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Electives, nursing internships, psychotherapy in Beijing

Praktikum und Volunteering möglich
In Beijing/China we arrange elective placements, nursing internships and psychotherapy internships in English language at a leading international hospital. Also internships for students/trainees from non-medical fields such as administration and HR are possible.

Project description

The Oasis International Hospital opened in 2012 and is located in the Chaoyang district in northeastern Beijing. It is an American private hospital of highest standard which covers inpatient and outpatient services from various disciplines. These include: internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine, anesthesia, plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery, dentistry, dermatology, ear, nose and throat medicine, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, preclinical imaging (CT, MRI, ultrasound, X-Ray), laboratory medicine, clinical psychology and psychological counseling (anxiety disorders, child development, depression, family planning, couples and life coaching, stress management, trauma counseling, etc.), nutritional medicine, orthopedics, TCM, urology, physical therapy, neurology, hematology, nephrology, rheumatology, endocrinology, occupational therapy and neurosurgery. The hospital has 60 beds for inpatients, special suites for mothers and newborns, and a 24-hour emergency care facility.
The working hours for interns and volunteers are 08:30a.m-5:30p.m., 5 days a week (usually from Monday to Friday, from time to time may work on the weekends).
Medical and nursing students can perform a multi-week placement, either in a single requested department or they can rotate through several departments (for longer stays).
The hospital also has a Clinical Laboratory, Pharmacy, Ultrasound, and Radiology department.
Medical and nursing students as well as students/trainees from various non-medical fields can carry out an internship in various departments of the hospital. This includes: internships in administration, business administration, finance, marketing (including PR, sales, design, social media, editing and translating, event planning.), customer service (reception, patient relationship, insurance settlement, English-language training for employees), in Human Resources (Recruitment & Training), Facility Management (Interior Design, Engineering) and IT (system maintenance, programming).
Licensed professionals (nurses, doctors, therapists) can volunteer at Oasis Hospital (minimum duration 1 month).
The quality of medical care that the hospital is aligned with has international standards of health care and corresponds with the latest in medical technology. Since the medical care provided by state institutions in China is not always satisfactory, many private hospitals were founded in larger and more economically developed cities like Shanghai or Beijing by foreign operators or through a foreign joint venture partner. The type of medical care in these hospitals corresponds with Western standards and is also up to date with medicine; often these hospitals have international doctors and hospital staff. However, the costs of treatment in these hospitals are much higher than in government hospitals and are not covered by the Chinese health insurance. Those who visit these private institutions are mostly patients who have sufficient financial resources, for example, wealthy Chinese or foreigners who live or travel in China. The Oasis International Hospital therefore also has direct billing options with major international insurance providers, multi-lingual patient services and an international team of doctors.
Info Box
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Location: Beijing, China
Availability: all year, Start flexible
Minimum duration: 4 Weeks
Maximum duration: 12 Months
Language requirements: Englisch
Other languages of advantage: Chinese, other foreign languages
Accommodation: Shared Apartment, Hotel
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Supervision possible: Yes
Qualification Supervisor: General physicians, specialised physicians, nurses, midwives, therapists, professionals
Minimum Qualification of Intern:
Student or trainee of relevent subject
Further contribution to the project : none
Volunteering possible: Yes
Required qualification of volunteer: Professional with qualification in medicine, nursing, or therapies
Further contribution to the project: None
We expect:
Professional conduct, do you have the right attitude


Basic medical care is widely available in China; a clinic or doctor's office can be found in almost in every village. Nevertheless, China still faces large an incomplete health system and large differences in the quality of medical care.
Although numerous reforms in the health sector in recent years have led to an improvement of the situation, China still does not have a completely state-funded health care system.  Approximately 20-40 percent of the treatment costs must be paid by the patients themselves at the time of treatment. The Chinese health care system is divided into two parallel existing systems, namely the urban and rural system. Which system a patient belongs to, depends on his or her current residency. However, particularly in rural areas, health care is often worse than in the cities, which, together with the often higher co-payments for the cost of treatment, leads to a regress to traditional forms of medical treatments ("Traditional Chinese Medicine", TCM) rather than going to a public hospital amongst patients in rural areas or members of lower educational classes, in order to save costs.
Most doctors in China work for a hospital. In China people are not subject to the medical referral system: patients can go directly to a public hospitals in order to get medical care. Hospitals are therefore the most important component of  the Chinese health care system.
Most hospitals in China are government-funded or maintained by the respective province, known as public hospitals. Often, these hospitals are numbered (e.g. hospital 1, hospital 2, hospital 3, etc.) and often there are large differences in terms of hygienic and medical standards. Usually, hospitals that are marked as number 1 are the best choice. Especially in villages and suburbs, public hospitals usually don't meet the expectations of western standards of care and can only afford basic medical care. In contrast, military hospitals are usually known for their relatively good quality in China. Although public hospitals in China receive government subsidies, their main source of income are medical treatments, drugs and medicines. The hospitals can define the cost for medical treatments and medication themselves. Unlike many other countries, doctors and medical personnel in China are not held in very high esteem. The wages for physicians in state institutions are very low; therefore China is known for it’s doctors commonly prescribing unnecessary treatments as an alternative source of income, at the expense of the patient’s health. Due to the bad reputation of medical professionals, China is now struggling with a shortage of doctors.
For most foreigners living in China, foreign private clinics such as the Oasis International Hospital, are the first place to go in matters of health. These clinics often have so-called "Family Medicine"  departments, equivalents to general medical practices. These Departments don't exist separately but are directly integrated into the hospitals in China. The family doctors carry out health examinations and treat acute and chronic diseases, for instance.



