Arequipa and beyond

  • Arequipa is… “A beautiful Peruvian city, surrounded by the Andes and three iconic volcanoes – built of white stone, it’s a place of dancing, music, and awe-inspiring scenery.”
  • Hike along the legendary Inca Trail to the UNESCO ruins of Machu Picchu – the summit views are breathtaking
  • Explore the Amazon rainforest, trek beneath the canopy, visit the floating villages on Lake Titicaca, hike up a volcano and go white-water river rafting
  • You’ll love the Arequipeños people, with their rich cultural heritage and indigenous Quechua bloodlines
  • Intensive Spanish Course: Enhance your Spanish with a week-long language course that focuses on clinical phrases and words


A fantastic city to be based in, Arequipa enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year. Our Work the World house sits 20 minutes from the city’s tourist hub, in a welcoming residential neighbourhood. Spacious and beautifully maintained, it has a laid-back atmosphere and lots of room to socialise. The first floor sun room is a great place to relax and socialise with new friends. The rooftop terrace gives great views of the volcanoes that rise above Arequipa.

Our Arequipa Program Manager and assistant provide 24/7 support, and oversee everything at the house. The rest of the team includes a housekeeper and a chef – look forward to two meals a day, plus our fantastic BBQ nights that are the highlight of each week. Twice-weekly language lessons are hosted by a local teacher.

peru placements


Our Intensive Spanish tuition helps you maximise your time overseas. This week-long course is aimed at those who don’t already speak Spanish at a conversational level.

We’ve worked with the same local language school for years to create a course that is tailored specifically for healthcare students. Each course involves 30 hours of lessons, taught in a small group. It includes a two-day focus on medical history taking, and covers other topics specific to the departments you'll be working in. At the end of your one-week course, you’ll have the confidence and language skills to engage more with locals. This course complements all clinical placements in Peru.


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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