We have now been in Kenya for 3 weeks and it has really been an adventure! There are seven of us doing a placement in Kenya for Terve Afrikka ry and we are all located in different places according our field of studies and our own interests. There are two of us from TAMK and some other nursing and social services students from other universities of applied sciences. As I will be a public health nurse, I’ve been working in a local health center and I have had a chance to work in child welfare clinic and family planning clinic so far and actually today I started a new placement in antenatal care. As you can imagine things don’t always go same way than we are used to in Finland, but so far I can honestly say, that I have seen or learnt something new every day and gained knowledge and skills that I can also use in Finland.
During our free time we’ve been enjoying hot and sunny weather by the pool and we also did a trip to Maasai Mara national park, where we saw all those animals from the Lion King movie, I am still wondering if the whole trip was just a dream! Kenya is full of beautiful nature, so we are hoping to get a possibility to travel to other national parks as well.
Of course time abroad is never just a dream and the traffic, getting used to the fact that everything is running late and trying to look for daily items from market has given us a headache but so far I couldn’t be happier and I believe this exchange will be a real dream come true-trip! I am also writing a blog in Finnish, so if you would like to know more about our time in Kenya, please visit Kaiken Maailman Matkoja!
Best wishes, Laura