Electives in Merida

Nursing Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Nursing Electives

The hospitals we’re partnered with in Merida offer a range of opportunities for nursing students. The first being a modern government institution. The patients are the real differentiating factor here in that most are from poorer backgrounds. The patients typically present advanced cases, requiring treatments like neurosurgery and complex gastrointestinal procedures. In another hospital — this one underfunded — you can work with patients with tropical diseases like chagas, chikungunya and dengue fever. Here, you’ll learn how local staff cope with limited resources. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.

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Medical Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Medical Electives

In Merida, you can get experience in live surgeries running the gamut from cataract removal to open-heart surgery. You will even have access to a high-tech theatre simulation room. In the nephrology and urology department, you can learn how local staff treat conditions like nephritis. There are also opportunities in oncology, haematology, high-specialty internal medicine, paediatrics and critical care (to name but a few). If you are interested in understanding tropical diseases, there may be opportunities for you to see patients with chikungunya, chagas and West Nile virus.

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Midwifery Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Midwifery Electives

One of our busy partner hospitals in Merida deals exclusively with young paediatric cases and expectant mothers. With upwards of 150 beds, the wards are uncommonly busy. This means you’ll be able to get a breadth of experience unlike anywhere else. Despite high patient numbers, infant mortality rates have more than halved in the past 20 years — you’ll see the resourcefulness and techniques that helped achieve this. You will, however, still see a number of intrapartum complications such as breech births.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Physiotherapy Placements

The physiotherapy department in our partner hospital admits a variety of cases, from everyday strains to severe burns. Alongside a team of local professionals, you’ll help to rehabilitate patients with neurological disorders like stroke and Bell’s palsy, and work-related injuries. In another, more modern partner hospital, you could get experience working with post-surgical patients and those needing respiratory therapy.

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Paramedic Science Electives

The hospital you’ll undertake your placement in was first established in 1550, making it the oldest in the city. Most of the city’s emergencies are routed to the A&E department here, so expect it to be busy. Most patients in the adult A&E are economically disadvantaged, and with that comes a lot of trauma resulting from manual labour. The paediatric A&E is less busy, but you will see a range of cases rushed into the stabilisation room before being referred to other specialist departments.

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Radiography Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Radiography Electives

It might surprise you to learn that a radiography placement at our partner hospital in Merida involves working with some of the most up-to-date machines and practises found anywhere. The majority of patients here are economically disadvantaged and present conditions far more advanced than you’re used to at home. This makes detecting and diagnosing cases all the more interesting. It’s also possible to get involved in radiotherapy, working with technologies like cobalt therapy and brachytherapy.

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Dentistry Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Dentistry Electives

Under the supervision of specialists in our partner hospital, you’ll observe and in some cases treat patients with all manner of conditions. Around 60% of people in the country show signs of periodontal disease, reflecting the general state of oral and dental health in the country. Many standard procedures like restorations and fillings are carried out here, however, due to a lack of information around oral hygiene, many patients present late. This means some cases will be far more severe than you’ve seen at home.

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The Work The World House

The Work the World house in Merida plays a big role in your overseas experience. It’s your home away from home. You’ll live with other healthcare students, which gives the house a welcoming social atmosphere.

The house is located in one of the city’s most popular suburban districts. The house has an open design, boasting beautiful modern architecture and an outdoor pool.

Living here, you’ll be in close proximity to Merida’s famous city centre with all the usual fare — mariachi bands playing in the public plazas, museums, and bars and restaurants in the evenings.

A short taxi ride gets you to a tropical beach upon which you can sip cocktails and look out into the Gulf of Mexico.

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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

Before your placement starts, you’ll head out (with our in-country team) on an informal visit to your placement hospital. Introducing you to key department staff and your supervisors, the team will help you get your bearings and settle in. Our team in Merida have a presence in the hospital too. They’ll visit you during your placement to make sure it’s living up to your expectations throughout.

We assign your in-hospital supervisors well before your placement commences. Show enthusiasm and they’ll give you insight into conditions and practices that only a local practitioner can.

In short, we fully support throughout your clinical placement if and when you need it.


What's included?

  • Supervised hospital placement
  • Private catered accommodation 
  • Dedicated placement coordinator
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Language lessons
  • Airport pickup

*Prices below are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

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Mexico Merida

£1390 £1540 £1690 £1840 £1990 £350


This week-long Spanish course is designed to help you get even more from your trip to Mexico. If you want  a more immersive experience — both in and out of your placement hospital — this course is for you. You'll start the week before your placement, enjoying all the benefits of living in the Work the World house. The lessons themselves are catered to your clinical discipline, but you’ll also learn useful day-to-day phrases in both one-to-one and group sessions.


"It has made me appreciate the healthcare in the UK more and I have improved many of my practical skills too!"

Alicia Munro, University of Southampton 2019

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"I started off in haematology and oncology in the high speciality hospital, which was really interesting."

Eloise Hamon, Cardiff University 2019

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"I will always remember was when I observed heart surgery on a five-day-old baby."

Fatou Jallow, King's College London 2019

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"I also spent one day in the emergency department where I was able to assist in suturing a wound"

Karian Annon, University of Manchester 2019

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"Things like drug shortages were a constant battle..."

Ian Bugg, University of Plymouth 2018

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