Now that I've been back to Boston for a week and had a chance to let my whole experience in Serbia sink in, I realized just how much I've learned from spending three weeks in a place that I've never been before. In addition to the customary touristy places that we visited and the food that we've eaten, our team got a chance to have a work routine, talk with locals and be fully immerse in Serbian culture for what seemed like half a year even though we were there for only three weeks.
Our host company, HUMEDS, had been very helpful in taking care of not only our needs at the office but also our after work activities. It was during these informal conversations that I felt that I've been able to truly understand better the thinkings, the ambitions and the dreams of those at the office. One of the most rewarding thing for me was talking with the engineers and the graphic artists in the kitchen while we wait for our Serbian/Turkish coffee to brew.
In terms of our project of a business plan for entry into the United States for the portable ECG monitoring system, our final recommendation was to target rural US areas through the rural healthcare clinics and telehealth networks. Our team came to this conclusion through a lot of trying out different business plan and choosing the most feasible one at this point for the company. Since HUMEDS is very early in its endeavors, I hope that next year, another G-lab team will come and continue where our team left of because by then, the timing of the launch of the products will be perfect.
I've thoroughly enjoy G-lab in Serbia. By the stories that my fellow classmates had told, I am sure that they've all enjoyed their experience as well, no matter where they were. Not only will you be able to provide another perspective and/or expertise to a start-up company, you will also be able to experience a brand new culture that are so different from that of your own. It's hard to describe what's this experience had been like unless you've experience them personally.