Ariana Santos: Medical & Healthcare internship programme review and rating.

In 2018, Ariana completed an 8 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Ariana's internship programme was Medical & Healthcare.


Overview of Ariana's internship programme:

South Africa
Prog Choice:
Public education
SUNY Oneonta

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Here's how Ariana rated the different aspects of her Medical & Healthcare internship programme.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Ariana's detailed review of her experience.

Placement & programme experience
Location experience
Bridging Gaps' services & support experience
Placement & Programme
What were your reasons for wanting to complete in ?

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

How did your actual internship placement compare to your ideal internship experience? ?

Did you receive sufficient levels of supervision and guidance from your colleagues at your host organisation?

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Did taking part in your internship challenge you and help develop your skills?

Do you feel that you were given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local host organisation?

Overall, was this international internship a worthwhile experience that will help you achieve your career goals?

What fears did you have before coming to with Bridging Gaps?

What do you think about those fears now?

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of with Bridging Gaps?

Would you recommend as a worthwhile and enjoyable place to visit?

Service & Support
Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently? E.g. placement search, communications, mentoring?

How was your experience of Bridging Gaps while you were on the ground in ?

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently? E.g. placement search, communications, mentoring?

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

Before you applied, how did you feel about the programme fees?

Having completed your placement and had the experiences you've have, what do you think about the fees now?

What would you say to someone that is considering an internship here but is concerned about the fees?

Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks to Bridging Gaps I was able to complete a two month internship with the Red Cross Children Hospital. Here I was able to directly interact with the patients and help them take their minds off their situations. I was able to put a smile on a sick's child face and that made all the difference. I made connections with these children and could see their face light up every time I stepped into the wards to spend time with them. I worked with an amazing group of volunteers whose main priority were keeping the children happy. Everyone was so nice and welcome at the hospital, it made it hard to say goodbye at the end of my time.

Lucie and Julian at Bridging gaps were just amazing! They always made sure I was comfortable with my internship placement, my accommodation and overall being in Cape Town. They provided weekly social events that really helped me better explore Cape Town while also meeting new people. They went above and beyond, answering any and all questions I had of the city. From knowing the best way to getting around town to knowing the best place to get dinner, they had all the answers! I came to the country by myself so it really helped to know I had someone here I could come to for help with anything. They even helped me before my trip by giving me advice on great must see things and helped with pick up from the airport and transport to where I would be staying. They were really great mentors and such amazing and sweet people.

I will always remember this experience I’ve had in Cape Town and I have them to thank!


Check out our Medical & Healthcare programme

Click below to see more a more detailed description of our programme to see if it can give you the career boost you're looking for.

Medicine & Healthcare Internship Programmes

Enjoy an incredibly rewarding internship experience in a healthcare setting of your choice. Our medical and public healthcare internships provide you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge, gain exposure to diverse medical cases, learn from highly experienced specialists and contribute tremendously to the Public Health system of South Africa.

Internship Focus Options:

Clinical observation


Physiotherapy/ OT/ Speech Therapy


Medicine & Healthcare Internship Programmes
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