I went to India, as it is somewhere Ive always wanted to go but always thought I would never go alone. However, you make your decision, if you choose Jodphur in India, I can tell you right now it wont be one you'll regret.
A bundle of nerves as i got off my plane, I was instantly greeted by Deya, the manager in India and from that moment on I knew I was in safe hands.
The house is gorgeous. You are not short of space if you want any alone time and there is plenty of room to mess about it and relax together as a group. The town itself has the amazing market in the clock tower, which you could spend every afternoon of your stay in and have a different experience, the palace, the fort, the dozens of delicious restaurants, the gardens and the temples... its safe to say youre never short of stuff to do- and guided with solid advice the whole way by the staff!
we spent monday to friday 10-1 on placement in the hospital under the guidance of lovely mentors. The hospital is busy, full of life and extremely different to those under the NHS! Each mentor was different, each with an extensive knowledge on their topic and eager to teach you and answer any questions you have. the more the better!!! The hospital is completely mental to be honest, but it works well and the staff are welcoming and friendly and the patients in awe! You will not feel uneasy or in anyones way here, you may just feel like a celebrity for the time you spend there! each afternoon you are given a clinical session on a specific topic, which gives you the insight in to a condition and how it is tested and treated. these are very useful too and get the brain working in a clinical way! If youre not there, you are free to head to surgery, where you can witness anything from 1-10 surgerys in a couple of hours!yet again you will be guided through the process and all questions answered.
After this, the day is your own. i did yoga in the house for my stay and it was a great finish to a busy hospital day and a good tough work out! ruby is a well known teacher in Jodphur and as felxible as a pretzel!
The food in the house was good, it was varied enough and the staff are always keen to hear sugestions and be taught any recipes you know!
My time in India was honestly one of the best times of my life, each housemate was unique and lovely and I know I have made some true friends. My experience was unquestionably priceless! from what i learned in the hospital to the time i spent with the locals on camel safaris and on trips around town with a few of the doctors, India was everything I wanted it to be and more. The colours, the lifestyle, the food and the people have formed a bundle of memories i never want to forget.
If you want a life changing experience as well as an amazing medical placement where you will experience and learn more than a year in medical school as well as jumping into a culture that is so different and so fantastic to witness, choose India. It will not fail to meet any level of expectations, infact, I have no doubt, It will exceed them all!