Electives in Arequipa

Nursing Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Nursing Electives

Nursing in Arequipa will prove to be an enlightening experience. Specialist areas like paediatric, adult, and mental health nursing don’t really exist in the strictest sense, as 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. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.


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Medical Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Medical Electives

In Arequipa, infections and disorders arising from poor sanitation, cases of cross contamination and tuberculosis are common. Key hospital areas you can gain experience in include — but are not limited to — surgery, paediatrics, trauma and general medicine. Spending time in the A&E department’s critical observation room is also worthwhile. The hospital is home to the largest oncology department in Southern Peru, housing one of the country’s only two brachytherapy units. For those interested in surgery, procedures like gall bladder removals and hernia operations are abundant.

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Midwifery Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Midwifery Electives

Midwifery in Arequipa is entirely different to what you’ll be used to in the UK. Some things will challenge even your most fundamental understandings around best practice. For example, there is no pain relief for women in labour, the vast majority of mothers don’t receive postnatal care, and caesareans are more common than they’re not. Preeclampsia and premature births are also common for many as a result of the stresses of living in such difficult conditions. The teams of professional midwives with whom you will spend time are incredibly dedicated. If you show enthusiasm, they’ll welcome you in and present you with opportunities that will enhance your experience.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Physiotherapy Placements

Physiotherapy students in Arequipa will experience a 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 could get involved in cancer patients’ post-chemotherapy recovery treatments.


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Paramedic Science Electives

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. The hospital 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 paediatric science patients.

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Radiography Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Radiography Electives

Radiography students in Arequipa have the opportunity to spend time in the oldest radiography department in the whole of Peru. Here you’ll get involved in taking, and analysing X-ray using fascinating film and darkroom methods, spend time with specialists from a range of disciplines in the oncology department (the largest in Southern Peru) to help spot and diagnose cancers, and much more.


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Pharmacy Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Pharmacy Electives

Pharmacy students who choose Arequipa will have an exceptional placement. For example, the hospital’s oncology department makes its own chemotherapy medicine. You’ll even get involved in this process yourself. You can also go on ward rounds and spend time in the dispensary, OBG, and A&E to get a clear understanding of how the pharmacy system works throughout the hospital.


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Dentistry Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Dentistry Electives

A group of expert dentists staff our partner clinics. The team primarily performs remedial care, but you’ll see the rise of preventative procedures firsthand. The clinics in which you’ll do 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

Living in the Work the World house — your home from home — will be a big part of your experience in Arequipa. Other healthcare students from all over the world will live with you, giving the house a friendly and social atmosphere.

The Arequipa house is centrally located, close to the best bar and restaurant district in the city.

The house itself has a laid-back vibe, and as Arequipa enjoys 300 days of sunshine per-year, you and your housemates will spend plenty of time on the roof terrace (from which you can see the Arequipa’s snow-capped volcanoes).

Nearby, you can relax in 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 team over in Arequipa will take you to your hospital before your placement starts. You’ll take a tour of the grounds, and the team will introduce you to department staff and your supervisors. Our Arequipa team will still come to visit you in the hospital after your placement starts. This is just to make sure the placement lives up to your expectations.

We make sure you have specific supervisors in the hospital too. Develop a rapport with them and they’ll impart upon you their understanding of the local healthcare system — something you can only glean from a local practitioner.

The key point is that we offer you support, as and when you need it, throughout your clinical placement.

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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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Our one-week Intensive Spanish Course (ISC) has been specifically designed to help you prepare for your placement in Peru. If you don't already speak Spanish at a conversational level, this programme will bring you up to speed. You'll enjoy 30 hours of small group lessons crafted with healthcare students in mind. The course includes two days focusing on medical history-taking, and specifics around other departments you'll be spending time in. We have worked with the local language school for a number of years and they tailor the course specifically for our students. Book this course today to add another string to your bow, gaining the confidence you need to enrich your elective in Peru.


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"Treatment was heavily based on electrotherapy, manual therapy and exercise prescription."

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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"The differences in practice I saw in Peru were more than you could even start to imagine."

Madeleine Bonella, University of East Anglia 2018

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"The economic burden had an enormous impact on the local healthcare system’s availability to deliver the 'gold standard' care I was used to seeing in the UK."

Cody Thorndyke, University of East Anglia 2018

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"Work the World’s Intensive Spanish Course really helped to improve my medical Spanish."

Yara van Dijk, 2018

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