“My springtime internship on Syros changed into a remarkable revel in,” stated Emma Di Gregory, an 18-yr-antique scholar at the Maison Familiale Rurale (MFR) training institute at St-Etienne in France, after finishing a three-week internship application at a French-language primary faculty in the capital of the Cyclades. “I had the risk to comprehend the power that Greek teachers put into their paintings, as well as their calm mind-set,” added Emma, who in her unfastened time explored every inch of the island with pals.
Apart from the school room, the scholars from the French schooling institute have been involved in a huge variety of other tasks on the island, such as working at the town corridor, eating places, small and medium businesses and a nearby pharmacy.
“Our collaboration with Syros via the Erasmus+ program is going back round 10 years,” director of the St-Etienne MFR Igor Navarro told us. He observed his students in April after visiting with an extraordinary class in March.
“Our [education] gadget is different to yours here: [In France] every two weeks of theoretical training change with two weeks of realistic education; that’s a total of 28 weeks idea and 22 exercises,” he added.
“Once a year, our students head off for a 3-week internship program overseas. Learning to work in an surprising surroundings is a key a part of their education,” he said.
His college has chosen to collaborate with Greece and, greater specifically, its islands. “It is an aware desire, so they discover ways to be powerful in isolated island regions,” he told us. Back in 2017, as director of the MFR Vernines, he contacted the nation health facility in the seashore town of Karystos in southern Evia.
Last year, a collection of round 20 college students aged among 17 and 18 worked at the clinic. Another organization is anticipated to reach the town in October.
“The interns had been break up into pairs. Every day they would be assigned to a one-of-a-kind wing as assistants – the emergency department, the pediatric medical institution, the dental department, obstetrics and gynaecology, microbiology, radiology, fashionable surgical operation,” said health centre director Anastasios Michas. “They laboured from 8 a.M. To at least one p.M. We also provided them with lunch.”
The language barrier became every so often a mission, however not an insurmountable one. Some of the interns spoke English, even as many a number of the clinic staff also spoke French. Then there is the scientific terminology, much of which stems from the Greek.
The Greek docs and nurses gave the French youngsters, who had been already on nursing guides and were acquainted with the health facility surroundings, a heat welcome. “We even gave them the possibility to wait for surgeries,” the health facility director said.
Every time they accomplished an assignment – along with bandaging a wound or appearing an x-ray on a patient – their confidence grew. “They took us via marvel, as they had been inclined to assist with cleansing up too as they have been skilled to hold their workspace clean,” Michas added. “However, we made it clear to them that this was no longer part of the process description.”
For their part, the French college students have been surprised with the aid of the operation of the Karystos sanatorium. “They had been surprised using the reality that scientific remedy became loose and that the conditions they discovered themselves in did no longer match the descriptions approximately the ‘wrecked’ Greek fitness system within the French media,” Michas stated.
The students had a possibility to share their impressions of Karystos with French Ambassador to Athens Christophe Chantepy, a warm supporter of the alternate program, whom they met earlier than returning home.
Navarro, who turned into raised within the south of French, is a big fan of Greece and feels very relaxed inside the u. S. A .. “Once you get to realize the Greek mentality, you realize that there is an approach to every problem, but it’s now not always at once obtrusive. You need to bring it to the surface.”
The college students have been additionally charmed. For lots of them, it becomes their first journey to every other u. S . A. They departed with the promise that they would return, for holidays, work or, in some instances, to revive a romance that had blossomed over the route of this system.