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Remote Island Medicine Internships in the Philippines

Compromised of over 7,100 islands in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an archipelago filled with natural beauty and rich culture. Along with its rich biodiversity, white sandy beaches, mountain ranges, and tropical rainforests, the country’s colorful history is filled with a unique blend of cultures. Known for their warm hospitality and contagious smiles, Filipinos truly make the Philippines a very special country to visit.

In the Philippines, the majority of citizens are covered under the Philippine Heath Insurance Corporation. However, since the out-of-pocket payment is so high, there are many people who lack access to public health care. In many remote, hard-to-reach islands, otherwise known as geographically isolated disadvantaged areas (GIDA), hospitals and health care clinics lack infrastructure and investment, as well as supplies and personnel.


For the first two weeks, participants will stay in a hotel or dorm-style lodging in Manila. For the remaining three weeks, participants live with homestay families in identified remote island sites in Quezon and Romblon provinces. Homestay families are chosen and screened by the CFHI Local Coordinator. Please note that the accommodations do not include facilities like air conditioning, internet, telephones, mineral water, and hot water baths. Homestays provide a unique opportunity to learn about local culture on a daily basis in an informal setting. UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging.


Two meals a day are included on this program.

Excursions and Day Trips

Short excursions and day trips will be included during orientation week.

Orientation Week Sample Schedule

  • Welcome dinner and cultural show
  • Lecture about Filipino history and culture
  • Manila city tour, focusing on socio-economic realities of Philippines
  • Guided museum tours
  • Community service project
  • 3-day (2 night) field trip to Bagui, Banaue and the villages of Ifugao- traditional villages, spiritual healers and rice terraces

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Manila, Quezon and Romblon, Philippines

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. Home to over a million inhabitants, Manila is arguably one of the most densely populated city in the world. It is located on the eastern shore of the Manila Bay and one of the sixteen cities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region of the Philippines, whose overall population is estimated at 12 million.

Polillo and Alabat are two major islands that make up the Quezon Province, located southeast of Metro Manila. Polillo Island is on the northeastern side of Quezon and is marked by rugged terrain and rich biodiversity. Alabat is a smaller island located between the Pacific Ocean and Lamon Bay. It is known as "paradise island" in the Pacific because of its fishing grounds, fertile soil, and wide plains.

Romblon is a province composed of 17 municipalities scattered across seven islands on the Sibuyan Sea, located in the geographic center of the Philippines. It has three main islands: Tablas, Romblon and Sibuyan, and four island municipalities: Banton, Concepcion, Corcuera and San Jose. It is rich in mineral resources and boasts of lush vegetation and numerous white sand beaches.

Philippine Currency: Philippine peso
Language Spoken: Filipino and English are the official languages (out of 120-175 languages spoken)

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