Don't settle for less

Invest in yourself and choose an overseas experience that offers value for money without compromising on quality. You only get to do this once, so settling for a cheap, off-the-shelf placement will only leave you disappointed.

The prices you see on this site reflect the quality of our elective tailoring service and the exclusive clinical experience you can expect on a Work the World placement.

You'll get:

  • 1-1 trip planning and preparation
  • Flexibility to choose multiple departments
  • 24/7 support from in-country team
  • Exclusive, private, catered accommodation
  • Eye-opening clinical experience
  • A competitive edge in the job market


"Exceptional value for money"

"My trip to Tanzania was exceptional value for money. Work the World gave me the right balance of structure and independence, allowing me to explore the country and experience my placement in a way that suited me.” - Richard Healey, medical student

Speak to people who have experienced their own Work the World placement and they'll tell you it's worth every penny. But what exactly do you get for your money?

get EXPERT trip planning and preparation

Before you travel, you'll go through our comprehensive planning and preparation service. Our specialists will help plan and tailor your placement down to the finest detail. By the time you leave for your placement you'll feel totally ready for your trip.

You can rely on their expertise, knowing that they draw from a wealth of experience — since 2005, we’ve individually tailored 17,000+ experiences for healthcare students and graduates all over the world. And unlike other providers, we focus exclusively on healthcare electives. So, you will get a much more personal planning experience that leads to a truly once-in-a-lifetime elective.

how it works

Before you go you get:

Flexibility to choose what you want:

You can choose which country you want to go to, when you want to travel, which hospitals you want to spend time in, which departments you want to get experience in, and more. We will confirm and guarantee your choices long before you arrive in country.

You get this unprecedented level of choice and flexibility thanks to the unique partnerships we have with local hospitals. Our in-country teams have strong in-person relationships with hospital staff, right up to the hospital directors. This means you can even make changes to your placement while you're overseas.

Total support throughout:

The pre-departure experience is about planning, but it’s also about preparation. Our team will take you through our thorough preparation process, making sure you are totally ready for the experience. They are only a phone call or email away if you have questions.

Help with university documentation:

If your university needs information from us before you travel, we will provide it. Placement confirmation letters, health and safety audits, risk assessments, you name it.

Comprehensive trip building:

After planning your trip, we then build it in-country. We liaise with our overseas teams and long-standing partner hospitals to make sure everything is in place and local staff are briefed ready for when you arrive.

Access to your online placement planner:

MyTrip is your interactive online placement planner and timeline that contains personalised information about every aspect of your trip, including which hospital you will be in and who your housemates will be.

get 24/7 support from your in-country team

The support you'll get with Work the World is different from what you might get elsewhere thanks to your in-country team's desire to go above and beyond to make your experience personal to you.

There are things that come as standard, like your airport pickup, city orientation and hospital introductions. But the real value in our support structure comes from the attention you will get as an individual.

Whether it's in-hospital visits to make sure your placement is meeting your expectations, or offering personalised tips on weekend experiences that suit your interests, your in country team will be focused on you.

No problem is too big or too small for the team, and they will use their experience, local knowledge and contacts to make sure your experience is truly tailored to you.

more on in-country support

Accommodation with a difference

When it comes to accommodation, you get what you pay for. Which is why on your Work the World trip, you'll live in an exclusive private house with other healthcare students and graduates from around the world.

This is a huge step up from the homestay-style accommodation you get with other providers, which often have non-English-speaking hosts, and students on 'volunteering' experiences totally unrelated to healthcare.

It's not just about what's included in the price (full catering, BBQ nights, language lessons — the list goes on). It's also about the way our experienced staff foster a social atmosphere that makes your stay unforgettable, and worth every penny.

Explore Accommodation

Get eye-opening clinical experience in our partner hospitals

The long-standing partnerships we have with all hospitals and clinics all over the world help make this possible. These close partnerships mean you get clinical opportunities that you just can’t get with any other provider.

  • Spend time in departments you choose,
  • See conditions you've only read about
  • Learn how cultural and religious factors affect practice and treatment
  • See traditional medicine used alongside moden practices
  • Feel welcomed into local department teams
  • Benefit from in-hospital English-speaking supervisors
  • Make changes to your placement on the fly
  • Regular in-hospital support from Work the World staff 

And to make sure you’re getting what you want from the placement, your in-country team will regularly seek your feedback.

Choose your discipline

Gain a competitive edge

"Being able to put my Work the World trip on my CV is something that helperd set me apart from other applicants. It's not a standard thing that most students graduate with.”Samantha McIver, Mental Health Physiotherapist

Invest in yourself by:

  • Boosting your CV and stand out to employers
  • Building a professional network to tap into
  • Developing confidence by stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Getting inspiration around where you might specialise
  • Perfecting your skills in a fast-paced low-resource setting 



"A Work the World placement stands out on your CV as a badge of durability, resourcefulness, and cross-cultural aptitude.

During the interview for my current position, I felt as if I started every sentence with 'When I was a student nurse in Tanzania…'. It got me the job. It’s the best investment you'll ever make in developing your skills, your career, and yourself.”

John Hansen-Brevetti, Global Health Charity Nurse

Register today

You can secure your place today with a £300 registration fee.

This fee guarantees your place on a programme and gives us the green light to start liaising with our teams on the ground and start  preparing your once-in-a-lifetime trip. You can then pay the rest of your balance in instalments whenever and however you like, as long as it's clear 90 days before you depart.

This is a rare opportunity, so speak to one of our expert consultants today to see what kind of elective experience we can tailor for you.