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Safety and Support

While you’re overseas, your safety and security is our number one priority. We want you to relax and enjoy the experience in the knowledge that we’ve covered all the bases.

Before you travel

You will have regular contact with our team of experts in the UK, long before your trip. They’ll send you detailed information about the destination you’ve chosen to travel to and the hospital you’ll be spending time in.

You’ll get that much more from your trip if you have confidence and feel safe and secure in a place you’ve never visited. So, by the time you’re through our pre-departure preparation, you’ll feel ready for all aspects of your trip.

During this process, you’ll have plenty of time to raise questions — we’ve prepared thousands of students like you for trips like this, so you can rest assured our experts have the answers.

In relation to Covid-19 your personal online project planner (MyTrip) will have all the latest information on all measures relevant to the country you’re travelling to. Our UK team will contact you well in advance of your departure to make sure you understand what you need to do when you land at your destination airport.

Arrival and departure

When you land, a member of the Work the World team will be at the airport waiting to meet you. You’ll then travel together to your accommodation.

Then, when it’s time for you to go home, we make sure you get back to the airport safely too.

In relation to Covid-19, our overseas team will deliver an in-depth induction when you arrive in-country. They will also update you if there are any changes you need to be aware of while in the destination.

Safe destinations

We develop our Global Health Projects only in destinations that are safe for travel.

All countries in which we operate meet our own strict internal criteria, focused on safety and stability.

We also stay up to date with travel information directly from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. We have a comprehensive list of protocols and procedures that ensure your safety, regardless of the circumstances.

Our accommodation

The Work the World houses are renowned for being spacious, sociable and comfortable. But they are also known for safety and security.

The houses are private and accessible only by students like you who are undertaking a Global Health Project.

They are located in safe, carefully vetted neighbourhoods. The properties are secure and have 24-hour security teams, not because they’re necessary, but because they offer peace of mind.

Our in-country teams

Each of our destinations has a locally-hired, in-country team. They will take you through comprehensive briefings and orientations when you arrive.

Your in-country team is there to support you throughout your experience. Based in the Work the World house, they are available for you 24/7 for the duration of your placement.

You also have access to a UK-based phone line that is open 24/7.

In the hospital

The support our in-country teams offer extends into the hospital you’ll be placed at too. The team has strong relationships with healthcare professionals in all our partner hospitals — from junior members of staff to hospital directors.

You’ll spend two weeks in the hospital, shadowing your mentors (qualified local doctors) as you rotate through key departments.

Whenever you rotate to a new department, a member of the Work the World team will take you there and introduce you to your new mentor.

Every country differs slightly in their approach to Covid-19. We will continually assess all aspects of our delivery, ensuring we adapt, updating you on what is required at your time of travel.

Covid-19 testing is available in every one of the programme locations we operate in.

Our dedicated mentors working with you on placement will be following all hospital transmission-prevention protocols.

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