Medical Internship Gambia

In the second year of my nursing studies at University of Applied Science in Rotterdam, I did a four-month internship at the Lamin Health Center in Gambia (April - August 2017). Through this blog I gave a weekly update. The blogs are automatically translated to English (by computer), so the grammar might not be correct.

W.16 The End!

W.16 The End!

Last week had a wonderful week of vacation with my sister. Very nice to show everything, to introduce friends and to hang out with the tourist. Monkeypark, Crocodile pool, Serrekunda market, PocoLoco Beach, Lamin Lodge, Bible study, Tanji fish market, ...

W.15 Welcome to The Gambia

W.15 Welcome to The Gambia

Monday after a short night and a day of school assignments, I lie on my bed at 4 pm. When I wake up 2 hours later, I see 5 missed calls because I was going to go to my little namesake baby Daphne with a friend at 4:30 PM. (I notice that I am already nice ...

W.14 Dophna!

W.14 Dophna!

Despite the earlier postponement, it is really that Monday. Unfortunately Laila has to return to the Netherlands. After my day shift from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the clinic and a quiet afternoon, it is time to go to the airport at 9:00 pm. As a surprise, the ...

W.13 Yeah why not?!

W.13 Yeah why not ?!

Monday morning, 11:30 AM. I wake up dazed. What, is it so late already ?! Have a quick breakfast and start my school assignments! An 'urgent' visit to the supermarket (read: avoidance of study behavior), after which I have new energy to complete my assignments ...

W.12 Betrapt!

W.12 Caught!

After leaving sunny Lamin last Sunday, we arrived in Bakou half an hour later to enjoy the pool. We are less than 5 minutes in the water when the storm breaks out. Heavy rain and thunder, but the temperature remains high. Ah, if you ...

W.11 Let it rain

W.11 Let it rain

How enjoy the Gambian life. You are not anonymous here but you are part of the community. As soon as you walk down the street, people shout your name, ask what it's like, walk with you and make jokes. Everyone is always outside, because what should you ...

W.10 Don’t worry, be happy!

W.10 Don't worry, be happy!

Monday I am free because I went to the doctor's office in Ebotown on Saturday. I enjoy a wonderful day of sun, sea and beach. Actually, we are quite spoiled in terms of power because we run on solar energy during the day and on Nawec in the evening / at night (the normal ...

W.9 Time flies!

W.9 Time flies!

Monday morning I start my shift taking care of the wounds of the 8-year-old girl who has been burned all over her buttocks and legs. Terrible to see that she is in so much pain and that she cannot lie down without missing her wounds. at ...

W.8 Vakantie in ‘eigen’ land

W.8 Holiday in 'own' country

Daddy and Caleb arrived last Saturday (June 3), so this week I have a wonderful week of vacation! Sunday is early morning again, at 9:00 the church service starts where the three of us go. After the service we go with the local transport (overcrowded ...

W.7 Surprise!

W.7 Surprise!

Ramadan started last week and it shows! It is a lot quieter on the street, no music, no ataya, everyone is lazy and exhausted. On Monday I see few patients during my 12.00 - 16.00 shift, which makes it a bit boring service. Beside...

W.6 Busy, busy, busy!

W.6 Busy, busy, busy!

It is Monday morning at 11:40 AM, when I wake up from my alarm clock after a busy weekend. I glance at my phone and am happy to see that my brother (Caleb) has passed his driver's license in one go! I am really so proud of him! It's coming...

W.4 New Adventures

W.4 New Adventures

WOW how fast time goes! I have been in beautiful Gambia for a month already and what is it here to enjoy! Last week we contributed to the promotional video for the very luxurious, paradise-like 'Djembe Beach Hotel'. With huge cameras, film equipment and ...

W.5 Sharing is caring!

W.5 Sharing is caring!

WOW how fast time goes! I have been in beautiful Gambia for a month already and what is it here to enjoy! Last week we contributed to the promotional video for the very luxurious, paradise-like 'Djembe Beach Hotel'. With huge cameras, film equipment and ...

W.3 Let’s dance!

W.3 Let's dance!

Monday 1 May, celebrate King's Day at TeJo's Pannekoekenbar! Very nice to see so many (Dutch) people in orange clothes partying. We as interns help with the children's royal games. Koekhappen, Lakijen, skipping ropes, sponge relay and of course the ...

W.2 No problem in The Gambia

W.2 No problem in The Gambia

Last Sunday we were invited to have a real Gambian meal with our group of friends. Two large trays of rice, with strange colorful elements that I would rather not know what it is. Also my thoughts on how unhygienic it ...

W.1 Een warm bad

W.1 A warm bath

Monday April 17, my first day in The Gambia, I get a tour of the Lamin Health Center. It is very quiet in the clinic because it is Easter Monday. Then I get from Beredien and Hilde (2 nursing students who have been doing an internship here for 2 months) a ...

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

Sunday, April 16, 3.30 pm, finally time to get in the car. Together with my parents, sister and brother we arrive at Brussels Airport around 5 pm. We look at the flight information board. Yes, it already starts there, the plane has an hour delay. This...

Just one week to go…

Just one week to go…

Just one week before the adventure really starts! After my ticket has been changed 3 times, I will eventually leave for beautiful Gambia on Sunday April 16. At 20:30 the plane leaves from Brussels to Casablanca. After a few hours in Morocco, ...

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