WHY GO OVERSEAS

Heading overseas for a midwifery elective placement is a chance you’ll get only once in a lifetime. In diverse clinical settings you’ll see how local staff cope with a lack of resources when dealing with things like high birth volumes and labour complications. This overseas experience guarantees to boost your personal and professional development.

We’ve been tailoring midwifery placements for over a decade. The partnerships we’ve developed with hospitals around the world provide access to experiences that would otherwise be impossible. When it comes to practicing midwifery abroad, we’re the experts. This also allows for high quality, structured supervision for the duration of your placement. Our in-country management staff look after all midwifery electives on the ground, providing 24/7 support throughout. The teams also manage our private, catered accommodation, and constantly monitor your midwifery placement experience.

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HOW IT WORKS

No one knows more about midwifery overseas than us — our team can support and guide you toward the best destination to travel to. When you’re settled on where you want to go, we’ll completely tailor your midwifery placement abroad. Our expert team will help you customise everything, right down to which departments you want to work in.

So you can keep an eye on the work we put in behind the scenes, you’ll get access to MyTrip — an interactive placement planner, which contains information about all aspects of your trip, personalised to you.

TEAM AND ACCOMMODATION 

Our expert in-country team will meet you when you arrive, and take you back to the Work the World house. Once you’ve settled in you’ll get a welcome briefing and local orientation, as well as a hospital introduction trip.

 

Work the World’s private houses are spacious and secure. Students and professionals from a range of disciplines live together, which encourages a social atmosphere. You’ll love the amazing weekend travel opportunities with all the new friends you make. To provide 24/7 support, our in-country management teams are always available. An in-house chef, a housekeeper and a local language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week make up the rest of the team.

IN THE HOSPITAL

The day before you start your placement, our staff will take you to the hospital, and introduce you to the teams you’ll be working with. The close relationships we have with partner hospitals and clinics allow access to working with advanced and often unusual birthing complications, diverse cultural attitudes and often unfamiliar clinical practises.  To be sure your placement constantly meets your expectations, our in-country teams will review your experience in real-time. With placements running from Monday to Friday, your evenings and weekends are totally free to explore the destination you’ve chosen.

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DESTINATIONS

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.

 

The maternity hospital we’re partnered with in Merida deals exclusively with infant paediatric cases and expectant mothers. With a limited number of beds, the wards are incredibly busy, meaning you’ll get a breadth of experience like nowhere else. There are high patient numbers here, which will allow you to see how resourceful the techniques used by local specialists are when dealing with intrapartum complications, such as breech births.

Vietnam - Hue
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A vibrant focal point of Southeast Asian culture and backpacker favourite, with bustling markets, lively bars and delicious street food in abundance. Close to tropical beaches, rainforests, and ancient temples and pagodas, you’ll have every chance to indulge your adventurous side.

 

The institution we’re partnered with in Hue, Vietnam is the largest university teaching hospital in the region. From day one, you’ll get amazing experience working alongside specialists in this low-resource clinical setting. Supervised by local midwives, you’ll work in the OBG department getting involved in and all areas of maternal and infant paediatric care.

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.

 

At our partner hospital, you could be involved in live births on a daily basis. Getting involved in both pre and postnatal care is also possible. On a Work the World placement, emergency labours like breech births are common, and you could work with HIV positive mothers, mothers with malnutrition and a host of other complications.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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The intoxicating city of Phnom Penh is a hub of contrasts, where some of the most ancient temples in the world sit alongside markets selling knock-off brands. Further afield, you can tour the coast and the islands just off shore for white sands and crystal clear seas. Trekking deep into the jungle to spot sun bears, leopards, and elephants is also worthwhile.

 

A Midwifery Elective in Cambodia will highlight the sometimes harsh realities faced by Midwives in the developing world. Under expert supervision you’ll witness local staff deploy creativity with limited resources, engage with birthing complications, and encounter HIV positive mothers. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Kandy is an ancient city surrounded by lush forests, diverse wildlife, and tropical beaches. In the surrounding areas you can enjoy trekking, swimming with dolphins, and visiting ancient ruins, you’ll never be short of things to do.

