If you are thinking about going to Tanzania to do your practice…..Do it!
It was an amazing, crazy and fun experience. From a nursing point of view, I have learned that you see a lot of things, good and bad, and nothing will surprise me anymore. I have seen plenty of good nursing care and some not so good nursing, but I think that is the same wherever you go in the world.
From a personal point of view, I think I have learned to enjoy life, to enjoy my friends and not to take things in life too seriously. Whatever happens will happen!
If you were to come here, be prepared for a culture shock. Everything is different. The way people are, the goats and cows on the side of the road, the way you will live, the food, the transport, the way of nursing and a million more things. But if you embrace the unknown, you will have a fantastic time and I wouldn’t change it for the world! 🙂 Also, Tanzanian people are some of the nicest people I have met!
I also learned an important lesson not to take life and friends for granted. Just after I came back to Finland, a close Tanzanian friend of mine passed away because of malaria in the hospital where I worked. Malaria is still a big health problem in East Africa and usually it is easily treated if caught early, but sometimes it isn’t. So, there is still much work to do in preventing malaria deaths and as a nursing student in Tanzania, there is much you can learn and do there.