Sitting in a lovely internet cafe in Iringa whilst writing this post 🙂 Been on safari already and it was so amazing but i’ll talk about that later.
Well i’ve just come to the end of my first week in Tanzania and I am now a 1/4 of the way through my time in Tanzania. I can safely say so far that my week here has been amazing and one of the best experiences of my life so far and I still have another three weeks left of the same!
I have met some amazing people and the house has such a community feel. I was instantly made to feel welcome and i now have a new nickname which is quite difficult to explain to you without saying it but it is basically an extended version of “Louis”. My first week in the hospital was also really fun, I have been doing Internal Medicine (Female) and the doctor I shadowed was extremely funny and informative. I am moving on to paediatrics this week and am really looking forward to it.
I was very surprised with the hospital when I first arrived. I think I expected it to be a really run down hospital with only the real bare necessities to be able to function. However Tosamaganga Hospital is actually pretty good for an African hospital. It has everything it needs to function as a good hospital (however power supply is very limited!) and is generally a clean hospital as well.
Apart from being in the hospital I have been out and experienced the town of Iringa, I have socialised with my new found friends and I have also found the time to go on Safari. So… Safari 🙂 On Friday a group of 13 of us from Gap Medics decided to go to the local national park and spend a few days on safari. That has honestly been one of the highlights of the trip so far. We saw countless elephants, giraffes, impala, hippos, zebras and also the famed Lion. We also visited a Masai Village in which we got to experience local Masai life and buy some hand made Masai products. I have taken so many photos which, unfortunately, will have to be uploaded when I return to England as the internet here in Iringa is painfully slow.
I hoped you have enjoyed the brief insight into my first week on my Gap Medics placement and I will be updating you on what happens over the next week in due course.
Louis and others 🙂 x