Preparations for departure:
The American visa is publicized as one of the hardest to acquire. Given the lengthy online application form that ought to be completed, such proclamations may contain some truth. Completing the online application form might take three hours if diligence (which is very necessary) is to be employed. Once the online visa application is completed; the next phase is booking appointment (online) to attend an interview at the embassy/consulate. There are three centers in South Africa, and the consulate in Cape Town is the closest venue in the Western Cape for interview. Usually, the nearest time-lapse between interview booking date and attendance is about three weeks to one month. This varies depending on the consulate´s backlog.
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Planning my Thailand elective was by far one of the most challenging things I have had to do. I had decided at the end of last year already that I wanted to do my 5th year elective in Thailand so that gave me a nice head start. A friend of mine who was planning on doing his elective in Thailand too, suggested a university that we could apply to. So, we decided to do our elective at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The hospital was established in 1947 and consists of 21 medical departments. There are 1500 beds, 409 physicians and 1177 nurses. Our decision though was mainly based on the fact that the hospital is located in Bangkok, meaning most of the people we would encounter would be able to understand some basic English and so communication would not be a huge obstacle.
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