University of Wollongong 2018

Medical, Cambodia Phnom Penh

Erica, SornI completed my final-year medical elective in Phnom Penh, split between a general hospital and a paediatric hospital. I was there for a total of six weeks.

I had a great amount of help from the Work the World team in deciding the most suitable destination for my personal interests and clinical learning needs. They were incredibly helpful and patient throughout the whole process.

When I finally decided on Cambodia, I was stoked! I come from a Cambodian background, so I felt that this would be the perfect way to finally visit.

I’d also get to experience healthcare there with the extra benefit of speaking the language.

Erica, SornUpon arrival at Phnom Penh airport, a member of the Work the World staff team picked us up. We went back to the Work the World house where we met the rest of the team.

Everyone at the Work the World house in Phnom Penh were so warm, friendly and welcoming.

Breakfast and dinner was served by the in-house catering team everyday. The food was amazing!

The housekeepers were amazing too. Everyone really made us all feel at home — I couldn’t fault the house at all.

The team were so accommodating and always greeted us with a smile.

Erica, SornWe even got the opportunity to try local cuisines and fruits, which the housekeepers specifically went out to find for us.

Living with other healthcare students was fantastic — there was never a dull moment in the Work the World house.

We met so many people from around the world, we also got the opportunity to make very close friends, with whom we travelled most weekends.

Every weekend, we travelled to a new destination around Cambodia.

Erica, SornThere was so much information available in the house, and the locally-hired staff were so knowledgeable when it came to travel plans.

In the afternoons, we walked to the nearby shopping centres and cafes.

We travelled to our hospital placement via tuk tuk. I loved it once I got used to the chaotic streets of Phnom Penh!

The hospital staff were very friendly.

I observed many obstetric and gynaecological cases and witnessed the differences in healthcare approaches compared to Australia. It was fascinating, and there was always so much to learn.

Erica, SornI loved my elective placement in Phnom Penh.

I definitely recommend it for someone who would like the opportunity to experience healthcare in a setting where resources are limited, with the opportunity to travel and explore the beautiful sights of Cambodia.

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