Volunteer in Romania

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Romania is in a state of change, continually moving toward greater development; as evidenced by its recent additions to the European Union in 2007. This historic country on the Black Sea has plenty of cultural attractions to keep a volunteer busy. Transylvania is the largest and most well-known area. From the castles and town to the forests and alps, Transylvania and many areas of Romania truly embody medieval culture and history.

Orphanage Work

The number of and under the care of the government continues to rise in Romania. There are many reasons that can be attributed to the high number of abandoned, neglected, and orphaned children in Romania. The state of poverty Romania has experienced led many families to be unable to care for their children. By volunteering your time in orphanages in Romania, you will contribute to a much larger cause and make a difference in young lives. Volunteer activities include cleaning, feeding, child care, tutoring, and more.

Teaching

The education system in Romania has been through many recent reforms like the rest of the country’s industries. School attendance is required from age 6 or until 17. Tutoring is especially common in primary and secondary school. Even though school enrollment is generally high, it has continued to slowly decline since 2004. A strong foreign volunteer presence and interest always encourages attendance. Many volunteer programs offer volunteers the opportunity to work in schools assisting teachers, tutoring after school, and teaching English themselves.

Health Care

The healthcare system in Romania has improved recently, especially after it became part of the EU. Romania’s government offers free universal healthcare but it seems that healthcare is still easier and of higher quality for those with more money. Volunteers with medical backgrounds can be of great help to disabled and disadvantaged Romanians. Sharing your expertise with a local clinic, hospital or health care advocacy group is extremely important.

Volunteering Tips

NGOs/Volunteer Culture: With more than 200 NGOs listed in Romania on WANGO, there are many ways for volunteers to lend a hand. Several larger volunteer organizations, like the Peace Corps and WWOOF, are also present in Romania. Teaming up with one of these non-profits, no matter how big or small, is sure to be a great experience.

Best Places to Volunteer: Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is sometimes referred to as “the Paris of the East.” This city enjoys a laid back, bohemian style with plenty of good food and social scenes. While you will see many beautiful and historic landmarks, a city such as Bucharest is sure to have lots of poverty as well. Volunteers can find many different opportunities to help out here. Sighişoara is a more rural area where you will find vibrant aspects of medieval culture thriving.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Romania

Locals in Romania are generally friendly and helpful. There is little crime to worry about besides theft so always be aware of your belongings and surroundings, especially in crowded neighborhoods or those occupied by gypsies. Wild animals, especially stray dogs, are another minor safety issue to be aware of. Consider getting travel insurance to cover small accidents and illnesses. Some basic vaccinations are recommended before traveling to Romania, including hepatitis A and B, typhoid and MMR. See for more details on health in Romania.

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International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
When you volunteer as a group with IVHQ, you have the ability to completely tailor a program to meet the needs and interests...
Romania
International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
IVHQ's local team in Romania is always in need of great volunteers! Volunteers can choose from a variety of meaningful projec...
Romania
Projects Abroad
Romania, in Eastern Europe, is a unique and wonderful place to complete a volunteer project or internship. The outstanding sc...
Togo
Projects Abroad
Projects in the this field can include a variety of things. You'll be teaching, leading workshops, organizing productions and...
Romania
Habitat For Humanity
Over 40% of the population resides in housing without running water in a bath or toilet. This problem emerged after life unde...
Romania
Global Volunteers
Global Volunteers’ Romanian presence began in 1999 concentrating on helping at-risk and disabled children improve their acces...
Romania
Oyster Worldwide
Volunteer in Eastern Europe's largest bear sanctuary where you will be assisting the staff to rehabilitate and provide a comf...
Romania
Operation Wallacea
Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation, working alongside university and college academics to build...
Romania
Oyster Worldwide
It is estimated that there are 60,000 children living in care and a further 1,000 per year abandoned due to poverty in Romani...
Romania
Oyster Worldwide
This project offers the chance to be become part of a mobile medical unit or work in a children’s hospital in the medieval ci...
Romania
The Great Projects
Since 2005 when this sanctuary was founded, it has grown to become Romania’s epicentre for the care and rescue of brown bears...
Romania
Angloville
Spend a week in a 4 star hotel in the beautiful Romanian countryside. Welcome to Angloville! Angloville offers cultural excha...
Romania
GapGuru
GapGuru offers volunteer programs and internships in Romania. Our Romania programs are ideal for anyone with an interest in g...
Romania
Globe Aware
The country of Romania is still trying to redeem itself after the fall of its controlling dictator system. Although, it is be...
Romania
Volunteer Romania
Working with children where the need is highest, but also run community programmes in school holidays and offer bio-gardening...