Why go overseas?

There are countless benefits to undertaking your OT elective in the developing world. You’ll become more creative through 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 OT 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

'We can make it happen’ - words we live by. All you have to do is tell us which specific areas of occupational therapy you’re interested in and we’ll create a custom-made experience just for you. It’s important for you to understand that these are not run-of-the-mill placements; they’re highly tailored experiences that have unlimited potential to positively impact the course of your life. One of our Elective Experts will arrange your hospital placement, pair you with the right supervisors, handle visa administration and more — the service is fully comprehensive. The same team is also responsible for all our on-the-ground operations around the world, meaning there’s no one better placed to help you.

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Work the World will match you with a supervisor under whose wing you’ll observe, diagnose and treat a number of conditions, some of which will be completely alien to you. You’ll gain an extraordinary breadth of experience in a multitude of environments, which is vital to developing a comprehensive understanding of occupational therapy. What’s more, the costs of healthcare and the distance some patients have to travel to be seen can be disproportionate. This means you’ll see plenty of conditions that are at stages far beyond what you’ll have seen back home as a result of patients presenting late.

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When you finally arrive in your destination of choice, you’ll start receiving round the clock support from our ground teams. They’ll meet you from the airport and then whisk you off to your private, fully catered, security guarded accommodation where the fun truly begins. We’ll also give you access to MyTrip, a specially designed online elective planner and information centre tailored specifically to you. As our primary focus is designing healthcare experiences, we’re able to focus our efforts on providing the best OT elective placements available anywhere.

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Occupational therapy elective destinations

The Philippines - Batangas
Panorama of the paddy rice field. Philippines
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Batangas City has a typically Filipino, laid-back vibe about it. The centre is peppered with cafes, traditional bars, restaurants and the odd live music venue. the diving is incredible here, and rainforest treks, volcano hikes and tropical beaches are just some of the other adventures awaiting in the surrounding areas.


Occupational Therapy Electives in Batangas offer you a breadth of experience. Under the supervision of local specialists, you’ll get unparalleled insight into the rehabilitation treatment plans of a diverse spectrum of patients, and how they are put together. You could also have the opportunity to integrate some Physiotherapy practices into your work. This is the kind of experience that will broaden your understanding of healthcare in a global context. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas.

Panorama of the paddy rice field. Philippines

Nepal - Pokhara
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Nestled at the feet of the Himalayan Mountains, Pokhara is a city whose inhabitants have found the perfect pace of life. Most days you'll find bustling street stalls, and spiritual festivals aren't uncommon. This backpacker's haven has a good number of bars and reastaurants, both serving both traditional and international cuisine. If you're in for adventure, go paragliding, trek through the Himalayas, and explore ornate mountain temples and pagodas.


On your Occupational Therapy Elective, you’ll be placed in the only rehabilitation hospital in all of Western Nepal, which is well-equipped by local standards. Be proactive and you could work directly with patients who've had strokes, and those suffering from neuromuscular disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.


Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam is rapidly developing into a busy metropolis. Its range of bars, restaurants, cinemas, and shopping centres make it an African destination unlike any other. In contrast to this exciting urbanisation, the city is surrounded by some of the most impressive examples of natural wonder in the world — beaches, safari, mountains, the vast African plains, and expansive national parks.


A proactive attitude towards your OT elective will get you closer to patients with cases of arthritis, contractures, neuropathies and delayed milestones. The Occupational Therapy team are also stationed in the ICU and conduct home visits, giving you an all-encompassing picture of OT in the developing world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to.


Case Study

"Work the World made planning and preparing my placement totally achievable."

Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016

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