International education

International education has a significant impact on our campus community and Canadian social, economic and cultural well-being. Opportunities to work and volunteer around the world broaden our students' perspectives, expose them to different models of health care practice, and build cultural competency. Take a look at some of the unique co-op and volunteer international experiences completed by pharmacy students.

Learn more about working internationally at the Waterloo Co-op working abroad page.

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International co-op and volunteer experiences have their own unique requirements and require significant advanced planning and organization. If you are thinking about pursuing an international learning opportunity, contact the Experiential Coordinator for Co-op Anthony Miller well in advance of your planned experience to discuss options. Funding support may be available from the School of Pharmacy and the University of Waterloo.

John Kim: World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

John Kim in a board room at the World Health Organization

John completed his co-op work term as a member of the Global Influenza Programme team at the World Health Organization.

Read about John's experiences.

Heidi Fernandes: Canadian-African Health Alliance, Kammengo, Uganda

Heidi holding an improvised aerochamber made from a water bottle and attached to a puffer

Heidi volunteered with the Canadian-African Health Alliance and travelled to a rural village in Uganda where she helped run a medical clinic.

Read about Heidi's work on the interdisciplinary team.

Olivier Millette: Pharmacists Without Borders, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Olivier Millette in discussion with coworkers at the hospital in Haiti

Olivier Millette joined a Pharmacists Without Borders team to provide pharmacy care in a hospital in Haiti's capital.

Hear about Oliviers experiences providing trauma care to patients in Haiti.

Jung In Kim: Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Haydom, Tanzania

Jung In Kim holding a infant patient in Tanzanian hospital

For co-op, Jung In spent three months as a pharmacy student at  a rural hospital in north-east Africa.

Check out some of the key insights Jung In had from her experience.

Loran Ellero-Dionne, Sonya Dhanjal and  Saptha Navaratnam: Solidarity Experiences Abroad, Lima, Peru

Three students on a wall outside Macchu Picchu

Three pharmacy students joined an interdisciplinary medical mission running a clinic in Lima, Peru.