How to Prepare for Work Experience Abroad

July 15, 2013

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Completing work experience abroad is a great way to ramp up your CV and also to immerse yourself in a completely new way of living and working. You will find that going on a placement abroad with a reputed setup makes thing so much easier for you. An established placement organisation will help you with all of your travel and visa formalities and will make arrangements for drop off and pick up at your destination, as well as a safe place to stay where you will live with several other medical students from all corners of the globe. Just knowing that there is someone who is going to be handling all of these procedures can make things a lot less stressful for you, allowing you to focus on your upcoming work experience.

While all of this can be tremendously new and exciting, there are a few things that you should personally take care of to ensure that your placement abroad is not riddled with problems that could have been easily avoided.  

Before you embark on your work experience abroad, there are a few things you should tick off your checklist:

-Scan all of your personal travel documents and your certifications and save them to one of the many cloud programs. That way you can always get additional copies whenever you need them – either for internal travel in your destination country or if your physical documents get lost. Another option is to mail the scanned copies to yourself.

-Keep a record of the contact details and location information of your embassy in the host country.

-Give someone reliable back home a copy of your detailed travel plans, itinerary and contact information so they know how to reach you at any time they may need to.

-If you are on any type of medication, make sure you buy and take a full supply for the duration of your stay abroad, as many countries may not keep the same brand. Don’t forget to carry along a stamped and signed prescription to avoid getting detained at customs for suspicion of carry illegal substances/drugs.

-Make sure you have enough money saved up for travelling in and around the host country so you can make the most of your trip.

-Keep aside sufficient money to cover any emergencies that may crop up.

-Familiarise yourself with the local laws, customs and other legal and social restrictions in the country you are travelling to.

201104290042.jpgWhen you travel abroad for work experience there is so much to learn, so much to see and do, so much to experience. You do not want to ruin it all because you were underprepared. Do not hesitate to get all of your questions answered by your program leader.

Have a doubt about something? Want to know about your medical coverage while you are abroad? Need to find out more details about your accommodation arrangements? Whatever information you want or whatever doubts you need to get clarified – ask your program leader or call the company so you do not take any of these doubts with you once you have set off on your trip.