Why go overseas?

There are countless benefits to undertaking your nursing 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 nursing placement’ on your CV. All this in addition to exploring an exotic country on the other side of the world.

What's Included?

  • 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

Tell us where your skills and interests lie and we’ll tailor your elective down to the tiniest detail. These aren't off the shelf nursing electives; they're custom-made.

Our experts will help you find the right destination, completely tailor your hospital experience, match you with supervisors, tackle visa administration — the list goes on. They’re also responsible for the day-to-day running of our programmes overseas making them the best people for the job.

nursing elective

Go further

Whether you choose Adult, Paediatric or Mental Health Nursing electives, guided by your supervisors you’ll have the chance to help diagnose and treat a host of unfamiliar conditions.

As healthcare is relatively expensive and patients often live too far from hospitals to justify a trip, you’ll see advanced conditions too. Nursing abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see things from a totally different angle.

nursing elective

ON THE GROUND

In country, you’ll have round the clock support from our friendly in-country teams from within our private, secure, catered accommodation. You’ll also get a personal login to MyTrip (our personalised online elective information hub) to find out everything about your placement at the click of a button.

Our sole focus is building the best elective experiences available — this hasn't changed in over 10 years. You’re in expert hands. You only get one Nursing Elective, so make it count.

nursing-electives-abroad

Nursing elective destinations

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
Monk in Angkor Wat Cambodia. Ta Prohm Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest
Find out more

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.

Monk in Angkor Wat Cambodia. Ta Prohm Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest

The Philippines - Batangas
Find out more

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.

Sri Lanka - Kandy
KANDY MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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.

KANDY MAIN IMAGE

Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
ANURADHAPURA MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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. 

ANURADHAPURA MAIN IMAGE

Philippines - Iloilo
ILOILO MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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. 

ILOILO MAIN IMAGE

Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
DAR ES SALAAM MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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.

DAR ES SALAAM MAIN IMAGE

Tanzania - Arusha
ARUSHA MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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.

ARUSHA MAIN IMAGE

Ghana - Takoradi
TAKORADI MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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.

TAKORADI MAIN IMAGE

Nepal - Kathmandu
KATHMANDU MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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.

KATHMANDU MAIN IMAGE

Nepal - Pokhara
POKHARA MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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.

POKHARA MAIN IMAGE

Peru - Arequipa
AREQUIPA MAIN IMAGE
Find out more

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.

AREQUIPA MAIN IMAGE
Sarah Mabbott

Case Study

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

Sarah Mabbott, Bournemouth University 2017

Read more
Flowers, Shannon

Case Study

"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

Read more
Lowery, Ashley

Case Study

"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

Read more
Bowis, Rachael

Case Study

"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

Read more
Cook, Melissa

Case Study

"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

Read more

From our blog

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.