WHY GO OVERSEAS

The opportunity to travel overseas for your nursing elective is once-in-a-lifetime. You’ll be in a new clinical environment learning how staff treat advanced conditions, while contending with limited resources and high patient volumes. Overseas electives boost both personal and professional development.

We’ve tailored thousands of nursing placements for over a decade. Our hospital partnerships provide access to experiences that would normally be impossible, and allow us to offer structured supervision throughout your elective placement. In-country, our management teams oversee all nursing placements providing 24/7 support. Our teams are also responsible for looking after our private, catered accommodation, and will track your experience throughout. When it comes to nursing abroad, we’re the experts.

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HOW IT WORKs

We know more about nursing elective placements than anyone. You can rely on our expertise to help you decide which location will be best for you. Once you’ve chosen where you’d like to go, we’ll design your nursing placement abroad based on your area of study (adult, child, mental health or learning disability nursing) and where your clinical interests lie. You’ll work with our expert team to customise every aspect of your trip, right down to the departments you’d like to work in.

To keep up to date with all the behind the scenes organisation, we’ll give you a unique login for MyTrip — our interactive placement planner, which contains personalised information about every detail of your experience.

TEAM AND ACCOMMODATION

Our experienced in-country team will pick you up from the airport and take you back to the Work the World house. Here, you’ll get an informative welcome briefing and, once you’ve settled in, a hospital introduction and local orientation.

 

All our houses are private, spacious and secure. Students and professionals from a range of disciplines stay in each house, which encourages a lively, social atmosphere. You’ll love the amazing weekend travel opportunities with all the new friends you make. Our in-country management teams are on hand to provide 24/7 support both in the house and out. The house team also includes a chef, a housekeeper and a teacher providing twice weekly language lessons.

IN THE HOSPITAL

The day before the clinical part of your elective is due to start, we’ll show you exactly how to get to the hospital and introduce you to your supervisors. The long-standing relationships we have with our partner hospitals will allow you to see advanced, sometimes even unusual medical conditions, diverse cultural attitudes and unfamiliar clinical practises. To ensure your elective is everything you expected it to be, our in-country teams will regularly review your day-to-day experience. Placements run Monday to Friday, meaning you’ve plenty of time to explore the amazing destination you’ve chosen.

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DESTINATIONS

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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Stemming from the banks of the mighty Mekong river, Phnom Penh—Cambodia’s capital—is a thriving hub of contrasts, where ancient Buddhist temples coexist with streetside markets touting knock-off handbags. Outside the city, discover untouched coastlines and jungles where leopards and sun bears hide.

 

On a Nursing Elective here you could observe tropical infectious diseases like malaria, HIV, and TB, and other conditions at stages further advanced than you're used to. 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—one of Sri Lanka's most charming cities—is home to some of the friendliest people on the planet and boasts a healthcare system 5000 years in the making. If you like adventure you can find elephants while trekking through lush jungles, visit ancient hindu temples, and wander through sprawling tea plantations.

 

On placement, proactivity will open opportunities to work with advanced cases of tropical diseases like dengue fever, and TB. There’s also a busy OBG Ward where you could assist in complicated pregnancies and neonatal intensive care. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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The city of Anuradhapura has two sides — one is jam-packed with sacred stupas, time-worn temples, and princely palaces and the other opens a window to the charms of modern Sri Lankan life. Discover rare wildlife in the national parks, or relax on paradise beaches beyond the city's boundaries.

 

As a student Nurse, you could work with unfamiliar tropical diseases like chikungunya, hepatitis, and malaria. The use of pesticides on crops has also meant chronic kidney disease is a major issue in rural areas. You’ll see the direct effects of this issue in the Renal Transplant Unit which sees 80% of all related cases in northern Sri Lanka. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura. 

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Philippines - Iloilo
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Iloilo is the perfect choice if you’re looking for sun, sea and specialist Nursing Placements. From our base of this newly developing city, you can go coral diving, island hopping, whale watching, and enjoy bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping centres at your leisure.

 

A proactive attitude on placement will yield a breadth of experience across subspecialties like Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Toxicology, and Cardiology. Working in the Animal Bites Clinic will provide insight into cases typical to Iloilo and its surrounding villages. Read stories from those who've already travelled with us to Iloilo. 

