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.
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.
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.
ON THE GROUND
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.
Travelling to the Philippines gave Jacqueline the opportunity to gain an alternative perspective on pharmaceutical care in a foreign, resource-poor setting.
Jacqueline Chu, Professional Placement 2015Read more
Machu Picchu had the most stunning views and beautiful Inca structures. Huacachina was a more active trip and included buggy rides and sand boarding down some amazing sand dunes.
Margaret Got, Monash University 2015Read more
If I get the chance, I’ll definitely go back to this beautiful country. For sure, it’s more fun in the Philippines!
Esther Pierik, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 2015Read more
The house here is lovely, and the people here too. All the staff in the house are wonderfully helpful and are able to help with any issues. The food here is also brilliant
Ellen Hetherington, University of Bath 2015Read more
Arequipa is a city that never sleeps, always something to do. From mountain biking down Mt. Chachani, trekking Mt. Misti, and visiting Machu Pichu, all have kept me busy.
Gursimranjeet Khaira, Kingston University 2015Read more
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.
Not only is the beautiful city of Pokhara a doorway to the Himalayan Mountains, but it’s also at the heart of Nepalese culture, which has been developing for thousands upon thousands of years. In the city you’ll discover ancient temples and immense lakes with quiet waters across which you can boat (there are some great bars lining the banks too). Yet there are signs of a contemporary culture emerging here too. Many streets are lined with western-looking shops whose signs can be seen through a crisscross of power lines stretched from pole to pole overhead. Along many of the city’s narrow streets you’ll discover a huge range of bars and restaurants that will offer a well-deserved break from your busy placement routine.
In spite of a climate of extremely limited resources, the dispensaries in the hospitals we’re partnered with do their utmost to stay well supplied. They even stock certain strains of anti-venom. Working here will reward you with the opportunity to shadow doctors and learn about medication plans for inpatients – something few other places offer. Our partner hospital also runs a pharmacovigilance unit that observes and inhibits the adverse consequences linked to pharmaceutical products.
Opting to undertake this add-on will present you with chances that certainly don’t come around every day. This placement is based in a mountain village in which you’ll spend the duration of your stay. You’ll live with our delightful host family who’ll welcome you into their home with open arms. They will also introduce you to local culture throughout your time here. Mornings will be spent in a local health outpost where you’ll assist local medical staff in treating members of the local population. By contrast your afternoons will be spent in the outside world hiking to temples, visiting the local spiritual healer, fishing, watching cultural song and dance performances, and more.
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.
Nepal’s wonders are many, but Kathmandu might just be the most brilliant jewel in its crown. There is so much to do here that the river of new experiences in this region will seem to never run dry. Head to the Monkey Temple to have your pockets picked by holy primates, pay tribute to the ‘child goddess’ at Kumari Chowk, or look upon the captivating Boudhanath Stupa. Whether you want to explore Kathmandu’s rich cultural heritage, or satisfy the senses with some of the finest Nepalese cuisine, Kathmandu checks all the boxes.
Pharmacy in the way it’s understood in the developed western world is a comparatively new concept in Nepal. This is not to say that there isn’t an effort to modernize pharmaceutical provision in the country, but healing concoctions made from herbs, and ancient Buddhist and Hindu prayers are indeed still used in the absence of modern medicines. However, an internship in our partner hospitals will provide you with an insight into the application of more modern pharmaceutical techniques as they appear in the developing world. Whether you choose to go on ward rounds, dispense medicines, spend time in the pharmacovigilance department, or one of the many other options available, a placement here will truly open your eyes.
Once you’ve spent time in the hubbub of Kathmandu’s city hospitals, gaining experience in a more rustic setting will deliver a welcome balance to your experience. On the slopes of the Himalayan foothills you’ll live with our kindhearted host family who will welcome you into their home. In the mornings you’ll work with a small medical team in a remote health station. Your afternoons will be spent immersing yourself in village life and culture. This will include, but is certainly not limited to, Nepalese cooking lessons, hidden temple hikes, milking buffaloes, and more.
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.
Dumaguete is fast becoming a center of contemporary society. This means you’ll find boutique patisseries, bars, restaurants, and trendy coffee shops. This is not to say that a more traditional culture doesn’t exist; in fact it’s quite the opposite. Traditional food is served on every corner, historical festivals are always taking place throughout the city, and the attitudes of the people who dwell here reflect an ancient, peaceful way of life that will rub off on you. Travel further afield and you’ll discover nature reserves, waterfalls in which you can swim, diverse wildlife, whale watching, and more.
As a pharmacist in Dumaguete the door of opportunity will seem wide open. The relationships we’ve developed with our partner hospitals will allow you to take part in a range of initiatives that would otherwise be unreachable. For example, with the City Health Medical Program staff you’ll have the opportunity to head out to work in the local community. You’ll travel through nearby districts to observe the care provided for individual patients in their own homes. We’re also partnered with a busy clinic in which you’ll conduct ward rounds. This will give you a much broader understanding of the state of pharmacy in the Philippines in general.
