Iloilo Highlights

  • Some of the best diving in the world
  • Hike to hidden Buddhist monasteries
  • The best beaches and clearest waters in Southeast Asia
  • Experience being 'cooked alive' in a kawa hot bath
  • Join in the island's festival culture

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Iloilo and Beyond

Iloilo, ‘The Heart of the Philippines’, is a charming city located on the appropriately heart-shaped island of Panay. Flavoured by the traditions of the Hiligaynon people who inhabit it, Iloilo is a cradle of Filipino culture. Here you’ll experience mouth-watering local cuisine, unspoiled offshore islands with white sand beaches, ornate churches left by Spanish colonists, and lively festivals that commonly happen without warning. Further afield you’ll discover Boracay Island - which boasts some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia. Antique, in the jungles further north, has human-sized bathing cauldrons in which you can experience being ‘cooked alive’ (don’t worry, it’s really quite pleasant). There’s also whale watching, trips to the mango plantations, mountain hiking, hidden monasteries, and much more.

home away from home

When you arrive we’ll collect you from the airport and take you to our private, fully catered accommodation. The house is just north of the Iloilo River in a quiet residential area, and from it you’ll enjoy impressive views across the river to Molo Church, and further afield to the beautiful island of Guimaras. Our support team on the ground will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly for the duration of your internships in the Philippines. Your meals will be cooked by your in-house chef, as will the weekly barbecues held on our stunning rooftop terrace. Finally, our experienced security guard keeps the premises under his watchful eye to make sure you’re completely safe, making it the perfect base for our internships in the Philippines.

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ADD-ON: Village Healthcare Experience

This is a one-off opportunity to live among the Ati tribe in their village on Guimaras Island. First you’ll meet the tribal Chief and receive a village orientation. Then in the mornings you’ll work at a local health clinic learning how to treat all manner of illnesses with extremely limited resources. This is the perfect complement for all Philippines internships. Your afternoons are free and you’ll enjoy activities like learning traditional weaving, handicrafts and herbal medicines, island hopping around the coast, and playing customary Filipino games. The barbecue and traditional dancing at the end of your stay will be the perfect end to this once in a lifetime experience.

Stephanie's Review of her Nursing Elective in Iloilo, the Philippines

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The second week I spent two days in OB which was amazing – seeing multiple births and C sections

Stephanie Maselli, Charles Darwin University 2015

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Stephanie's Review of her Nursing Elective in Iloilo, the Philippines

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My time on the Village Healthcare Experience on the island was absolutely amazing

Louise Davidson, Edinburgh Napier University 2015

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Jessica's Review of her Pharmacy Internship in Iloilo, the Philippines

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I feel so lucky to have been part of the WTW family and I really have had the best 5 weeks of my life

Jessica Adria, University of Manitoba 2015

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Laura's Review of her Nursing Elective in Iloilo, the Philippines

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I feel it is better to go without knowing anything so then you can really appreciate the “shock” factor

Laura Thompson, Staffordshire University 2015

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Kevin's Review of his Dental Elective in Iloilo

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Most of the supervisors are fantastic. Mine was the nicest guy, who invited me to his clinic and even introduced me to his family

Kevin Zhang, University of Melbourne 2015

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