A fresh perspective:

Sharpening your pharmacy skills in a low-resource environment will fundamentally alter your understanding of healthcare. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a student looking for some unique experience, or a professional who wants something on your resume that will help you to stand out. After a placement with Work the World you’ll be highly prepared for anything that education or your career can throw at you.

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YOUR internship, CUSTOM MADE

‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Advise us which elements of pharmacy pique your interest and we’ll craft an entirely bespoke experience for you down to the smallest detail. It’s important to realize that these are not standardized pharmacy volunteer opportunities, they’re highly customized internships designed to meet your individual needs. Our Internship Experts will organize your hospital placement, manage your visa application, assign you to suitable supervisors, and much more. Our experts are also responsible for our overseas operations too, meaning there’s no one better prepared to oversee your placement.

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With the assistance of your supervisors you’ll enjoy a completely novel experience of pharmacy in a low resource setting. The procedures in place that deal with creating and administering drugs in the developing world are enormously different from those you’ll have experience with back home. You’ll immediately notice the impact of the lack of financial resources. A tangible example of this would be extremely limited access to modern laboratory equipment. As a result pharmaceutical professionals have had to modify their approaches in order to serve patients effectively. As a pharmacist, volunteer opportunities abroad are a dime a dozen. Instead, give yourself the credit you deserve and come away on a fully tailored internship with Work the World.

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Our committed ground teams will deliver 24-hour support for seven days a week from within our private, security guarded, fully catered student housing. These houses are reserved exclusively for the use of those who travel with Work the World. You’ll also get access to MyTrip, our online internship tracking center. We specialize in pharmacy internships abroad, so you can rest assured there’s no one better qualified to deliver you the experience of a lifetime. The opportunity to go on a pharmacy internship doesn’t come around often, so make this one count.

pharmacy placements abroad

Pharmacy internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

Cambodia - Phnom Penh

The colorful and lively city of Phnom Penh boasts ancient temples, grand palaces, fragrant street food, and markets brimming with brands. Discover tropical islands and crystal clear seas off the coast, or trek into the mountains to find sun bears, leopards and elephants. A Pharmacy internship here will open your eyes to the realities of developing health care in a way that staying at home simply couldn’t. Working in dispensaries and grappling with a range of potentially unfamiliar prescriptions will stretch both your personal and professional skills. 

Monk in Angkor Wat Cambodia. Ta Prohm Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest
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Philippines - Iloilo

Although its many bars and restaurants lend a modernizing feel to the city, Iloilo is a tropical haven. Join in on a local festivals, visit the white beaches of Boracay for a full moon party, and visit Guimeras island to get a feel for traditional Filipino life. Demonstrate enthusiasm on a pharmacy internship here and you could be rotating through 6 outlets, including satellite pharmacies in emergency, neonatal, the operating room, and OBG. Spend time in any of these and you’ll witness firsthand the everyday challenges pharmacists face in the developing world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete sits between tropical jungle on one side and turquoise sea on the other. Meander along the boulevard and watch sailing boats glide past, unwind on white, tropical beaches, and swim with tropical marine life like giant turtles and whale sharks. On a pharmacy internship here you could be working in a busy pharmacy that services all departments in our partner hospital. You’ll witness the creativity and resourcefulness of local staff as they organize hundreds of both common and uncommon prescriptions daily, with very limited resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dumaguete, click here.

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Peru - Arequipa

Arequipa is a colourful and flourishing city, surrounded by some of the world’s most iconic natural beauty. Lake Titicaca’s floating villages, Machu Picchu, and Colca Canyon leave adventurers spoilt for choice! Your internship here will see you rotating through satellite pharmacies which serve departments such as Internal Medicine and Surgery. The hospital also boasts one of the largest Oncology departments in the country, giving you the chance to assist in the sterile 'clean room' where chemotherapy medications are manufactured and prepared for administration. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Ancient temples and pagodas are dotted around peaceful Pokhara. With the Himalayas in view, the city sprawls out from the immense lake at its center. Try paragliding with hawks, bungee jumping, and hiking to temples hidden deep in the forests. On a pharmacy internship here you could be working in a dispensary, familiarizing yourself with medicines uncommon in the developed world, like certain strains of anti-venom. What’s more, time in the pharmacovigilance unit will give you the chance to study the detection and prevention of adverse effects associated with certain pharmaceutical products. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s history spans back millennia, yet it adopts modernity with impressive vigor. Amble through markets filled with traditional handmade curiosities, tour bejewelled temples, or go to the cinema and paraglide through the Himalayas. Pharmacists here regularly assist doctors in explaining prescription drugs and their side effects. During your internship you could be assisting on these ward rounds with local specialists, and gain insight into the role pharmacy plays in the ongoing development of Nepali healthcare. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Ghana’s welcoming and energetic atmosphere spills from its lively markets, friendly local people, bars, and traditional restaurants. Add to that chances to visit places of fascinating history such as old slave forts, go on safari, hike to jungle waterfalls, and visit local villages. On your internship you’ll join professional pharmacists on ward rounds across a range of different departments in our partner hospital. These include Pediatrics, Surgery, and the HIV Clinic. Time spent in the dispensary, and observing drug synthesis will open your eyes to the creativity needed to treat a wide range of pathologies. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura’s winding streets buzz with life — monks chant beneath ancient temple stupa, monkeys roam through gilded palaces, and hawkers tout their wares in the street markets. Beyond the city, you’ll find rare wildlife in the national parks, and kick-back on tropical white-sand beaches. As a student pharmacist, you can rotate through our partner hospital’s numerous dispensaries. These include Oncology, Surgical, Inpatients, Outpatients, and Renal. Observing and assisting with the dispensing of drugs used for a range of cancers will open your eyes to how local specialists are forced to deploy creativity to combat a lack of resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.

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Allen, Danielle

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"The time I spent in the hospital was incredibly valuable".

Danielle Allen, Queen's University, Belfast 2015

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