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Gain valuable medical experience working with a mobile medical unit and in a children’s hospital. Combine travelling around homes to provide medical care with working closely with children on a ward, helping with play therapy and basic care.

Duration: 1 – 4 weeks
Dates: Throughout the year except over Christmas and New Year
Arrival day: Friday
Return day: Friday
Eligibility: Minimum requirement of a first aid certificate
Age: 17+

Highlights

  • Bringing smiles to the faces of children in hospital
  • Meeting local people in their homes, and helping them to get better
  • Travelling around Brasov county with a nurse, physio or doctor
  • Work in very real medical situations, gaining both medical awareness and experience with people
  • Living minutes from Brasov’s main square – one of the prettiest places you could encounter in Eastern Europe
  • Taking in Transylvania’s highlights – prepare for Dracula!

Brașov, Romania

Description

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 to get some great varied hands-on medicine work experience.

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. This project will give you a fascinating insight into practicing medicine in Romania, and you will come away with a good understanding of the complexities of medical care in Romania.

Experience life as a mobile medical care worker

Join a team of nurses and therapists 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

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. Children range between the ages of 3 and 18.

Tasks can include:

  • Helping out on the the neuropsychiatry, digestive and respiratory wards
  • Working with children with behavioural difficulties, physical disabilities and mental health issues
  • Supporting the therapists, doctors and nurses
  • Engaging the children in puzzles, crafts, art and 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

  • Live in the medieval city of Brasov, just minutes walk away from the beautiful city centre
  • Most volunteers will be based in a comfortable, central apartment that Oyster rents for you and your fellow volunteers
  • At times, depending on capacity, we will accommodate some volunteers in local hotels
  • WiFi included
  • You should expect to share a room with at least one other volunteer
  • The volunteer flat has a well-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, two toilets and a shower
  • Food is not included – volunteers either cook in the flat or enjoy some of the many amazing restaurants located on your doorstep

Travel arrangements

Airport: Bucharest airport (OTP)
Arrival day: Friday. You will be collected from the airport and driven the 2 – 3 hours to Brasov
Departure day: Friday. You will be dropped off to the airport in time for your flight

Supporting You

A perfect English speaker and probably the most dynamic person you will ever meet, Razvan has run our Romania programmes since the very beginning. A veteran rep – he has dealt with over 500 volunteers so far – he always goes way beyond his Oyster job description.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a short or long-term volunteer, you still get full support from Razvan, who aims to ensure that you have a happy and productive time in Romania.

Included

  • Access to your own personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the program and manage your booking
  • Dedicated contact time with an experienced destination manager to discuss the project, answer any of your questions and for us to find out more about you
  • Help and advice from our UK office before arrival and whilst you are away
  • In-country support
  • Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and project advice
  • Financial protection: ATOL (if we book your flights); IPP (if we don’t book your flights)
  • Thorough orientation on arrival
  • Accommodation (see the ‘accommodation’ section above for details)
  • Advice on visa requirements
  • Oyster plants a tree in Africa with TreeAid to help offset your carbon emissions
  • Airport and project transfers
  • Gloves, masks and tunic will be provided on the mobile medical unit
  • EU VAT at 17.5% on UK cost elements
  • Tour of Brasov
  • Transport for two half-day trips: 1) Dracula’s Castle 2) Peles Castle. People staying 1 week will go on 1 trip only (to be decided upon arrival).
  • Oyster Worldwide volunteer t-shirt
  • Oyster luggage tag

On your return:

  • Welcome home pack
  • Certificate of Recognition (on request)
  • References (on request)

Not Included

  • Flights – as an ATOL bonded company, Oyster can book flights for you
  • You need a valid passport that meets the requirements of the country you will be travelling to
  • Insurance (covering your time with Oyster and any planned independent travel)
  • Any costs associated with changing your return flight date if you need to
  • Independent travel costs
  • Home country travel costs
  • Spending money for additional trips, food and entertainment
  • Costs for medical test before departure (expect to pay a fee to your doctor)
  • First aid qualification to take part in the mobile medical unit

Project story

“This internship in Romania is great way to gain some work experience on a medical gap year. During my last visit I was amazed by the immersion into the projects and how participants will be opened up to the realities of working in the medical profession.”

Says Anne, Destination Manager

More Information

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.

