Electives in Iloilo

Nursing Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Nursing Electives

Nurses run the wards in Iloilo, leaving patients’ families responsible for tasks like washing and feeding. Nurses are free to engage in more clinical responsibilities. In fact, this placement has a highly clinical focus and you’ll get a considerable amount of experience. The outpatient department looks after areas including everything from paediatric care to the treatment of rabies. There is also an animal bites clinic in which you can get unique experience, helping you to develop an entirely new skillset. Please not that we cater for all branches of nursing.

+ More Nursing Electives
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.

+ More Medical Electives
Midwifery Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Midwifery Electives

As a midwifery student, the experience you can expect from a placement in Iloilo is wide-ranging. One of the government hospitals with which we’re partnered sees up to 40 births each day. You can rotate through the OBG ward, OBG emergency, the milk bank, antenatal clinic, and of course the delivery room, which will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the differences between the birthing procedures at home and in the Philippines.


+ More Midwifery Electives
Physiotherapy Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Physiotherapy Electives

As a physiotherapy student, you’ll enjoy a structured placement in a one-on-one style. On this placement you’ll observe and help to treat conditions such as Bell’s palsy and cerebral palsy, varying degrees of burns, and trauma related injuries. Much of the department’s equipment is handmade, but perfectly functional. You’ll use this equipment to help rehabilitate patients. But there are also TENS, ES and US machines. Paraffin therapy is also used on occasion.


+ More Physiotherapy Electives

Paramedic Science Electives

Your paramedic science elective in Iloilo takes place in the largest government tertiary referral hospital on Panay Island. The hospital is recognised as one of the government’s centres of excellence. Emergency services here are housed in one central complex with separate areas for triage, resuscitation, internal medicine, trauma, ENT ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and paediatrics. In this busy department, you’ll see cases of everything from tropical diseases like dengue fever, right the way through to stab wounds.

+ More Paramedic Science Electives
Radiography Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Radiography Electives

In a busy radiography unit, you’ll spend time alongside specialists who use techniques that will be largely unfamiliar to you. For example, the department has three X-ray machines, but they all use film rather than digital technology. This means you’ll use the hospital’s darkroom to develop the images using much older practices. You’ll see orthopaedic patients, patients from internal medicine, cardio patients with pulmonary diseases (resulting from the high number of tobacco users in the country), and more. As far as radiology goes, there are two ECG machines, two-dimensional echo machines, and an array of other diagnostic imaging tools.

+ More Radiography Electives
Pharmacy Electives, Philippines (Iloilo)

Pharmacy Electives

Students who choose to practice pharmacy in Iloilo will be rewarded with insight into a unique system completely different from their own. This is a specialised placement on which you’ll have the chance to rotate through five separate departmental pharmacies, gaining practical experience in each. 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 and more.

+ More Pharmacy Electives

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.

Read more about our accommodation

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 your experience is living up to your expectations.

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.

philippines electives


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.

Destinations 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Extra Week

The Philippines Iloilo

£1390 £1540 £1690 £1840 £1990 £350


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. First you’ll meet the tribe’s chief and undergo a village orientation. 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.


Fielder, Ryan
BPC - Paras	Alizadeh

"I got to use equipment which appeared to be very outdated and sparse in some areas of the hospital."

Koren Harper, Anglia Ruskin University 2019

Read more

"One thing I found challenging was the lack of use of local anaesthetic before spinal anaesthesia."

Saachi Chhaya, University of Nottingham 2019

Read more

"Mixing with like-minded individuals, of all ages and specialties from all over the world - it was 100% worth every penny spent."

Emma Cook, University of Nottingham 2018

Read more

"One of the highlights for me was completing a 24-hour duty shift. It was eye-opening."

Keziah Element, University of Nottingham 2018

Read more

"...we weren’t there to change anything — we just had to respect the way in which they chose to do things."

Hannah Glayzer, Teeside University 2018

Read more