When Pharmacists without Borders is looking for volunteers for our projects abroad, it will be announced on this website, on our Facebook page, and in Pharmadanmark’s newsletter “Fredag Formiddag”.
Who can volunteer abroad?
Pharmacists without Borders Denmark’s projects focus on medicine use, which is why people with a pharmaceutical background is often chosen to go abroad. This has primarily been pharmacists and pharmacy students, but other related professions can also be relevant. The specific qualifications depend on the focus of the specific project, for example whether the assignment focuses on education, running a pharmacy, or quality assurance. We do not keep volunteers on file, because different profiles are required for different assignments.
In addition to academic qualifications it is crucial that the volunteer is able to adapt to a culture much different from the Danish culture. Good communications skills, flexibility and a lot of gumption are essential properties in suitable candidates. Furthermore, the volunteer must be interested in developmental work and improvement of medicine use in developing countries.
How does it work?
The scope of the specific project abroad is defined in collaboration with our local partners in Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Ghana. Pharmacists without Borders helps with practical issues concerning travel and stay. It is expected that the volunteer participates in the preparations, for example by purchasing the plane ticket.
Before departure, there will be an opportunity to meet former volunteers and to prepare for the new culture you are about to be a part of.
Because the projects abroad are essential for the work of Pharmacists without Borders, it is expected of the volunteer to participate in the communicational work for the project in question. This can for example be by writing posts for the newsletter, articles and presentations when returned.
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