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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 Peru, Ghana, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tanzania (please note that for Peru you are required to have intermediate Spanish).We offer trauma placements in all of our destinations.

We aim to take the hassle out of organizing 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 a large teaching hospital in Dar Es Salaam.The department is divided into 4 wards: Male Ward, Female Ward and Paediatrics Ward, which all share the wards in the Muhimbili National Hospital. The Private Ward is located in the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute and admits patients who pay more towards their treatment.

Each ward is divided into two sections to deal with orthopaedic cases and conditions resulting from neural damage.

Common causes of orthopaedic conditions include: Road accidents, injuries sustained in the construction and logging industries as well as domestic accidents.

The following outpatient clinics are run: Orthopaedic & Trauma, Neural Surgery and Paediatrics. A large pool is used for these clinics for examinations and rehabilitation.

A casualty department with its own staff is also attached to the Orthopaedics department including a small theatre.

Elective Details

Number of Students Accepted


Duration of Elective

2 weeks to 3 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 Dar Es Salaam would cost $3540

What’s included:

 A well-organised, structured clinical placement that meets your objectives

 Pick up from the airport and a local orientation

 All accommodation, food and drinking water

 An extensive support network both at home & overseas- expect as much support as you require

 Language lessons & support to minimise barriers

In addition to this you will benefit from:

 Flexible start dates and placement lengths

 A comprehensive online information system – “My Trip”

 Our pre-departure and post-departure support, Students are well prepared before their arrival in country

 Being part of an international community of students

 Work the Worlds social & ethical responsibilities- in support of our hosting countries, donations are consistently made

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.


Work the World

Dar Es Salaam, 4060


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URL: www.worktheworld.com

May 04, 2015