Iloilo and Beyond

  • Iloilo is… “A welcoming city with festivals, colonial-era buildings, modern malls, and great local beaches.”
  • Hop across to Boracay Island for the watersports, or head off on an adventure to the unspoiled Gigantes Islands
  • Cross the Strait to Guimaras Island and hike through mango plantations, or discover forests and fire-heated ‘kawa baths’ in the mountainous Antique region
  • Meet Iloilo’s open-hearted locals, who are friendly, good-natured, and always smiling
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accommodation and team 

Just north of the Iloilo River, our Work the World accommodation sits in an affluent area of the city. The sunsets are stunning from our rooftop terrace, and the house has great views of historic Molo Church, and out to towards Guimaras Island. Split across three floors there’s lots of space to relax and socialize in the well-furnished living spaces and dining room.

Here for round-the-clock support, our Iloilo Program Manager runs the house with the help of an assistant. Our housekeeper takes care of the cleaning, and we have a fantastic chef who cooks two meals each day, plus a BBQ night each week. Also part of the team, our local language teacher delivers in-house lessons twice a week.

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This optional week gives you an incredible opportunity to live on a tropical island as part of the Ati tribe. Here, you'll meet the tribal Chief and experience the island's healthcare, culture, and cuisine.

Each morning, you’ll visit the local clinic and district hospital, observing how illnesses are treated and managed with the island’s limited resources — this guarantees to be a very different experience from your city based healthcare internship. Afternoons are spent doing local activities like creating handicrafts and herbal medicines, as well as island hopping and playing traditional games. At the end of your stay, a BBQ and traditional dancing ceremony make for a very special end to your clinical internship.


Internships in the Philippines - Iloilo

Medical Internship, Philippines (Iloilo)

"I would absolutely recommend a medical internship overseas. It is well organized and provides structure and I felt support throughout".

Jenna Adalbert, Thomas Jefferson University 2018

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"...we weren’t there to change anything — we just had to respect the way in which they chose to do things."

Hannah Glayzer, Teeside University 2018

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"The head pharmacist told me that the hospital were suffering from serious lack of equipment."

Sojeong Jeong, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 2018

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"One thing I found challenging was the lack of use of local anaesthetic before spinal anaesthesia."

Saachi Chhaya, University of Nottingham 2018

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"One of the highlights for me was completing a 24-hour duty shift. It was eye-opening."

Keziah Element, University of Nottingham 2018

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