- Take a trip to the vast & beautiful mango plantations
- Hike to hidden Buddhist monasteries
- Party on the island of Boracay’s stunning beaches
- Experience some of the finest cuisine in the world
- Hop around the beautifully unspoilt Gigantes Islands
- Our famous elective tailoring service
- Supervised clinical experience
- Extensive pre-departure preparation
- Support from in-country teams, 24/7
- Private, spacious, catered housing
- Free local language lessons
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.
TRIBAL VILLAGE HEALTHCARE ADD-ON
In addition to your main placement in Iloilo, spending a week on the Ati tribe’s island offers a once in a lifetime experience. 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.
Electives in the Philippines - Iloilo
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