- Go whale watching off the coast of Cebu
- Hike to hidden Buddhist monasteries
- Party on the island of Boracay’s stunning beaches
- Experience some of the finest cuisine in the world
- Experience being 'cooked alive' in the jungle inside a kawa hot bath
Iloilo and Beyond
Iloilo, ‘The Heart of the Philippines’, is a charming city located on the appropriately heart-shaped island of Panay. Flavoured by the traditions of the Hiligaynon people who inhabit it, Iloilo is a cradle of Filipino culture. Here you’ll experience mouth-watering local cuisine, unspoiled offshore islands with white sand beaches, ornate churches left by Spanish colonists, and lively festivals that commonly happen without warning. Further afield you’ll discover Boracay Island - which boasts some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia. Antique, in the jungles further north, has human-sized bathing cauldrons in which you can experience being ‘cooked alive’ (don’t worry, it’s really quite pleasant). There’s also whale watching, trips to the mango plantations, mountain hiking, hidden monasteries, and much more.
home away from home
When you arrive we’ll collect you from the airport and take you to our private, fully catered accommodation. The house is just north of the Iloilo River in a quiet residential area, and from it you’ll enjoy impressive views across the river to Molo Church, and further afield to the beautiful island of Guimaras. Our support team on the ground will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly for the duration of your elective in the Philippines. Your meals will be cooked by your in-house chef, as will the weekly barbecues held on our stunning rooftop terrace. Finally, our experienced security guard keeps the premises under his watchful eye to make sure you’re completely safe, making it the perfect base for our electives in the Philippines.
ADD-ON: Village Healthcare Experience
This is a one-off opportunity to live among the Ati tribe in their village on Guimaras Island. First you’ll meet the tribal Chief and receive a village orientation. Then in the mornings you’ll work at a local health clinic & district hospital learning how to treat all manner of illnesses with extremely limited resources. This is the perfect complement for all Philippines electives. Your afternoons are free and you’ll enjoy activities like learning traditional weaving, handicrafts and herbal medicines, island hopping around the coast, and playing customary Filipino games. The barbecue and traditional dancing at the end of your stay will be the perfect end to this once in a lifetime experience.
Immerse yourself in the local culture and don't be afraid to try new things
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I chose to take the Village Healthcare Experience, and I’m so glad I did!
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There’s so much to learn here, so don’t turn down learning experiences.
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an unbelievably life-changing cultural experience
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Electives in the Philippines - Iloilo
Dentistry in Iloilo
Students who choose Iloilo will benefit from a one-on-one mentoring-style placement. In the mornings here you’ll enjoy clinically focused sessions, and your afternoons will be spent at a school or nursery undertake outreach work. The local people hold the dentists here in very high regard, as the team work hard to build strong relationships with the community, which by extension you too will benefit from. It’s also worth noting that as sugar plays such a prominent role in the Filipino diet, you’ll see extreme cases of decay even in very young people. It’s often the case that the only suitable course of action is an extraction. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Medicine in Iloilo
Iloilo has a number of exceptional opportunities that are unique to placements in this city. For example in anaesthesiology we’ve developed a two-week placement on which past students have been able to assist in spinal tap procedures and more. You’ll also observe practices that may even directly challenge what you’ve learned at home. For instance doctors here often have to prescribe medicine based on patients’ financial solvency instead of looking at what the patient needs. Experiences such as this will diversify your knowledgebase and give you experience that will hasten your development. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Midwifery in Iloilo
The experience midwives can expect from a placement in Iloilo will be wide-ranging. One of the government hospitals with which we’re partnered often sees up to 40 births per day. You’ll be able to work in our partner hospital’s lying-in clinic to observe and assist in live births, which will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the differences between the birthing procedures at home and in the Philippines. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Nursing in Iloilo
Nurses control the wards in Iloilo. It is the families of patients who are in control of more menial tasks such as washing and feeding, while nurses are left to far more crucial tasks. This placement has a highly clinical focus meaning you’ll get a considerable amount of practical experience. The Outpatient Department looks after an array of areas including everything from the treatment of rabies to paediatric care. There is also an animal bites clinic, which will provide you with particularly unique experience and help you start to develop an entirely new skillset. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Pharmacy in Iloilo
Students who choose to practice pharmacy in Iloilo will be rewarded with insight into a unique system completely different from their own. This is a specialised placement on which you’ll have the chance to rotate through 5 separate departmental pharmacies, gaining practical experience in each. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to observe in theatre, work in OBG and antenatal departments to understand how medicines are dispensed in such a low resource setting and more. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Physiotherapy in Iloilo
As a physiotherapy student you’ll enjoy a structured placement in a one-on-one style. On this placement you’ll observe and help to treat conditions such as Bell’s palsy and cerebral palsy, varying degrees of burns, and trauma related injuries. The department’s equipment is rudimentary, but functional and primarily handmade. You’ll use this equipment to help rehabilitate patients. But there are also TENS, ES and US machines. Paraffin therapy is also used on occasion. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Radiography in iloilo
The clinical experience aspiring radiologists can receive in Iloilo will be nothing short of enlightening. The hospital we’ve partnered with has a busy unit in which you’ll work alongside specialists using techniques that will be largely unfamiliar to you. For example the department has three X-ray machines, but they all use film rather than digital technology, meaning you’ll use the hospital’s dark room to develop the images using much older practices. You’ll see orthopaedic patients, patients from internal medicine, cardio, patients with pulmonary diseases (resulting from the high number of smokers in the country), and more. As far as radiology goes, there are two ECG machines, 2-dimensional echo machines, and an array of other diagnostic imaging to explore.
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