Why go Overseas

Boost your personal and professional development by completing your pharmacy placement overseas. Working abroad, you’ll be exposed to different cultural attitudes that will challenge the way you think about healthcare. Supported by local staff and dedicated supervisors, you'll be prescribing, preparing and distributing medicines that are often in short supply.

Over the past ten years, we've organised thousands of pharmacy placements abroad. Our strong relationships with local hospitals give you unrivalled access to unique experiences that a clinical placement at home can’t deliver. You'll be fully supported by our in-house team for the duration of the experience. Always available no matter what time of day or night, our team will take care of everything from your meals and accommodation to ongoing reviews of your clinical experience.

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How it Works

With our expertise, we can help you make the right decision about which destination to travel to. Based on your personal areas of interest, we’ll design an experience that is completely customised to you. Whether you want to work in main dispensaries or help synthesise chemotherapy drugs, we have the connections and relationships to make it happen.

You can login to our interactive placement planner — MyTrip — to see full, personalised details surrounding your trip. Use this tool to watch how your plans are progressing, and to track all work that goes in behind the scenes.

Accommodation and Team

You’ll be supported by our in-country management team throughout your experience. Waiting at the airport when you arrive, they’ll take you directly to the Work the World house for a welcome briefing. The next day, you’ll head off on a guided trip of the local area, and a visit to the hospital or clinic you’ll be working in.

 

All our houses are private, spacious and secure. Sharing with other students and professionals from a range of backgrounds, you can expect a relaxed and sociable environment. Your accommodation is fully catered by the in-house chef, and our management team are always on hand for support. The rest of the team includes a housekeeper, and a local language teacher who hosts twice-weekly lessons. 

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Before your first day, we’ll show you the best way to get to your hospital each day, take you to meet your supervisors, and visit the areas you’ll be working in. When your placement begins, you’ll encounter unfamiliar pharmacy practises and diverse attitudes towards the provision of care more generally. We review your placement experience on a regular basis to make sure you’re getting the most from your time abroad, utilising every available opportunity. You’ll work in the hospital from Monday to Friday, with evenings and weekends off to explore the destination.

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DESTINATIONS

Mexico - Merida
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Merida is Mexico’s centre of sophistication. The city is home to beautiful colonial architecture, and broad boulevards punctuated with green plazas. At night, the city is alive with restaurants and bars spilling out into the streets. At weekends, dive in beautiful underwater caves known as ‘cenotes’, unwind on tropical beaches, and visit breathtaking Mayan temple ruins.

 

A pharmacy placement in Merida will quickly bring to light how a lack of resources can negatively impact the delivery of care. For instance, there’s a clear absence of medicines that more developed healthcare systems would take for granted. There are even structural differences in the healthcare systems themselves—the way prescriptions are fulfilled, for example, or how patient records are kept and updated manually rather than using digital systems.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is Zambia’s thriving capital city. Visit game parks to see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah, and spot hippos wading through the beautiful Zambezi River while rowing along the shore in your canoe. Rich local cultures and traditions deeply ingrained in Zambian tribal culture are a highlight.

 

When it comes to pharmacy, our partner hospital’s standards, systems and structures are similar to what you’ll be used to back home. However, availability of certain drugs is limited, as are staff numbers, creating challenges for delivering care effectively. You’ll find yourself checking scripts, doing clinical rounds and working in dispensaries found in the adult, mother and newborn, and paediatric hospitals as well as in surgery.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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The exhilarating capital city of Phnom Penh boasts some of the world’s most fascinating temples, fragrant street foods, and markets brimming with jewelry, knick-knacks, and traditional crafts. Discover crystal-clear seas off the coast, and trek into humid jungles to glimpse sun bears, leopards and elephants.

 

A Pharmacy Placement here will expand your understanding of healthcare in the developing world, opening your eyes in a way that staying at home simply could not. From rotating through dispensaries to encountering a diverse range of unfamiliar drugs and prescriptions, the professional and personal skills you’ll gain here will prove essential to your aspirations. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

Famous Angkor Wat temple complex in sunset, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.Panoramic view.

Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara is surrounded by mountains, lush forests and tranquil lakes begging exploration. Ancient temples and pagodas, as well as modern cafes and bars can also be found here. In the surrounding areas, try paragliding with hawks, bungee jumping, or hiking to hidden temples.

 

On your Pharmacy Placement you’ll work in the dispensary, familiarising yourselves with medicines uncommon in the developed world like anti-venoms. A spell in the Pharmacovigilance Unit will give you the opportunity to study the detection and prevention of adverse effects associated with certain pharmaceutical products. Read stories of those who've already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Arequipa’s pretty cityscapes, spicy cuisine and location amongst some of South America’s most iconic vistas make it perfect for those seeking an authentic Peruvian experience. Pay a visit to those living on Lake Titicaca’s floating villages, or trek to Machu Picchu and through Colca Canyon.

 

When it comes to the hospital, you’ll rotate through satellite Pharmacies which serve the Internal Medicine department, Surgery, and more. Time spent in the sterile 'Clean Room' will open your eyes to how chemotherapy medications are manufactured in the developing world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Ghana’s lively markets and welcoming local people make it rich in typical Ghanaian culture. Sample traditional dishes, or sip a cocktail while watching the sun set over the port. Venture further afield to spot endangered wildlife on safari, hike into the lush jungle in search of hidden waterfalls, and visit rural communities.

 

Displaying proactivity in the hospital will see you assisting across departments like Surgery, Paediatrics, and the HIV Clinic. A spell in the hospital’s Dispensary will highlight the resourceful nature of local staff who work hard treating a wide range of pathologies with extremely limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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The ancient city of Anuradhapura never fails to impress. Stupas, temples, and sacred palaces make up the old city, and the new city boasts restaurants, bars, and bustling markets. Safaris, national parks, and paradise beaches lay nearby.

 

The system in our partner hospital involves multiple dispensaries serving range of wards. These wards include the Surgical, Oncology, Renal, Outpatient and Inpatient wards. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience working in each of these dispensaries. Through this experience, you’ll work alongside local Pharmacists with various drugs, some even used in chemotherapy, you could even have the chance to prepare ointments and lotions for patients. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu’s history can be traced back thousands of years, yet the current city is an eclectic mix of both the old and the new. Here you’ll peruse the markets filled with handmade curiosities and crafts, tour impressive temples, and paraglide through the misty Himalayan mountains.

 

Pharmacists here assist doctors in explaining prescription drugs and their side effects. On placement you’ll take ward rounds with local specialists, gleaning insight into the growing role Pharmacy plays in the development of Nepali healthcare. In relation to the widely popular Ayurvedic medicinal tradition, this will be an enlightening experience. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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While the many bars and restaurants lend a modern feel to the city, Iloilo is—at its heart—a laid-back, tropical haven. Everyone joins in vibrant festivals throughout the year, and across the water the white sand beaches and palm trees of Boracay island beckon.

 

Show enthusiasm on your placement and you’ll have the chance to rotate through six outlets, including satellite Pharmacies in Emergency, Neonatal, Operating Rooms, and OBG. Time in any of these areas will open your eyes to the challenges faced by local staff typically associated with resource-poor environments. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo

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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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McCreesh, Claire

"During rounds, we observed patients who had been there for several months due to complications with infection — one person we met had been at the hospital for five years!"

Claire McCreesh and Laura Owens, Liverpool John Moores University 2017

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Allen, Danielle

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

Danielle Allen, Queen's University, Belfast 2015

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Lennon, Helen

"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

"I never felt alone or out of my depth".

Ka Yi Tang, Monash University 2015

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