Angie Dymott leaves her job as a paramedic in Cardiff, South Wales, to join the Bomberos of Guatemala City. For two weeks, she lives and work with the combined paramedics and firemen, as they race to the scenes of gangland killings and drive-by shootings. Swapping her roomy, high-tech, state-of-the-art ambulance for a cramped minibus, Angie sees more bloodshed and killings in a few days than in all her years on the job in Wales. Decades of civil war and increasing drug-related violence have left this Central American country close to chaos. The murder rate is bucking the downward global trend, and rising every year. As she contemplates her departure, Angie is scared, not just of the violence but of failing her new colleagues. She knows she's a competent paramedic in the UK, but in Guatemala? Will she be a useful member of the team or merely a hindrance?
About The Toughest Place to Be...
This three-part series takes ordinary people with ordinary jobs, and asks them to clock on with the locals in places that are wildly different from those they are used to: a paramedic in Guatemala City, a bus driver in Manila and a midwife in Liberia, West Africa. Armed only with their skills, they live and work a 'normal' life with a mentor and see just what life is like in some of the most risky environments on Earth.
"[The] ultimate job swap series." - Guardian
"An entertaining slant on the travelogue." - Independent
This documentary series originally aired as part of Doc-Debut, a series on Link TV highlighting unique and groundbreaking international documentary films. Each week features the US television premiere of a new foreign doc, offering American audiences unprecedented perspectives on world events and culture, as seen through the eyes of individuals across the globe. The series also provides a unique outlet for films by independent directors and producers to reach a much wider international audience.