General Information:
           1. The Romanian SCORA EXCHANGE program aims to provide medical students with both theoretical knowledge and practical work concerning HIV/AIDS. This will be achieved through lectures and direct contact with HIV infected children and with people living with AIDS (PLWA). UMF Timisoara - the first university in the West Side of the country which participates at SCORA EXCHANGE.

The number of the participating students is six (6) - and they will get both theoretical knowledge and practical work, covering many HIV/AIDS issues, under the coordination of our University's professors. The most important aspect of this EXCHANGE will be to learn about problems we face taking care of the infected children, especially the children of the '89 generation. Besides they can also assist us in our work.
We attached a preliminary program and we make reservations that minor changes may occur. We have included an application from for you to send to us together with a letter of motivation. All students may apply that have taken virology. We will make it a priority to form a group of students from different countries and students at the end of medical school will be accepted at first hand. Although we encourage everybody to apply, we do not know how attractive the exchange will be.


NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING STUDENTS: there are a limited number of six (6) places.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Medical students of clinical semesters of any nationality are welcome to join us in the Exchange Program. This will provide the exchange a better understanding of the medical issues chosen to be part of our Exchange Program.

REQUIREMENTS: In order to participate to our exchange program you have to fill in the application form on our web site. You should also send in letter of motivation, your curriculum vitae and a short presentation of the HIV/AIDS situation in your own country.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English

THE EVALUATION: It will be done through questionnaires, as developed by SCORA in Timisoara. It will reflect the improvement in the exchanges theoretical knowledge and practical skills, their opinions on the medical activities organized by the SCORA in Timisoara boarding and social program, suggestions on how this elective may be improved. The results will be published in the future report of the Romanian SCORA

FEE: The participants have to pay a maximum fee of 140 E and it will be paid upon arrival. The fee includes two meals day (lunch and dinner) except Saturday and Sunday and the accommodation of the exchanges in the students ‘hostel (rooms with two places). In case of a good fundraising the fee can be less that 140 E or no fee will be required.

DURATION: 10th of September - 30th of September 2006

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 20th. You will be announced if you were accepted until August 26th.

THINGS TO BRING: You are probably wondering what things to bring to Romania. The temperature will be warm (25-35 degrees Celsius), so bring shorts and lots of T-shirts. There might be rain, so bring a raincoat for the field trips.
    You should bring sport clothes because you'll need them in the trip with the children and in the trip trought Romania.
   You dont need to bring bed linen.
   When bringing some toys or sport equipment like balls, tennis or badminton rackets you can enjoy playing with the children.
   For the work with children is not necessary a white coat. A dictionary will also come in handy.

HOW TO GET HERE

   Assuming that you arrive at the airport in Bucharest, you will have to get to the train station by bus or taxi. Buses leave every half an hour (6.00 am to 23.00 p.m.) from in front of the airport. The bus ticket is only 0.5 US$. You have to descend at Victoria Square (Piata Victoriei) and from there take the metro one stop or walk 10 minutes. You will now be at the correct train-station (Gara de Nord). If you find this difficult, it is possible to take a taxi (approx. 20 US$ from the airport).
   Trains between Bucharest and Timisoara leave every day (costs 10-18 $):
R 691   Bucuresti Nord Departure 10.45   Timisoara Nord Arrival 19.24
R 693   Bucuresti Nord Departure 12.50   Timisoara Nord Arrival 21.00
R 260   Bucuresti Nord Departure 21.02   Timisoara Nord Arrival 4.48
R 352   Bucuresti Nord Departure 22.03   Timisoara Nord Arrival 6.12
R 695   Bucuresti Nord Departure 22.50   Timisoara Nord Arrival 7.22
A 1691 Bucuresti Nord Departure 23.40   Timisoara Nord Arrival 8.39
IC 593  Bucuresti Nord Departure 15.35   Timisoara Nord Arrival 23.10
A 1692 Bucuresti Nord Departure 9.03     Timisoara Nord Arrival 21.18

   If you need more in formations, write us or visit the Romanian train agency homepage: www.cfr.ro or international travel agency
   It is possible to reach Timisoara by plane (50 US$ from Bucharest), but I will recommend that you go by train as explained above.
  There are the following flights:
Budapest-Timisoara (Romanian Hour)
  14:50 - 15:35
   More information about the flights you can find at:
www.tarom.ro
   It is also possible to reach Timisoara by train from Budapest (Hungary). Please contact us for details about this route.
 

