My name is Camille Brienne, I’m a nursing student from the Institute of Training in Nursing, French Red Cross of Bethune. I have chosen to do my internship of 9 weeks in Latvia to discover new culture and to see the differences in practice. I was very well received by Irina, the ERASMUS coordinator in Riga.
It was a great experience for me. I was able to learn a different way to take care of patients. I was able to discover 3 departments where I have never been in France. At first, I went to general medicine, the second was cardiological surgery and the last department where I went was the oto-rhino- laryngology at the Children’s Hospital. It was very interesting but sometimes there wasn’t much care so it was boring because I waited for 1 or 2 hours to find something to do. An other negative point it’s that in some departments the staff don’t speak English so it was difficult to be understood. For me the hardest part was getting used to the cold climate. This internship also allowed me to become more independent and to improve my English level and to meet new people. This exchange gave me the opportunity to discover another part of the world which is very beautiful. I really appreciate to discover Riga, it’s a very beautiful city especially the old town with smalls streets, pretty monuments and all public gardens. I also visited Jurmala ans Vilnius in Lithuania and it was really pleasant. My advice for future students is to enjoy this experience, and to travel to Latvia and if they have the opportunity, to travel to neighboring countries as well."
Student from France