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Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find what you are looking for please use the enquiry form to contact one of our Project Consultants.

General FAQs

Who can go on a Global Health Project?

No previous experience is required. Our Global Health Projects allow you to get a clinical experience that you can’t get anywhere else.

This is an exclusive two-week experience in an overseas hospital that boosts your academic profile and paves the way to university. Shadowing local doctors, you’ll get experience that all but a select few have. Our projects are ideal for those considering a future career in healthcare, whether that be medical, nursing, or midwifery to name but a few.

When can I go?

Our two-week projects have a limited number of select spaces available, to see our 2021 project dates visit our pricing page.

What does the registration fee cover?

Our registration fee secures your place on the project and with our hospital partner. You’ll receive confirmation of your placement within 24 hours of registering. You will also be given instant access to MyTrip, your online project planner. The planner has everything you could possibly need such as a step-by-step timeline, full details of your itinerary, access to our Information Pack which contains everything you’ll need to know before your trip — packing lists, language guides, visa requirements and so much more.

Can I cancel once I’ve registered?

Once you have paid your registration fee you have a 14-day cooling off period where you would qualify for a full refund if you changed your mind. After this period, our standard terms and conditions apply. They can be found here.

How much does it cost and what is included in the price?

Project costs vary depending on where you want to go but the vast majority of expenses are included in the price. Features of our service are all listed on our pricing page and include your two-week hospital placement with English speaking mentors, private accommodation, all food and 24/7 overseas support.

What other costs do I need to consider?

Whilst the majority of expenses are covered there are a few things you will need to arrange independently. These include your flights, insurance, visas (where required) and vaccinations. Speak to our Project Consultants and they will be able to advise you on estimated costs.

Will I need a visa?

Visa requirements vary depending on the destination you have chosen and the type of passport you hold.

Your dedicated MyTrip portal will have all the relevant information you’ll need including online embassy application forms, visa costs, the type of visa you’ll need to apply for and most importantly the time frames in which you’ll need to complete this by. We’ve been doing this for over 15 years, so we’ll be able to guide you every step of the way should you need any further visa application assistance.

What vaccinations will I need?

The destination you have chosen and any vaccinations you have previously received will affect which vaccinations you will need. It may be that you don’t need any vaccinations at all.

Our advice is that you check with your local travel clinic or GP, who will have access to your medical files and who will be best placed to advise you on what you’ll need.

What is MyTrip?

MyTrip is your online project planner. The planner gives you access to a wealth of information about your chosen destination — packing essentials, information about your hospital, who your housemates will be, and useful words and phrases in the local language to make your learning easier.

Do I need to speak the local language?

You don’t need to be able to speak the local language in any of our destinations.

When preparing for your placement, learning a few everyday phrases can really help you build relationships with your mentors and hospital staff. To help you with this we’ve created comprehensive language guides and videos, once you’ve registered with us, you’ll get access to this section of MyTrip.

To give you an even deeper understanding of the local language and customs, a language teacher will provide weekly language lessons in our Work the World houses. Designed with your clinical placement in mind, these language lessons are an added bonus to help you get to grips with clinical words and phrases.

Which is the best country for gaining this in-hospital experience?

We operate in exciting destinations that are perfect for both clinical experience and travel and culture.

The structure of your Global Health Project is the same no matter where you go. So all you have to do is decide which country you most want to visit.

We have a rigorous selection process. It determines if a hospital is suitable for students like you who want to get experience shadowing qualified doctors before starting university.

Where will I stay?

You will stay in one of our private, fully catered Work the World houses. Each house has spacious bedrooms, bathrooms, lounges, dining rooms, gardens and in some cases swimming pools! You’ll also have access to the very best WiFi.

Our houses are accessible only to you and your fellow students undertaking their own Global Health Project as well as our Work the World team.

All of our houses are located close to the hospital you’ll be placed in and offer a home away from home experience.

Will I get a certificate and or reference once I’ve completed my project?

