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.


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
Allen, Danielle

Case Study

The time I spent in the hospital was incredibly valuable

Danielle Allen, Queen's University, Belfast 2015

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Lennon, Helen

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The Village Healthcare Experience was one of my favourite weeks of the trip!

Helen Lennon, Queen's University, Belfast 2015

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Yi Tang, Ka

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I never felt alone or out of my depth.

Ka Yi Tang, Monash University 2015

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Dao, David

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I gained an all-encompassing experience within Nepali medicine.

David Dao, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 2015

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Chu, Jacqueline

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"I gazed in awe at the Chocolate Hills, crossed the Sipatan hanging bridge, and much more."

Jacqueline Chu, Professional Placement 2015

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Pharmacy internships in Africa, Asia, and South America:

Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is home to giant mountains, verdant forests, and serene lakes. The city is packed with ageing shrines and is encircled by lush green slopes that beg exploration. Explorers often speak warmly of this misty valley city and the fact that it has direct access to the Himalayan Mountains that pierce the sky in the distance. Head toward the imposing peaks and you’ll be able to enjoy white water rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, and more. As far as pharmacy internships for college students and professionals go, you’ll have a very hard time finding experience like this anywhere else.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s cultural history can be followed back for thousands of years. As a direct result of this the region has become an eclectic mix of old and new. Scan the markets filled with handmade novelties that border the streets, visit the ancient temples that will transport you back to an era that has long since passed, and immerse yourself in rich local culture that will color your daily life. As an ambitious pharmacist in Kathmandu you’ll get involved in ward rounds, work in low-resource dispensaries, and much more.

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Philippines - Dumaguete

Dumaguete is besieged by 800 hectares of tropical forest on one side and calm turquoise ocean on the other. On the coastal edge of the city you’ll be able to stroll along the shore at a leisurely pace, then relax by the boulevard as you watch ships sail past. During the day you’ll enjoy soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches and swimming in the cool sea waters. Heading beneath the waves to dive in a coral paradise inhabited by diverse marine life is also a favorite among students. If adventure is more your style, then trek through the area’s untamed jungles, visit the witchdoctors on a neighboring island, and more. As a pharmacy intern you’ll appreciate an insight into a system completely different from what exists in North America. When it comes to pharmacy opportunities abroad, few meet the high standards set in Dumaguete.

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Philippines - Iloilo

Iloilo is a bustling city on an island in the heart of Philippines. The island is a tropical sanctuary that has deep-rooted traditions, although the modern bars and restaurants bring a splash of familiarity to the city. When one of the many colorful festivals spring to life in the city everyone gets involved from children to great-grandparents. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you might get swept up in the celebrations too. If you want to enjoy some of Southeast Asia’s best beaches, cross the water to the white sand beaches and palm trees of Boracay. Students in Iloilo will have the choice to rotate through 5 different pharmacies to get a real breadth of experience.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Our operation in Ghana has been running longer than any other and remains one of the most popular. Takoradi – the city we’re based in – is twinned with its close neighbor, Sekondi. The city rests on the magnificent west coast of Africa, which is peppered with old colonial forts that are fascinating to walk around. The city itself is an animated center of activity with everything from lively markets to chilled-out bars on the beach. During downtime you’ll be able to sit back and sample the delicious local cocktails at sunset as you watch the boats sail into the nearby port. Outside the city you’ll find an impressive range of adventures waiting for you. If you’re looking for unique pharmacy opportunities abroad, look no further than this.

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Peru - Arequipa

Peru was a brand new destination for 2015 and it has already amazed us with the wide-ranging experience it offers to students. As for travel you’ll be able to trek through misty Amazonian jungle, hike ancient trails to weathered mountaintop city remains, feast on mouth-watering local cuisines, and wander through the streets of grand Spanish colonial cities that have stood for hundreds of years. Your trip to Peru will be a unique adventure indeed. If you choose to practice pharmacy here you’ll gain experience across a range of departments, find out how chemotherapy drugs are made, and more.

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