A former Soviet republic, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe and faces numerous public health challenges: infectious diseases (HIV, TB), non-communicable diseases (heart disease, cancers, diabetes), addictions, trafficking, rural health care delivery, and others. But against the legacy of Soviet health policies and severe under-funding, both state and NGO sectors are now working hard to address these problems. This makes for many internship possibilities in a country which – culturally, politically and in terms of its health system – is intriguingly different from the US.
Interns start with an intensive two-week course on Moldovan health from the state’s School of Public Health, incorporating visits to several health institutions (state and private; urban and rural), and also receive instruction on local language and culture. They then embark on six-week internships in a variety of state and NGO organizations, working in areas of public health, health education, community mental health, children with disabilities, care for the elderly, environmental health, and others. Logistics, health and safety protocols and social activities are provided by the Moldovan country office of American Councils for International Education.
Students will be placed with host families for the duration of their program and most meals will be provided by the host families.
Students in good academic standing may apply. Participation in a mandatory 2-credit pre-departure program in Spring 2020 is required and a recommended 2-credit post-experience.
Program Costs include: TBA
- Travel to historical, wildlife and cultural sites, as well as field trips to local and regional health care facilities, schools, etc.
- Housing and all meals on-site
- 24/7 on-site support provided by American Councils for International Education
Additional funds are recommended for the following personal expenses:
- Passport ($140-if you don’t already have a passport) and student visa application fees
- Personal expenses
- Additional meals not provided by the program (approximately $200)
- International travel insurance (approximately $120)