International student paramedic exchange: the student perspective

An annual student exchange between Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Centennial College of Ontario, Canada, has taken place within the paramedic programmes of each educational institute since 2009. The exchange allows students to take part in observation shifts on ambulances and gain an overview of healthcare systems within a different national setting. It also allows students to gain lifetime friendships and links to students and colleagues within the paramedic field on an international basis. This article gives the perspectives of five students who have taken part in this exchange, from both Centennial College and Liverpool John Moores University, looking at what each of them has gained from the experience, and how it will benefit their future careers.

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