Tohtoročnú letnú stáž som absolvovala v Bulharsku v meste Pleven, čo je siedme najľudnatejšie mesto Bulharska. Pri podávaní žiadosti sme si ja a spolužiačka zvolili mesto Varna, v čom nám nevyhoveli. Uprednostnili našu požiadavku byť spolu v rovnakom meste a na rovnakom oddelení. Vybrali sme si mesiac júl. Umiestnili nás na oddelení všeobecnej chirugie, kde sme strávili celý mesiac. Na oddelení bolo veľmi veľa študentov, čo bol dôvod, prečo sa nám spočiatku veľmi nevenovali a bolo to trošku chaotické. Neskôr sa to upravilo. Chodili sme na vizity, hoci sme veľa nerozumeli. Po vizite nám doktor, ktorý nás mal na starosti pridelil prácu, buď sme išli na operačné sály a pozerali sa na operácie, mali sme možnosť asistovať pri operáciách, zavádzať katétre, alebo sledovať rôzne operácie. Nevýhodou bolo, že veľmi málo doktorov vedelo po anglicky. Keď bolo operácií málo, alebo sa neoperovalo, ostali sme na ambulancii, oddelení, odoberali sme krv, pomáhali pri preväzoch rán.

Do Bulharska sme cestovali autobusom z Bratislavy, kvôli tomu, že to bol najlacnejší spôsob dopravy. Cesta do Sofie a späť autobusom nás stála 88 eur. Trvala cca 15 hodín. V Sofii sme prestúpili na autobus do Plevenu, kde nás čakali naše kontaktné osoby. Odviezli nás na internát kde sme boli ubytované, vybavili nám ubytovanie, ukázali mesto, obchody. S Internátom sme neboli spokojné , nakoľko sme neboli spolu na izbe , izby boli škaredé a mali sme aj šváby. Čo sa týka kontaktných osôb (CP), boli sme prekvapené koľko voľného času nám venovali. Lepšie CP si neviem predstaviť. Mohli sme sa na nich obrátiť s akoukoľvek otázkou a kedykoľvek sme potrebovali. Prvé dni s nami išli aj na oddelenie, aby nám ukázali, kde to je, ako to tam chodí. Každý deň po stáži sme mali obedy, najprv v jedálni na intráku, neskôr v reštaurácii. To sme mali zaplatené. Takisto na každý deň sme mali pripravený veľmi pestrý program, od kultúrnych pamiatok, múzeí prehliadky centra mesta, športových dní, často sme chodili na kúpaliská a neskôr na spoločné večere do reštaurácií. V reštauráciách sú jedlá lacnejšie ako na Slovensku. Po večeri sme sa často ostali zabávať, napr. boli sme na diskotéke, hrať bowling alebo len tak sedieť na terase alebo intráku a popíjať pivo (mimochodom 2,3 l piva stáli cca 1 E )  Aj o víkendy sme mali postarané. Zorganizovali nám výlety, ktoré boli dobrovoľné. Boli sme na Sunny Beach, kde bola možnosť ísť aj do aquaparku v Nessebare. Ďalší víkend sme boli v Plovdive, čo je taktiež mesto, kde sme mali možnosť ísť na stáž. Je tam taktiež univerzita a je to veľmi pekné mesto. Tretí víkend sme boli v mestách Veliko Tarnovo a Gabrovo. Ak by som to mala zhodnotiť, bol to krásny mesiac plný nezabudnuteľných zážitkov a každému by som to odporúčala. Spoznali sme ľudí z rôznych krajín, kedže nás tam bolo spolu asi 25 stážistov.

English version

This summer I took part an internship in Bulgaria in Pleven. It is the seventh most populous city in Bulgaria. I was there with my classmate Ala. We were deciding between a few cities in Bulgaria and finally, we chose Varna. They didn´t accept us hovewer they preferred our request to be together in the same town. We were accepted in the department of general surgery. We spent whole month on this department. We chose the month of July. First day, there were a lot of students and it was a little bit chaotic but later, it was better. Every day, we participated on ward round but we did understand almost nothing. After warding round, our doctor told us what we should to do . Sometimes, we stayed on the department or we could be in operating room watching the operation. We had an opportunity to insert catheters, we were taking blood and we were bandaging postoperative wounds and we were helping with another treatment. The biggest disadvantage was that only a few doctors speak English.

We travelled to Sofia from Bratislava by a bus because it was cheaper than the other means of transport. The price of our journey was 88 €. We changed the bus in Sofia and we travelled to Pleven. Our contact persons were there and they were waiting for us. They shown us our accommodation. We were living in a dormitory. I wanted to be with my classmate in the same room, but we weren´t. It was terrible because our room was kind of old and dirty and cockroaches were there. Our contact personss shown us a hospital and department of general surgery. The first week we had a lunch every day in canteen in our dormitory after our internship and the next couple weeks in the restaurant. It was included in our internship. We were satisfied with our contact persons. They spent with us a lot of their spare time and it was very surprising for us. They had prepared a social program for us every day. For example, we went sightseeing the centre of city, did some sport activities, swam in a pool or we had a dinner together. Food in Bulgaria is cheaper than in Slovakia. After dinner we usually stayed and had a fun. For instance: we were dance, playing bowling or we just hanging out on the terrace or in the hostel and drinking a beer. By the way 2,3 l of beer cost around 1 euro. Our CPs also prepared voluntary program like some trips for us during the weekend. We were on Sunny beach where was the possibility to go to the aquapark in Nessebar. Another weekend we were in Plovdiv where we could have internship too. Plovdiv is really beautiful city where a university is situated. The third weekend we were in Veliko Tarnovo and Gabrovo. Both of this cities are very nice and historical cities.

I had really great time in Bulgaria. It was unforgettable experience and I would recommend it to everyone. We met a lot of foreign students from another medical universities and I am sure that a wonderful time was had by all.