Topics

Archive

Learn to speak the language

I broke one if my rules by agreeing to do births in Tanzania- I agreed to work in an environment where I couldn’t really communicate with the women.

If I cannot communicate, I am very little help. Actually I can be worse than little help because asking questions takes too long, I cannot get good information from the women and if I am in a situation with an immediate need I can’t let those around me know.

It us very American to assume the entire universe speaks English. While I don’t doubt there are English speakers in every country, they will tend to be your wealthy, not those in a public hospital in a poor part if town.

Anyway, for what its worth, take the time to learn the language before you go.

Article Global Facebook Twitter Myspace Friendfeed Technorati del.icio.us Digg Google StumbleUpon Eli Pets

Tags: