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    Posted: 28 March 2006 at 18:16
Hi All. If there are any other wannabe medical students out there thsi is for you! I'm looking for medical projects for the summer . all the gap year placements seem to be sooooooooooooo expensive though. Does anyone know of a good, but cheaper option?
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Try Work The World - specialists in medical placements and prices
seem cheaper than most other companies I've seen, they are more
concerned with helping the hosiptals than making money!
www.worktheworld.co.uk or www.worktheworld.co.uk/gapyear
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I'm sorry but I disagree with your assessment of worktheworld - the prices maybe be cheaper than most elective agencies but they still overcharge and having spent five weeks with them, I'm not sure how they are suppose to be helping hospitals.

The amount of money they donate to the local hospitals is relatively small, even by their standards. Make no mistake about it, worktheworld is purely in this business to make a profit.

And if truth be told the elective wasn't any good to begin with. The common complaint shared among my cohort of students was how purely the elective was organised and the lack of support from the local hospitals. I would say most of the hospitals weren't really prepared for an elective. One doctor even asked me why I was here. He thought the whole experience was a waste of time and so did I.
 
When I returned home I looked on the net to see if anybody else had complained about them... as it turns out we weren't the only unhappy customers. I do hope worktheworld gets their act together and stop making excuses.
 
 
 
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If you want to read more visit the elective forum on the newmediamedicine website.
 
I have just scanned through the posts and it makes very interesting reading.
 
 
 
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I agree that if you go through a company it can be a more expensive way of taking a gap year, but I disagree with the comments about Work the World. It was written ages ago, so maybe things have changed, but I travelled with them earlier this year and I can promise you it was completely worth it!
My friends tried to arrange their own electives and it was a nightmare to sort out - it took them ages to get everything sorted and when they arrived it was a constant battle with red tape to do what they wanted. On the other hand,  I just called up Work the World and before I knew it I was in Tanzania! It was amazingly well organised, I had tonnes of support and my placement was a structured as you can get in Africa!! Work the World always tell you that you make the most of your own elective - you have to really get involved and show willing. I really mucked in and in return the nurses and doctors involved me in lots of different clinical situations and surgery. I learnt and saw SO much more than I expected and I'm guessing that the earlier post was written by someone that didn't attempt to get involved.
I got an email today from Work the Worlds facebook group to say that they have launched a new company called Gap Medics specifically for gap year students that want to get medical experience. Pretty cool! Lamp 
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