University of East Anglia 2018

Medical, Cambodia Phnom Penh

240215 Random PhotosI decided to go to Cambodia on a whim.

The deadline to let my university know where I was going was fast approaching.

So when a friend asked if I wanted to join her, I said yes.

I’ll always treasure the time I spent in Cambodia

Being completely honest, I was ignorant of the country’s painful history.

In the end, I spent an incredible month amongst a people who refused to let past traumas defeat them.

This is just one of the reasons I’ll always treasure the time I spent in Cambodia.

My Arrival

Musazizi, SamirahThe heat and humidity hit me as soon as I stepped off the plane.

But warmer still was the greeting I received from Work the World’s Cambodia team.

I felt truly welcome throughout my stay at the Work the World House. Everyone became like family.

If I had even the slightest concern, the team did their utmost to support me.

local staff banded together to deliver the best possible care to their patients.

During your first day of placement, or when you move to a new department, a member of the house team accompanies you. They formally introduce you to the head of the team.

For my own placement, I was in general medicine and the intensive care unit.

What particularly stood out to me was how under-resourced the hospitals were.

Musazizi, Samirah

Still, local staff banded together to deliver the best possible care to their patients.

Despite the language barrier between the staff and I, they took time to explain whenever I looked confused. This happened often.

Exploring Cambodia

Musazizi, Samirah

The real highlights of my trip were from time spent with my housemates, exploring Cambodia.

This exploration helped us grow closer to one another. I am still in touch with some of my housemates to this day.

The experience was, quite simply, indescribable.

Musazizi, Samirah

If only for a fragment of time, I experienced the richness and diversity of a culture vastly different from my own.

I spent evenings and weekends doing everything from exploring the Phnom Penh’s nightlife to visiting the sprawling temple complex of Angkor Wat (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Words cannot convey the depths of what I took away from my time in Cambodia.

The experience was, quite simply, indescribable.

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