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.
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.
Mexico - Merida
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Merida is Mexico’s cultural capital, home to beautiful colonial architecture, green plazas and broad boulevards. The city is lively in the evenings with restaurants and bars in full swing. Further afield, you can dive in beautiful underwater caves cenotes, relax on tropical beaches, and visit awe-inspiring ancient Mayan ruins.
60 percent of people in Mexico show signs of periodontal disease, which reflects the fact that many people have limited access to both information and preventative treatments as standard. Treatments like fillings and restorations are undertaken here, however, many patients present late meaning some cases are likely to be more severe than you’ll be used to.
Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is the beating heart of Zambia. From here you can visit up to 20 game parks to see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah. You might even spot hippos wading through the beautiful Zambezi River while canoeing along the shore. You can also the rich local cultures and traditions so ingrained in Zambian tribal culture.
Our partner hospital is the only one in the city where patients enjoy free or low cost care. All standard procedures are carried out here like restorations and fillings, however, as education about oral hygiene is lacking, patients can often present late. This means you’re more likely to see severe cases than you are at home. It’s possible to observe maxillofacial surgery here, too.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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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, spending 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.
Nepal - Pokhara
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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 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.
Nepal - Kathmandu
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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
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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 spend time 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
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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
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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.
"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 2018Read more
"The resilience of the patients—and the people of Tanzania in general—astounded me."
Tessa Jensen, University of Adelaide 2018Read 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 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 2014Read more