Accommodation in Beijing

In Beijing, you can choose between accommodation of different standards:
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Most popular! - This is the choice of most of our participants. Here you live in a shared apartment with other participants in downtown Beijing.

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Comfort+ - For those who put more emphasis on comfort: Accommodation in a hotel


Shared Accommodation in Downtown Beijing:

The accommodation in the category "Most Popular" is in Beijing, in single or double rooms (you choose) in apartments in the city center, which you share with other participants. Most live there with 2-4 participants and share bathroom, kitchen and living room.
The apartments are of good standards. The bathrooms have hot shower, western toilet, sink and usually a washing machine. The rooms have heating and air conditioning. In the kitchen there is a fridge, stove, and other kitchen appliances like microwave, toaster, kettle, etc. The apartments are typically in blocks of flats in the city that have elevators and security personnel. In general, there is wifi Internet. A cleaner comes once a week to clean the apartment.
This option is perfect for most of our participants.



Higher standards of accommodation are available in a hotel, in air-conditioned single and double rooms. There is a private bathroom of high standard, as well as flat screen TV and wifi Internet. Bedding, towels, etc. are changed regularly.



I. World Unite! Service Package

Mobile/Cell Phone Users: If you don't see the rates for your desired duration of stay, hide other (shorter) durations of stay.
  up to 180 Days
181-365 Days
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1 Person
800 EUR 900 EUR      
2-4 Persons
(Per Person)
750 EUR 850 EUR      
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application, but not the official government fees for the visa (See costs below)
  • Local Police Registration (if required), assistance with the local Health Checkup (required for some long-time visa) and Opening of a Bank Account in China (required for some jobs/internships)
  • Pick-up and Transfer on arrival from the airport of where you do the placement
  • Personal support staff in China (Beijing) and at our international office
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Local SIM Card (only for placements in Beijing)
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from China (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)

II. Accommodation Costs

You can choose between the following options:
Mobile/Cell Phone Users: If you don't see the rates for your desired duration of stay, hide other (shorter) durations of stay.
All Rates in Chinese RMB! Convert Currency
 Monthly Rent 
Apartment shared with other participants
1 Person
(Single Room)
3000-4000 RMB/Month*  
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
1500-2000 RMB/Month*  
Hotel Accommodation incl. Breakfast
1 Person
(Single Room)
5000 RMB/Month during Winter
6000 RMB/Month during Summer
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
2500 RMB/Month during Winter
3000 RMB/Month during Summer
Room at Shared Apartment: Only full months can be rented! Incl. Water, Electricity, Heating, Wifi. The rent of one month has to be deposited.
Hotel: Incomplete months will be calculated per day.
In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.

Overview of other costs:

  • Visa around 40-200 EUR (50-250 USD) depending on activity and duration; to apply for prior to your travel
  • If meals are not included: 100-150 EUR (125-190 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Small local expenses (Internet, Local Transport): ca. 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month

How do I pay?

Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.



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These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner", "Active Travel" and "Working Holidays" in China to make your stay even more interesting.

Travel Health Insurance

We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.

Getting there


Getting To China

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All major cities in China, as well as the holiday islands of Hainan and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), have international airports and you fly directly into the city of your project. There, you will be picked up from the airport.



Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
The start date of any internship, volunteering assignment or Working Holiday can be discussed with your coordinator during your Skype conversation with him/her. The group Chinese language lessons, though, start the first Monday of every month.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
During your internship or Working Holiday jobs, you travel around during your free time, holidays or weekends. 
Can I travel alone to China as a young woman?
No problem; in China, women move around freely and confidently.
Will I be the only foreign volunteer/intern in the project or at my site?
We have Working Holiday participants and students in Beijing at most times, and it is possible for you to stay together. The number of interns at a particular site is decided by the company itself. It is very easy to get in contact with other foreigners of your age in Beijing, if you so wish, as there are very many. At other locations, such as Hainan and other cities, we have fewer participants.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
You can choose whether you want to live in an apartment in the city center of Beijing, which you share with other participants, or in a hotel. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Yes, there is wifi internet.
How can I do my laundry?
The apartments have a washing machine.
Can I cook in the accommodation?
Yes, there are well-equipped kitchens in the apartments. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, this is possible.
What language skills do I need?
You should be able to make yourself understood in English. If another language is required, this is indicated in the info-boxes of the respective projects.

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