Is Hospital Work Experience Abroad Safe?

July 15, 2013

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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With the potential for several career advancing benefits, hospital work experience abroad is becoming increasingly more popular amongst students who are considering medicine as a career choice. However, the big question that’s on all prospective students’ minds is the issue of safety. Is it really safe to go to developing countries to obtain this hospital work experience?

The thing to remember about overseas hospital work experience is that it is always safest to go with a reputed medical work experience company such as Gap Medics. We have bases at Tanzania, Thailand and Czech Republic. and all of our bases are fully staffed with trained professionals from all over the world, as well as several from the home country itself. We take care of all the formalities, from the moment you leave your home country, throughout your stay, till the moment you get back home. When you join an organisation such as Gap Medics, you know you are as safe as you can possibly be.

Students at the rock in Iringa, TanzaniaUpon arrival at your chosen destination, transportation is arranged for you from the airport straight to the residence where you will meet several other pre-med students just like yourself. Even when it comes to sightseeing, we have certain approved tour guides that we will recommend and in some cases, have even partnered with local guides to give you a customised experience. All of this means that there is always someone who is trustworthy and reliable so you never need to feel alone and unprotected. There is always someone looking out for you.

Even in terms of health and safety issues, we will give you all the information you need to know with regards to vaccinations and other health precautions you need to take depending upon the country you are visiting. 

Unfortunately when it comes to health and personal safety, if you choose to travel alone, you will be doing so without any safety net. This is not really an ideal situation and we do not recommend this at all as you have several dynamics to worry about from the language differences to the cultural differences that can leave you extremely vulnerable.

Another thing that you need to take into consideration is the fact that circumstances regarding health and safety in most of these countries tends to change continually. You need to stay on top of the latest developments before your travel date. When you travel with us, you can rest assured that you will get updates on the latest situations in the country you are travelling to so you can always be prepared.

Gap Medics students at Iringa regional hospitalOver and above everything else is the convenience and the time you save when you go with an organised group such as Gap Medics. Think of how much time and money you would otherwise spend calling up hospitals in different countries, asking for the opportunity to gain some work experience. Once you get that permission, you still have to organise flight tickets, pick up from the airport and accommodation close to the respective hospital. 

Gap Medics takes care of everything for you when you are looking for hospital work experience abroad so you can focus on gaining valuable work experience without worrying about issues regarding safety.