  • You will be working with a Romanian organisation that provides medical and social home care in several counties in Romania
  • Their activity began in 2008 and has been increasing ever since
  • The staff includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers and administrative personnel
  • Their goal is to offer patients a wide range of services with qualified staff who can supervise the progress of the people being treated. This includes both education and support for patients
  • The facility looks after about 100 patients all across Brasov county, usually within a 50km radius of the city
  • Participants are assigned to play therapy on all wards of the children’s hospital in Brasov
  • You will be working with staff members who have a strong level of English and a great appreciation for the help and support that participants can give
  • The hospital is part of the national health system
  • Play therapy is a key part of Romania medicine, and you will find that it is used a lot for children who are in the Romania healthcare system
  • The minimum age is 17
  • Many participants are keen to get medical experience whilst volunteering abroad as students, gap year students or career breakers
  • This is a fantastic way to prepare for university studies during your gap year or as part of summer volunteering

Medical internships in Europe require that participants have a full interest in medicine and at least a bit of experience to be able to get involved fully. Depending on your level of experience you can get involved with different tasks. It can be useful to have some childcare experience, however as long as you are comfortable with children this is not necessarily essential.

You need to be police checked, with a health screening test and either a first aid training qualification or at least one semester of study/ experience.

You should take indoor footwear and clothing to leave at the hospital – preferably cool clothing as it can get very hot! You need to be presentable, yet comfortable. On the medical unit you will be provided with gloves, a mask and a tunic.

Please be aware that work in the medical field does not always involve pleasant jobs.  Patients could smell of infection, have unclean wounds or not have been able to go the toilet.

There are four distinct seasons in Romania:

Spring: March – May. Temperatures range from 10 – 20 degrees celsius during the day time, but can get quite cold at night time. Average 30 – 80mm of precipitation each month.

Summer: June – September. Temperatures range from 20 – 30 degrees celsius. Average 80 – 100mm of rain each month.

Autumn: September – November. Temperatures range from 10 – 20 degrees celsius during the day time, but can get quite cold at night time. Average 30 – 50mm of precipitation each month.

Winter: November – March. Temperatures range from 10 – 20 degrees celsius during the day time, but can get quite cold at night time. Average 30mm of precipitation each month.

We would recommend taking £40 – £60 per week for food, drinks and treats. You should budget separately for any outings or meals out that you might like to have.

There is easy access to cash machines in Brasov so you don’t need to take all of your cash for you. You can use bank cards everywhere.

Typically you don’t need a visa to volunteer in Romania. You should make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.

Most of our volunteers are independent travellers and you will become part of a group of people from around the world here. It is fine to travel with friends or as part of a small group too however- more the merrier!

You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need. Your routine vaccinations will need to be up to date; hepatitis A and Typhoid are likely. You should follow your doctor’s advice.

Please check below for where the closest hospital to the project is- your doctor may ask to know this so that they can provide information on rabies.

Brasov has many excellent medical facilities, varying from pharmacies to local doctors to hospitals. These can all be accessed within 20 minutes and are of good quality.

Brasov is a beautiful and small medieval city, located at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. It is a very warm and welcoming place, and has become very used to tourists. This makes it a very safe destination however it is important to always be sensible and responsible.

Brasov is a relatively safe place with very little crime, although pickpockets target tourists so take care of your belongings. If you want to walk or trek ask for information on the wild bears! Going more off the beaten track you will receive a few more stares as these areas may not be quite so used to tourists.You will be given information on buses and the local area however so you will be well prepared for this. We give you full health and safety information before departure, as well as upon arrival.

There are a few stray dogs and cats in the streets, but they are largely harmless. We would recommend avoiding them however as they have not been domesticated and are not used to humans necessarily.

Wifi is available for free in the flat, however you will need a device to connect to it.  There are also plenty of WiFi hotspots in town. Some of these are free, while others charge about £1 per hour.

There is good phone reception here.

Romania is in Eastern European Time which is 2 hours ahead of GMT (GMT +2)

Romania has European two-pin plugs.

We arrange two half day trips, covering the cost of transportation, if you stay for 2 weeks or more. If you are staying for one week, you will only be able to do one half day trip.

Which trip you do will be decided when you are in Romania. The two options are:

  • A trip to Bran castle (Dracula’s castle). Entrance fee: approx £5
  • Trip to Sinaia, a nearby town with the beautiful Peles castle. Entrance fee: approx £5

There are plenty of places to visit in Brasov and the surrounding area. Situated in the heart of Romania, Brasov is a charming medieval town with an ancient history and plenty of interesting monuments. It has great transport links to other wonderful cities in Romania, and even further afield.

Days will vary but generally you will have evenings free and 2 days off per week.

Supervision will be fairly intensive during the first few days, when you will receive a thorough induction and work-related training. Once you are comfortable with things, you might not always have a supervisor working alongside you, but there will always be staff and other volunteers around to help, and you will always be accompanied for any high risk activities.

Staff at Oyster’s head office and in-country will be responsible for your safety and welfare while you are at the project. This will start from the moment you are picked up from the airport until the time you are dropped back there. Before and after these times, you will be outside Oyster’s responsibility and should make sure that you act safely and avoid risk. This is also true if you choose to leave the project during your time off. We will give you plenty of guidance and advice about this.

Got a question or want to chat to Project Manager Anne who has first-hand experience of the project? Call +44 (0) 1892 771 975or email: – [email protected].

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