Female doctors in the Phillipines with their recent medical internship student.

Medical Internships in the Philippines

Learn directly from doctors in professional medical settings while experiencing life in the Philippines

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Join our medical internship in the Philippines and get the experience you need to launch a career in medicine. You’ll learn directly from doctors and nurses in hospitals or health centres in different departments. We’ll teach you about diagnosing and treating diseases that you wouldn’t see at home, like dengue fever. These experiences give you a deeper insight into a developing country’s medical practices and the healthcare challenges people face. 

You'll also gain practical experience during outreaches in rural areas. You'll do health checks and assist with distributing medication under supervision. These outreaches are important, as we work in areas with limited access to healthcare services. You’ll work under the supervision of a medical professional.

In the Philippines, you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. Socialise with other volunteers, explore natural wonders, and spend time with your host family.



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You should have completed at least one year of medical related studies or training.

Is a Medical internship in the Philippines right for me?

Are you planning to pursue a medical career? Looking to gain work experience in a professional medical setting? Then this is the internship for you. Use the experience to boost your CV and increase your practical medical knowledge. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes. You may learn something that can’t be found in any textbook back home! 

Let us know if you are interested in working in a specific department. We can tailor the programme around your requirements and interests.

In order to do a medical internship in the Philippines, you must have completed at least one year of medical-related studies or training. Our staff will ensure that the work you do is appropriate for your level of expertise.

You can join at any time throughout the year and stay for as little as one week. To get the most out of the experience, we recommend staying as long as possible. Staying for shorter periods also limits the number of departments you see, and the number of outreaches you work on.   

English is one of the official languages of the Philippines, so there isn’t much of a language barrier. The medical staff will be on hand to translate for you if a patient can’t speak English. Our own medical supervisor is also on hand at the hospital, should you need to speak to someone from Projects Abroad.

A doctor and Projects Abroad intern draw blood from a patient whilst on her medical internship in the Phillippines.

What will I do on this project?

You’ll work in a hospital and use your time to learn as much as possible from the doctors. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do at your medical placement in the Philippines:

  • Observe and assist doctors in a district hospital
  • Help out with a wide range of different cases at the City Health Office
  • Work at a Rural Health Unit which provides care to impoverished communities
  • Take part in medical outreach and health education programmes

Your work will be split in four main areas:

Observe and assist doctors in a district hospital

You’ll shadow and learn from doctors in a busy district hospital. Depending on your previous medical experience, you might be able to assist with medical procedures. This option is a great way to gain medical work experience in a range of different departments, like obstetrics or laboratory testing.

There will also be regular workshops where doctors will teach you about different diseases and techniques, such as Dengue fever or inserting an IV.

Help out with a wide range of different cases at the City Health Office

City Health Offices are government-run medical clinics that provide medical care to those who can’t afford more expensive private treatment. These centres offer a number of healthcare services, such as minor surgeries, maternity and child care, disease control, and family planning services.

The health office runs outreach sessions in the wider community, which you’ll join. During these outreaches, you’ll sit in on medical consultations, and observe other services such as eye and dental checks.

Work at a Rural Health Unit which provides care to impoverished communities

Rural Health Units (RHU) clinics are the only source of free healthcare for impoverished communities in rural towns. They are usually staffed by one doctor, a few nurses and midwives, and offer a wide range of services. You’ll observe, and if you have the necessary experience, you can assist with deliveries, immunisations, and assessments.

Take part in medical outreach and health education programmes

With changes in lifestyle and diets, non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure now represent up to 67% of deaths in the Philippines. A lack of education and resources make it difficult to combat these preventable diseases within the country.

As part of your outreach work, you will help raise awareness of diseases and share how people can live healthier lives. You’ll also promote good hygiene, which will help communities prevent infectious diseases.

Every month, we hold a monthly medical outreach camp, which provides healthcare services to those in disadvantaged areas. All of our medical interns attend and help out at the camp, working under supervision.

What types of medical placements in the Philippines are available?

