Why go overseas?

There are countless benefits to undertaking your pharmacy elective in the developing world. You’ll become more creative working in low-resource hospitals, connect with peers from around the world, strengthen your confidence, become a more effective communicator, and stand out from your competition by having ‘overseas pharmacy placement’ on your CV. All this in addition to exploring an exotic country on the other side of the world.

What's Included?

  • Our famous elective tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons

YOUR ELECTIVE, CUSTOM MADE

‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by when it comes to pharmacy abroad. Inform us which aspects of pharmacy interest you and we’ll tailor a completely unique experience for you from the ground up. These are not off the peg elective placements; they’re highly customised experiences designed to meet your specific needs. Our Elective Experts will organise your hospital placement, handle visa administration, match you with suitable supervisors, and much more. Our experts also happen to be responsible for our overseas operations too. There’s no one better prepared to design your placement.

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GO FURTHER

Under the guidance of your supervisors you’ll be ushered through an entirely new experience of pharmacy. The systems in place to cope with both creating and administering medicines in developing countries are vastly different from those you’ll be used to in the UK. Lack of funding and limited access to modern lab equipment means that pharmaceutical professionals have had to adapt to serve patients in effective ways. This is the perfect chance for you to acquire innovative techniques that simply aren’t used in the UK.

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ON THE GROUND

Our dedicated teams on the ground will provide 24-hour support for seven days a week from within our private, security guarded, fully catered student accommodation. What’s more, our houses are reserved exclusively for Work the World students. You’ll also get access to MyTrip, our custom built elective information and tracking hub. We specialise in pharmacy placements abroad, so you can feel that you couldn’t be in better hands. A pharmacy elective only comes around once, so make yours count.

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Pharmacy elective destinations

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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In the city of Phnom Penh, the distinct fragrances of Southeast Asian cooking drift from streetfood vendors' carts, markets spill over with knick-knacks and jewelry, and monks in colourful robes burn incense in local temples. Outside the city limits you'll discover white sands and crystal-clear seas on the coast, trek through forests to find sun bears, leopards and elephants, and visit some of the world's most ancient temples.

 

A Pharmacy Elective in Phnom Penh will highlight challenges that delivering healthcare in the developing world presents in a way that staying at home simply couldn’t. From working in multiple dispensaries to encountering a diverse range of unfamiliar cases, both the personal and professional skills you’ll gain will prove indispensable. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh, click here.

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The Philippines - Batangas

Batangas City is the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore Luzon — the city's host island. Relax on tropical white sand beaches, wander through emerald-green rice paddies, climb dormant volcanos, and trek through rainforests. The city itself has a laid-back feel to it with cafes, traditional bars, museums, and the odd international music festival and street party popping up during in the summer.

 

A Pharmacy Placement here will highlight the limitations faced by local healthcare professionals in the developing world. Working in our partner hospital's dispensaries, you’ll see firsthand how Pharmacy teams deploy creativity when dealing with drug shortages, both in terms of quantity and variety. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas, click here.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Ghana is one of Africa’s most welcoming nations. The charming people of Takoradi — the city in which we're based — will prove that to you from the moment you arrive. Takoradi is a port town, which means lively markets, bars, and restaurants serving local dishes. This city rich in Ghanaian culture. Further afield you’ll have the chance to spot endangered wildlife on safari, hike deep into the jungle in search of waterfalls, and visit remote communities to get a taste of rural life.

 

On placement in Takoradi, alongside professional pharmacists you'll undertake ward rounds across departments like Surgery, Paediatrics, and the HIV Clinic. Spending time in the dispensary will highlight the creativity of local staff who are able to provide medicines for a wide range of pathologies despite the limited resources they work with. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura is the place to be to get to know Sri Lanka's famously laid-back culture, and its ancient past. Wander through time-worn temples and gilded palaces, explore local craft markets, and sample Sri Lankan specialities at local restaurants. Step outside the city and you’ll discover rare wildlife in the national parks, wander through cast and beautiful tea plantations and relax on white-sand beaches.

 

As Pharmacy student, you could be working in a number of pharmacies ranging from Oncology to Surgical. Assisting in the creation of drugs used for a range of cancers will highlight how local specialists deploy creativity to combat the lack of resources they face on a daily basis. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Arequipa is an increasingly modern city, but its roots go deep into the ancient past. Wandering through amazing colonial architecture you'll explore busy markets, try local traditional delicacies, and get involved in colourful local culture. In your free time, visit lake Titicaca’s floating villages, trek to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu left by the ancient Incan civilisation, and scale the local volcano for once-in-a-lifetime views of the city.

 

A number of satellite pharmacies serve our partner hospital’s different departments, including Internal Medicine, Oncology and Surgery. The hospital’s focus on Oncology could also give you the chance to assist in the 'clean room' where chemotherapy medications are manufactured, sterilised, and prepared for use. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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The city of Pokhara, a laid-back cultural hub and a haven for backpackers, is the Nepalese home of misty mountains, lush forests, and tranquil lakes. The city streets are lined with ancient temples and pagodas, craft shops, bookshops, restaurants, bars — the list goes on. Pokhara is surrounded on all sides by green slopes in which you can enjoy paragliding with hawks, bungee jumping, hiking to temples and visiting remote villages.

 

Pharmacy Electives here involve working in the dispensary with unfamiliar medicines, and even certain anti-venoms. Time in the Pharmacovigilance Unit will give you the chance to study the detection, assessment, and prevention of adverse effects associated with pharmaceutical products. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu’s recorded history goes back thousands upon thousands of years. This antiquity is reflected throughout the city, the ancient contrasting the new, in many different forms. Peruse busy markets filled with handmade curiosities, tour ancient temples, ride rickshaws through the busy streets and visit restaurants and bars. From Kathmandu, adventurers can go paragliding, trek through the Himalayas, go bungee jumping, and try whitewater rafting.

 

Part of a Pharmacist's role here is to assist in explaining prescription drugs, their side effects, and who can and can't take them. Taking ward rounds with local specialists will give you insight into the broader role pharmacy plays in the ongoing development of Nepali healthcare. You'll learn the more specific aspects of local practice through working in our partner hospital's dispensaries. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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While the many bars and restaurants lend a developed feel to the city, Iloilo still feels like a laid-back, tropical haven. Everyone joins in the colourful festivals that take place throughout the year, and just across the water the white sand beaches and palm trees of Boracay beckon.

 

Show initiative on your elective and you’ll rotate through 6 different outlets, including satellite pharmacies in Emergency, the Operating room, Neonatal, and OBG. Time in any of these will highlight the shortcomings often associated with pharmacy in the developing world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.

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