Emilia Schölin is a Swedish health care student who recently embarked on the London Internship Programme. As part of the EU-funded venture Erasmus+, the 18-year-old did three weeks worth of work experience at the nursing home, providing an invaluable service to the elderly residents. We asked her about her impressions of working and living in a new city and if there are any useful secrets she would like to share with our future students.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I live in a small village in Sweden. In my spare time I like hanging out with friends and boyfriend and I also like going to the gym and training with my volleyball team. I like having something to keep myself busy with! When our teacher told us about the Erasmus+ scholarship I got really excited - I knew it was something that fitted me!
What was the best moment of your trip?
I had never been to London before and I definitely want to come back. Everything has been great; I loved my host family, everyone at ADC College were helpful and took good care of us, my work placement colleagues were lovely. And experiencing London was fantastic. My roommate and I really made the most of the city by sightseeing every day. We've had the best moments together. It has been an experience.
What was your work placement like?
The nursing home where I worked was a bit different compared to what nursing homes are like back home. But I really enjoyed it because that's why I wanted to try it out - to see another culture and experience something else, and bring some new knowledge back home with me.
What were your tasks?
To provide the older people with things they wanted and needed, and of course perform daily care duties such as washing and assist them in every way possible. To make them feel like every day is valuable.
Your work placement offered you a job if you ever decide to move to London. How do you feel about that?
I got really happy and excited! It feels like they really appreciated my work.
How has this experience inspired you?
To try new things. I'm not afraid to travel the world. There is so much to do and so much to try, and I will try it.
What did you learn from the trip?
To be more self-confident. I feel more secure when it comes to speaking English and navigating a bigger city, and that's two really useful things according to me! I'm also able to grasp and think about health care from a bigger perspective.
What did you find most exciting about working and living in a new country?
It was exciting to live somewhere else for a while and experience another culture. As I said it was my first time in London and I know that I will come back. It's a big city if you compare it to my hometown, yet everyone was so helpful. I have experienced so much in a few weeks and it truly felt like home to me, like I would never go back to Sweden.
What are your plans for the future?
I don't have any plans for the future. I would like to travel and work and then continue studying.
What would your advice be for students who are yet to embark on this journey?
Seize the day, because the weeks go by faster than you think. Experience as much as possible!
Emilia visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.