To complement the experience you’ll receive in the much busier city hospitals and clinics, we strongly recommend heading out into a more remote setting. In a local inoculation clinic, prenatal and maternity clinic, and a small lab, you’ll work alongside specialists and learn as you go. In terms of accommodation you’ll live with our host family who will welcome you into their home. In the afternoons, accompanied by a guide you’ll enjoy barbecues on the patio of the guardhouse of a protected reef, crab collecting in the mangrove forests, learning about local culture, and more.
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.
Adventure is abundant both in and around the city of Iloilo. For example if you travel to the unusually named Antique region, you’ll have the chance to experience being ‘cooked alive’ in a kawa hot bath (don’t worry – it’s really quite pleasant). If you hop on a boat and head off the coast you’ll also be able to go whale spotting. It goes without saying that there’s an enormous range of bars and restaurants here for you to enjoy too. If you’re more in the mood for a quiet evening, treat yourself to a massage, or head to the hot rock spa, then tuck into a plate of fresh lobster by the beach.
If you decide to practice pharmacy in Iloilo you will come to understand techniques and practices that would have otherwise eluded you. On this particularly specialized placement you’ll have the chance to rotate through as many as five different pharmacies in our partner hospital, observe in theatre (a unique opportunity), and work in the busy departments of OBG and antenatal to get to grips with the ins and outs of dispensing medicines in the Philippines. What’s more you’ll be working with highly trained specialists who’ll be happy to share both their knowledge and locally cultivated wisdom with you.
The ultimate supplement for your time in Iloilo will be a clinical assignment in a country village set on a stunning tropical island. While you’re here you’ll stay with our kind and welcoming host family who will make you feel right at home. In the mornings you’ll work in a small rural healthcare center and a low-resource district hospital. This will reveal the difficulties local professionals face when trying to provide adequate healthcare. In the afternoons you’ll learn about the locals’ customary weaving practices, hop between the nearby islands to swim in clear waters of the warm sea, climb waterfalls, see giant sea turtles, and more.
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.
Takoradi – the city in which our operation is based – is a focal point of activity that never seems to slow down. When you’re feeling hungry, or are in the mood for an evening out, the bars and restaurants in the city center will present a variety of local delicacies and favorites from home. Adventurers among you can make the trip up to Mole National Park where you’ll get to watch wild animal like elephants, buffalo, and antelope in their natural habitats. You’ll also be able to take a refreshing swim in the stunning waterfalls found in the Volta region. You can also visit the old slave forts that line the coast, head into the trees to go on a canopy walk, or to Axim beach to relax among stilted huts.
A pharmacy internship in our partner hospitals and clinics in Takoradi will surpass all your expectations. Working alongside your supervisors in a clinically focused position in our partner hospital you’ll take part in everything from ward rounds to dispensing medicine and beyond. You’ll also be afforded the opportunity to gain experience away from the confines of the hospital in a small community pharmacy. This experience will provide insight into pharmaceutical challenges faced by professionals practicing in low-resource settings. As if that wasn’t enough you’ll also be able to gain an understanding of the inner workings of a lab where medicines like unbranded aspirin are made.
This is the perfect opportunity to experience an authentic slice of rural African life in a remote village on the edge of civilization. During your time in the village you’ll stay with our host family who will happily welcome you into their home and introduce you to local culture and customs. Your mornings will be spent working in a nearby community pharmacy where you’ll come to understand traditional herbal medicine and observe and get involved in the treatment of walk-in patients. In the afternoons you’ll have the chance to enjoy deserted stretches of beach, get to grips with the local fishing trade, visit the palm oil plantations, and learn how to cook a traditional Ghanaian meal.
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.
Peru is one of the best destinations in South America, and it’s easy to see why. One compelling reason is that our base in Arequipa (and everyone living in this beautiful city) benefits from an average of 300 days of sun every year. If you’ve got a penchant for adventure you can peer over the verge of the world’s second deepest canyon, explore the rustic floating villages on the waters of Lake Titicaca, amble along the narrow lanes of the city’s markets, enter combat with white-water rapids, and trek up to the Incan mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu.
The experience afforded to pharmacists in our partner hospitals in Arequipa is exceptional. Our core associate hospital has turned its focus on cancer. The reason being that it’s one of the most prevalent diseases in the country. Local pharmacists here even make their own chemotherapy medication, which given the right circumstances you’ll have the chance to learn about. When making medication isn’t possible hospitals in the region rely on donations of drugs by generous backers. The lack of resources becomes clear when you realize that the principal pharmacy manages up to 600 scripts per day. You’ll also have the chance to work in OBG and Emergency to get a better picture of how the system works more broadly across the hospital.
Having the language skills to comprehend the needs of both patients and colleagues is essential. To make sure you have precisely the right level of Spanish we’ve partnered with a local language school to create the perfect course designed specifically to concentrate on pharmacy-related terminology. You’ll benefit from whole week of sessions made up of intensive small-group lessons, and afternoon clinical role-play sessions taught in the sunny garden outside the school that will mimic scenarios that are likely to happen while you’re on your placement. No boring grammar drills, just fun, practical language learning that you can use right away.
From our blog
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