Medical Internship in Romania
Gain valuable medical experience working with a mobile medical unit, travelling around homes in and around Brasov city. Work closely with the nurses visiting patients for basic health check-ups, wound dressings and general health care.
Opportunities also exist working in a children’s hospital in the centre of Brasov. Here you will work closely with children on a ward, helping with play therapy and basic care.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see medical work in action and gain genuine medicine work experience – as well as gaining an insight into traditional Romanian life.
Hands-on medicine work experience in hospitals and homes
Put your medical aspirations into practice on our diverse medical internship in Romania. Become part of a mobile medical unit travelling around Brasov county, treating basic medical conditions in the home, or help out on a variety of wards in a children’s hospital. You can either choose to specialise in just one project, or combine the two.
This medical internship is a fantastic opportunity for those seeking medical work experience, people taking a gap year before studying medicine or individuals keen to put their experience into practice.
Experience life as a mobile medical care worker
Join a team of nurses travelling around Romanian homes to administer medical care and support to families. Your role will be to carry out basic services, whilst also having the opportunity to shadow the nurses and doctors on their more complicated tasks.
You will become a part of a mobile medical unit, travelling around the county visiting patients in their homes. The unit cares for about 100 patients across Brasov county, many of whom are elderly, in need of extra care and support in the home. Other patients include those who have mobility issues, rendering it too difficult for them to reach hospital, or those who have been discharged from hospital who still need ongoing care and monitoring. Often these latter cases require the administration of medicine or wound care.
Some patients will be seen on a daily basis, meaning that you can really get to know the patients and their families. Other patients will require less frequent monitoring.
In order to complete this programme, the minimum requirement is a first aid qualification. Those who are already studying medicine can get involved in a much greater range of practices.
Volunteers with just a first aid qualification will be trained to:
- Take blood pressure and temperature
- Dress a wound
- Basic physiotherapy
- Shadow more complex procedures
- Diuresis and stool sample measuring
Those who are studying medicine already can expect to help with the above, as well as:
- Oral medicine administration
- Passive alimentation and medicine administration for patients with swallowing disorders
- Stoma care
For those with an interest in therapy, the opportunity might arise for you to shadow a kinesiotherapist on one of the mobile medical team’s rounds. If you have basic experience, this could extend to assisting the physiotherapist in their role.
Help out on wards in a children’s hospital
Join a team of passionate doctors and nurses working to improve and monitor the health of children in Brasov’s children’s hospital. Many of the children here have been admitted for basic care – and sadly many of them might be abandoned here, so the demand for extra hands is significant. The opportunity exists to help out on the neuropsychiatry, digestive and respiratory wards, often with children with behavioural difficulties and disabilities. Play therapy is of extreme importance on all wards, so you will get involved in several levels of care here.
This is a rewarding placement for someone looking to deepen their understanding of life in a hospital environment. The role requires care, empathy and above all the ability to make these children smile. As many are abandoned in the hospital, they do not have their mothers by their side to comfort them while they are unwell. This is a rewarding project, especially as the kids are so keen to work with you. Their English is often surprisingly good, and they are desperate to beat you at board games!
No qualifications or experience of the medical sector are needed for this project, although it certainly helps to have experienced working with children before.
Accommodation and Food
You will be based in Brasov living in a comfortable, central apartment that Oyster will rent for you and your fellow medics and volunteers. Please expect to share a room. The apartment is large, with plenty of space to relax and unwind after a day out and about. Wifi is available, but you will need to bring your own device to access it on.
There is a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook for yourself or treat yourself at one of the many delicious and affordable eateries in the city centre.
The apartment is located a few minutes walk from shops, bars and restaurants and is a great base for exploring the city.
When should I book?
Whilst late-availability is possible, we would advise booking as soon as you can to guarantee your ideal dates. Our projects are very popular and spaces can fill up several months in advance, especially for the months of June to September.
- Gain a fascinating and varied insight into Romania’s medical system as you work alongside professionals caring for either adults or children or both.
- Witness the care administered to unwell patients, and assist with certain procedures yourself.
- Immerse yourself in Romanian life and become a trusted member of the community as you get to know your patients and their families.
- Work in very real medical situations, gaining both medical awareness and experience with people.
- Explore the beauty of Transylvania in your time off, from mountains to castles, medieval fortresses to buzzing bars and cafes.
Whyshould I do this?
This medical internship offers not only a deep insight into medical practice and care, it also gives complete immersion into Romanian life. Get to know the patients over a period of time, whether visiting every day as part of the medical unit or over the duration that the children are in the hospital.
This is a real Romanian experience off the beaten track, opening you up to medical methods and care.
You fly in to Bucharest airport (OTP) on a Friday where you will be collected by Razvan. The drive from Bucharest up to Brasov takes about 2 -3 hours. On arrival in Brasov Razvan will help you to settle in and take you out for a welcome dinner.
A perfect English speaker and probably the most dynamic person you will ever meet, Razvan has run our Romania programmes since 2003. A veteran rep – he has dealt with over 400 volunteers so far – he always goes way beyond his Oyster job description, organising wonderful trips (to Dracula’s castle and the Black Sea among others) for participants.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a short or long-term volunteer, you still get full support from Razvan, whose aim is to ensure that you have a happy and productive time in Romania.
What is provided
- Phone or face-to-face interview & informal briefing
- Placement information covering care work issues and placement advice
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the programme and manage your booking.
- Help and advice from our UK office before and after departure
- Return airport transfers to Bucharest airports
- Accommodation costs in a shared central apartment
- Free wifi and all flat utilities
- Assistance and support from your representative whilst on your placement including regular social ‘meet ups’
- Thorough orientation and basic Romanian language guide
- Thorough induction with an English-speaking Romanian doctor
- A structured medical internship with a mobile medical unit and at the children’s hospital
- Transport costs to the homes visit whilst on the mobile medical unit
- Gloves, masks and tunic will be provided on the mobile medical unit
- EU VAT at 17.5% on UK cost elements
- Tour of Brasov
- Two weekend half-day trips are arranged by Razvan (transport costs covered only):
- Trip 1: Dracula’s Castle
- Trip 2: Peles Castle
- Oyster Worldwide volunteer t-shirt
- Oyster luggage tag
On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)
What do I need
- A passport valid for the duration of your stay
- Insurance (we can introduce you to a specific policy)
- Flights to Bucharest. We can help you organise these.
- Cost of changing your return flight date if you need to
- All home country travel costs
- Criminal Record Bureau check / police check (approx £43)
- Reference from a recent employer/ teacher or otherwise
- Medical tests before departure (expect to pay a fee to your doctor)
- An up-to-date CV/ resume
- Minimum requirement of a first aid qualification to take part in the mobile medical unit
- Independent travel costs whilst in Romania and on the organised trips
- Cost of food and going out (£25-£50 per week dependent on lifestyle)