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Nursing Internships in Tanzania - Arusha

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Nursing Internships in Ghana - Takoradi

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Sri Lanka

Nursing Internships in Sri Lanka - Kandy

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Tanzania

Medical Internships in Tanzania - Arusha

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Medical Internships in Ghana - Takoradi

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Medical Internships in Sri Lanka - Kandy

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Sri Lanka

Occupational Therapy Internships in Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

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Nepal

Occupational Therapy Internships in Nepal - Pokhara

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Tanzania

Occupational Therapy Internships in Tanzania - Dar Es Salaam

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Peru

Midwifery Internships in Peru - Arequipa

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Midwifery Internship in Ghana - Takoradi

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Sri Lanka

Midwifery Internships in Sri Lanka - Kandy

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Sri Lanka

Midwifery Internships in Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

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Midwifery Internships in the Philippines - Iloilo

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Work the World Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

I had a life changing experience

I chose Work the World for my Nursing elective as they had a fantastic reputation and I was confident that they would co-ordinate my placement efficiently (I was right). As well as this, they advised and helped plan my flights, insurance and visas.

They provide a comprehensive service which caters to all needs and will tailor your placement so you can achieve any academic targets you may need to achieve. Throughout this whole process, I was given a lot of extremely useful information and felt supported at all times.

I decided to travel to Sri Lanka by myself as I wanted some life experience and to also practice nursing in a country which was diverse and exciting. I spent the first weekend in Colombo by myself before I met Work the World’s Assistant Program Manager (APM) at the train station. It was amazing. I spent most of my time trying new food, meeting the locals and relaxing by the beach. So, don’t be scared to try new things by yourself!

After meeting the APM at the station on Sunday, we took the train to Kandy. The APM informed me of my placement, the hospital and lots of fun activities that I could participate in which comforted me greatly. The train journey is about three hours in total, but with spectacular views of the countryside, villages and tea plantations, you’ll wish it could last longer. After arriving in Kandy, the APM took me to the Work the World house to meet my new friends. The house is incredibly beautiful, so you’re in for a real treat! The balcony in the house has the most outstanding view of Kandy, with sun sets that take your breath away. After meeting the staff and housemates we went for lunch. The APM then booked a Tuk Tuk so I could have a private tour of Kandy. All of this helped me feel part of the team and unwind.

On my first day of placement, the Program Manager picked me up at the house and drove me to the hospital. He took me on a tour and we visited all the children’s units that I would be working in. He also gave me lots of valuable information on the hospital, its policies and working hours, as well as encouraging me to keep an open mind. I spent 5 weeks in total working in the general hospital, and during this time I visited the Children’s Surgical Unit, Paediatric Intensive Care, Theatre, the Children’s Medical Unit, the Sick Baby Unit and the Lactation Management Centre. I had an extremely varied and diverse 5 weeks at the hospital. The hospital is incredibly busy, hot, and at times a little overwhelming. But the staff are fantastic and will help you along the way. My advice is that with every bad day, comes a really great one! No day is ever the same, but it is so worth it in the end.

When my fellow housemates and I had afternoons free, we explored Kandy. Kandy is a brilliant and vibrant city with lots of fun and exciting activities to do. This includes: exploring the markets and sari shops, visiting the Temple of the Tooth, lazing in the sun after a long walk to the Buddha on the hill, trying our hand at Kandy Dancing and eating lots of delicious food! Making the most of weekends and organizing trips around the country was another important element of my elective. I visited Trinco, Bentota, Ella, Dambulla, Polonnurra, Unwattuna & Colombo. So, book up and enjoy exploring! Sri Lanka is such an amazing, beautiful, exotic and outstanding country. There is so much to do so don’t miss out!

Overall, I had a life changing experience in Sri Lanka. I made some amazing new friends and learned a lot about the country’s developing healthcare system. It has changed me as a person and I can’t thank Work the World enough for giving me this unforgettable experience.

Program: Nursing Internships in Sri Lanka - Kandy

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Thanks for the experience Work the World!

