Arequipa and beyond

  • Arequipa is… “A white-stone city surrounded by three volcanic peaks. Set in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, it’s a place of music, dancing, and stunning natural beauty.”
  • Explore the Amazon rainforest, hike dormant volcanos, discover floating villages on Lake Titicaca, and go white-water rafting
  • Hike through mist-filled forests on the Inca Trail for summit views from the ruined citadel of Machu Picchu
  • The people of Arequipa are warm and welcoming, with a rich culture and indigenous Quechua roots
  • Intensive Spanish Week: Boost your language skills with a week-long Spanish course that is tailored specifically to healthcare internships.
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Accommodation and team 

Your accommodation is located in a residential neighborhood, 20 minutes from the main tourist hub in Arequipa. The Work the World house is spacious and beautifully maintained, with a chilled-out atmosphere and plenty of space to socialize with new housemates. Arequipa receives around 300 days of sunshine a year, so the rooftop terrace and first floor sun room are great places to relax.  

Overseeing the house is our dedicated Program Manager and their assistant. Here for round-the-clock support, they’re supported by our in-house chef and housekeeper. The chef cooks two meals a day, and lays-on a fantastic house BBQ once a week. Throughout your stay we also host twice-weekly language lessons provided by a local teacher.

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Aimed at students who don’t already speak conversational Spanish, our week-long Intensive Spanish course is tailored specifically for healthcare students. We’ve worked with the same local language school for a number of years to create a course that helps you get the most from your clinical internship in Peru.

The course includes 30 hours of Spanish lessons, delivered over a week to a small group. Two-days are dedicated to medical history taking, and you’ll cover other topics that relate to the departments you'll be placed in. The focus is on clinical phrases and words that will help you communicate within your department and understand more during your placement.


Placements in Peru - Arequipa

"All of the doctors I saw were amazing, and on a number of occasions I was blown away by their resourcefulness, as well as the fortitude of the patients."

Andrew McKinlay, University of Queensland 2018

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"Thank you, Work the World, for providing such an eye-opening, well-organised trip."

Fiona Ducksbury, University of Central Lancashire 2018

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"My placement in Peru was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I would go back to do it all in a heartbeat!"

Gigi Lee, Queen's University, Belfast 2018

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"There was no CT scanner, and when I opened up conversation about funding, they noted that it was quite limited."

Jason Brook, Teesside University 2017

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"My advice would be GO TO PERU and have the adventure of a lifetime like I did!"

Nicola Looby, University of Chester 2017

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