If you follow my facebook page or my instagram you’ll know that after years and years of dreaming, I have booked to go on an elective midwifery placement in Cambodia for six weeks in the summer of 2019.
I’ve been dreaming about this for as long as I’ve been dreaming about midwifery. I’ve looked at multiple companies and locations. Ultimately I decided to go with Work the World. They have no age limits, a good ethical history, and were so helpful with all my questions (of which there were many) before I actually dived in and booked.
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Today, I took a step to fulfill a dream I've had almost as long as I've wanted to become a midwife. I booked my place on a #worktheworld elective in Cambodia for next summer. I've talked and talked and talked since 2011 about doing something like this and now I can barely believe it's happening! I'm full of joy and excitement for what's coming and even happier that I get to share it with my classmates ❤️🌏🇰🇭 . . . . . . . #futuremidwife #studentmidwife #midwifetobe #midwiferyelective #worktheworldelective #worktheworldcambodia #worktheworldmidwifery #projectsabroad #gapmedics #travellingmidwife
So in March, just before my second placement block, I went ahead and booked my dream. I don’t think the reality of booking it really hit me until a few days later, then I started crying and literally hopping around the place with excitement! I think my parents still don’t really believe that I’m going but there is absolutely no stopping me now! Especially as one of my loveliest classmates has booked to come along with me on this amazing journey.
I feel incredibly lucky to be in a position to start this adventure off. Booking alone cost €350 and with extra costs like vaccinations and flights I can easily see this tipping into €4000 by the time it’s all added up. So I’ll be doing a lot of fundraisers over the next year to earn as much as I can. I’ve already done the 2018 Women’s Mini Marathon, splitting what I raised between my fund for this trip and the Rape Crisis North East centre. I’ve set up a GoFundMe (link here) where anyone and everyone can vote on whether I should shave my flame hair or save it. And I’m hoping to make use of my self care hobby – cross stitch!
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Today I FINALLY finished this cross stitch piece for one of my loveliest classmates 💖 the back is covered by felt to hide the raggedy threads 🌸 I'm thinking about making these to order and selling them €15 plus P&P, would anyone be interested? . . #studentmidwife #futuremidwife #midwifetobe #midwifelife #midwifery #midwiferyschool #midwiferytraining #midwiferyart #artsandcrafts #crossstitch #all4maternity #midwiferyplacement
Cross stitch was something I detested in Junior Cert Home Ec, but I’ve learned to love it. It’s methodical, it’s routine, it’s hard to make a mistake. And it’s not an expensive or messy hobby, which is a bonus. A few girls in my class have asked me to make similar pieces for them so the little bit of extra money I make from them goes straight into my adventure savings!
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