Longing for contact
Kiran Somani tells of his experience in a Romanian orphanage
Recently I managed to secure a place working in an orphanage in Romania through the International Federation of Medical Students Association. Along with five other medical students I was to be placed at an orphanage in the town of Iasi, which lies in the north east of the state of Moldavia. The placement was for three weeks during the summer and the only charge was $100 for accommodation.
The project is organised by the federation and is supported by local students. This was a great relief as we automatically had very hospitable guides to introduce us both to the orphanage and the town and the culture. The students visited us daily and became good friends who always had good suggestions about how we could make the most of our time.
Our duties didn't involve a huge amount of practising medicine as we were not all clinical students. We were placed