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.
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. The unit cares for about 100 patients across Brasov county, mainly the elderly, those with mobility issues or recent hospital discharges that require ongoing care and 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 tasks such as:
- Oral medicine administration
- Passive alimentation and medicine administration for patients with swallowing disorders
- Stoma care
Help out on wards in a children’s hospital
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 to help at the hospital, 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 rents for our participants. Please expect to share a room. 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 adults, 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.
The medical internship is fantastic for those looking for work experience on their gap year, or more medical experience during university holidays.
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
- Before booking: Dedicated period of time on the phone or in person to discuss the project, answer any questions that you might have and find out more about you
- 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 airport
- Free wifi and all flat utilities
- Assistance and support from your representative
- Thorough orientation and basic Romanian language guide
- 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 £50)
- 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)