Do you have an interest in a particular area of medicine? Or would you prefer to rotate through different specialties for a broader experience? Here are some of the departments available in our partner hospital:


  • Emergency Room
  • Delivery Room
  • Surgery
  • Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Dentistry
  • Consultation
  • Nutrition
  • Obstetrics


If you choose to work in the City Health Office or one of the Rural Health Units, you will still be exposed to a wide variety of different cases. Services include maternity and child care, control of specific diseases, and nutrition advice.

Interns are pictured learning about vital signs with a local doctor whilst on their medical internship in the Phillippines.

Where in the Philippines will I be working?

Depending on the placement you choose, you’ll either be working in Bogo City or the Municipality of San Remigio. These two locations are around 12 km apart, so it’s not far to travel between them if needed. They are situated on the far north of Cebu Island, which is surrounded by 167 smaller islands and islets to form Cebu Province.

Cebu offers some incredible activities for you to enjoy in your time off. White sandy beaches, scuba diving, hikes, and boat trips to the surrounding islands are just some of the options. Experience the local cuisine, visit some historical monuments and absorb the sights and smells of your temporary home.

Bogo City

There are three placement options in Bogo City. The district hospital is based here, as well as the City Health Office. You can also work one of the Rural Health Units. As the name suggests, they are based further away from the city centre.

Bogo City may be small, but it has all the conveniences you might need, like banks and ATMs, grocery stores, and numerous restaurants. There is also a bustling local market, some eye-catching monuments, and beautiful scenery.

San Remigio

If you’d like to work in one of the Rural Health Units, then San Remigio is another option. As you will be living with your host family in Bogo City, you will need to commute here via a motorised tricycle, similar to a rickshaw.

San Remigio has the longest coastline of any municipality in Cebu. You should definitely take advantage of this during your time off, whether it’s scuba diving or simply relaxing on the beach after your day at work.

Luchthaven transport, vluchten en visums

Na aankomst op de vooraf bepaalde luchthaven, zal een medewerker van Projects Abroad je persoonlijk opwachten. Meer informatie over de verschillende luchthavens, oriëntatie en visums kun je op onze Filippijnen

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A typical day on our medical internship in the Philippines

Your working hours are decided on a weekly basis. Most interns work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free. You also have the option to work night shifts. Typical working hours are from 8am - 12pm and then 1pm - 4pm. This internship has one of the longest shifts of all our medical programmes. It’s a great opportunity to get as much experience as possible.

On any given day, you’ll enjoy breakfast with your host family before travelling to your work placement. Your daily tasks will vary according to the placement you choose. It will mainly be observational work, learning from the staff you are shadowing. Depending on your experience, you may be given more practical work. This is at the discretion of local medical staff.

You have a medical supervisor for the duration of your placement. They oversee your work, assign you tasks, and assist with any issues you might have.

On top of your hospital rotation, you’ll work together with our Public Health interns on a number of activities. These include medical outreach camps and educational workshops. You will learn new skills such as newborn screening and vital check training. You’ll also work on outreach campaigns focusing on issues such as Dengue eradication.

Once you’re done for the day, take the chance to explore your surroundings. Go out for dinner with your fellow interns, spend time getting to know your host family, or take part in our regular social events. Join local staff and interns for karaoke nights, dance classes, and more.

A female Projects Abroad intern during an outreach is taking blood sugar levels of various patients whilst on her medical internship in the Phillippines.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to provide our interns with a solid educational experience, learning about healthcare practice in a developing country.

You will also work to benefit the local community by supporting the work of medical staff during outreaches. Many Filipinos die from entirely preventable diseases resulting from poor hygiene, diet, or lifestyle. In addition, those with financial constraints often cannot access the treatment they need.

The country is also burdened by infectious diseases due to poor hygiene standards and a lack of proper sanitation. Through awareness campaigns in the local community, we work to improve hygiene standards. Our Building Project is also helping to tackle this issue by constructing toilets.

One of the most common health issues in the Philippines is Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. This tropical disease is spread by mosquitoes. Part of your outreach work will involve preventing the spread of disease by destroying mosquito breeding grounds. You’ll also get involved in raising awareness among the population about prevention methods and the importance of treatment.

