WHY GO OVERSEAS

Traveling abroad for your pharmacy internship will have an enormously positive impact on your personal and professional development. Working alongside other pharmacists, under supervision, you'll be prescribing, preparing and distributing medicines, while coping with daily challenges like supply and resource shortages.

At Work the World, we’ve been organizing overseas internships for more than ten years. The strong partnerships we have with all our hospitals has created a wealth of opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Our partnerships also mean that in the hospital, you’ll get structured supervision of the highest standard from local specialists. To make sure you’re getting the most from your placement, our local teams will monitor your clinical experience in real-time. Providing additional support 24 hours a day, our dedicated teams also manage your private catered accommodation.

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HOW IT WORKS

We offer expert advice when it comes to choosing a destination that best suits you. We’ll help you make a well-informed decision based on our extensive knowledge. Once you’ve chosen, we’ll start creating your internship based on things you’d like to see and experience If you’re not sure, we’ll help you there, too. From working in a main dispensary to helping synthesize chemotherapy drugs, we can customize every aspect of your trip.

The work we put in behind the scenes is where the internship really starts coming together. We want you to be a part of the process, so you can login to ‘MyTrip’ — our online placement planning tool. The platform contains every detail around your placement, and gives you a live-view of your interactive personalised timeline.

TEAM AND ACCOMMODATION 

When you land in your host country, our in-country team will come and meet you at the airport. You’ll then head over to the World of Work House for a welcome briefing. Once you’ve had some time to settle, we’ll take you on a hospital introduction visit and a guided trip of the local area.

 

In our private accommodation, you’ll live with students and professionals from all manner of disciplines, which creates a buzzing social atmosphere. Our houses are safe, spacious and secure, and you’ll have 24/7 support from our locally-hired team who are based there. Meals are cooked by our in-house chefs, and you’ll have a housekeeper to take care of the cleaning. Learning the local language will dramatically enhance your experience, so we provide twice-weekly lessons from a visiting teacher. On evenings and weekends you’ll have time to relax, socialize and explore the country with the other students in your house.

in the hospital 

Because we want you to feel fully prepared, the day before you start, we'll introduce you to your supervisors and take you to the hospital you’ll be working in. During your internship you’ll observe unfamiliar pharmacy practices, advanced conditions, and different attitudes towards the provision of care. Your experience is reviewed in real-time so we can make certain it meets your expectations. Pharmacy internships run from Monday to Friday, so your evenings and weekends are free to explore the city and travel the country.

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DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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Merida is the cultural capital of Mexico with striking colonial architecture, lush central plazas and bustling boulevards. In the evenings, the city transforms with restaurants and bars in full swing. Beyond the city, you’ll dive in beautiful underwater caves or ‘cenotes’, relax on tropical beaches, and visit breathtaking Mayan temples.

 

On a pharmacy placement in Merida, the impact the lack of resources has on the provision of care will be clear from the start. For example, the total absence of certain drugs that are likely take for granted by further-advanced healthcare systems. The differences in the way systems are set up will also become clear — the way medicines are dispensed and how patient records are kept may differ considerably from what you’re used to, for example.

Vietnam - Hue
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A bustling hub of Southeast Asian culture and popular with backpackers. Busy markets, popular bars and delicious street food across the city. Nearby, find tropical beaches, rainforests, and ancient temples and pagodas.

 

Poor funding has a significant impact on the delivery of effective treatment. This is especially true of pharmacy. Many of even the most common drugs have a limited supply, some being entirely unavailable. Local pharmacists often have to dispense lesser alternatives, directly impacting the quality of care patients receive. Unique to our programme in Hue, you could also learn about Vietnamese traditional medicine.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is the bustling capital city of Zambia. While here you can visit any number of the country’s 20 game parks and see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah. You can even canoe along the shore of the great Zambezi river to watch hippos wading. Immersing yourself in the rich local cultures and traditions so ingrained in Zambian tribal culture is a highlight.

 

Pharmacy structures and systems in our partner hospital are similar to those found in modern institutions back home. The differences will, however, become apparent. With limited access to certain medicines, and low staff numbers the hospital has its challenges. You’ll find yourself busy checking scripts, doing clinical rounds and working in dispensaries found in the pediatrics, adult, mother and newborn hospitals as well as in surgery.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Peru - Arequipa
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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 like 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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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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. Time in the Pharmacovigilance Unit will give you the chance to study the detection and prevention of adverse effects associated with certain pharmaceutical products. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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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. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Speakman, Lauren

"To anyone considering spending their summer in Peru with Work the World - GO! It’s an experience of a lifetime that you won’t regret."

Lauren Speakman, Auburn University 2017

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

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

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