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Travel for a Living: 4 Keys to Wandering the World as Your Occupation

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Two weeks of vacation just isn’t enough. What if you could get paid to travel the world? You could spend your time wandering foreign, exotic cities and earning a paycheck at the same time. While it may seem like a pipe dream, thousands of people make a living doing just that. Here’s how.

1. Find a Location Independent Job

The first key to earning a living on the road is finding a job that can be done from anywhere in the globe. In the modern world, this most likely involves working online in some aspect. You could work as a freelance designer, writer, or in some other capacity. You could also perform consultation work over the phone. Explore the skills you already possess and think about any that could translate to the internet; if you find a skill that could possibly earn an income while traveling, think about how you can apply it.

2. Become a Travel Agent

If you aren’t interested in pursuing your current career any longer, consider becoming a travel agent. Not only do you become an expert on the various destinations you may visit, but you also get the chance to arrange vacations for other people, giving them the experience of a lifetime. When you know all of the secret locations, you can let travelers in on destination tips they may never have known otherwise. If you’re interested in career as a travel agent, Gateway Travel and similar organizations can help you get started.

3. Dedication

The one aspect of working abroad that isn’t talked about often is the amount of discipline required. You have to want it more than anything else. Because you don’t have a boss hanging over your shoulder, pushing you to work even when you don’t feel like it, it can be tough to finish all of the chores you need to finish.

The reason many people fail to work from home is because there are too many distractions; they don’t know how to isolate themselves and focus solely on what they need to do. Staying inside and working when you can hear a street festival right outside your window can be difficult to do, but it’s a necessary part of the life.

4. Find Work at Your Destination

Maybe you don’t necessarily want to work online. The good news is this: most anywhere in the world, you can find work as a teacher. As long as you have a few basic certifications (that can be acquired online), you can teach English as a second language. And because there is such a high demand for English as a language, teachers are needed in almost every non-English speaking country across the globe. Southeast Asia is the easiest place for beginning teachers to get their start.

By taking the right steps, you can work while you travel the world. If you are constantly bitten by the travel bug, you may want to merge your profession with your passion.

5 Ethical Aspects Of A Medical Placement In A Developing Country

The numbers of students seeking medical elective opportunities in developing countries have been soaring day by day. Medical dilemmas are in plenty too, and students need to clearly think about what some of these things before they find themselves in situations which might be tricky to get away from.

Generally speaking, medical ethics are moral principles which guide the practice of medicine. There are many areas that are considered gray areas. These include abortions, euthanasia, blood transfusion, birth control, organ transplantation and issues surrounding disclosure of information to third parties.

Luckily, a medical student will not have to directly deal with all these, as things such as organ transplantation and euthanasia are virtually nonexistent in developing countries. However, the rest of the issues are pretty common.

Abortions

Unsafe abortions contribute significantly to maternal mortality. The situation is compounded by complex religious and cultural beliefs. A majority of admissions in gynecological wards can be attributed to abortions. Most developing countries have a legal framework that does not adequately address the issue of abortions. There are loopholes as regards the legality of this practice. The sad bit is that people attempt clandestine abortions and land in hospitals when things are complicated. As a medical student you have to make up your mind on how you approach this matter.

Transfusions

Anemia and chronic renal failure are two conditions that are pretty common. For the treatment of severe anemia, a transfusion is warranted in most cases. A patient with anemia secondary to chronic renal failure will require a transfusion, more so if they require dialysis. Then you come across this Jehovah witness who simply won’t accept it. Do you let the patient die from a disease process that you can do something about or do you intervene against the patient’s will?  What do you do in case where patients decline treatment? The good thing is that it is not entirely dependent on you: you will have a senior who you can count on for good counsel.

Treating patients

Medical students are not supposed to see patients on their own. However, the staff shortages that are present in developing countries are wanting, and in many situations a student is allowed to see the patients in an attempt to reduce the queue.  Students should guard themselves from acting like qualified doctors and should insist on a supervisor being present at the time when they are seeing the patients. They should not go beyond their capabilities, and they have to act in a manner that does not jeopardize their stay.

Confidentiality

HIV/AIDS is an epidemic in most developing countries. It is one disease which you will be in contact with, for the patients are many. Disclosure is one big dilemma as far as the disease is concerned. Beneficence is a moral principle that dictates that you promote the wellbeing of those under your care. Physicians have the responsibility of preventing transmission of diseases, for prevention is definitely better than cure. Confidentiality on the other hand dictates that you shall not tell what a patient has confided to you in confidence. Take for example this patient who discloses his or her status to you but is not willing to let the partner know. Should you go ahead and disclose such information to curb HIV transmission? By so doing you will be going against the confidentiality principle. Yet, by remaining silent about it you will have failed to prevent disease transmission.

Contraception

Birth control is very controversial. Different methods are available to women, but cultural factors are a big problem. Children are highly valued in developing countries. Men want to have an entire football team for children despite the fact that they might not be in a position to support them. Women on the other hand do not want to get pregnant year in year out. They will come to you seeking contraception, and the methods they chose are those which are discrete so that their husbands do not know. Will you support them or not?

These are just a few scenarios. There are many more ethical dilemmas.

This article has been written by Harry Thomas who has participated in various medical projects in developing countries. Harry has writen this post on behalf of Work The World, an organisation with over 10 years of experience in medical placements in Africa, Asia and South America.