In order to improve the overall standard of health and wellbeing amongst the local population, we aim to:

  • Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases
  • Improve the quality of treatment for those with disabilities
  • Improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients

By targeting these areas of need at your placement, you will contribute towards long-term change, while also gaining valuable medical work experience in the Philippines.

Interns pictured working together with local doctors during their medical internship in the Phillippines with Projects Abroad.

Management plans

We hebben onze doelen en belangen van onze projecten uitgeschreven in onze Management Plans. Op deze manier kunnen we uitgebreid plannen welk werk moet gebeuren op elk project. Het helpt ook om het werk te meten en te evalueren wat we elk jaar bereikt hebben.

Het is uiteindelijk de bedoeling dat onze Management Plans de projecten effectiever maken. Je gaat daardoor deel uitmaken van een duurzaam project dat impact heeft waar het echt nodig is. Lees meer over onze Management Plans.

Onze impact

Onze projecten zijn opgesteld voor de lange termijn, en er worden elk jaar specifieke doelen vooropgesteld. Elke vrijwilliger en stagiaire helpt met het behalen van deze doelstellingen, hoe lang ze ook helpen op onze projecten.

Elk jaar evalueren we de voortgang in het behalen van de doelstellingen. Daarom hebben we een Global Impact Report opgesteld waar we al onze verwezenlijkingen verzamelen. Kom meer te weten over de impact die onze internationale groep vrijwilligers, stagiaires en staff hebben gemaakt en lees het laatste nieuwe rapport.

Maaltijden en accommodatie

Je gaat bij een gastgezin verblijven in Bogo City. Zij verwelkomen je met open armen in hun huis en delen graag de lokale gewoontes en cultuur met je. Dit is de beste manier om jezelf volledig onder te dompelen in de cultuur van de Filippijnen en een unieke ervaring te beleven.

We proberen ervoor te zorgen dat je met minstens een andere Projects Abroad vrijwilliger of stagiaire verblijft bij het lokale gastgezin. Jouw kamer is bescheiden maar comfortabel, proper en veilig.

Jouw kamer is bescheiden maar comfortabel, proper en veilig.

De kostprijs van het project is inclusief drie maaltijden per dag.

Lees meer over onze accommodatie.

Weekend en vrijetijdsactiviteiten

De Filippijnen bestaat uit meer dan 7000 eilanden, dus je zult zonder twijfel stranden vinden waar je ontspanning kunt vinden tussen het vrijwilligerswerk door. Er zijn nog heleboel andere activiteiten die je kunt doen tijdens jouw verblijf in de Filippijnen.

Als je zo dichtbij de zee verblijft, is het gemakkelijk om dagelijks te snorkelen, strand volleyball te spelen of te ontspannen op het strand vlak voor zonsondergang.

Cebu heeft een rijke geschiedenis, die je kunt leren kennen in het Fort San Pedro en Magellan's Cross. De stad kent ook verschillende traditionele Carbon marktjes die je niet mag vergeten te bezoeken.

Je kunt de Spaanse invloeden merken tijdens de fiestas en straat parades. Doe je vrijwilligerswerk in eind januari, dan ga je zelfs het bekende Sinulog Festival kunnen beleven, een negendaagse Mardi Gras-geïnspireerd feest.

Verschillende vrijwilligers nemen het hele jaar door deel aan onze projecten op het eiland, de kans is groot dat je samen gaat werken met andere vrijwilligers. Je kunt er samen op uit gaan of je kunt het eiland ook op je eentje verkennen.

Veiligheid en ondersteuning

Jouw veiligheid heeft onze hoogste prioriteit. We hebben verschillende procedures opgezet zodat jouw ervaring in het buitenland zorgeloos en veilig verloopt. Onze Projects Abroad staff is 24/7 beschikbaar, zowel door de week als tijdens het weekend, om je te ondersteunen en begeleiden. Zij zorgen ervoor dat jij je altijd veilig en comfortabel voelt. Mocht je ergens tegenaan lopen, dan zijn ze altijd beschikbaar om je te helpen.


Lees meer over veiligheid en ondersteuning.

Bij jouw inschrijving vragen we een aanbetaling te doen van slechts €295, wat wordt afgetrokken van de totaalprijs.

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