From the start of my nursing course at Bournemouth University, I knew that I wanted to spend my elective in a developing country. I knew it would be the perfect way for me to gain confidence in not only my practical skills but my communication skills too.
Going on my own was initially a daunting prospect but on arrival, the World the World Assistant Program Manager was there waiting at the airport. She gave me a big smile, a really warm welcome and I immediately felt safe. We spent the first night in Negombo and then the next morning got the train up to Kandy – an experience in itself. The dawn train ride took us up through the hills and tea plantations. It was Beautiful.
Travelling alone was a slightly daunting prospect but I was lucky to have the support from the Work the World staff who became like my adopted family. With the help of the staff, I learnt where to go shopping, what foods I liked best, how to get around the island and how to use local facilities to communicate with family and friends.
In the hospital I spent time in the Nephrology Department, the Medical Department and the Emergency and Casualty Departments. I was lucky enough to make good friends with some of my colleagues; one workmate took me to the Temple of Tooth which was an amazing place, a local wonder and well worth a visit. Being in Kandy for five weeks meant that some local people would recognize me. In Sri Lanka people seem to really enjoy talking to you; I guess they were just as curious about me as I was about them. A lot of people can speak English in the local community, especially Doctors. Sri Lankan medicine is taught in English and consultants must have two years’ experience of working in the UK, so all the doctors are fluent. Some nurses speak English too, but many patients can’t, so learning a little Singhalese (and Tamil) can help. The Work the World house offers language lessons in Sinhala, which can be tailored to your vocabulary needs so you can practice with the locals, this was great fun!
I noticed in the Medical Department that a lot of people were in there for simply having a high temperature. In the UK this alone is generally nursed at home unless there are other serious symptoms. I learnt that in this country, a high temperature can indicate a life threatening tropical disease!

My supervisor was an inspirational character who took good care of me as well as being responsible for a large part of the hospital. The secret to learning a lot over there seemed to be getting involved; be interested in what is happening and the staff will create opportunities for you to go to different departments and meet others. Some doctors were happy to teach aspects of their role to me, others gave a lot of information on healthcare issues in Sri Lanka and possible reasons for these. I left with a fascinating insight into public health issues, what health services are available, nursing education and cultural attitudes in Sri Lanka.

Thanks for the experience Work the World!

Program: Nursing Internships in Sri Lanka - Kandy

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

I couldn’t have done it without you!

I came across Work the World on the internet and booking a placement with them seemed like the perfect option for me, as I have never done any travelling outside of Europe and they were able to provide loads of advice about organizing my trip.

On arrival in Arusha we were met at the airport by The Program Manager of the Work the World in Arusha, and taken out for lunch before being driven back to the house to meet the rest of the staff and our new housemates. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and the staff were always on hand to give advice about everything from booking trips to getting the most out of your placement. On the first full day in Arusha we were taken out for an induction, which covered all the basics such as buying sim cards, changing money and searching out the best local eateries and bars. We were also introduced to the dala dala – a form of public transport, which was definitely a unique experience!

The following day was our first day of placement, so we were taken to the hospital and shown around by the matron who introduced us to literally every member of staff there! The matron was really friendly, and although she did not directly supervise us, she always took an interest in what everyone is doing, and keen to help you make the most of your time in the hospital. I spent most of my placement on the female ward, and during my time I dealt with patients with a wide variety of health problems including malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS and surgical cases. All the nurses on the ward were very welcoming and allowed me to be actively involved in patient care. One piece of advice I would give to anyone doing a placement here is to be proactive and show that you are willing to work and learn, it’s the only way to earn the trust and respect of the staff.

I visited several other departments, including major theatre, minor theatre, and the Counselling and Treatment Centre (CTC), which is the outpatient department that provides care for people with HIV and AIDS. I found this particularly interesting as I was keen to learn about HIV and AIDS during my placement. The doctors in the CTC spent time taking to me about the treatments they provide and I was allowed to sit in on some of the consultations. Despite my limited knowledge of Swahili, I still found this useful, as the doctors kindly explained things to me in English as they were going along. I also spent a week on the labor ward, which was amazing as I have never had the opportunity to do this at home.

