A student doing her Midwifery internship abroad holds a new-born infant at a local hospital.

Midwifery Work Experience Abroad

Shadow a midwife and gain real-world work experience to support your education and career

With Projects Abroad, you can get the midwifery experience you need to drive your professional and personal development forward. 

This is what you can expect from our Midwifery Internships Abroad: 

  • Observe birthing practices that differ from those in your home country
  • Shadow qualified midwives in hospital maternity wards or health centres
  • Get a deeper insight into healthcare issues affecting mothers and newborns, like a lack of prenatal care or premature births
  • Learn what prenatal and postnatal care consists of in developing countries
  • Observe first-hand how midwives cope in low-resource environments

No matter what level you are, we adapt your midwifery placement to match your requirements and goals. You can join if:

  • You want pre-midwifery experience before university
  • You want to do a midwifery elective placement overseas
  • You want more practical experience after graduating as a midwife or nurse
  • You want to go abroad as an experienced midwife to give back through maternity volunteer work

Our midwifery placements go a long way in supporting your career as a midwife, by adding relevant work experience to your CV and demonstrating your commitment to healthcare around the world!

Choose a Midwifery Project

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An expecting mother has a health check done by a Projects Abroad Midwifery intern in Sri Lanka.

From £1,780

Midwifery Internship in Sri Lanka
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Gain work experience and learn directly from local midwives in different maternity units at hospitals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
Gain midwifery work experience whilst on an internship with Projects Abroad and assist and learn from local doctors.

From £1,540

Midwifery Internship in Tanzania
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Learn directly from midwives in the maternity department of a hospital in East Africa

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern from Projects Abroad is pictured holding a new born baby during her midwifery internship in Ghana.

From £1,540

Midwifery Internship in Ghana
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Travel to Africa and observe the work of experienced midwives as they treat expectant mothers in a local hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Two students doing Midwifery internships in Peru test an infant's iron levels at a clinic.

From £1,880

Midwifery Internship in Peru
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Gain work experience in a maternity ward and learn directly from local midwives and doctors

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks

How to get Midwifery Work Experience

Most of our midwifery placements are open to people aged 16 and over. To get midwifery work experience abroad, all you need to do is check that you meet the requirements for the Midwifery Internship of your choice, and fill in the application form. Our Project Experts are here to assist if you need help finding a programme that meets your needs and goals.

Having this kind of midwifery work experience will: 

  • Strengthen your CV and help you stand out from the crowd
  • Give you great discussion points in interviews and essays
  • Help you find out if a career in midwifery is what you really want to pursue (especially useful for younger students researching courses at university!)
  • Let you branch out in your career and try something different

At your project, you’ll work under the guidance of a medical professional, and our staff will be there for you whenever you need them. In most cases, you’ll also be able to participate in healthcare outreaches, where you can do more hands-on work, like measuring blood sugar levels for patients. 

Outreaches are one of the most rewarding aspects of our medical projects, as they yield direct benefits for the communities we work in. For example, if you do a blood sugar test that leads to a diabetes diagnosis, we refer the patient for further treatment and monitor their progress at future outreaches.

Not 100% convinced a Midwifery Internship is for you? Here are other options for you to look at:

  • Nursing Projects, where you can explore areas like Paediatrics or Mental Health
  • Public Health Projects, where the focus is almost exclusively on community outreach and education work
  • Nutrition Projects, if you have a strong interest in healthy eating and lifestyle choices (talk to us about placements where you can work specifically with mothers and children)

See a full list of our medical internships abroad.

A local doctor treats a pregnant woman at a hospital while a student doing her Midwifery internship abroad watches.

Midwifery Work Experience for 16-17 Year Olds in Year 12

We’re often asked if we offer midwifery work experience for 16-17 year olds in Year 12. The answer is yes, you can join any of the following projects:  

As students at this level are typically inexperienced and untrained, we - and the medical facilities we work with - may restrict what you can do. This is in line with our ethical standards and code of conduct relating to medicine. While we ensure that you learn essential skills wherever you go, please speak to us if you’re interested in performing specific tasks or observing certain procedures.

What will I gain from midwifery volunteering abroad?

Our placements give you the opportunity to gain international midwifery work experience in a developing country. 

In addition to adding relevant work experience to your CV, here are further benefits you can expect from midwifery volunteering overseas:

  • Observe diseases and conditions affecting mothers and newborns first-hand that you might not see in your home country
  • Hone soft skills such as communication, leadership, time-management, resilience, organisation, and teamwork
  • Gain more in-depth work experience than you might receive back home
  • Develop a global mindset as you learn from and work with people of different cultures and backgrounds
  • Grow your confidence as you broaden your horizons

All of the above will also enhance your UCAS applications and your personal development.

How are our Midwifery Internships different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your internship is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other internship programmes:

Recording our work in a secure database

We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. It allows us to use data to shape medical outreaches and health awareness programmes. We can also monitor individuals we see often, report our results and collect data for research. All of this work is guided by our Management Plans

Real work with trained professionals

On our internships, you’ll work alongside real healthcare professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions, and hear more about their experiences. You’re likely to get more insights into the frontline of medical care than in your home country.

A tailored approach

We're often able to tailor your internship to your interests. You can work in more than one department or focus on one particular area, or experience outreach work in the local community.

Students doing Midwifery internships abroad enjoy spending time with local colleagues at a Tanzanian hospital.

Our Medicine & Healthcare Policy

We take the safety of our volunteers, interns, and the people they work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put in place a comprehensive Medical Ethics Policy.

Need more help?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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