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Sydney Adoli from Kenya

My experience with p&e in Germany

01.12.2015 My stay in Germany was filled with a lot of different experiences from the food to the weather and the people as well as the medical practice itself. I had to get used to always being on the move. I arrived at Lufthansa airport at 8 in the morning with all my electronic and phone off. I could not translate any word in Deutsch and the check in process was a little bit tough and uncomfortable. You really have to have all your papers especially with the immigrants issue. I found the following words very useful on this first day :"entschuldigung, Sprechen sie englisch?" (excuse me do you speak english?).  Simon a medical practical year student in Giessen is the one who picked me from the airport. I was so excited that i asked Simon if we could walk around dragging my heavy suitcase on the hot summer tarmac that my tyres got worn out.

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01.12.2014 Introduction
Germany with the population of about 80 million people is around 35 times bigger than Macedonia. As you arrive with the plane, you could have a view over the beautiful landscape covered with woodlands, numerous lakes and windmills, combined with great biodiversity. During the walk through the cities (Berlin, Magdeburg) there are still ruins from the old German architecture, but, unfortunatelly, much is destroyed in the world wars. Berlin is famous for its numerous cultural institutions, such as galleries, museums, festivals, nightlife, art and education. 

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01.12.2014 MY IPPNW JOURNEY

It began with MPW : Medical Peace Work Course
Just a little over a year ago, I did not know what the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) was. I was actually introduced to it by my friend Mary Iwaret who studies at the Nairobi University with whom we had worked with on various occasions on research projects. She wanted me to help recruit medical students from my university, Kenyatta University to take part in medical peace work projects. This was in December 2013. To be honest then I understood very little about her proposal. However, I spread the word and had about 40 students expressing interest in doing the 7 courses long online medical peace work. I think what made most students want to join was the fact that there was a workshop to be held in April 2014 and the certificates that came along with the course. I don’t think we knew how tasking the courses would be until we had enrolled and started doing the course work.

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Sally Wambui N'dungu, Kenya

A Report of my Experience in Germany October December 2013

01.12.2013 Monday 9th December 2013 was the day just after my arrival back home from Germany; the place that had been home to me for about 7 weeks. As I walked hurriedly through our very busy streets in the city centre, trying to make it on time to meet a friend; I noticed that indeed I was different. Unlike before, it mattered to me so much to be on time. While the rest crossed the road regardless, I found myself stopping when the passenger lights went red!

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