 

A Midwifery Elective here will see you rotating through wards like Antenatal, Postnatal and a Premature Baby Unit. You’ll encounter complicated birthing procedures, terminations, and miscarriages. Witnessing how patient numbers often exceed available bed space will highlight how a lack of resources impacts local women. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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The old city of Anuradhapura has an impressive number of Buddhist temples, sacred palaces, and stupas. To complement this, the new city has plenty of local restaurants, traditional bars, and markets to keep you entertained. Further afield, you can find golden beaches and opportunities for jungle safaris.

 

On a Midwifery Elective here, you’ll come across a range of interesting local practices. Caesarean sections for example, make up 40% of all births and are dedicated an entire ward. The lack of pain relief used in labour is another of the many practical differences you’ll encounter, all of which will enrich your understanding of the field. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam is the second largest city in Tanzania, but despite gradual development into a modern metropolis, it's surrounded by incredible natural beauty. Go on safari, climb mountains, and boat to tropical islands for a spot of rest and relaxation.

 

Choosing to Practice Midwifery in Africa will allow you to observe, and in some cases assist with, complicated surgical births alongside both local professionals and Tanzanian students. Visiting a ward dedicated to mothers with HIV will highlight the reality of this epidemic in the developing world, and how local midwives provide care with limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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The busy port town of Takoradi is found on a coast fringed with golden beaches that stretch on for miles. You'll also find working fishing villages, and decaying forts dotted along the coast.

 

On a Midwifery Elective in Africa you'll quickly discovering that a lack of resources means certain types of care are extremely limited. Prenatal care for example is a luxury for very few women. Add to this the differing cultural traditions surrounding birth, and you'll find the experience eye-opening. The Maternity Clinic we work with in Takoradi is fortunate enough to have a Labour Ward and Antenatal Clinic. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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Iloilo is a rapidly developing city on a tropical island and as such it has the best of both worlds. Go diving off the coast in calm blue waters, join colourful island-wide festivals, spot whales off the nearby coast, or tour bars and restaurants to sample local delicacies.

 

On a Midwifery Elective here, you’ll work alongside the Delivery Team, and will have the chance to rotate through specialisms like Reproductive Endocrinology, Gynaecologic Oncology, and Cervical Pathology. High patient loads often mean patients here share beds — a clear expression of the impact a lack of resources can have on providing adequate care. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is Nepal's nerve center. This capital city's labyrinth of side-streets is home to Buddhist temples, markets, street food vendors, and the occasional wild monkey. Beyond the city, you’ll discover a wealth of adventure activities like white-water rafting, mountain climbing and pargliding through the Himalayan peaks.

 

Local Midwives keen to share their knowledge will oversee your work on a ward delivering a relatively high number of babies each day, You can also work in the Post-natal and Post-operative wards. HIV also presents a challenge for many breast-feeding infants in Nepal — an issue you’ll almost certainly encounter on your Midwifery Elective. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara — a charming city inhabited by people who have figured out the perfect pace of life — is nestled at the feet of the Himalayan Mountains. The city is a perfect base for adventurers, with activities ranging from paragliding to mountaintop temple hiking right on the doorstep. Being a backpacker's haven, there's an abundance of local restaurants and bars.

 

On your Midwifery Elective you’ll work in a busy maternity department, which has seen up to 30 deliveries per day. You’re also able to join the twice weekly antenatal clinics where hundreds of women are assisted. The department also supports a Post-natal, Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia Unit, where you’ll assist in both standard and complicated procedures. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Arequipa is a beautiful city built from white stone. It has a rich cultural heritage, and despite being a repidly developing metropolis, it's surrounded by some of South America’s most stunning natural beauty. Hike to the ancient mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu, join in local festivals, trek through the Amazon rainforest, and visit villages floating in the middle of ancient lakes.

 

In a government run hospital you’ll work with women from impoverished backgrounds who have experienced problems pre-delivery, or during birth in a clinic. Spending time in one of these primary care clinics will give you the chance to encounter Dilations Control, Psychoprophylaxis, Neonatology, and, of course, normal deliveries. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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The bustling city of Arusha can be found just inland from Tanzania's stunning east coast. Big game safaris, mountain climbing, scuba diving, and relaxing on the beach. If you want tropical islands, the paradise beaches of Zanzibar are short trip away.

 

When it comes to practicing Midwifery abroad, you’ll be assisting in a department that will open your eyes to local cultural traditions that surround birthing, and the challenges limited resources pose to Tanzanian Midwives. Rotate through Antenatal, Labour, Postnatal and Theatre to make the most of your Midwifery Elective. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.

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