A QUICK GUIDE TO STUDYING ABROAD WITH HEMOPHILIA

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A QUICK GUIDE TO STUDYING ABROAD WITH HEMOPHILIA

A quick guide to studying abroad with hemophilia

By: Tim Reinelt

 

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A QUICK GUIDE TO STUDYING ABROAD WITH HEMOPHILIA

The best decision I made for this year was the decision to do a semester abroad in Salzburg (Austria). I’m so thankful for all the experience and I want to tell you some facts and tips about studying abroad with severe hemophilia:

  1. Start planning your semester abroad one year before
  2. Choose your favorite location and look for the best range of studies
  3. Read experience reports from other students
  4. Take a look where is the nearest treatment center is located
  5. Get connected before with the local doctors before your time starts
  6. Start early to find an accommodation, often you get also help from the local university
  7. Use the opportunity to get a grant. In Europe for example, it´s really easy to get supported through the Erasmus program by the European Union

Ensure if there is any kind of restriction to travel depending on the current COVID-19 situation

When you’re well prepared it’s really no problem to study abroad with hemophilia, it’s also really worth it. A claim from Erasmus is: “Erasmus is not one year in your life, but your life in one year!” It’s true, you really learn a lot about yourself and about different cultures. Furthermore, you make friendships with people from around the world, which provides for great future travel opportunities, right? On top of that it’s not only fun, but helpful for your CV. Today, many companies prefer people with international experience and good multilingual language skills.

You see, a semester abroad is a good chance to get out of your comfort zone and for an awesome experience. You learn, travel, experience and grow – personally and in regard to your hemophilia.

If you’re interested, you could also connect with the local hemophilia society for an exchange and hear about experiences with travelling abroad in your community.

Don’t let hemophilia stop you from this great experience. Go abroad and have the fun of your life!

Please check COVID-19 international travel guidance before travel in case of any restrictions

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By: Anthony, Bryan, Jafar and Kevin

 

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Travelling with hemophilia

Anthony
Bryan
Jafar
Kevin

1) Where is your favorite or least favorite place to travel to and why?

Anthony: My favorite place was Zurich when I went two years ago on a trip across Europe, during which I visited France, Germany and Switzerland.
Bryan: I loved Jamaica because of the beaches. My most memorable trip was Dubai because of the experiences, culture and trying out new things.
Jafar: In general, I don’t like to travel to countries that are underdeveloped due to difficulties in transportation and logistics, and other mobility-related services in airports.
Kevin: My favorite places are Barcelona, due to the gentle and welcoming people, and Dubai, as it seems to be from another world. My most memorable trip was travelling with my family through Europe.

2) What preparations do you make or consider before you travel that a person who doesn’t have hemophilia might not be aware of?

Anthony: It’s important to get enough factor, pack lightly, avoid dangerous places and travel to places with great public transportation like Europe.
Bryan: I always make sure I have medicine with me.
Jafar: I make sure I prepare the icebox and gather enough dry ice packs. I can’t do tour guide activities because I find it too stressful for me, and I also don’t go to places where I need to walk a lot. I always get medical documents for travel safety.
Kevin: Keep clear space for medicine and manage your trip to be aware of your limits.

3) What are some of the challenges you’ve experienced while traveling?

Anthony: Sitting on a plane for a long time; short overlays between flights are difficult because hurrying between flights can cause you to have a bleed.
Bryan: Not being able to do extreme sports such as skydiving, ziplining or motor sports.
Jafar: Running in the airport to get from one gate to another in transit and feeling disappointed that I can’t walk around and discover the city streets.
Kevin: I had surgery one month before a trip through Europe. Traveling after this was really challenging as I had to figure out how to walk for longer distances, etc.

4) How has hemophilia affected other people traveling with you?

Anthony: People are usually helpful, but often they don’t really know what’s going on. I prefer to not share too much about hemophilia with other people when I’m traveling.
Bryan: I’ve never had a bad experience, so people who have traveled with me have had easy travels.
Jafar: I usually tell my travel buddies to feel free and go explore and I’ll follow later. If I don’t, they have to walk slowly and sometimes they don’t do certain sport activities just to stay with me (e.g. rock climbing).
Kevin: The family needs to be aware, but it doesn’t really affect the traveling. Don’t be overprotective.

5) If you could say anything to a person with hemophilia that wishes to travel, what would it be?

Anthony: Pack lightly, take enough factor, plan the trip carefully, talk to people and don’t worry about reaching out for help. Additionally, always take a letter from your doctor that states why you need medication.
Bryan: Just go for it, align with your doctors and enjoy yourself! through the media, lectures and newspaper articles, as well as by lobbying the government for better treatment standards.
Jafar: Take enough medication and keep the medicine with you on the flight, rather than putting it in cabin baggage. Be responsible and always remember that your health matters the most. Book transit flights with enough transit time (3 hours or more).
Kevin: Enjoy your trips, be responsible, but not overprotective. Don’t limit yourself.

Please check COVID-19 international travel guidance before travel in case of any restrictions

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