why go overseas

Undertaking your radiography elective placement abroad is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. New clinical settings present you with the chance to learn how local staff scan, detect and diagnose conditions with limited and often outdated equipment and machinery. Overseas radiography electives fast-track both personal and professional development.

We’ve organised thousands of placements over the last decade. Our partnerships with hospitals and clinics all over the world open up experiences that would otherwise closed to you. High quality structured supervision throughout your placement is another huge benefit. In-country management teams oversee your experience on the ground and provide support around the clock. Our local teams are also in charge of our private, catered accommodation, and they’ll keep a close watch on your elective experience throughout.

PLACEMENT

how it works

We know everything there is to know about radiography placements abroad. If you’re not sure which destination you want to go to, our expertise will help you make the best decision. Once you’ve chosen, we’ll create your radiography placement based on your areas of clinical interest, whether that’s developing X-rays in a darkroom or getting experience with radiotherapy treatments. You can customise everything with the help of our expert team.

A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes. To help you can keep track at each stage of the process, you’ll get access to MyTrip — an online interactive elective planner that contains personalised information about every aspect of your unique trip.

TEAM AND ACCOMMODATION 

When you land in-country, a member of our management team will collect you from the airport and together you’ll head back to the Work the World house. Once settled, you’ll get an informative welcome briefing, then a fun local orientation and hospital introduction trip.

 

All our houses are private, secure and very roomy. Staying with students and professionals from a range of disciplines, you’ll enjoy a social atmosphere. You’ll love the amazing weekend travel opportunities with all the new friends you make. Our management teams are on hand throughout your trip and provide 24/7 support. An in-house chef, a housekeeper and a local language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week make up the remainder of the team.

IN THE HOSPITAL 

One day before you dive into your placement, our team will take you on a practice run to the hospital, introducing you to your supervisors when you arrive. The relationships we’ve built with local hospitals mean you’ll enjoy extraordinary privileges. We can cater for those interested in radiotherapy, or you could even find yourself developing X-rays using a darkroom. To ensure your placement runs smoothly, our in-country teams will monitor your experience in real-time. Placements run from Monday to Friday, so you’ll have total freedom in the evenings and at weekends to explore the destination.

radiography electives abroad

DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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On a radiography elective placement in our Mexican partner hospital, you can get experience with some of the most up-to-date diagnostic machines in the world. The patients, however, will typically be from poorer backgrounds, presenting advanced stage illnesses. It’s also possible for aspiring radiotherapists to learn technologies, like cobalt therapy and brachytherapy.

Vietnam - Hue
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We’re partnered with a university teaching hospital in Hue, Vietnam. The way the hospital is run means you’ll get comprehensive experience both scanning and helping to interpret imagery. The insight here comes from understanding how local staff cope with a lack of modern machinery. Your experience here will teach you a new level of adaptability that will serve you throughout your career as a radiographer.

Zambia - Lusaka
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As a radiography student, you’ll see that our partner hospital has most standard diagnostic equipment. Staff also employ a range of analogue techniques for when power cuts occur in the region, which they do from time to time. This means you could find yourself learning how to develop X-rays in the hospital’s darkroom. It’s also possible to get experience in the Cancer and Diseases hospital. 

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
Monk in Angkor Wat Cambodia. Ta Prohm Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest
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A radiography placement here will open your eyes to the realities of how this field has grown in recent years. You could have the chance to learn dark room image development, shadow specialists on ward rounds, and assist in diagnosis - from road traffic accidents to injuries sustained via manual labour. The department sees large patient numbers as few hospital in the region have adequate equipment. 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

Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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On a radiography elective in Dar es Salaam, you’ll gain experience in Tanzania’s best-equipped radiography department. You’ll assist in imaging a variety of cases, like fractures from road traffic accidents and severe burns. Helping to interpret imaging of various HIV and TB-related chest infections will open your eyes to the impact these viruses have. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Peru - Arequipa
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A radiography elective will place you in the largest Oncology unit in Southern Peru. The department has a cobalt machine, and areas for brachytherapy and radiotherapy. That said, equipment can and does break. Replacements are often hard to find and expensive, so you’ll see how local staff deal with these issues. Typical conditions you’ll encounter include skin cancers, breast cancer, tumours, cervical cancer, as well as cancers not common in the developed world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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The X-ray department in our partner hospital in Iloilo is separated into two areas. One is focused on fluoroscopic procedures and the other is centred on computer radiography and digital radiography. The department is right next to A&E and you’ll see a large number of trauma-related cases coming through. You’ll see infectious diseases like pulmonary tuberculosis too. Being in a developing country, the hospital still experiences some power cuts. There is a darkroom used to develop X-rays on film as and when this happens. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Undertake your radiology elective in Kathmandu and you’ll assisting in a busy department with large patient numbers. X-ray is at the top of the list in terms of frequency. Many patients in need of scans are referred from wards in the hospital and from clinics in the surrounding areas. This makes for a diverse range of cases. The hospital also has a recently opened mammography unit if you want more specific experience. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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You might be surprised to see that the department in our partner hospital here can perform whole body imaging — MR angiography, venography, spectroscopy, tractography, SWI imaging, fluid flow quantification, and magnetic resonance mammography, for example. X-rays are the most common scan here, so scanning for fractures, trauma, and various chest infections will show you the cases most common on Nepal. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura has many rural hospitals, but none have adequate radiography facilities. These other hospitals send many of their patients to our partner hospital, so you can expect to see high patient numbers when you undertake your placement. The department you’ll spend time in has a strong range of facilities. There are X-ray machines, CT scanners, and ultrasound and an MRI scanners. You can also spend time in a separate interventional radiology unit if you’re interested. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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On your radiography elective you’ll help provide diagnostic services for departments across the hospital, and for smaller clinics in the surrounding area. The department has limited equipment, so understanding how local staff get around this is a big part of why your placement here will be so interesting. Services the department does provide include X-rays ultrasound, hysterosalpingograms, barium meals, urethrograms, fistulograms, and ECGs (attached to A & E). Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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"We conducted an MRI and found a grapefruit-sized tumor in his brain. It was too big to safely remove."

Karissa Wikander, Champlain College 2018

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"I’m so much more comfortable being myself now, and I feel stronger and more confident as a person."

Refa Begum, Cardiff University 2018

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"Travelling by myself was a lot less difficult than I thought it would be."

Celyn Thomas, University of the West of England 2018

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"Using an older method of radiography was truly unique and something I would never have been able to do in Australia."

Jacinta Pang, University of Canberra 2018

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"When a bed became free, the next patient would hop on to claim their spot otherwise someone else would take it!"

Philippa Jowett, University of Leeds 2018

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