At the end of your two-week placement you will receive a Work the World certificate of completion along with a professional reference from the hospital's Clinical Director.

I am already at university, can I go?

Yes, we also offer more bespoke overseas placements and electives for university students. Further information can be found here.

Are flights included?

Flights are not included in the price. We can however assist with advising on the most direct and affordable flights - get in touch with our team by using the enquiry form.

Hospital FAQs

What will I see and do?

On a Global Health Project, you’ll spend two weeks in a low-resource hospital, shadowing your mentors (qualified doctors) as you rotate through key departments including Emergency, Maternity, Paediatrics, General medicine and Surgery. Further information can be found on our How It Works page.

How many hours will I spend in the hospital?

You will spend 40 hours in the hospital over the two-week period. You will also spend an afternoon at a Primary Health Clinic.

What do I wear in the hospital?

You will need to wear hospital scrubs when at the hospital. More guidance on a packing list will be provided as soon as you register on. Scrubs are also available to purchase through MyTrip - your online project planner.

How do I get to and from hospital?

All of our partner hospitals are a short distance from our Work the World house. The Project Leader will take you to the hospital for an orientation on your first day and each time you rotate to a new department they will accompany you to introduce you to your new mentor.

Who will be my mentor?

Your mentor will be a senior doctor or nurse depending on what department you are based in. They will speak excellent English and will be there to support you and answer any questions you may have throughout your whole time in the hospital.

Can I get a reference?

At the end of the two weeks, you will receive a reference from the hospital Clinical Director. You will also receive a Work the World certificate of completion to add to your portfolio.

What is the primary healthcare setting?

One afternoon after your hospital placement our team will take you to visit a primary healthcare clinic. Each experience varies by destination, but this will take place in settings such as maternity, vaccination, or HIV clinics. This complements your experience in the hospital as it will give you a better understanding of how the local healthcare system works as a whole.

In-country FAQs

What happens when I arrive at the airport?

Prior to you arriving in your chosen country, we will request that you upload your flight information to your MyTrip portal. That way our team will know your exact flight arrival time. Our team will monitor your flight so should you get delayed they will know and will be there to pick you up no matter what time you arrive.

Our team will meet you and your fellow housemates at the airport. We’ll send you a Work the World t-shirt in advance of your departure and we request that you wear this so they can spot you easily. They will then accompany you straight to the Work the World house so you can settle in.

At the end of your two-week project they will also escort you back to the airport ensuring you have a stress-free departure back home.

Do you cater for special diets/allergies?

Our caterers are experienced in cooking both local cuisine and dishes more common in the West, so you can try both local delicacies and traditional meals as well as "home favourites".

We also cater to all dietary requests whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy free or vegan (to name but a few), our chefs will whip up a dish you can enjoy.

What food is provided?

We will supply breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, so you’re guaranteed to never go hungry!

Is there WIFI in the house?

Yes. Each of our Work the World houses has the best WiFi we can get within the local area. Given we work in developing countries, it can be intermittent at times but generally it works very well.

How many people will I share a room with?

Bedrooms are split into male and female, with 2 beds in each and an ensuite bathroom.

Can I go with a friend and can we be together?

Yes, you can go with a friend. When you book a project with us, just let our team know who you are travelling with and we will ensure you are both placed in the same room and that you are on the same rotations within the hospital.

If you are travelling as a larger group, please let us know as there are limited numbers per group during hospital rotations to ensure you get the most out of this clinical experience. However, we will ensure you are grouped with as many of your friends as possible.

What will I do in my free time?

When you finish in the hospital, you’ll take part in one of the planned afternoon activities. These include language lessons, cooking classes and our famous weekly BBQ.

You can also take part in activities centred on broadening your understanding of the local healthcare system. You’ll spend one afternoon at a primary healthcare clinic such as vaccination, maternity or HIV clinics. And even join clinical teaching sessions hosted by local hospital staff.

Get in touch with our team for further information.

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