During my time in Arequipa I was surrounded by people – both in the house and the hospital – so I never felt alone or out of my depth. At the end of the day in the WTW house, we students would share the differences between health care in our own countries and cultures, which was always interesting.
My experience working in WTW’s partner hospital helped me come to terms with the difference in resources between Australia and Peru. Because of this, medication supplies for patients are often limited. It was also interesting to see the Peruvian dispensing system; it’s mostly run by dispense techs while a pharmacist supervises them.
I was able to go into theatre and watch a few oncology surgeries as well as a caesarean, which was definitely a highlight for me. It gave me further insight into healthcare in the developing world and a different perspective into pharmacy as a whole. I also learnt more about my personality and its limits in the workplace, and was encouraged to be more independent during my time at the hospital. I definitely wouldn’t have had this learning experience had I stayed in Australia to take my placement!
It gave me further insight into healthcare in the developing world and a different perspective into pharmacy as a whole. I definitely wouldn’t have had this learning experience had I stayed in Australia to take my placement!
At the weekends we were free to travel, and I went on a tour of Machu Picchu – one of the most amazing places I have ever been to. Not only was I able to learn about the history of the Inca people and their way of living during the Inca times, but during the tour we also had the chance to explore Cusco, Aguas calientes, and essentially had a great day.
Work the World has been incredibly helpful in guiding me step by step throughout my placement in Arequipa, making sure we were all thoroughly immersed into the Peruvian way of living.