A learning disability placement abroad puts you right there in the action.

Imagine yourself in a hospital in the developing world learning how local nurses care for patients with learning disabilities. Learning disabilities have only recently come into focus in many countries. So it's no surprise that you’ll see real and confronting issues right at the source.

You'll see some issues stemming from a lack of resources — low staff to patient ratios, limited specialised training, a lack of equipment... But you will see other issues, like prejudices and misconceptions surrounding learning disabilities, stemming from cultural and religious beliefs.

"It was all so different to the UK..."

"Experiencing the education system in a developing country can be confronting. Rather than focusing on academic values and curriculae, the school takes a life skills based approach teaching the students vocational trades that they can use into adulthood.

Despite having very limited resources, the students approached their education with an infectious joy.

When I got to the school each morning, I was met by a crowd of excited, smiley students, anxious to welcome me back."

— Florence Fanthome-Hodgson, nursing student from Birmingham City University

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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You'll see big clinical differences...Horseman, Zoe

While you're on this trip you’ll see:

  • Under-resourced Special Educational Schools
  • A greater stigma around disability than you’re used to at home
  • Religion has a significant influence on care
  • Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down's syndrome treated differently

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


By the end of this trip you Will:Annemiek Dirven

  • 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 suceed. We are completely confident in 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.


"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 learning disability nursing placements 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 15,000+ 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.

Want more information? Complete the short enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

What do our learning disability nursing placements offer?

A Work the World learning disability nursing placement 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 is a learning disability nursing placement?

A learning disability nursing placement is your opportunity to get some real-world experience in a clinical setting. Undertaking your 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.

What are the benefits of a learning disability nursing placement with Work the World?

The benefits of our learning disability 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 learning disability nursing placement with Work the World?

Work the World organise learning disability 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 learning disability nursing placement with Work the World?

A learning disability nursing placement 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.