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Medical Electives, Nursing Electives in Vietnam by Minjung Rachel Song

My arrival

Nursing Elective in Vietnam

When I decided to go Vietnam to volunteer, I was worried about everything. I was anxious about cultural differences, food, people, and more. Also, since I was going to Vietnam by myself, safety was a big issue. During the flight, I thought about the worst scenarios that could happen to me in Vietnam. When I arrived, I met one of the staff members from Projects Abroad and as I was having a conversation with him, I was relieved. He was very welcoming and respected my cultural background; he also made me feel excited about the new journey! After I was dropped off at my accommodation and introductions were made, I went to an induction and I learned about my placement and what to expect. The staff member who did the induction was willing to help us and I felt welcomed and happy to be in Vietnam.

My Nursing Placement

Nursing Elective in Vietnam

Every week, a staff member asked me for my feedback and I always felt that my concerns and opinions were heard - I felt safe. I was very surprised with my Nursing Placement. Although not everyone was able to speak English, they asked me lots of questions and a translator helped me to engage with them. A few doctors were able to speak in English and they were willing to teach me about the Vietnam health care system and they asked me about Canada’s health care system. I was able to see lots of differences in practice. Some of the practices were very interesting and I thought maybe I could discuss some unique skills I saw in Vietnam to one of the nursing professors in Canada. Some staff members from my placement also took me to some great places in Hanoi so that I could eat and hang out with them.

Nursing Elective in Vietnam

Every day, I made new friends and experienced new things. All the worries I had were gone and now I wish I had extended my project date. I felt safe at my placement and in my accommodation and I thought all of the staff members were willing to listen to the volunteer’s concerns.

If I could go back in time, I would have learned more Vietnamese. I wish I knew more simple words so I could communicate more easily with people. Furthermore, I would have done more research about the Vietnam health care system. If I had done more research about Vietnam’s health care system, I could have understood it even better.

Overall experience

Nursing Elective in Vietnam

Overall, my time with Projects Abroad is very positive. I felt safe and satisfied and I’m willing to visit Vietnam again if I can. I love everything about Vietnam and I wish I could have extended my projects to a few months so I can get to know the Vietnam health care system more. I enjoyed my project and I think it was worth it.

Minjung Rachel Song

Ce témoignage est basé sur l’expérience unique d’un volontaire à un certain moment donné. Nos projets s’adaptent constamment aux besoins locaux, ils évoluent au fur et à mesure que des volontaires s’impliquent et s’adaptent aux saisons, ainsi votre expérience sur place pourra être différente de celle décrite ici. Pour en savoir plus sur cette mission, vous pouvez consulter la page de ce projet ou bien contacter l’un de nos conseillers de volontaires.

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