The MyTrip planner was a wonderful tool to help keep you organized prior to your placement. It’s very easy to use and provides great information based on the destination you chose.
The first 24 hours in Pokhara were great. You’re greeted at the airport by one of the staff members and escorted back to the house where fresh baked goods, coffee and tea await. After you finish coffee and tea, you are then given a tour of the house and shown to your room. You then have the rest of the afternoon off to organize yourself before having a large home cooked supper with the rest of your housemates.
The next day you’re given a tour around the city and shown how to navigate around it using taxis and public transit. You’re also taken to the best restaurants and cafes (which you will frequently visit).
Living with others majoring in health sciences or who are already working professionals is awesome!
The Work the World house is a great space in a good part of town that’s close to bus stops and various street vendors. There’s also a large rooftop patio which is fantastic for the group BBQs once a week and capturing a glance at the Himalayan mountain range on a clear day!
Living with others majoring in health sciences or who are already working professionals is awesome! Everyone has similar interests outside of the hospital and school which makes it easy to get along with everyone.
Prior to the first day of clinical, it’s imperative to keep an open mind and remember that practices will be very different compared to your home country. Nepal is an economically disadvantaged country and most hospitals are privatized so the general public cannot afford the same care that we have in our home countries. As a result, Nepalese people have to be resourceful. Therefore, you learn to be resourceful too. For example, whenever patients came in for wound care, I would use the paper provided in sterile gloves as the sterile field because there are no pre-filled wound care kits available.
All of the hospital staff at my placement hospital were wonderful. Everyone is so friendly and eager to show you around each unit and personally cater to the experience that you’re hoping to achieve while on placement.
when I saw the Himalayan mountain range for the first time it was unlike anything I’ve seen before.
I always wanted to travel to Nepal and when I saw that it was an option, I took a chance and applied for it. I couldn’t have been happier to travel to Pokhara, specifically. The lake and the green space that are in the city really made it feel tranquil.
I travelled through southeast Asia seven years ago, so I had an idea of what my surroundings would look like. However, when I saw the Himalayan mountain range for the first time it was unlike anything I’ve seen before. I knew then that I had made the right decision travelling to Nepal and I could not wait to explore more of this beautiful country.
Weekdays after placement were spent hanging out around the city, kayaking and canoeing on the lake, checking out local food vendors, movies in the park and endless amounts of shopping (for those who are into that)! Weekends were spent hiking Poon Hill and Sarangkot, paragliding, mountainside yoga, white water rafting... The list goes on and on!
I really can’t pinpoint one experience that stands out because my entire stay in Nepal was amazing and I will cherish those memories and experiences for the rest of my life.
So if you’re hesitant about participating in an overseas placement, that’s completely normal. However, it’s something that you will never regret and the lifelong friendships that are created as a result are a huge bonus!