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
The Work the World house is your home away from home and the focal point of your experiences in Iloilo. The house has a social atmosphere — you’ll share the house with other healthcare students from all over the world.
Our house is located in one of the best parts of the city. You’ll be close to the best restaurants, shopping centres, outdoor pools, markets, street food vendors, karaoke bars…. The list goes on.
Jump in a jeepney (a sort of Jeep converted into a minibus) and you can head to the port to catch boats to some of the archipelago’s most beautiful beaches. If you’re after a swimming pool, there are plenty of accessible boutique resorts offering full access.
The Work the World house itself is spacious, welcoming, and decorated with traditional crafts, creating 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, 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 Iloilo team will take you to visit your placement hospital before the placement itself begins. You will meet your supervisors and other department staff, as well as taking a tour of the grounds to help you find your way around. Our in-country team will also visit you throughout the course of your placement. They have a presence in the hospital and will stop by to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Before your placement starts, we’ll assign specific members of hospital staff as your official supervisors. It is then up to you to strike up a relationship with them, and they’ll offer insight into unfamiliar conditions and practices that only a local practitioner can.
We’ve got everything covered, offering support all the way through your clinical placement as and when you need it.
Placements in Iloilo
VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK
In addition to your main placement in Iloilo, you can choose to spend a week on an island in a tribal village. This experience is all about immersion. You'll live with a local village family and even meet some of the village elders. Then, in the mornings, you'll be based at a local health clinic & district hospital, learning how to treat all manner of illnesses with extremely limited resources. Your afternoons are free and you’ll enjoy activities like learning weaving, handicrafts and herbal medicines, and island hopping around the coast. A barbecue and some traditional dancing make the perfect end to the experience.
"The healthcare system is different to back home. It's considerably low-resourced and crowded".
Naomi Mendoza , University of Otago 2020Read 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
"I had all sorts of unique opportunities at this hospital."
Madelyn Hobbs, University of Newcastle 2020Read more
"Every single staff member made me feel welcome and valuable."
Katie Hoskins, University of Gloucestershire 2020Read more
"I was amazed at how much the doctors, nurses and midwives could do with the limited resources."
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