Champlain College 2018

Radiography, Nepal Pokhara

I couldn’t be more grateful for my experience in Nepal. The country was amazingly beautiful.

Wikander, Karissa

The Work the World staff were accommodating, and the people I met overseas were some of the friendliest I’ve known.

My review is in depth because the experience had a profoundly positive impact on me.

I knew I wanted to travel to Nepal from the moment I decided to go on an overseas placement.

As soon as I saw Pokhara on Work the World’s website, I knew it would be perfect.

Pokhara is a small city, nestled between the Annapurna mountains of the Himalayas and Fewa Lake.

Wikander, Karissa

It has the upbeat pace of a city without the bustle of the capital. The lush greenery and snow-capped mountains don’t hurt either.

I arrived at the Work the World house at the same time as three other students. I was the only person in radiography, as the other students were studying everything from medicine to pharmacology!

They came from all over the world; Europe, Australia, and the United States.

Over the seven weeks I spent there, we learned the Nepali language, cooked momos (Nepalese dumplings), explored the Himalayas, rafted down rivers, laughed, connected, and shared stories and experiences.
 

Placement

Wikander, KarissaI spent a total of seven weeks with Work the World in Pokhara. For six of those weeks I was in a local hospital in X-ray and MRI.

The pace in the hospital was unlike anything I’ve seen, and I’ve worked at some very busy hospitals in the U.S.

The X-ray department was never empty.

There was limited access to medicine and healthcare anywhere outside of Nepal’s larger cities, so people traveled for hours to be seen.

I saw amazing cases and imaging pathologies advanced to a degree I may never see again. It was sad to learn how long some of these patients had waited for care.

I saw multiple patients who’d been in traffic accidents. Some had shattered spines. Some had abdomens that had been filling with fluid for days.

One man came in who’d been experiencing headaches for five years. We conducted an MRI and found a grapefruit-sized tumor in his brain. It had gotten too large to be safely removed.

It put into perspective the need for improved healthcare outside of the more metropolitan areas.

The staff at the hospital were some of the sweetest people I have ever met.

One of the technologists I met also taught at a school. I travelled there and spoke to the radiography students about my career to date and experiences I’d had.

The staff at the hospital were some of the sweetest people I have ever met.

Everyone was so excited to meet and learn about me. They wanted to help me understand their way of life.

Their open attitude toward students made it easy to learn and created a pleasant environment.

Wikander, Karissa

The staff at the house were incredible.

The management team were our main sources of information. They had beautiful souls (and a great network of connections in Pokhara).

The house team were attentive when it came to our day-to-day in the hospital. They were always ready to listen if we had any problems.

They made us feel at home.

am so thankful to Work the World for providing a truly authentic Nepali experience.

The catering team cooked delicious meals for breakfast and dinner every weekday. They delivered traditional cooking lessons every Tuesday too. They always had warm smiles and welcomed us when we came home.

Our language teacher had the warmest heart (and the best jokes). We had a housekeeper too. She was always trying to learn more about us and practice her English.

I would go on another trip with Work the World in a second.

I am so thankful to Work the World for providing a truly authentic Nepali experience. I highly recommend the program to you if you’re considering it.

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