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 experiences 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 experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodaing 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 placementSecurity 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 live in a village for a week. This experience is all about immersion. You'll live with a local village family and even meet some of the village elders. In the mornings thereafter, 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 spent my first week at a government-run hospital that had 350 beds, but 700 patients!"
Levi Orr, Viterbo University 2019Read more
"I would absolutely recommend a medical internship overseas."
Jenna Adalbert, Thomas Jefferson University 2019Read more
"The head pharmacist told me that the hospital were suffering from serious lack of equipment."
Sojeong Jeong, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 2018Read more
"I gained a lot more confidence and independence in my practice and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity".
Chloe Pendlebury, Manchester Metropolitan University 2020Read more
"Every single staff member made me feel welcome and valuable."
Katie Hoskins, University of Gloucestershire 2020Read more