Arequipa and beyond

  • Arequipa is… “A city of music and dancing — built from white stone, Arequipa is besieged by three volcanoes in the middle of the Peruvian Andes.”
  • Trek along the misty Inca Trail to reach the ruined citadel of Machu Picchu, with breathtaking vistas at the top
  • Trek through the Amazon, go white-water rafting, climb a dormant volcano, and visit the floating villages
  • Arequipeños have a rich cultural and traditional heritage and will quickly warm to you
  • Intensive Spanish Week: Spend a week brushing up on your Spanish skills with a focus on clinical words and phrases to  help you get the most from your experience
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The Arequipa house is located in a residential neighbourhood, 20 minutes from Arequipa's main tourism hub. This house has a peaceful vibe, and has plenty of space to relax; from the rooftop terrace where you can catch glimpses of the stunning volcanoes that loom over the city, to the sun room on the first floor where you can socialise with new friends. With an average of 300 days of sunshine every year, you will find yourself as much outside as inside.

Your Programme Manager and their assistant run the house and will provide 24/7 support. You’ll also have a housekeeper, a chef who’ll cook you two incredible meals every day (the weekly BBQ night is a lot of fun), and a language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week.

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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 working in. We have worked with the local language school for a number of years and they tailor the course specifically for our students. To add another string to your bow, book this course today and gain the confidence you need to experience a placement that is the perfect complement to your elective in Peru.


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Electives in Peru - Arequipa

"I saw, first hand, the lengths some patients went to to avoid conventional medical treatments, and instead persist with traditional herbal remedies."

Mia Fallon, Monash University 2018

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"All of the doctors I saw were amazing, and on a number of occasions I was blown away by their resourcefulness, as well as the fortitude of the patients."

Andrew McKinlay, University of Queensland 2018

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"Thank you, Work the World, for providing such an eye-opening, well-organised trip."

Fiona Ducksbury, University of Central Lancashire 2018

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"My placement in Peru was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I would go back to do it all in a heartbeat!"

Gigi Lee, Queen's University, Belfast 2018

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"There was no CT scanner, and when I opened up conversation about funding, they noted that it was quite limited."

Jason Brook, Teesside University 2017

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