in real-time. Dental placements run from Monday to Friday, which means you have freedom to explore the destination you’ve chosen in the evenings and at weekends.

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DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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On your dentistry elective in Merida, you’ll see right away that people have limited access to both information and preventative treatments. In fact, as much as 60 percent of people in Mexico show signs of periodontal disease. You might also get experience with X-ray machines and ultrasound cleaners. Fillings and restorations are common here, but a lot of patients present late. This means cases are more severe than you’re used to back at home.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Our partner hospital is the only one in the city where patients have access to free or low cost care. On your dental placement here you’ll see that the hospital carries out standard procedures like restorations and fillings. But, because public education around oral hygiene is lacking, patients often present late. This means you’re more likely to see cases more severe than you normally see back at home. In this particular hospital, you can observe maxillofacial surgery too.

Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Many Tanzanians suffer from oral health issues. It’s thought that this is mainly thanks to a lack of oral health education and contamination in the water supply. That means you’ll see a range of advanced cases on your dental elective placement here. In terms of the clinical experience, you’ll see procedures like fillings, minor abscess operations, root canals and prosthodontics. In our other partner hospital — a major tertiary referral hospital — you can spend time in oral surgery, pathology and medicine wards under expert supervision. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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Choose to undertake your dental elective placement in Pokhara and you’ll learn how local specialists tackle things like gum disease, maxillofacial trauma, cleft lip palate repair. And all while having to contend with severe resource limitations. Something that will jump out at you from the get go is the standard of hygiene and infection control. For example, the sterilisation processes that local specialists use might not seem as thorough as you’re used to at home. You might also get the chance to spend time in dental radiology, examining and diagnosing a range of oral problems. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Undertaking your dentistry placement in Nepal means encountering everything from routine check-ups to abscess surgeries. If you take a really proactive approach towards your time here, opportunities in other areas can open up. Maxillofacial, and prosthodontics for example. The healthcare system in Nepal is low resource. That means local specialists can’t always afford to follow the same rigorous hygiene procedures used in the UK. You might see staff reusing burs with multiple patients for example. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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On a dental elective abroad, you’ll spend time in the dentistry department with patients suffering from a range of conditions. In our partner hospital in Kandy, the department is split into three main areas; OPD, maxillofacial and orthodontics. You might even see cases of oral cancer. This will give you insight into how treatments for serious ailments are provided when resources are seriously low. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy. 

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Ghana - Takoradi
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On your dentistry elective in Takoradi, you’re see oral conditions that are far more advanced than you’re used to back at home. You can spend some time in paediatric dentistry, opening your eyes to the severity of conditions like pulpitis, gingivitis, and periodontitis among young people. You can spend time in the lab too. You can compare practises in the UK to local practises in Ghana. You’ll see how local specialists go about creating dentures, using orthodontic appliances and wax carving. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Peru - Arequipa
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On your dentistry elective in Arequipa, you’ll see that unlike some of our other destinations, preventative dental care is increasingly common. Observing routine health checks, you’ll see ongoing development of the discipline firsthand. Our partner hospital sees referrals from institutions in the surrounding areas. Combine that with excess consumption of sugary fizzy drinks and you’re going to encounter severe decay, cavities and other advanced oral diseases. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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"Ghana does have many of the same treatments available as we do at home, but many people cannot afford it."

Tess Everatt, University of Sheffield 2018

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"The resilience of the patients—and the people of Tanzania in general—astounded me."

Tessa Jensen, University of Adelaide 2018

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Swan's Review of his Dental Internship in Nepal

"The experience taught me how to work around limited resources and making the most out of them".

Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014

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Mengzhu's Review of her Dental Internship in Dar es Salaam

I was exposed to more oral surgery at this clinic in ten days than in my entire fourth year at dental school

Mengzhu Wang, Griffith University 2014

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Suman's Review of his Dental Elective in Nepal

"My dentistry placement in Nepal was an experience of a lifetime, which was only made possible by the immense help from WtW"

Suman Suppayah, University of Sheffield 2014

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