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based on 3 reviews
  • Growth 9.7
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.7
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Medical Shadowing in the Dominican Republic

This experience was hands-down the most amazing two weeks of my life. The experience of shadowing hospitals in a foreign country is so valuable because I learned how different the health care system is compared to what I am used to. More importantly, I got to experience first hand what my dream profession would be like through shadowing incredibly talented mentors, as well as getting a feel for working in a hospital environment. Not only did I learn about medical procedures, medical conditions, etc., but I also learned a lot about which future profession truly suits me. I also made life-long friends with awesome like-minded people on this trip, and I will never forget the memories we made together. Aside from our shadowing placements in the hospital, we had the opportunity to experience Dominican culture through fun activities and excursions such as trips to the beach, ATVs, and a sunset cruise. This trip was the perfect blend of a valuable, academic shadowing experience and a fun, cultural immersion with amazing people.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was most afraid of going into this program without knowing anyone else I would be meeting, and I was not sure how easily I would fit in with everyone else. I overcame it by actively getting to know everyone, which made me realize I should not have been scared in the first place because the people I met were very like-minded and we all got along incredibly well.
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Unique and valuable experience

This experience leaves you fully appreciating the struggles a less economically developed country faces when it comes to medicine. The opportunity to shadow doctors in a variety of departments and explore the differences in treatment options for patients in the country compared to your own is incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement, had lots of fun during the placement as well as in the activities. The staff are incredible from the moment they pick you up from the airport to saying goodbye. The rooms vary in size, normally sharing with 4/5 other people. There is always a night supervisor and security surrounding the house. The food is very good with plenty of options each night. After placement, there is a variety of fun activities such as a sunset cruise, horse riding, roller skating etc. Overall it was a very valuable experience as it is a great to talk about at interviews, whilst giving you extra work experience!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay for 2 weeks instead of 1. This would give me more chance to see private and public hospitals for comparison. I just went to the public hospital.
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Dominican Republic Nursing Placement

I spent 2 weeks in DR on placement for nursing in July and they were possibly the 2 best, and most formative, weeks of my life! I learnt a lot about my dream career and about myself as I spent time shadowing nurses providing primary care to very ill patient in the ER; watching nurses as they performed essential daily duties such as administering medication and vaccinations; and observing various surgeries including multiple c-sections and hernia removals! My hospital mentors were great and really helped to answer my questions and get me the most out of my time in the hospital. One highlight for me was a workshop lead by one particular mentor where we learnt (and practiced) how to suture using a pigs foot. I felt like a proper nurse!! Outside of the hospital, there were always loads of activities on offer. I went on the Saona Island day trip as well and doing ATV driving and getting my nails done with my friends- there really is something for everyone! However, my favourite afternoons were often the ones I spent reading by the pool or playing ‘water volleyball’ with my new friends. The people definitely made the experience for me. I am from Northern Ireland, but I now have friends from America, Canada, Spain, Greece... the list goes on. The staff were also really amazing- from lovely Tom who answered my every question from the day I signed up to the day I left, to Traben and Jess who became friends and people I could trust and talk to. Thank you!!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definitely make sure I took time by myself from day 1. Going from never knowing the people you are with to then being with them 24/7 is difficult. Some of the stuff you have to deal with on placement is emotionally very difficult and you need to take time to process this. More practically, you will be exhausted!! Placement is very full on and you’ll be busy pretty much every day- you need a break sometimes to regroup and think about what you are learning and that is ok!