In the recent years, the Agape Rural Program has expanded its program to accommodate local and foreign students, for Medical Electives. This is in response to the need of medical students to have an opportunity to have hands- on experience on holistic community based health program and the Health Care Delivery System of the Philippines.

The program is 3 to 4 weeks inclusive of hospital and community exposure to provide an avenue for medical students to learn the principles of holistic patient care and community based health projects currently being implemented by Agape Rural Health Program in the province of Palawan. The medical electives will also be introduced to one of ARP’s distinctive, the spiritual and physical integrated approach to health care. It affirms its core value that unless individuals and communities are transformed from within, true transformation cannot take place.

General Objective
     The medical elective program of the ARP seeks to provide a venue for medical elective students to learn holistic patient care and community based health and development program, where patients and the community become partners and managers of their health care.

Specific Objectives:

      1. Learn about the concept of holistic community based health program.
      2. Learn good character values for total patient care.
      3. Study the prevention, control and management of tropical and common diseases in the province.
      4. Learn about community based malaria control.
      5. Learn about Private-Public mix Directly Observed Short course for Tuberculosis Treatment as an effective strategy for TB Control.
      6. Enhance clinical knowledge and skills.
      7. Experience/Observe the local ways and cultures of people/patients and how these affect their concept of health and illness and well-being.
      8. Compare the health care delivery system, approaches to health and medical care of the Philippines with their country of origin for foreign students.
      9. Help implement community health projects.
      10. Establish and sustain professional relationship with local counterparts/colleagues and the community people.

Med Elective Application Form


  • Applications for electives will be accepted at least three months prior to your requested elective date. All applications will be considered on individual basis. ARP has a standing policy of accepting at least two more medical students per elective dates.
  • Upon the start of the program, the medical student will sign a waiver of liability.
  • The medical student shall pay/ deposit the full amount one month prior to the elective date. (An official receipt shall be issued upon payment. No refund of fees will be granted in the event of failure to complete an elective period once the elective has commenced.)
  •          USD$ 2,000 4 weeks
             USD$ 2,300 6 weeks

  • Community Integration: There will be several sites for community immersion.
    • The medical students will be endorsed to the municipal health officers of different areas to observe the municipal/rural health care system. -The students will visit different communities. They will observe and experience the local ways and cultures of people/ patients and how these affect their concept of health and well-being. They will have an opportunity to see and examine patients (hands-on experience) during their community exposure.
    • The students will be under the supervision of the training coordinator and staff volunteer in charged for the community exposure.
  • Hospital Rotation: Medical students will be on duty from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. They are not allowed to go outside hospital premises while on rotation. Should there be any need, they should inform the medical officer in charged of their whereabouts.
  • Medical elective student will be supervised by the training coordinator, staff volunteer, medical officer in charged. Any concerns should be coordinated to the Training Department.
  • Write-ups About ARP medical elective exposure. All write-ups should have permission and a copy of the paper must be provided to the Agape Rural Program prior to publication.
  • Vaccination Requirements: Hepatitis A&B, Tetanus Toxoid, Anti-Rabies, AHINI Vaccine, AFlu, Vacirella, booster of MMR.
  • Medical student must take malaria prophylaxis one week before arrival in the Philippines based on recent clinical guidelines.
  • Each student must have his/her own medical and travel insurance. A scanned copy of the insurance shall be submitted via email prior to arrival.
  • The students should deposit the elective payment in ARP bank account. The bank details are as follows;

         Agape Rural (Health) Program Inc.
         Bank of the Philippine Island
         12th Floor BPI Building
         Paseo Wing, Ayala Avenue
         Makati City, Philippines
         Dollar Account Number: 8874-0049-37
         Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Other Costs to be arranged by the Medical Student

Airfare: Manila – Puerto Princesa $70.00 Depending on available cheap fare
Airfare: Puerto Princesa – Manila $70.00 Depending on available cheap fare
Meals per Student $7 – $10 a day Depending on student’s Food preference



  • Management in Diarrhea, Mal-Nutrition, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Diabetes, Hypertension, etc,.


  • Flexibility (e.g. changes of schedules)
  • Adjustment to the culture and environment.
  • Learn to adjust to the simplicity (e.g. amenities) of the community.
  • Learn to work with the team.
  • It would be good to learn a few Tagalog words.


  • Required vaccinations: Hepatitis A&B, anti-rabies, Tetanus Toxiod, aFlu, Varicella, AHINI Vaccine, booster of MMR.
  • Must be able to adjust to the heat/ weather.
  • Ability to hike mountains.
  • Should know how to swim.



  • Running or comfortable shoes. ( Useful in the community and for hiking.)
  • Lightweight T-shirts/blouse/polo and pants.
  • 1 pc towel
  • 1 swimming wear ( not bikini)
  • Flip flops/ slippers
  • Light (sheet) sleeping bag.
  • Mosquito Net
  • Torch/ Flashlight
  • Insect repellant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal Toiletries


  • BP cuff/ apparatus
  • Stethoscope
  • Face Mask
  • Opthascope ( if available)
  • 2 pairs of surgical scrubs
  • OR slippers/ footwear
  • Penlight

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