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Elin Nilsson and Alice Leija Aghajan Gazi Are in Antigua, Caribbean, from January 22 to March 21. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

They write their thesis in the Caribbean

Alice Lejla Aghajan Ghazi and Elin Nilsson study the last semester on the Nursing programme at Luleå University of Technology. They have chosen to write their thesis in Antigua, Caribbean. For eight weeks they will write their thesis and do volunteer work at a hospice.
Follow their trip via the Instagram account sskantigua.

– I was inspired when went on my first International evening here at the university. There I was inspired by two students who had previously been to Antigua. They held a presentation about their trip and the hospice where they were doing their study. The hospice's income is based on donations from organizations and  the staff are volunteers. That is something that attracted me to experience that environment, says Alice Lejla Aghajan Ghazi from Varberg.

The idea is that they will carry out their study Palliative care in a developing country - an observational study for three days a week and two days they will do volunteer work at the hospice.

The trip is due thanks to a granted MFS scholarship that they sought with the help of a supervisor at the university in Luleå. Before the trip, they had to go for a compulsory preparatory course held by Sida in Härnösand. The course was for Swedish students with scholarships who would go to different countries.

– The course gave us more than we thought. For example, we have gained a new view of how we will be seen by the population when we come to Antigua, says Elin Nilsson from Luleå.

They do not expect it to be an easy job in the Caribbean. The change will be great and they are well aware that they will encounter obstacles during the journey.

– We have to deal with what we meet, but it is good that we have the support of our supervisor at Luleå University of Technology and the Antigua Supervisor, whom we can talk to when unexpected situations occur, says Alice Lejla Aghajan Ghazi.

– I think we can also expect to get a new perspective and knowledge about healthcare and then be able to take this to our new workplace as newly graduated nurses, says Elin Nilsson.

Follow their trip to the Instagram account - sskantigua