There were plenty of things to keep us amused in our spare time in Arusha. The Maasai market is lots of fun as long as you are willing to haggle, and there is a variety of bars and restaurants and a few clubs as well - Via Via on a Thursday night is particularly good! No trip to Tanzania would be complete without a safari, and we spent three days in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara watching the wildlife. I was amazed at just how many animals we saw and how close we got to them, it was definitely my favorite part of the trip!

I really enjoyed my time in Arusha and met loads of great people during my stay. The staff out there were really helpful and supportive, since I have been back I have especially missed the Work the World house chef’s amazing cooking! After eight weeks we were sad to leave, but enjoyed four days relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar before flying back home. I would definitely recommend a placement with Work the World to anyone looking to do something different and challenging on their elective, it is a brilliant experience and looks good on your CV too! I would like to thank all the staff in Arusha and the UK for helping me have a fantastic elective. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Program: Nursing Internships in Tanzania - Arusha

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

I experienced a lot

After a long flight to Kilimanjaro airport we were met by the Assistant Program Manager who greeted us and took us straight for a much needed lunch before taking us to the WTW house where we were shown around and given time to settle in. The following day was orientation day and we were shown around the local town of Arusha and got our first taste of the Massai market, which was an experience. Along with this we were given our first taste of the local dish Ugali (a bit like mash), something that needs to be tried. We were given our first sight of the hospital we were to be working in for the duration of the eight-week placement.

During my placement I experienced a lot. I opted for four weeks on a surgical ward, 2 weeks on gynecology and 2 weeks on a labor ward. As my confidence grew I was able to participate more and by the end of it I was having a laugh with the staff. As I had never had any previous experience on labor wards I wasn't sure what to expect but the doctors were very supportive and keen on teaching. Under supervision I actually delivered my first ever baby. My time spent in the hospital certainly made me appreciate the healthcare services we have back home, as much of the care provided involved improvisation using various equipment and limited space. I was very surprised to see two patients sharing one hospital bed, however I soon realized that this was the norm and happened on a regular basis. The hospital was very flexible when it came to rotating onto different wards and I always felt they tried their best to accommodate me. The only aspect I found difficult to start with was the language barrier but with WTW providing weekly Swahili lessons, and with the help of a Swahili phrase book, I was able to greet and interact with the patients.

During my 2 months there I was always able to fill my weekends as there were endless things to do such as the snake park or guided walks to local villages, although if you do organize a walk make sure you understand how far it is as we ended up walking many km's up a mountain in flip flops after an ‘enjoyable evening’ at a local bar the night before! Whilst all the trips were memorable, the two most enjoyable were going to Zanzibar for five days where we experienced the white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, and a three-day safari where we were lucky enough to see the ‘big five’ as well as lots of animal babies due to the season.

It is not only weekends that you are able to easily fill; after your hospital shift there is always the opportunity to visit an orphanage. Despite the children's backgrounds they were always full of laughter and smiles and were able to bring a smile to the face of anyone who visited them. One such day we took face paints with us which certainly proved a big hit, especially as we ended up with more paint on our faces than on the kids. Whilst we were there, we also invited the children up to the house for a party and were able to see them enjoying the large space that surrounds the house.

Back at the house, the WTW staff couldn't be more helpful. If there was ever a problem or if you just wanted some advice or information on good places to visit, they were always able to help. Our personal chef made amazing food and was always able to cater for individual needs. The weekly BBQs – often followed by a trip to the local nightclub, Via Via – were a highlight. I can’t fault my experience, and most of all the help received by the Work the World staff both before and during my stay. I would recommend anyone wanting to experience a different culture and way of life to take advantage of the helpfulness of this standout company and make the most of their support, experience and expertise.

Program: Nursing Internships in Tanzania - Arusha

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My trip to Tanzania was a once in a lifetime experience

After an extremely long wait in the infamous Nairobi Airport, we boarded the small plane and set off for the final leg of our journey to Kilimanjaro Airport. Following months of planning it was hard to believe we were actually in Africa and about to embark on a huge adventure to the Work the World house in Arusha, Tanzania.