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Despite being the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is the gateway to a wealth of natural beauty and adventure. Go on safaris, travel to Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the tropical island of Zanzibar a boat ride away. A Nursing Elective here opens a window on to one of the more serious healthcare issues facing the local population—HIV.

 

Here, you can work in departments dedicated to supporting HIV positive mothers, or paediatric HIV, opening your eyes to the difficulties faced by local professionals when it comes to providing specialist care to high patient numbers 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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Situated on the edge of West Africa, Takoradi is a lively port town and and a real hub of activity. You’ll have the chance to swim in hidden waterfalls, walk through jungle canopies, or simply soak up the sun on a local beach.

 

Nursing in Africa will give you the choice to work in places like The Reproductive and Child Health Department, run exclusively by nurses. Services provided here include Family Planning, Postnatal Care, and Growth Monitoring. You might also get the chance to visit schools and offer immunizations and hygiene talks. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is a surprising muddle of ornate Buddhist temples, free-roaming monkeys, bustling markets, and chanting monks. Enjoy paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting at the weekends.

 

On your Nursing Elective Placement, you’ll work in a teaching hospital across departments like Mental Health, OBG, and Paediatrics. The chance to venture into local communities to do outreach work will highlight cases specific to Nepal, and the creative nature of staff who battle against limited resources on a daily basis. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara is a rich historical centre yet has every modern amenities a traveller could want. Thrill-seekers will enjoy paragliding through mountains and white-water rafting, while tranquillity can be found in the city’s temples and on boat trips across the stunning Phewa Lake.

 

A proactive mentality on your Nursing Placement will see you assisting with cases of unfamiliar conditions like leprosy. Bedside care is carried out by family members, enabling you to glean insight into the differing roles nurses have here. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Peru is home to misty jungles, world-famous ruins of ancient civilisations, and mouth-watering cuisine. Take to the river for whitewater rafting, trek to awe-inspiring canyons, or simply tour the city of Arequipa itself—a white stone metropolis begging exploration.

 

On your placement you could work in our partner hospital's HIV centre run exclusively by Nurses, and in one of the largest Oncology departments in Peru. Typical cases in this area include skin cancers, tumours, cervical cancer, and other cancers uncommon in the developed world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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The lively city of Arusha and the surrounding areas are brimming with adventure; whether that means going on a big game safari, climbing a mountain climbing, or just enjoying local street food and catching a Tanzanian film in the local cinema.

 

On a Nursing Elective here, you’ll work alongside local specialists, learning to diagnose and treat conditions you’re unlikely to have encountered before like dengue fever and malaria. Should you also choose to work in the hospital’s Casualty Department, you’ll understand the true meaning of 'high patient numbers', many of whom will present with late-stage cases. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.

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The Philippines - Batangas
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Batangas is a laid-back city home to friendly people, beautiful colonial houses, and a diversity of restaurants and traditional bars. It’s also the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore the broader draws of the archipelago, like diving and whale watching.

 

When it comes to undertaking a Nursing Elective here, you can rotate through departments like Emergency, Surgery, Post-Anesthesia Care, and Internal Medicine. This will bring to light the challenges of delivering healthcare in a resource-poor setting. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas.

Sarah Mabbott

"My advice to anyone considering a trip with Work the World is: make it happen".

Sarah Mabbott, Bournemouth University 2017

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Flowers, Shannon

"The consultant I worked with was fantastic. He took me under his wing and treated me as a trainee psychiatrist".

Shannon Flowers, Staffordshire University 2017

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Lowery, Ashley

"Work the World exceeded every expectation. I made amazing friends, and had unforgettable experiences. It was better than I could have possibly imagined!"

Ashley Lowery, Michigan State University 2017

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Bowis, Rachael

"I would definitely recommend a Work the World placement. I’d go back to Dar es Salaam tomorrow if I could."

Rachael Bowis, Manchester Metropolitan University 2017

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Cook, Melissa

"It was the best thing I’ve ever done, and I wish I could go back and do it all over again."

Melissa Cook, Dundee University 2017

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What is a Nursing Elective?

Nursing Electives are placements nursing students undertake as part of their degree. Some educational establishments also refer to them as Clinical Experiences, Insights Placements, Enrichment Placements, International Modules and Mobility Placements . We tailor structured, supervised Nursing Electives in destinations across Africa, Asia and South America.