Volunteer Midwifery Internships Abroad
Prepare for a career in the field of midwifery by joining one of our midwifery internships in a number of developing countries across the world. Learn more about healthcare practice in a different environment while supporting the work of local medical staff and assisting where needed.
Volunteering on a Midwifery placement
As a Midwifery intern, you may find yourself working in a number of different placements, depending on the project you choose. These include shadowing medical staff at maternity hospitals or in the maternity wards of general hospitals, as well as lending an extra pair of helping hands to the midwives at local health centres.
Many of the women you encounter will have complications that you wouldn’t necessarily encounter back home, such as malaria or typhoid. Furthermore, some of the facilities may be of a basic standard, and you will learn how resourceful midwives have to be when working with limited resources.
For the duration of your placement, you will be assigned to a supervisor who will give you practical exposure to the day-to-day workings of your placement at an appropriate level.
What will I do on a Midwifery internship?
Your role will differ according to the specific placement and destination that you choose. Those with additional experience or training will take on more responsibilities. Each placement is tailored, where possible, both to a volunteer's level of experience and their interests.
In general, you can get involved in pre-natal and post-natal care, as well as the delivery itself. There may be opportunities to provide emotional support to women in labour, and assist the midwives where needed, for example, weighing babies when they are born.
Please bear in mind that any opportunity to gain experience in practical, hands-on work will always be at the discretion of local practitioners. Initially, your role will be mainly observational. However, as you develop a working relationship with the local healthcare staff, you may find yourself taking on more duties.
There is also the opportunity to take part in outreaches and workshops with other medical volunteers. These are not necessarily midwifery-orientated, but are still a great way to learn about other aspects of healthcare.
If you are a Midwifery student in your Elective year, please see our Midwifery Elective page.
“Knowing that this was the career I had in mind before coming to Mongolia, I was particularly interested in the cultural differences of the job and took note of each birth I witnessed during my time. As well as confirming that this was the job for me, the time I spent with the different teams at the hospital was absolutely incredible.”
Midwifery in Mongolia