Why go overseas?
There are countless benefits to undertaking your dentistry 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 dentistry 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
Tell us the areas of dentistry you're most interested in and we’ll customise your experience down to the last detail. Work the World electives are far from ordinary — they are carefully tailored placements designed to meet your every need. Once you’ve signed up, our experts will do everything from overseeing visa administration to organising your hospital placement and beyond.
On our overseas dentistry placements, you’ll work with in-country supervisors, examining a range of conditions that are uncommon, sometimes even non-existent in the UK. Healthcare is relatively expensive in the developing world, which combined with long distances to hospitals causes many patients to delay treatment. Because of this you could see cases at stages far more advanced than you’re used to. With us, you’ll expand your knowledge base and gain specialised experience that you simply can’t get on an elective at home.
ON THE GROUND
Our friendly in-country teams provide support 24 hours a day. The teams work in our huge, private, catered houses that are for Work the World travellers only. Our Programme Managers have close working relationships with staff in our partner hospitals, meaning exceptional flexibility when undertaking your placement. Our expertise is in creating tailored healthcare placements of the highest quality, which is why we’re proud to offer the best dental electives you'll find anywhere.
Destinations where this elective is available
The Philippines - Batangas Find out more
Batangas is a relaxed coastal city with popular cafes and art galleries scattered throughout. During the summer the city also hosts international music festivals and even throws street parties. Batangas is found on the tropical rainforest island of Luzon, and is in great proximity to volcanoes and beautiful sandy beaches.
On a Dentistry Elective here, under specialist supervision, you’ll gain experience diagnosing and treating conditions presented at advanced stages resulting from a lack of focus on preventative care and education — one of the many challenges delivering healthcare in the developing world presents. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas.
Tanzania - Arusha Find out more
The laid-back city of Arusha can be found just inland from Africa’s magnificent east coast. If you’re interested in spotting lions on safari or climbing the famous Kilimanjaro for panoramic views, this is the place for you.
Travel costs and a lack of oral health education in Arusha means you’re likely to encounter advanced pathologies and decay in our partner hospital. Show initiative on your elective and you could work with specialists on both minor and major cases, gleaning insight into the limitations they face daily. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam Find out more
Dar es Salaam is the second most expansive city in Tanzania. It’s becoming an urban metropolis, but being a coastal city surrounded by game parks, mountains, forests, and white beaches, the region also has a wealth of natural beauty. When it comes to your Dental Elective, ideas you might have about developing healthcare will be challenged.
As many Tanzanians suffer from oral health issues due to contaminated water and a lack of oral health education, you could encounter a range of advanced cases on your dentistry elective, working through the oral surgery, pathology and medicine wards working under expert supervision. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.
Nepal - Pokhara Find out more
Sprawling out from the banks of a lake, with temples, and plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, Pokhara is a colourful city nestled at the feet of the Himalayas. For adrenaline seeking students there’s paragliding, bungee jumping and whitewater rafting opportunities too.
Choose a Dentistry Elective here and you could learn how local specialists battle gum diseases, manage maxillofacial traumas, and repair cleft lip palettes with limited resources. You could also have the chance to work in Dental Radiology, examining and diagnosing a range of oral problems. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.
Nepal - Kathmandu Find out more
Kathmandu is the proud capital of Nepal, with both a history and a culture that span back thousands of years. It’s also surrounded by outstanding natural beauty with plenty of chance to adventure into jungles, plunge from the world’s highest bungee platform, or ride elephants.
When it comes to our Dentistry Electives here, you could encounter everything from routine check-ups to abscess surgeries. An enthusiastic attitude towards your placement could open up opportunities in other areas like Maxillofacial, Prosthodontics and others. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.
Sri Lanka - Kandy Find out more
Kandy’s eclectic culture can be traced back thousands of years, from its ancient Buddhist temples to traditional local cuisines. The country is also a haven for wildlife like elephants, jaguars, leopards that you can spot on jungle safari.
Under the supervision of local specialists, you’ll work in a Dentistry Department that deals with patients suffering from a range of conditions. You may even have the chance to see cases of oral cancer, providing insight into how treatment is provided in such a low resource hospital. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.
Ghana - Takoradi Find out more
If you want a taste of real Africa, there's nowhere better than Ghana. The city of Takoradi in which we're based is a bustling hub of local culture, homem to some of the friendliest people on the continent. The region has a fascinating history, with old forts dotted along the coast, and plenty of opportunities like treks to hidden waterfalls, and visits to remote villages to glimpse rural African life.
On your Dentistry Elective you’re likely to encounter advanced oral conditions uncommon in the developed world. Spending time in Paediatric Dentistry will open your eyes to the severity of conditions like pulpitis, gingivitis, and periodontitis in young people. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.
Peru - Arequipa Find out more
Arequipa is a thriving city, alive with Peruvian culture anf surrounded by some of South America’s most stunning landscapes. With the Amazon rainforest, one of the highest lakes in the world, weathered mountaintop city remains, and climbable volcanoes, there’s something to suit every travel style.
Preventative dental care is increasingly common here, meaning you could assist with routine health checks on this elective, witnessing the ongoing development of the discipline. Referrals from surrounding institutions will mean you’re likely to encounter severe decay, cavities and other oral diseases. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.
"Have a keen and open mind, as you are joining a completely different culture".
Danielle Cook, Columbia University 2014Read more
"The experience taught me how to work around limited resources and making the most out of them".
Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014Read more
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 2014Read more
My elective in Nepal was an experience of a lifetime, which was only made possible by the immense help from WTW
Suman Suppayah, University of Sheffield 2014Read more
We got hands on experience, such as the chance to do fillings, extractions, x-ray taking and assisting in biopsy taking
Rachel Otukoya, University of Sheffield 2014Read more
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