International trains

TIME OF TRAIN: BUDAPEST-TIMISOARA NORD

STATION/STOP

DATE

TIME

PRODUCTS

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

08.07.03

09.07.03

Dep 23:10

Arr 05:59

D,R,IC

 

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

08.07.03

09.07.03

Dep 23:10

Arr 06:12

D,R

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

09.07.03

09.07.03

Dep 07:10

Arr 13:25

IC

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

09.07.03

09.07.03

Dep 10:10

Arr 17:38

E,R,D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

09.07.03

09.07.03

Dep 13:10

Arr 19:50

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

09.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 19:10

Arr 01:46

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

09.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 19:11

Arr 01:46

D,R,IR

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

09.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 23:10

Arr 05:59

D,R

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

09.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 23:10

Arr 06:12

IC

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 07:10

Arr 13:25

E,R,D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 10:10

Arr 17:38

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 13:10

Arr 19:50

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

11.07.03

Dep 19:10

Arr 01:46

D,R,IR

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

11.07.03

Dep 19:11

Arr 01:46

D,R

TIME OF TRAIN :BUDAPEST-ARAD

STATION/STOP

DATE

TIME

PRODUCTS

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

09.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 23:10

Arr 04:37

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 07:10

Arr 12:20

IC

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 08:30

Arr 14:15

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 10:10

Arr 15:50

E,R,D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 13:10

Arr 18:52

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 18:10

Arr 23:22

EN

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

10.07.03

11.07.03

Dep 19:10

Arr 00:50

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

10.07.03

11.07.03

Dep 19:11

Arr 00:50

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BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

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10.07.03

11.07.03

Dep 23:10

Arr 04:37

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BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

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11.07.03

11.07.03

Dep 07:10

Arr 12:20

IC

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

11.07.03

11.07.03

Dep 08:30

Arr 14:15

D

BUDAPEST-KELETI pu

ARAD

11.07.03

11.07.03

Dep 10:10

Arr 15:50

E,R,D

 TIME OF TRAIN ARAD-TIMISOARA NORD

STATION/STOP

DATE

TIME

PRODUCTS

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

09.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 22:40

Arr 00:08

R

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 00:52

Arr 01:46

D

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 04:50

Arr 05:59

R,IR

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 04:50

Arr 06:12

R

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 05:46

Arr 07:16

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ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 07:12

Arr 08:06

IR

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 07:58

Arr 09:13

R

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 12:31

Arr 13:25

IC

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 12:55

Arr 14:18

R

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 16:16

Arr 17:38

R

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 17:32

Arr 18:51

R

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 18:56

Arr 19:50

D

ARAD

TIMISOARA NORD

10.07.03

10.07.03

Dep 19:33

Arr 20:48

R

             VISA   Most of you don't need a visa to come to Romania. If you need further information in order to be sure, you can consult the Romanian embassy's website: http://embassy.romania.org/ .
   If you need a visa contact the Romanian embassy in your country and ask them to send you application forms (visit the mentioned website for details as address, phone number). In some countries it is possible to get a cheaper visa because you are doing voluntary work. Ive therefore sent you an official invitation from the projects co-ordinators.

             MONEY

   The exchange rate is app. 1 US Dollar = 34078 Romanian Lei; 1 Euro = 40809 Lei (April 18th, 2004)
   Credit cards are not widely accepted, and cashing travellers checks is expensiver. Change your money in official offices (changing in the street is illegal and can be dangerous). You should buy some lei at the airport in Bucharest. You should be able to withdraw cash from your credit card in banks and ATMs.

            SOME PRICES

   bus ticket 0,25$, hotel room 25-50$, bottle of Coke(0,25l) 0,5$, a hot dog 0,5$, a normal lunch 3-7$, bottle of wine 1-10$, a can of beer 0,5-2$, phone ( 1 minute in Europe or 0,5-0,8$), postal taxes (stamps) 0,5$ in Europe.

          WEATHER

               spring - rainy, 0-20 deg. C
         summer - hot, 20-35 deg. C
         fall - good weather, 10-20 deg. C
         winter - cold, -15-0 deg. C

          HEALTH   You will not be required to get any vaccinations before visiting Romania, but ask your local health authorities if they recommend any (recommendations vary).
   Everyone (Romanian students, foreign students and the stuff) working in the orphanage have to do a couple of medical test to work in the orphanage. The tests are:

    Thorax X-ray

        MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TIMISORA

http://www.timisoara.ro
http://www.timisoara.com

http://www.ici.ro/romania/cities/timisoara.html
http://www.ici.ro/romania/cities/timisoara.html

http://www.romaniatourism.com/timisoara.html
http://www.infocib.ase.ro/rom/timis.html
http://yo2tm.online.ro/timisoara.html
http://www.eng.timisoara.ro/
 

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