We found out about Work the World through a trusty search engine. From the moment we sent out applications to the phone call from the team the day before we were due to travel, Work the World were brilliant – always there to answer any queries or concerns that we had and providing us with all the information we needed for our trip. I can honestly say I have never known anyone to respond to emails as quickly as the Work the World team, it made a huge difference to the planning of our trip and allowed us to look forward to it as opposed to stressing out!

Stepping off the plane in Kilimanjaro we were met by the ever smiling Assistant Program Manager who was there to help us with our bags and take us to the Work the World house. The car journey on that first day was so surreal, it was hard to believe we were actually in Africa, filled with nerves, excitement and anticipation. I didn't know what to expect, but the Assistant Program Manager’s Swahili lessons in the car definitely made us feel more at home!

As we arrived at the weekend we were taken straight to the house to settle in and were greeted by our amazing housemates and the work the world staff who instantly made us feel at home, we did have to wait one whole day though to experience the house caterer’s amazing cooking; it was well worth the wait!

Our first day began with an orientation around Arusha, with the Assistant Program Manager showing us the nearest banks, internet cafes and local shops. This was followed by a trip to the Massai Market, which I have to say, definitely impressed me; by the end of my 6 weeks I was a regular visitor. The Assistant Program Manager gave us all the information we needed to make us feel safe and comfortable in the town and he was able to answer all our questions, it was clear to see the APM loved his job, and was extremely good at it!

Our first official day at the hospital began on the Children's Ward. Nothing can prepare you for the culture shock you will experience on your first day. Everything is different to the healthcare we are privileged to have in the developed world – from the hygiene, to equipment and the environment, you truly get to see a first glimpse at the struggles the staff face every day. My first initial shock was to see two or maybe three children sharing the same bed with their mothers, as you can imagine it made it extremely difficult to access the patients, but also led to confusion when trying to hunt down notes. However, the hospital staff cannot be faulted for making the best out of a situation and carrying out tasks with the best of their resources, the staff always had a smile on their faces even when presented with difficult cases.

We spent two weeks on the children’s ward, and then the remaining four on the Neonatal Unit. Although extremely upsetting and suffice to say frustrating most of the time, it was very interesting to see how premature care is delivered to babies and comparing the daily routines to the ones we are used to in hospitals at home. The staff on the Neonatal unit were amazing and so friendly; they made us welcome from the moment we started and definitely made the remainder of our hospital placement memorable.

Although the placement is a big part of the Work the World experience, fun packed weekends definitely made the experience a lot better. There is never a shortage of things to do in and around Arusha and a few highlights for me included the four-day Safari, seeing animals in the natural environment is one of the most remarkable things I have seen and it will stay with me forever (a definite must for everyone). For those who like the idea of climbing a mountain, but aren’t prepared for Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbing Mt. Meru is the next best thing (there are views of Kilimanjaro from the top). This is probably my proudest achievement, I cannot describe the feeling of standing on the summit after hiking through the night, but it is definitely something, I would recommend it to anyone, even if you are not a huge fan of walking! If you are not hardcore enough to stay with the Massai for the whole week like me, a day trip to the village is definitely worth it and lots of fun. You’ll experience how the tribe live, not to mention have a million laughs learning to dance like a Massai woman or warrior!

If you are stuck for things to do after placement during the week (not that you will be), visit the local orphanages. Both are brilliant places to go and play with the children. These are some of the poorest children you will ever meet, but I guarantee they will also have the biggest smiles on their faces and will have you laughing the whole time you are there. It is truly inspiring to see these young children in the environment they are in and remain so overwhelmingly happy. It’s moment’s like these that allow you to appreciate life and how lucky you are!

My trip to Tanzania was a once in a lifetime experience, and Work the World provided me with this opportunity. It has enabled me to experience healthcare at a completely different level, learning new things and appreciating the NHS!

All the staff in England are extremely helpful, and the staff in Arusha are some of the most amazing people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I will remember them and my trip for a very long time.
Thank you Work the World!

Program: Nursing Internships in Tanzania - Arusha

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