This stunning archipelago is synonymous with white-sand beaches that grade into turquoise waters, pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life, and street food that fills the air with sweet and spicy perfumes. That’s not to mention the lush rainforests, indigenous tribes… the list goes on.

The Work The World House

The Work the World house is the central hub of your experience in Iloilo. It acts as your home away from home. The house has a social atmosphere thanks to all the other healthcare students from around the world with whom you’ll live.

Our house is located centrally in one of the best spots in the city, near to all the best restaurants, shopping centres, outdoor pools, markets, street food vendors, karaoke bars…. The list goes on.

Jump in a jeepney (local public transport) and you can head to the port to catch boats to some of the best beaches in the archipelago. If you’re after a pool, there are boutique resorts nearby that will grant you access.

The house itself is spacious, welcoming, and decorated with traditional Filipino crafts for an authentic experience.

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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 in Iloilo will take you to visit your placement hospital before your placement actually begins. You’ll meet department staff and your supervisors, and take a tour to help you get your bearings. The Iloilo team also visit you throughout your placement. They are known in the hospital and will stop by to make sure everything is running smoothly.

You will know who your supervisors are before your placement starts. And once it does, build a relationship with them and they’ll give you insight into unfamiliar conditions and practices that only a local practitioner can.

We offer support all the way through your clinical placement as and when you need it. We’ve got everything covered.

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Electives in Iloilo

Nursing Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Nursing Electives

This placement has a highly clinical focus and you’ll get a considerable amount of experience. Nurses in the outpatient department looks after areas including everything from paediatric care to the treatment of rabies. You can also spend time in the animal bites clinic, helping patients with everything from dog to snake bites. You’ll see conditions that are unfamiliar to you, but typical of the Philippines — clubfoot for example, and tropical diseases like dengue fever. You can get some experience in anaesthesiology, and in A&E, seeing patients present with conditions like respiratory failure, acute gastroenteritis, burns, rabies, hernias, and hyperglycemia.

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Medical Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Medical Electives

In Iloilo, you’ll see unfamiliar conditions like tuberculosis, clubfoot, and maybe even the occasional rooster bite. The local population tends toward a high-sugar diet, meaning cases of hypertension and cardiac arrest are much more common than in the UK. In A&E, you could see patients with respiratory failure, gastroenteritis, burns, rabies, hernias, and hyperglycemia. In internal medicine, you can observe conditions like acute pancreatitis, stroke, and diabetic ketoacidosis, and how these conditions are treated in an under-resourced clinical setting. If you're looking for a medical elective in the Philippines, Iloilo is an excellent choice.

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Midwifery Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Midwifery Electives

You can get fantastic experience in Iloilo as a midwifery student. You can rotate through the OBG ward, OBG emergency, the milk bank, the antenatal clinic, NICU, Labour… you have plenty of options. The delivery room is where you’ll see the most obvious differences between birthing procedures at home and in the Philippines. Episiotomies are much more common in the Philippines than they are in the UK, and applying fundal pressure is still common practise. You might want to spend some time in the hospital’s program for young parents too. This is a recent initiative to provide support during pregnancy to vulnerable girls and women between the ages of 12 and 19.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Physiotherapy Placements

As a physiotherapy student in Iloilo, you’ll see conditions you might never see in the UK, like Bell’s palsy and clubfoot. You’ll also see more common conditions like burns, and trauma related injuries. One of the biggest differences between the UK and the Philippines is the difference in practise. One example is that local physios tend to use TENS, ES and US machines for cases that you might not use them for in the UK. You’ll see a number of neuro cases too, like cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, and help rehabilitate post-traumatic brain surgery patients.


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Paramedic Science Electives

On your paramedic science elective in Iloilo, you’ll spend time in A&E, OBG emergency, and surgery. The A&E is the general emergency room for the whole island. You’ll see a difference in both practise and resource, like manual intubation and a lack of anaesthesia. Patients present later than you’ll be used to, and family members undertake a surprising amount of patient care — bagging for example. When it comes to cases, you’ll see things like respiratory failure, gastroenteritis, burns, rabies, hernias, and hyperglycemia.

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Radiography Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Radiography Electives

Do your elective in Iloilo and we’ll place you in a busy radiography unit. Depending on your previous experience and enthusiasm, you could help with things like inserting IV lines, injecting contrast dye, helping perform fluoroscopic procedures, and observing T-tube cholangiograms. You’ll see plenty of different patients from orthopaedics, internal medicine, and cardio patients with pulmonary diseases (there’s a high number of tobacco smokers in Iloilo). A&E is just next door and they send a number of patients to the X-ray department, so you can expect a lot of trauma cases too. One big difference you’ll notice right away is that while patients conditions are similar to the UK, they’re often much more severe.

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Pharmacy Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Pharmacy Placements

On a pharmacy placement in Iloilo, you’ll rotate through six different outlets. There are satellite pharmacies in A&E, the OR, neonatal, OBG, and what’s known as ‘the drive-thru’. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to observe in theatre, in OBG and antenatal departments to understand how medicines are dispensed in such a low resource setting. If you’re interested in learning how conditions like leptospirosis and malaria are medicated, and about how medication plans are generated more generally, you can also go on ward rounds with local doctors.

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In addition to your main placement in Iloilo, spending a week on an island with the Ati tribe is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This experience is all about immersion. You'll live with a local village family and even meet some of the village elders. Then, in the mornings, you'll be based at a local health clinic & district hospital learning how to treat all manner of illnesses with extremely limited resources. Your afternoons are free and you’ll enjoy activities like learning weaving, handicrafts and herbal medicines, island hopping around the coast, and playing traditional Filipino games. The barbecue and traditional dancing at the end of your stay is the perfect end to the placement.


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"Every single staff member made me feel welcome and valuable."

Katie Hoskins, University of Gloucestershire 2020

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"I was amazed at how much the doctors, nurses and midwives could do with the limited resources."

Leticia Romero Barrios, Middlesex University 2020

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"We spent our time island hopping and visiting the caves and surrounding beaches."

Jade Matthews, Teesside University 2019

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"I saw quite a few abdomen ultrasounds done to check for metastases."

Samantha Chan, City University London 2019

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"Local staff taught me about their exposure techniques and why they use a higher kVp."

Tunmise Eso, University of Hertfordshire 2019

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