Why go overseas?
There are countless benefits to undertaking your midwifery 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 midwifery 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
‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by when it comes to midwifery abroad. Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll carefully tailor your midwifery placement down to the tiniest detail. You should keep in mind that these are not off the shelf placements; they are custom-made elective placements for that change lives. Our Elective Experts have years of experience tailoring midwifery placements abroad. They’ll meticulously customise your entire elective, match you with supervisors, tackle visa administration, and a whole list of other things that you won’t have even thought of. They’re also responsible for managing our programmes overseas, making them the best possible people for the job.
With the help of your placement supervisor you’ll assist in an array of situations that don’t commonly arise in the UK. This could be anything from assisting in complicated birthing procedures to providing postnatal advice to families. In such situations you’ll gain insight into, things that you’d otherwise be unlikely to witness. For example many countries in which we work don’t offer pain treatments during labour, and women are expected to give birth in absolute silence.
ON THE GROUND
You’ll also have round the clock support from our sociable in-country crews. Our teams operate from our private, security guarded, fully catered accommodation in which you’ll be staying. You’ll also have unfettered access to MyTrip, our online elective tracking tool. We exist to design midwifery electives that are unparalleled in quality, and we’re very proud to say that we’ve achieved just that. Remember: this is the only elective you get, so make the decision to travel overseas and your midwifery elective placement will be worth every second you spend on it.
Midwifery elective destinations
Cambodia - Phnom Penh Find out more
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.
The Philippines - Batangas Find out more
Wandering through the laid-back streets of Batangas City, you’ll discover restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and grand 'ancestral houses' once lived in by the old sugar barons. It’s also the perfect jumping-off spot for swimming with whale sharks, exploring rice paddies, and trekking through lush tropical jungles.
On a Midwifery Elective here, you’ll work in a ward where you could encounter caesarian sections and a range of complications like breech birth. You could also come to understand the challenges local professionals face when treating with a lack of prenatal care. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas.
Sri Lanka - Kandy Find out more
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.
Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura Find out more
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.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam Find out more
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.
Tanzania - Arusha Find out more
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.
Ghana - Takoradi Find out more
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.
Philippines - Iloilo Find out more
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.
Nepal - Kathmandu Find out more
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.
Nepal - Pokhara Find out more
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.
Peru - Arequipa Find out more
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.
"The whole experience shaped us and how we consider our careers."
Shekinah Rasborsek, Taegen Williams and Amber Peucker, Australian Catholic University 2017Read more
"My advice to someone considering a Work the World placement is absolutely do it! It’s one of the most amazing experiences!"
Claire Emmerson, University of Hertfordshire 2017Read more
"The Ngorongoro Crater was the most stunning place I have ever been"!
Ellen Smith - Safari and Massai VHE, Liverpool John Moores University 2016Read more
"I got back to basics and improved my core skills".
Georgina Lennon, University of Greenwich 2016Read more
"The student midwives we worked with took us out to go sight-seeing".
Katherine Amis and Charli Plunket, University of East Anglia 2015Read more
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