Pharmacy Internships in Kenya
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Nanyuki, Laikipia County
- ROLE: Work alongside a trained pharmacist in a hospital or health centers and participate in community outreaches
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospital or health centers
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
As a Projects Abroad Pharmacy volunteer in Kenya, you have the opportunity to learn more about the challenges public pharmacies face in a developing country. Most local pharmacies in Kenya have limited, or only basic, equipment. By spending time shadowing professionals and getting involved in various pharmaceutical activities and outreaches, you will help the efforts of improving healthcare to those who need it most. Any new skills or knowledge that you bring to your workspace will be uplifting and informative to the local staff, leaving a lasting impact in the communities where you are placed.
Volunteering on a Pharmacy Internship in Kenya
During your project, you will be to observe and help the local staff while working towards improving the healthcare offered to patients. You will help with ensuring that patients receive the correct medication and will assist where there is a need in the pharmacy. This will give you the opportunity to engage with patients from different backgrounds.
You will be supervised by an experienced local pharmacist throughout your project, and you will work closely together while learning the ins-and-outs of their job.
Your Role as a Pharmacy Intern in Kenya
Your role will be mainly observational, but you will also have the opportunity to complete certain tasks under the supervision of local pharmacists. These could include any of the following:
- Preparing medication by reviewing instructions from a physician
- Dispensing pharmaceuticals
- Providing pharmacological information by answering questions
- Counselling patients on drug therapies.
Outreach Projects during your Pharmacy Internship in Kenya
During your placement, you will participate in weekly and monthly medical outreaches and awareness days. Working and interacting with the local community is a great way to broaden your understanding of the challenges people in outlying areas face. Under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist, you will help with the packaging, labelling and dispensing of medication to patients in the area
While in Ghana you will live with a local host family where you will learn more about Ghanaian culture and the local lifestyle. When you are not with your host family, you can spend time with other Projects Abroad volunteers by socializing after work hours and going on weekend trips together.
Medicine internships in Kenya are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
All volunteers participating on standard projects in Kenya have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our African Savannah Conservation & Environment Project in Kenya page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Kenya.