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Work the World arranges elective placements in a number of overseas locations across Africa, Asia and South America. These placements are available to all student Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Midwives and Physical Therapists - as well as qualified professionals - training in any country. Our electives are available in Argentina, Ghana, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tanzania (please note that for Argentina you are required to have intermediate Spanish).We offer trauma placements in all of our destinations.

We aim to take the hassle out of organising electives. When you sign up with us we work hard to find you a placement which reflects your interests and any course requirements you may have. You will be allocated a supervisor who is a senior member of the department you are working in, and you will be given a workload appropriate to your experience and abilities. You will live in one of our Work the World houses, where your meals will be provided by one of our housekeepers, and our local staff will be on hand to support and guide you through every step of your journey.

Learning Opportunities

We work with an impressive Traumatology and Orthopaedic department in Mendoza.It is divided into 9 wards: with 3 beds in each and split evenly between Orthopaedics and Trauma.

It is a labour intensive department that admits and caters for patients of all ages, but the majority are adults. Common trauma cases include fractures and dislocations (shoulder, ankle, pelvis, spine etc), dysplasias, tendon injuries, implants and prosthesis.

The main activities include clinical diagnosis of the patients, evaluating the therapeutic possibilities, handling emergency cases (i.e. fractures), prosthesis check-ups and administering treatment.

There is also a surgery section within this department. Scheduled surgeries are held twice a week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and can include hip replacements, reconstructions and fracture repairs.

Elective Details

Number of Students Accepted


Duration of Elective

2 weeks to 6 months


The Work the World houses consistently turn out to be the highlight of many of our student’s trips. We really go out of the way to make them something special – this is the place where you will be spending a great deal of your time, after all! As well as comfortable bedrooms and large communal spaces they each have a housekeeper who will keep the whole place clean and tidy for you. This provides you with a great environment in which you can truly feel at home, and enjoy the company of your fellow housemates.

We employ caterers in all of our houses, who prepare breakfast and dinner for everyone throughout the working week. Their brief is to provide a variety of meals, from traditional local dishes to international favourites. Of course they are restricted by the ingredients which are locally available, but they will certainly make sure that what you are given is delicious and nutritious, and they can cater for most dietary requirements (just ask if you aren’t sure!). They also keep the house stocked full of food in order that you can prepare yourself a packed lunch during the week, any meals that you are around for over the weekend, and snacks when you get peckish! Finally they keep a steady supply of drinking-water available at all times.


A four week elective in Argentina would cost £1540 + registration fee of £250

Whats included:

  • A well-organised, structured placement
  • All accommodation, food and drinking water
  • An extensive support network both at home and abroad

In addition to this you will benefit from:

  • Flexible start dates and placement lengths
  • A comprehensive online information system – “My Trip”
  • Being part of an international community of students


  • Intensive Spanish course

Applicant Requirements

All we require is a good level of English and that you have completed at least one year of study in your healthcare area.

Please note that for Argentina, you are required to have at least a basic understanding of Spanish.


Alasdair Thompson

Edge House
42 Bond Street
Brighton, BN1 1RD
United Kingdom

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URL: http://www.worktheworld.co.uk/

May 01, 2015