A local child gets a medical check during an outreach from an intern doing her Nursing internship in Vietnam.

Nursing Work Experience Abroad

Get the practical nursing experience you need to prepare for or advance your career

An overseas nursing programme with Projects Abroad is an opportunity for you to get the experience you need for a career as a nurse. 

This is what you can expect from our international nursing placements: 

  • Get first-hand insight into nursing practices in a developing country
  • Shadow professionals in clinical environments like hospitals and clinics
  • Learn about global healthcare issues and challenges
  • Develop essential medical skills, like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Give back through community healthcare outreach programmes

Important update for university Elective students

Over the last few weeks we’ve been contacted by more and more people studying nursing at university.  They have to complete Elective placements in order to graduate, but are struggling to get them arranged in the UK.

Our industry-leading Nursing Elective placements are up and running in the developing world. As soon as UK travel restrictions end, we’ll be able to place you in a hospital or clinic to complete your Elective.

We’re also offering a student discount to help make things more affordable for you.

If you or someone you know need an organised Nursing Elective placement, check out the options here.  We’ll be on hand to complete any paperwork needed by your university, and can offer advice on the most suitable option.

Options for Nursing projects

You can do volunteer nursing abroad in several developing countries around the world. Our internships are flexible and safe, and placements are adjusted to your level of experience. So, whether you’re interested in pre-nursing volunteer opportunities, or you’re a nursing student looking to volunteer at a hospital, our work placements are a great fit! 

Looking to learn about a specific branch of nursing? We can organise placements in:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disabilities Nursing

Speak directly to our Projects Experts to learn more about where we can facilitate these placements for you, and how we can tailor your experience to fit your clinical interests. 

We also offer:

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Australian intern on a nursing internship in Tanzania with Proejcts Abroad takes a photo with colleagues during her work experience.
Nursing Internship in Tanzania
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  • Price: £1,470 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: £255
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
A Projects Abroad work experience intern in Mexico is seen examining a child at local doctors.
Nursing Internship in Mexico
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  • Price: £1,725 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £255
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 18 or over
A female intern from Projects Abroad is pictured treating a child using a stethoscope on her nursing intership in Nepal.
Nursing Internship in Nepal
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  • Price: £1,300 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £205
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 16 or over
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How to get Nursing Work Experience

Most of our nursing placements abroad are open to people aged 16 and over. To get nursing work experience, all you need to do is check that you meet the requirements for the Nursing 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 nursing work experience will strengthen your CV and give you great discussion points in interviews and essays, perfect for pre-nursing students and recently qualified nurses. It’s also ideal for experienced nurses who want to branch out in their career and try something different. 

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

Read a full list of our internships abroad.

A pair of students completing Nursing internships abroad work through patients' notes after a community outreach in Peru.

What will I gain from nursing overseas?

Whether you’re just getting started as a pre-nursing student, or you’re in the middle of your nursing studies, our placements will give you unparalleled international clinical experience to support your future career. 

Here are just some of the benefits that our previous nursing interns talk about:

  • Soft skills such as communication, planning, organising, teamwork, resilience, time management, and leadership
  • Experience with illnesses and medical conditions that might not exist in your home country
  • More in-depth work experience that you might not be able to get in your home country
  • A greater understanding of other people and cultures, helping you to develop a ‘global mindset’ as you work together
  • Increased confidence as you expand your horizons and push past your comfort zone

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

Why does this internship matter?

This experience will bring you closer to a future working in your chosen field. We’re proud to support future talent who will bring vital skills to communities in need.

Will my nursing volunteer experience be an ethical one?

Yes! At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your Nursing Project is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. All of our Medicine & Healthcare Projects are guided by a comprehensive code of conduct policy, as we take the safety of our volunteers, interns, and the people they work with very seriously. 

Our Projects are also structured in a way that you’ll still make a real impact, even if you’re only there for a short time. Our blog about short-term volunteering explains how we facilitate this. 

Here are a few more elements of our work that set it apart from other overseas nursing placements:

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

Through our volunteer nursing overseas programmes, 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 insight into the frontline of medical care than in your home country.

A tailored approach

We’re often able to tailor your nursing placement 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.

A student doing a Nursing internship abroad in Tanzania enjoys spending time with her local colleagues.

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.

Next Steps

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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