Nathalie, pulmonologist from the Dominican Republic and Spain working in Denmark
NATHALIE originally comes from the Dominican Republic, but has lived in Spain for many years. In 2015, she, her boyfriend and their little son, chose to move to Denmark, when Nathalie got a job offer at the hospital unit, Sygehus Sønderjylland.Why Denmark? “I had thought about moving to another country in some time, but if it should be France, Ireland, Denmark, Australia or another place, I didn’t know. My partner and I looked at a lot of different options, but then I got a nice job offer in Sønderborg. I come from the Dominican Republic, which is also a small country, and I have always lived in small cities close to the sea. It was important for me to find a quiet and calm place – I don’t like big cities. We read a lot about the nature, the art and different other things about Denmark, and both of us thought, that it fits our lifestyle and us well. Therefore, we decided to say yes to the offer and start a life in Denmark, and we are very happy about the decision.”
Job interview and visiting the hospital“If I remember correctly, I first had a Skype interview from home with my boss, and afterwards I was asked to come to visit Denmark. On the visit, I talked to my boss, and I was presented to the personnel, my colleagues and shown the hospital. We talked practically about everything, and when I returned to Spain afterwards, the hospital called me and said, that they would like me to come and work at Sygehus Sønderjylland. I told them, that I was interested as well, because it was such a beautiful place and the hospital was big and had a lot of the things that I was interested in working with.” Shortly after Nathalie had said yes to the job she began the intensive language course at MediCarrera. Before she began, she had a pre-course preparation involving self-study and lessons via Skype with a Danish teacher. Nathalie attended the intensive language course alone with her little son. He went to MediCarrera’s kindergarten during the day when Nathalie had lessons.
The language course“We moved to Calafell in January to begin the intensive language course. It was really intensive for me, because I had some family issues at the time. It was hard. We studied full time, but it was hard to study in the afternoon, because I also had my son who was only one year old. My son is a very active boy, so I had a friend, who joined me at the course centre to help take care of him so I could study a bit more. That way I made it through the course, even though it is hard to study full time when you are a single mother.” When attending the intensive language course, the doctors are accommodated in hotel apartments near the course centre. “I wasn’t completely happy at the beginning, and I thought about leaving the course and going home. But I talked to MediCarrera about it and they found a solution quickly. If MediCarrera had not found a good solution for me, I don’t think, I would have been in Denmark by now.”
How was the teacher?“Perfect. It could not get any better. We were doctors from many different countries and we all learned Danish. Thomas was really good, and it was a good education. I think he must be the best Danish teacher in the whole world.”
The Danish language – after arrival in Denmark“I attend a language school in Sønderborg now but compared to MediCarrera’s language course I don’t learn so much. I began the language school here, because I want to get even better, especially with my pronunciation. I don’t have much trouble with the language and I don’t think the other doctors from MediCarrera do either. I felt really well prepared on going to Denmark – both linguistically and professionally.”
“I think the best thing is, that I am happy. It is the most important thing for me.”