Volunteer in Romania with Projects Abroad
The outstanding scenery, biodiversity and paradoxes of a country that is in the process of economic and cultural change will mould the experiences on any trip to Romania. This country, which is slightly smaller than the UK, occupies the heart of Eastern Europe but has a unique Latin culture.
Projects in Romania are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
A wide range of overseas voluntary work placements are available; in Teaching, Care, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Journalism, Veterinary Medicine, Animal Care, Archaeology and Drama projects.
Where we are Based in Romania
Projects Abroad Romania has its office in the historic city of Brasov, capital of Transylvania.
Set in the Carpathian Mountains and with a ski resort nearby, Brasov is an unusual combination of impressive historical squares and palaces, sandwiched between former-Communist tower blocks. While volunteering abroad, you'll be living with a local host family in the town, and to be with or around a Romanian family and their friends is an entertaining and enlightening experience in itself!
Your Romanian hosts will make sure that you eat heartily, and there will be plenty of local wines to try - it's common to find yourself sitting down to Sunday lunch at 1pm and enjoying the food and conversation until 5pm! They may feed you mamaliga, a corn bread which seems to come with every meal or ciorba, a spicy soup.
General Information on Romania
There's plenty to see in Romania, from painted monasteries, Transylvanian castles and green mountains to vibrant Black Sea beach resorts, Medieval towns and relaxing spas. Romania has activities and attractions to suit all tastes and pockets.
Romania remains influenced and scarred by its recent political history. The impact of the revolution in 1989 was huge. The dictator, Nicolae Ceacescu, who was killed in this bloody revolution, is still much talked about and remembered with a variety of emotions.
To live in Romania now is to discover a capitalist society developing alongside peasant subsistence. It's a place of contrasts, indeed.
Travel and Tourism in Romania
The ancient city of Brasov has many sights and museums, and a full cultural programme of theatre, music and puppetry performances. The town centre contains a wide range of restaurants and bars within walking distance, and it's also easy to explore more of the city, with frequent buses and trolleybuses.
It's only an hour from the town to Dracula's castle, or the medieval home of Vlad the Impaler. Indeed, there are plenty of attractions in Transylvania, but it's also easy for you to visit Bucharest, the Black Sea or the Danube Delta. Other volunteers have even explored Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ukraine after finishing their volunteer placements.
Projects available in Romania
You will work at a range of archaeological sites, alongside local experts and could find yourself recovering artefacts, identifying ancient graves, analysing finds and giving museum presentations.
Based in the ancient city of Brasov, volunteers work in day care centres and centres for those with special needs. Help with dressing the children, playing games and basic lessons.
Teach dance to children in schools and clubs, put on dance workshops and create your own dance performance.
An opportunity to work with drama clubs in Romania as well as the local drama community and theatre groups.
Work for the English section of a magazine that focuses on local culture and traditions. You can get involved in every aspect of the magazine’s production and help a journalism club in a local school.
Volunteer at a day care centre in the ancient city of Brasov and help local staff treat children with a variety of conditions, from physical disabilities to Downs Syndrome.
Work in day care centres in Brasov and help local staff to care for and treat disabled children and adults, assisting with and observing physiotherapy exercises.
Volunteer on a Football coaching project in Romania and help to coach children and young adults aged 8-19.
Volunteers on this placement work at a local primary school and teach children a variety of sports.
Work alongside a trained psychologist or social worker in Romania to help children in need and assist with the treatment of people with special needs or disabilities.
Teach English in the historic city of Brasov. You will work alongside staff in secondary schools. Your main role is to teach English to the children, but activities such as sports or arts will be well-received.
Projects Abroad have partnered with several secondary schools in and around Brasov. Your role will be to help students improve their conversational French abilities.
Animal Care Animal Care
Work at a dog rescue centre on the outskirts of Brasov, and help with the animals' general care as well as assist with surgical procedures at an on-site veterinary clinic.
Animal Care Veterinary Medicine
Work alongside a local vet in Brasov, assisting with the treatment and care of domestic animals. Your role as a volunteer may involve assisting with tasks such as inoculations and operations.
Take part in an intensive standalone Romanian language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement.
High School Specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Romania
Discover ancient civilisation while gaining practical experience and skills in archaeology. You will have the chance to get involved in a wide range of activities, from analysing findings to conducting presentations.
Intern for “The Village” magazine alongside professional journalists and gain practical experience by conducting interviews, writing features, reviewing events, and more.
Projects for professionals available in Romania
As a professional volunteer on this project you will be based in the region around Deva, in Transylvania. You will work alongside the archaeological team contributing to the on-going excavations.
On this project you will be working with young patients from deprived backgrounds and who are in need of care. As a qualified volunteer you will be based in a care centre and a private hospice in Brasov.
Projects Abroad PRO needs experienced volunteers to help disadvantaged patients in the care centres and hospitals of Brasov. As an art therapy volunteer you will be treating patients and enhancing social interaction.
This volunteer social work project is based in care centres and hospitals in Brasov. You will work with patients with special needs such as Down Syndrome and Autism.
As a qualified doctor, you can share your expertise with local medical staff and help to treat patients at a busy county hospital or family medicine practice.
As a professional massage therapist, you can work with disabled children and adults in care centres, helping to alleviate their pain and assisting with their rehabilitation.