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Elective Diaries: Beyond The Hospital

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It is coming to the end of week 2 of the Medics Abroad summer 2019 elective program and it has been nothing short of awesome.

The students have thus far enjoyed a healthy mix of clinical and non-clinical activities. At Medics Abroad, we are ardent believers of work-life balance especially for clinicians and our tailor-made elective packages have not failed to reflect this mantra. 

We have managed to infuse hands-on clinical activities and experience with carefully selected extra-curricular activities, including but not limited to an overnight safari adventure at one of Kenya’s biggest national parks, trips to popular tourist and historical landmarks in Kenya, water sports, beach ball games and so much more. 

Last weekend was awesome as we went on the overnight safari to Tsavo national park.

Road trip to the National Park

We got to see lions, leopards (which are usually rare), cheetahs, loads of elephants, zebras, giraffes, gazelles, antelopes, and so on. 
We also made a stop at a crocodile sighting point where we got to see and feed crocodiles (from a distance of course). 

Safari ready
Bithiah (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain), Manar (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain), Esther (Medical student- University of Debrecen medical school), Dr. Wendy, Samaher (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain), Uwakmfon (Medical student- University of Debrecen medical school)
Watching the hippos!

The hippos weren’t left out of the mix. We got to see a bunch of them above water and the scenery at this particular location literally took our breaths away.

After the first day’s safari drive through about 13,000 hectares of national parkland, we settled into a lodge which was beautifully situated in the southeast part of the national park.

Sunset safari drive
Views from the lodge at the national park

What we found most captivating about our stay there was how close to nature our chalets were. As the internet connection was very limited (virtually non-existent) within the national park, we were forced to take a break from technology and focus on the beauty that surrounded us and we were so grateful for it.  

Sunset safari
Views from the lodge at the national park
Views from our rooms at the national park

We also went on a sunset safari drive where we got to see the peculiar animals who normally wouldn’t be in plain sight when the heat from the sun is at its peak. We watched the sunset and it was absolutely stunning.

Gorgeous sunset

2 days ago, we proceeded to visit the falconry of Kenya and the snake park where we met a good selection of tropical birds and snakes.

Manar (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain), Bithiah (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain), Uwakmfon (Medical student- University of Debrecen medical school), Esther (Medical student- University of Debrecen medical school), Samaher (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain)
Dr. Wendy
Bithiah (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain)

We didn’t just see and learn about the birds and the snakes, we also got to touch and play with them. 

Manar (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain)
Esther (Medical student- University of Debrecen medical school)
Esther (Medical student- University of Debrecen medical school), Samaher (Medical student- RCSI Bahrain)
Uwakmfon (Medical student- University of Debrecen medical school)

“Paulina the owl” was easily the rockstar of the day. Sitting pretty and enjoying countless mini head massages from every one of her visitors. Lucky her!

We also visited the Vasco da Gama pillar. The freshness of the air there was like none other. The views were second to none. 

View from the Vasco da Gama pillar

We still have a few more places to visit including the museums and snake parks in Nairobi as well as the bustling Massai markets in Malindi and Nairobi. Can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

The author Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, and Web Design. She is a member of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She also runs a Medical Communications and Publishing business, and is the author of the newly published children's book "The Things Around Me".

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