Electives in Arequipa

Nursing Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Nursing Electives

Interested in nursing in Arequipa? Do your placement here and you can rotate through areas like surgery, paediatrics, trauma and general medicine. You can choose from plenty of other departments too, so get in touch to find out your options. While you’re on placement, you’ll see patients from some of Peru’s most economically disadvantaged areas. A lot of these areas have poor sanitary conditions, so infectious diseases like TB thrive. If you’re interested in emergency, the critical observation room in one of our partner hospital’s A&E departments is worth spending time in. You can also get experience in the largest oncology department in Southern Peru!

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Medical Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Medical Electives

On a medical elective in Peru, you'll see that disorders and infections 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

You can split your experience with midwifery in Arequipa between community clinics and main hospitals. In the smaller community clinics, you’ll see how local staff (with limited resources) handle things like foetal monitoring, dilation control, psychoprophylaxis, puerperium care, prenatal care, maternity planning, neonatology, and normal deliveries. The community clinics only deliver primary care, so anything more complicated will be referred to the bigger hospitals. In the bigger hospitals, you can get real experience with complicated births, like breech babies, eclampsia and preeclampsia. You can also spend time in observing both emergency and planned C-sections.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Physiotherapy Placements

As a physiotherapy student in Arequipa, you have opportunities that you can’t get in some of our other destinations. For one, Our partner hospital has the largest oncology department in Southern Peru. For you, that means getting involved in cancer patients’ post-chemotherapy recovery treatments. You might also be able to go into paeds and surgery. Here you can help patients with breathing difficulties, or help keep them moving if they’ve been still for too long. You’ll see cases of Bell’s palsy, post-surgical rehabilitation, chronic back conditions, stroke, ruptured ACL, and contractures.

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Paramedic Science Electives

See how disorders arising from poor sanitation and cases of cross contamination come about on your overseas paramedic science placement in Peru. The A&E in our partner hospital is a main inlet for patients in some of the most economically disadvantaged areas of the city. Following triage, patients are allocated into one of five emergency areas. OBG, surgery, paediatrics, trauma, general medicine, and the critical observation room. You’ll see cases of domestic abuse, assault, suicide attempts, and tuberculosis.

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Radiography Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Radiography Electives

Radiography students who choose a placement in Arequipa will help scan and diagnose a wide range of conditions — broken bones and fractures from trauma, tumours, lung disorders associated with local climate and an ageing population. In the oncology department you’ll see breast cancer, skin cancers, and cancers that are less typical in the UK. Cervical cancer is the most common in Peru and has a high mortality rate. You can experience a full radiotherapy rotation here, learning about the radiography department’s cobalt machine, brachytherapy, radiotherapy, and even chemotherapy and surgery if you’re interested.

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Pharmacy Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Pharmacy Electives

Pharmacy students who choose Arequipa can get experience in a massive range of areas. Starting in the main dispensary, you’ll see how the department handles an enormous number of inpatients (up to 600 prescriptions a day). You can then move to OBG and A&E, and dispensaries in internal medicine, oncology and surgery to get a better understanding of how the pharmacy system works throughout the hospital. The oncology department does its own reconstitution and sterilisation of cytotoxic drugs, so you’ll see this in person. If you’re interested, you can go on ward rounds to learn how doctors put together patients’ medication plans.

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Dentistry Electives, Peru (Arequipa)

Dentistry Electives

On a dentistry placement here, you’ll spend time in one of the city’s ‘Micro Redes’ clinics. The clinics are the frontline of the government’s dental care programme in the absence of local dental surgeries. The clinics are well equipped by local standards. For example, you could get to grips with X-ray machines and ultrasound cleaners, but this equipment is normally outdated compared to what you’re used to in the UK. You’ll get experience with plenty of cases like cavities, misaligned teeth, and severe decay. Treatment-wise, you’ll see how local dentists approach things like fluoridation, prophylaxis, endodontics, and healing treatments.

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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 to ensure everything is running smoothly. 

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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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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