Meet this weeks Roadie, Alec! Alec is from Ohio and is here in Buenos Aires with us for 6 weeks participating in the Hospital Internship and staying in a Homestay. Listen to what Alec has to say about his time here in Argentina!
Where do you intern in Buenos Aires: I intern At one of the public hospitals here in the city of Buenos Aires.
Describe a typical day in your hospital internship: I intern in the morning, shadowing physicians as they do their daily rounds/patient intake.
What makes Buenos Aires a special place to intern: The variety of people that you come into contact with is what makes BA special for an internship. There are several endemic diseases to only South America (such as Chagas Disease), and I wouldn’t be able to have exposure to that at home.
The most interesting thing you have done as an intern: In pediatrics I was able to do more and more as time went on. I was helping a lot with basic reflex stuff, BP, etc.
The greatest challenge you face as an intern: The greatest challenge, for me, is not being a native Spanish speaker. When it comes to my medical interests, I wanted to be able to communicate exactly what I was thinking. Given the rapidness of the speech here and the unique slang, I sometimes became frustrated with myself when I couldn’t communicate perfectly or understand every bit of the patient’s situation.
The most valuable thing you’ve learned in Buenos Aires: It is not so much that I learned it here, but my experience here only reinforces my thinking that no matter where you are, people are people. You get the good and the bad everywhere. Luckily, the large majority of people I have had relationships with here have been positive, kind, and willing to help me.
Your biggest accomplishment since arriving: Not being from a huge city myself, figuring out the bus system during the first week was interesting. Cardinal directions are pretty much useless when it comes to giving or getting directions, so you have to quickly memorize as many of the streets as you can.
One fun fact about Buenos Aires: Spicy food is hard to come by here. Even black pepper isn’t used too liberally, if at all. If you have cravings, like I did, for something with a kick, there are several Japanese or Peruvian restaurants that can help you out. And lots of burger joints will have jalapeños on their food.
Your favorite memory of your time in BA: Getting to know my host family and the families of their children. I really couldn’t have gotten luckier with my homestay and the people I’m with. Also, watching the World Cup here with Argentinean (especially when Argentina plays) is spectacular.
Advice to future Roadies: It’s normal to need some time to get used to the city. Plan your time here with the idea that you’ll need about 2 weeks at the beginning to get your bearings. Find that good empanada place or bakery, and then push further the next day to find the next good one. This city is huge and he variety of shops/museums/restaurants/parks/neighborhoods/people that you will run into is incredible.
Why choose Road2Argentina: The people at Road2Argentina are really good at watching your back. I always felt like if I had a question or issue with something, they would be ready and willing to help. And they make an effort to tell you about fun and interesting things that are happening around the city in case you’re wanting to try something new.
Find out how you can take part in these internships as well by logging onto Road2Argentina.com!