While you’re overseas, your safety and security are our primary concerns.
We want you to relax and enjoy the experience in the knowledge that we’ve covered all the bases.
Below, you can read about what we do to make sure you have a safe trip, and about actions you can personally take to stay safe overseas.
Before You Travel
You will have regular contact with our expert team long before your trip. You will receive detailed information about your travel destination and the hospital in which you’ll undertake your placement.
We will fully prepare you for all aspects of your trip. This preparation will give you the confidence you need to feel safe and secure in unfamiliar surroundings.
During this process, you’ll have ample time to discuss any concerns and raise questions.
We have prepared thousands of people for placements like this, so you can rest assured our experts have all the answers.
Arrival and departure
When you land at your destination airport, a member of the Work the World team will be there to meet you. They will then take you to your accommodation (more on that below).
When it’s time for you to go home, we make sure you get back to the airport safely too.
We develop placements only in destinations that are safe for travel.
All countries in which we operate meet our own strict internal criteria, focused on safety and stability.
We also stay up to date with travel information directly from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Of course, we have a comprehensive list of protocols and procedures that ensure your safety, regardless of the circumstances.
The Work the World houses are renowned for being spacious, sociable and comfortable. But they are also known for their safety and security.
The houses are shared, but private and accessible only by students undertaking a Work the World placement. They are located in safe (carefully vetted) neighbourhoods.
The properties are secure. Each house has a 24-hour security team, and keep records of who comes and goes, day and night.
Each of our destinations has a locally-hired, in-country team.
They will take you through comprehensive briefings and orientations when you arrive.
Your in-country team are there to support you throughout your placement. Based in the Work the World house, they are available for you 24/7 for the duration of your placement.
Our teams are trained to handle emergency situations, in the extremely unlikely event that one should arise.
You also have access to a 24/7 emergency phone line that a member of our UK team will answer.
In the hospital
The support our in-country teams offer extends into your placement hospital too.
The team has strong relationships with healthcare professionals in all our partner hospitals — from junior members of staff to hospital directors.
You are, ultimately, responsible for yourself in the hospital.
However, our staff have a level of trust within our partner hospitals that allow them to step in to resolve issues, rare as they may be.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions in relation to Covid-19.
WILL THERE BE ANY CHANGES TO THE WAY YOUR OVERSEAS PROGRAMMES OPERATE?
As our programmes reopen, we will be following enhanced procedures to minimise the risks of Covid-19 transmission.
Our locally-hired, highly trained teams on the ground maintain strong and constant communication with our Head Office. This allows us to have first-hand information and insight in real time. We have incredibly strong relationships with our partner hospitals and the local authorities in all locations, ensuring that as the new world evolves every part of our service offering will too.
You can also feel safe knowing that you’ll live in our privately run accommodation, accessible only to you, your housemates and our in-country team. Whichever Work the World programme you decide to travel to, our enhanced procedures will be in place. And, as with every other aspect of our service, these protocols will be tailored to the specific needs of each destination.
If you would like further information please contact our team using the Enquiry Form.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS WILL THERE BE IN YOUR PARTNER HOSPITALS?
We have long-standing relationships with all our partner hospitals and we’ve been liaising closely with them, as well as local health authorities, regarding any changes implemented in the hospitals where our placements are undertaken. Every country differs slightly in their approach and there will be a continual assessment of all aspects of placement delivery, ensuring we adapt, advance and update you on what may be required at your time of travel.
Covid-19 testing is available in every one of the programme locations we operate in. This includes within local government hospitals as well as private medical facilities. Our dedicated supervisors working with you on placement will be following all hospital transmission-prevention protocols.
HOW WILL FUTURE TRAVEL WITH WORK THE WORLD CHANGE?
Every Work the World programme will have its own specific protocols and safety measures in place. Your personal online placement planner (MyTrip) will have all the latest information on all measures for the country you’re travelling to. Your Operations Manager will contact you well in advance of your departure to go through all of these measures for your arrival.
When you arrive in-country you will also receive an in-depth induction from our overseas teams and updates if there are any changes you need to be aware of whilst in country.
WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AT WEEKENDS/WHEN I AM NOT ON PLACEMENT?
Our experienced in-country team members will be monitoring and working closely with local government and tourism agencies to get first-hand information and insight on travel within the country you decide to travel to. This may mean that places of interest have differing opening hours or capacity levels than normal, but with the correct planning and information in advance, you will be well informed ahead of arranging your weekend adventures.