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present you with the chance to learn how local staff scan, detect and diagnose conditions with limited and often outdated equipment and machinery.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 working 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

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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The intoxicating city of Phnom Penh lies on the banks of the Mekong river. Explore winding streets hemmed with market stalls, street food vendors, and lively nightlife. Outside the city explore lush national parks home to an abundance of exotic wildlife like sun bears and leopards, or hop between some of Southeast Asia’s finest tropical islands.

 

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 diagnoses - from road traffic accidents to injuries sustained via manual labour. 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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Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, yet has access to a wealth of natural beauty. See lions, elephants, zebra and more on safari, take a boat ride to tropical Zanzibar island, or a short flight to Kilimanjaro.

 

Radiography electives here will see you gaining hands on experience in the best equipped department in Tanzania, assisting with a variety of advanced cases like fractures from road traffic accidents and burns. Diagnosing various HIV related chest infections will open your eyes to the impact this virus has. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Peru is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Explore the Amazon jungle, trek to weathered mountaintop city remains, enjoy delicious local cuisines and boat to remote floating villages on ancient lakes.

 

A radiography elective will place you in the largest Oncology unit in Southern Peru, with opportunities to work directly with cancer patients. 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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Iloilo is a melting pot of Filipino culture, with colourful festivals, Spanish architecture, and stunning tropical vistas. Go diving off the coast into clear, warm waters, take a tour of the city’s best street food vendors, or make your way to the local bars for a great night out.

 

On your radiography placement you’ll assist in the diagnostic imaging of trauma related cases, and infectious diseases like pulmonary tuberculosis. Proactively display your skill level and you could be responsible for inserting IV lines, injecting contrast dyes, and perform fluoroscopic procedures. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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There is never a dull moment in Kathmandu - wild monkeys roam the rooftops, bikes speed through the narrow dusty streets, and temples and stupas can be found around every corner.

 

Enjoy trekking through jungles, paragliding, or leaping from the world’s tallest bungee jump. A radiology elective here will see you assisting in a busy department that sees large patient numbers for X-ray. Many of these are referred from other wards in the hospital and the surrounding areas, making for a diverse range of cases. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara is an ancient city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, known for its laid back and relaxed atmosphere and wealth of Buddhist and Hindu temples. Conversely, the city is also an adventure hub with paragliding, white-water rafting, and bungee jumping all on offer.

 

Display enthusiasm in the radiography department and you could get heavily involved in KUB, IVU, and work with the hospital’s only CT scanner. Diagnosing fractures, trauma, and various chest infections will provide a clear picture of common cases in this developing country. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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The city of Anuradhapura is steeped in history, boasting a jumble of ancient temples, stupas, and palaces. However, the ‘new town’ houses bustling markets, restaurants, and bars. In your free time, spot endangered wildlife on safari, or ride a hot air balloon over the jungles of Dambulla.

 

On your elective you’ll work in a department that sees huge patient numbers per day, having the only radiography facilities in the area. Show initiative and you’ll have the opportunity to assist with the provision of interventional radiology. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi is a lively city situated on Africa’s golden west coast. Stretches of golden beach run along a coast peppered with old forts, canons still intact, making it perfect for the history enthusiast and sun-seeker alike. Further afield, swim in jungle waterfalls, sleep in tree houses, or go on safari.

 

On your Radiography Elective you’ll help provide diagnostic services for departments like A&E, and for smaller clinics in the surrounding area should you choose. Receiving a variety of patients will open your eyes to a range of advanced pathologies typical of Ghana. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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The city of Arusha is a lively cultural hub surrounded by African vistas that beg exploration. Head out on safari and spot elephants, lions and wildebeest, or perhaps climb Mt. Meru and explore the nearby volcanic crater.

 

On your Radiography Elective you’ll go back to the basics of your field, developing X-rays in the darkroom and using limited ultrasound equipment to assist in diagnosis and treatment for fractures, trauma and various chest infections. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arusha.

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The Philippines - Batangas
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Batangas City is small and tranquil, peppered with stylish cafes, traditional bars, and restaurants catering to every taste. Beautiful dive spots, rainforest treks, volcano hikes and white-sand beaches are just some of the things you can experiences further afield.

 

On a Radiography Elective here, you’ll have the chance to work with X-ray, CT, Ultrasound, and MRI. The day-to-day involves assisting with the diagnosis of conditions resulting from things like road traffic accidents, as well as working with patients suffering from degenerative diseases. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas. 

Mukhtar, Harisah

"If you’re considering a Work the World placement, my advice would be ‘definitely go!’ It’s the chance of a lifetime, and will open your mind to different cultures and experiences."

Harisah Mukhtar, University of Leeds 2017

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Case Studies

"I can honestly say it is the best decision I have ever made."

Julia Mooney, Glasgow Caledonian University 2016

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Clarke, Alison

"X-rays were constantly taken with multiple patients and family in the room".

Alison Clarke, Birmingham City University 2015

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Faye & Saima's Review of their Radiology Internship in Arusha

"We have realised that 3 weeks in Tanzania just isn't long enough"!.

Faye Morrissey & Saima Dalvi, University of Derby 2014

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Sean's Review of his Radiology Internship in Nepal

"I’ve returned home with a fresh outlook on the type of practitioner I want to be".

Sean Kennedy, University of Ulster 2014

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