From Peruvian apple pie to Tanzanian Chapatti, each culture brings with it a multitude of delicacies to try. Our in-country teams will always be on hand to tell you which Samaki to steer clear of, or whip up some home comforts in the Work the World house. But for those days when you want to blaze your own trail, here are some tips worth bearing in mind:
Wash your hands
As aspiring healthcare professionals we really hope you do this already, but if there’s any time to embed basic hygiene into your psyche, it’s when you're overseas. Pack a bottle of hand-sanitizer for times when there’s no sink in sight.
When it comes to navigating street food, you’re going to have to rely on inner culinary instinct. If the cooking equipment looks clean, the food is thoroughly cooked and served straight from pan then bon appétit! Long queues are also a good indicator of food worth waiting for.
The best fruits to eat overseas are the ones with peels like bananas, oranges, and avocados. (Yes, avocado is a fruit).
They’re usually safe, but if you’re concerned, you can avoid peel-less produce that may have been washed in un-sanitised water, including fresh salads. On the other hand, well-cooked vegetables of any kind are always a good option.
Beware the bacon!
Or all meats, really. Again, it’s usually safe, but if you’re concerned or don’t eat meat, protein and iron sources like nuts, beans, lentils and brown rice are all common in our destinations and make for delicious, filling alternatives.
TIME IT RIGHT
Try to eat when and where the locals do. They’ll know which eateries serve the best quality food, and which ones to avoid. Timing your dinner right will also minimise the risk of consuming buffet-style spreads that may have been left out all day.
Lastly, stick to bottled water or canned drinks, and avoid potentially un-sanitised ice. That bowl of house-punch might be whispering your name, but your stomach will thank you later for steering clear.
During your stay at the Work the World house, your breakfast and dinner will be catered. There’s always a full pantry, and so plenty of food is available to take on placement for lunch. Food and drink cooked by our seasoned chefs will always be safe, sanitised, and delicious.
One of our favourite destinations for food is Nepal. To discover what’s on offer click here for our programme in the ancient city of Kathmandu, or click here for our programme in the Pokhara, a city nestled at the feet of the Himalayan mountains.