Placements in Arequipa

Medical Placements, Peru (Arequipa)

Medical Electives

On your medical elective in Peru, you’ll see that disorders and infections arising from poor sanitation are common. This is also true of cases of cross contamination. On a placement here, you can gain experience in key hospital areas including surgery, trauma, paediatrics, and general medicine. Spend time in the critical observation room found in A&E to get some particularly unique insights. Home to the largest oncology department in Southern Peru, the hospital hosts one of the country’s only two brachytherapy units. Procedures like gall bladder removals and hernia operations are abundant — great news if you’re interested in getting surgical experience. If you’re interested in medical electives in South America, look no further than Arequipa.

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Nursing Placement, Peru (Arequipa)

Nursing Placements

Specialist areas like paediatric, adult, and mental health nursing don’t really exist in the strictest sense, so nurses here tend to be generalists. This means you can see a range of departments and ailments that you wouldn’t normally get experience with. There’s a lot of outpatient involvement (pediatrics included), and you could encounter cases of HIV, TB and spend time in the biggest oncology department in Southern Peru.

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midwifery elective in arequipa peru

Midwifery Placements

Midwifery in Arequipa is different to what you’re used to in Australia. Local techniques may challenge even your fundamental understandings of best practice. For example, women in labour receive no pain relief, the vast majority of mothers receive no postnatal care, and caesareans are more common than natural births. Preeclampsia and premature births are also common. The professional midwives with whom you’ll spend time are incredibly dedicated. If you show enthusiasm, they’ll welcome you in and help get you in front of new opportunities that will enhance your experience.

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Physiotherapy Placement, Peru (Arequipa)

Physiotherapy Placements

You will experience a physiotherapy placement that is heavily geared towards manual treatments. Machine-based physiotherapy is almost non-existent as there’s a considerable lack of resources across all disciplines. Our partner hospital has the largest oncology department in Southern Peru, and you can get experience helping with pain management for cancer patients and post-chemotherapy recovery plans.

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Paramedic Science Placements

The A&E in our partner hospital in Arequipa uses the Andorran triage model. Once patients have gone through triage, they’re sent to the relevant area. There’s a critical observation room, general medicine, OBG, surgery, paediatrics, and trauma. Our partner hospital actually has a history of dealing with emergency cases — in 1939 Peru’s first ambulance service began at this hospital, in 2009 a new emergency centre was built, and today the hospital hosts international paramedic science students like you.

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Radiography Placements, Peru (Arequipa)

Radiography Placements

Radiography students in Arequipa have the opportunity to work in the oldest radiography department in the whole of Peru. Here, you can see what it’s like to use old imaging machines, like taking and developing X-rays on film. You’ll have the added benefit of spending time with specialists from a range of disciplines in the oncology department (the largest in Southern Peru) to help scan and diagnose cancers.

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Pharmacy Placement, Peru (Arequipa)

Pharmacy Placements

Pharmacy students who choose Arequipa are in for an exceptional placement. For one, the hospital’s oncology department makes its own chemotherapy drugs — a process you can get directly involved in. You can also go on ward rounds and work in the dispensaries in OBG and emergency. From this you’ll get a clear understanding of how pharmacy works — systemically — throughout the hospital.

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Dentistry Placement, Peru (Arequipa)

Dentistry Electives

A group of expert dentists staff our partner clinics. The team mostly perform remedial care, but you will also see how preventative dentistry is emerging. The clinics in which you’ll undertake your placement play a key role in delivering the government’s free dental care programme. The programme helps low-income patients with an all-inclusive service for members of the local community. You’ll encounter common complications like cavities, misaligned teeth, and severe decay — the latter attributable (at least in part) to a high-sugar diet and a lack of education around oral hygiene. You can also get involved with the mobile clinic, visiting schools to provide basic treatments and education to the local children.

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The Work the World House

Life in the Work the World house is central to your experience in Arequipa. Other healthcare students from all over the world will live with you in the house, giving it an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun.

The Arequipa house is in a central location. For some context, you’ll be near the best bar and restaurant district in the city. The house itself has a chilled-out vibe, and as Arequipa enjoys 300 days of sunshine per-year, you and your housemates will spend plenty of time on the roof terrace (which has amazing views of the city’s snow-capped volcanoes).

Jump on some local transport and you can visit thermal spas, take Peruvian dancing and cooking lessons, and head to the lively plazas to experience authentic Peruvian nightlife.

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In-Country Team

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, 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 placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Our Arequipa team will take you to your placement hospital before the placement itself starts. You’ll take a tour, meeting department staff and your supervisors as you go.

The team will continue to visit you over the course of your placement. This is just to make sure everything is running smoothly.

We’ll confirm your supervisors before you placement begins. Build a relationship with them and they’ll share with you their insider knowledge of the local healthcare system. This is something you can glean only from a local practitioner.

We offer you support at every level, all the way through your clinical placement.


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*Prices above are in addition to a $500 registration fee.


Our one-week Intensive Spanish Course (ISC) is designed to help you prepare for your trip to Peru. If you don't speak Spanish at a conversational level, the course will give you the confidence to converse in a clinical setting. The course includes specifics around departments you'll be spending time in and useful words and phrases for when you’re out and about in Peru. We have worked with the local language school for a number of years and they tailor the course specifically for Work the World students. Book this course today to add another string to your bow, gaining the confidence you need to enrich your elective in Peru.


"My experience in the hospital here made me immensely grateful for the Australian healthcare system."

Freya Proeve, University of Melbourne 2019

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Veronica Goldring, University of Melbourne 2019

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"I marvelled at how the doctors overcame a multitude of challenges."

Fergus Robbins, University of Queensland 2018

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"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."

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"I even went into surgery — a very rare opportunity for an Exercise Physiologist in Australia!"

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