This stunning archipelago is synonymous with white-sand beaches that grade into turquoise waters, pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life, and street food that fills the air with sweet and spicy perfumes. That’s not to mention the lush rainforests, indigenous tribes… the list goes on.
The Philippines Highlights
- Hike to hidden Buddhist monasteries
- Party on the island of Boracay’s stunning beaches
- Try some of the world’s most delicious street food
- Take a trip to the vast mango plantations
- Hop around the beautiful and unspoilt Gigantes Islands
The Work The World House
Think of the Work the World house as the focal point of your internship overseas while you’re in Iloilo. You’ll live with other healthcare students from all over the world, which fosters a social atmosphere in the house.
The Iloilo house is in a great location in Iloilo City. It’s close to the best restaurants, shopping centres, outdoor pools, markets, street food vendors, karaoke bars…. You name it.
Hop in a local jeepney (a 4x4 converted into a minibus) and you can visit the port — the best place to catch a boat to some of the archipelago’s most beautiful beaches.
There are plenty of accessible boutique resorts offering full access to their pools and bars. The Work the World house itself is bright and open, and decorated with traditional crafts. This creates an authentic Filipino experience.
Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World internship abroad - 24/7 - from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your internship overseasSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for extra peace of mind
Support in the Hospital
The team in Iloilo will take you to your internship hospital before you officially start. They’ll introduce you to your supervisors and other department staff, making sure you can find your way around.
The team will continue to visit you during your placement. This is to make sure you’re getting the most from your placement and everything is running smoothly.
Before your internship program starts, we’ll assign your in-hospital supervisors. Strike up a professional relationship and they’ll offer perspectives on unfamiliar conditions and practices that only a local practitioner has the ability to do.
In short, we’ve got you covered. We support you right through your clinical internship.
Internships in Iloilo
VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK
Once you finish your main internship in Iloilo, you have the option to go and spend a week in a rural village. This experience is all about immersion. In the mornings, you'll go to the local health clinic & district hospital. Here, you’ll learn how local staff treat conditions with extremely limited resources. Your afternoons are free and you’ll enjoy activities like weaving, making handicrafts and herbal medicines, and island hopping around the coast. A barbecue and some traditional dancing make the perfect end to the experience.
"I quickly found my feet and made friends in the house - don’t worry if you’re going alone, everyone is in the same boat and are so friendly and welcoming you won’t be bored for a second."
Ella Harris, University of Manchester 2023Read more
"We had plenty of autonomy. There was lots of help available, but it was never overbearing and we were free to explore our independence."
Max Elwig, University of Sheffield 2022Read more
"Going to The Philippines was the best experience I’ve ever had in my entire life. It was the perfect balance of placement and getting to explore some of this amazing country."
Aliyah Patel , University of Cumbria 2022Read more
"It was a case of, 'let’s hurry up and get this baby out because there are lots of other women waiting to give birth'."
Molly Griffin, Viterbo University 2022Read more
"Even ‘disposable’ equipment was sometimes reused from patient to patient"
Jack Bailey, Bradford University 2022Read more
What healthcare disciplines do Work the World cater for?
Work the World organize short-term educational healthcare internships for the following disciplines: 1. Nursing and Midwifery 2. Medical 3. Physical Therapy 4. Radiology 5. Pharmacy 6. Dentistry 7. Occupational Therapy 8. Paramedicine
WHAT IS THE WORK THE WORLD HOUSE LIKE IN VIETNAM?
Our house in Hue offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city. The garden is beautiful, with a stream, an ancient wishing well, and a swimming pool. The house is located in the centre of the Hue, within walking distance of the famous imperial city.
WHAT TRAVELLING OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR ME WHILST I’M IN VIETNAM?
Hue is one of Vietnam’s most lively cities. You’ll find adventure around every corner and have the chance to immerse yourself in local culture. You can explore national parks, experience Vietnamese nightlife in the coastal cities and kick back on tropical beaches.
How much does it cost to do a Work the World internship?
Costs vary depending on where you go and the duration. Details of inclusions and costs can be found here.