We have received lots of case studies from students whose Work the World placements inspired them so much, they want to go back to the developing world after they have graduated.
There are lots of options out there, but the most prevalent is Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare.
But, while helping underpriveledged people sounds like an honourable post-grad option, it is hard work and takes a lot of consideration. On one hand, MSF overseas volunteers often live and work in very difficult conditions and the work is tough and demanding. On the other hand the work is immensely rewarding.
To get a better picture of how our placements affect students, we asked our Tanzania and Ghana houses whether MSF is an option now that they have had a taste of African healthcare:
Sophie in Ghana said that "now that I have worked in an African hospital, I definitely would consider working for an organisation like Medicins Sans Frontieres. Everybody is so friendly and welcoming and it's good to see the different ways in which medicine / medical profession are applied in Africa. It is a completely different way of routine and everyday practice to that of the UK, and it's a great eye opener". Her comments were reflected by Lindsay who felt that the "different way the professionals work and the patient - led care are aspects I have enjoyed and would thrive on in the future."
In Tanzania , Claire commented that "working in the hospital has exposed us to the other side of Africa. It is very different from the image we had in mind before coming and there are split views on returning. Some of my friends would love to get more involved, but others have found the differences very difficult. It's not just the work and what you see, it's being away from family and friends. Quite a lot of the group admire MSF but would prefer to work close to their families in the UK when they graduate."