I chose to go to Nepal for my placement as it offered great opportunities in radiography. Nepal was the most friendly and chilled out place I’ve ever been and has a great vibe—I tell everyone it’s a must go!
Work the World were excellent. They organised everything surrounding my placement. Any areas I requested to spend time in, they made it happen. I had no worries about accommodation or transfers as they sorted everything. Letting Work the World deal with things takes all the stress out of the trip. I also had online access to check the status of my trip, and what I needed to do in the run up. The flexible payment options were so helpful for me as a student.
My hospital placement was great. Local staff and students were always happy to help and answer questions. The local students really made me feel welcome and comfortable. They took me to lunch and invited me out after work, which I appreciated, being new to the setting.
One of the main learnings I took away from the experience was how culture can affect practises and attitudes towards practise. I felt that the experience prepared me for the kinds of thing I might see in any other countries I decide work in.
Clinically, the experience helped me develop my non-verbal communication skills, and showed me how to adapt when faced with limited resources and technology.
The experience allowed me to grow as a professional, and to appreciate the amount of support we have from the NHS. No matter how ‘rubbish’ people say it is, we are lucky and should be grateful for it.
One of the main reasons I wanted to travel overseas was to meet new people. I initially found the idea of travelling alone daunting. Going it alone was something I never thought I’d be able to do. But, it was the best thing I’ve ever done and I’d do it again tomorrow If I could.
The people I met on my trip were like minded and helped me realise what I truly value in a person. Everyone was so genuine, and we made some of the best memories together.
Together, we went white water rafting, did some sunrise yoga on top of a mountain, went paragliding, and hiked up to the Peace Pagoda just across Phewa Lake.
Nepal taught me to smile more and be positive and happy about whatever life throws at me.
Don’t let a lack of confidence stop you from travelling. Take the plunge and go for a decent length of time, because I guarantee, speaking from experience, you won’t want to come home.