WHY GO OVERSEAS

You will learn how local staff manage limited resources, treating unfamiliar conditions in fast-paced clinical settings.

For a paramedic science student, an overseas elective is the best way to boost your personal and professional development.

You’ll get structured supervision throughout your placement, all thanks to our global hospital partnerships.

Remember that paramedics and ambulance services are luxuries of the developed world. In our destinations your role will be more focused on A&E, as you learn about developing ambulance services.

HOW IT WORKS

Our expertise helps you make an informed decision about which destination you want to travel to.

We then build your perfect placement based on your areas of clinical interest. A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes for every paramedic science placement.

You can stay up to date with every step of the process via MyTrip — your online elective planner. It contains personalised information about every aspect of your trip.

TEAM AND ACCOMMODATION

A member of our experienced in-country management team will meet you at the airport. They will take you back to the Work the World house and deliver a welcome briefing. Once you’re settled in, they’ll take you on a local orientation and hospital introduction trip.

 

All Work the World houses are private. Living with healthcare students from all over the world, the houses have a social atmosphere. The management team are on hand 24/7 to offer support. The rest of the staff includes your catering team, your housekeeper, and a language teacher.

IN THE HOSPITAL

Our team take you on a hospital orientation before the first day of your paramedic science placement. We introduce you to key department staff and you get a first impression of your placement hospital. Your in-country team review your experience in real-time.

This ensures your trip is meeting your expectations all the way through. Your paramedic science elective runs Monday to Friday. Your evenings and weekends are free to explore the destination you’ve chosen.

DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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You will get experience in the busy A&E department in our partner hospital in Merida. The department is extremely busy, with patient wait times of 24 hours and above. You’ll even see treatments being carried out in both corridors and waiting chairs. You can expect to see cases of RTAs, heart attacks, strokes, and appendicitis among others. There is also a paediatric emergency department where cases vary from respiratory conditions to premature babies.

Vietnam - Hue
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Spend time in our partner teaching hospital’s A&E department on your placement in Vietnam. You’ll see cases like RTA’s and trauma, and unfamiliar tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever. Many patients travel in from some of Vietnam’s most rural areas, so the patient demographic is mixed. You’ll also see how modern practises complement ancient traditions.

Zambia - Lusaka
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On your placement in Zambia, your attention will be on patients in A&E. You’ll see cases of severe malaria, injuries sustained through manual labour, serious burns, and injuries from domestic abuse. Resources are scarce here. Practises may be less familiar too — manual intubation for example. A&E is split across four admissions areas and patient numbers are huge. This is an eye-opening placement, and it’s rewarding thanks to that.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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Undertake your paramedic science placement in Cambodia and you’ll be in a busy A&E with a high volume of emergencies. Resources in the hospital are limited. Patients share beds and staff can rarely afford to change gloves between patients. You may even see two or three surgeries going on in the same theatre at the same time. Typical cases you’ll see include cardiac arrests, attempted suicides, COPD, injuries caused by fighting, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Philippines - Iloilo
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On your paramedic science elective in Iloilo, you’ll spend time in A&E, OBG emergency, and surgery. The A&E is the general emergency room for the whole island. You’ll see a difference in both practise and resource, like manual intubation and a lack of anaesthesia. Patients present later than you’ll be used to, and family members undertake a surprising amount of patient care — bagging for example. When it comes to cases, you’ll see things like respiratory failure, gastroenteritis, burns, rabies, hernias, and hyperglycemia.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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In Dar es Salaam, you can get experience in A&E, or surgery. Or both. Your placement here is in a national referral hospital that hosts the main A&E department in the city. That means cases are often serious. As this is the only department of its kind in Tanzania, some patients travel from hundreds of miles away to be seen, even in an emergency. You’ll see a lot in terms of cases, sepsis with multi-organ failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, cerebral malaria, metabolic disorders, polytrauma, blunt trauma, and penetrating trauma are all on the list.

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Peru - Arequipa
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See how disorders arising from poor sanitation and cases of cross contamination come about on your overseas paramedic science placement in Peru. The A&E in our partner hospital is a main inlet for patients in some of the most economically disadvantaged areas of the city. Following triage, patients are allocated into one of five emergency areas. OBG, surgery, paediatrics, trauma, general medicine, and the critical observation room. You’ll see cases of domestic abuse, assault, suicide attempts, and tuberculosis.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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On your paramedic science elective in Ghana, your focus is on assisting with emergency care.  You’ll see a lot: RTAs, cancerous growths, hernias, ectopias, hypo- and hyperglycemia, severe diarrhoea, convulsions, fractures… Social and cultural factors in Ghana affect how emergency care is delivered, and there’s much less of a sense of urgency in A&E than you’ll be used to. The hospital’s lack of resources means you’ll have to get creative with what little equipment you have access to.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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On your paramedic science elective in Nepal, you will see some major differences when compared with back home. A lack of patient privacy, extremely limited infection control and how doctors take patients’ socioeconomic circumstances into account when making a diagnosis. If a patient you’re assisting with goes to theatre, you can follow and observe. The hospital only uses ambulances in serious emergency situations. For example, if a patient needs life support while being transported, during critical labour, or in the event of mass casualties.

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"The economic burden had an enormous impact on the local healthcare system’s availability to deliver the 'gold standard' care I was used to seeing in the UK."

Cody Thorndyke, University of East Anglia 2018

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"I had the best 3 weeks of my life, and I cannot wait to do it all over again."

Amber Sheldon, University of East Anglia 2018

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