Take a step back in time as an orphanage volunteer in Romania, the sunniest place in Europe. Romania is nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and has a coast along the Black Sea. Romania’s beautiful terrain, castles, medieval towns, and friendly, welcoming locals make volunteering here an exciting, one-of-a-kind experience. As a volunteer in Romania, you’ll enjoy the temperate climate and sightseeing opportunities. Because of heavy forestation, Romania has one of the richest populations of fauna in all of Europe, including wolves, bears and lynxes.
As a volunteer in Romania, you have the chance to help at an orphanage located in Valea Screzii, a small village near the Carpathian Mountains. Life has changed little there over the last hundred years, and you can expect to see horses and carts on a daily basis. Try your hand at agriculture by helping on the orphanage’s small farm or be inspired by working with the children as they learn and play.
Volunteers work in a close-knit independent community, which includes an orphanage, safe homes for women who have been victims of abuse, and individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Volunteers will live on-site and may tend to the basic needs of the children, teach English, organize games and activities, and more. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their special skills and interests or come with ideas for activities and games to engage in with the children.
Licensed doctors may volunteer at a small clinic at the orphanage in Romania. The clinic treats small injuries and dispenses medicines and inoculations. Due to high costs and the distance of local hospitals, doctors are needed to treat patients at this on-site location.
Due to the ongoing growth and expansion of the community and its facilities, volunteers are needed to help with construction projects ranging from installing cabinets or shelves to larger projects such as building homes. The specific need for this work varies so please contact us for more information.
Volunteers in Romania live on-site at their project in a shared volunteer house. You’ll share a kitchen, dining space, and possibly bedroom with other volunteers – a great way to get to know each other better.
If you’re staying in Romania for two weeks or more, you’ll receive one hour of Romanian language lessons per week. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you start to pick up the language!
While in Romania, you’ll have the opportunity to attend Eastern Orthodox Church services on Sundays. These services are led by Father Tanase, one of your country coordinators in Romania.
All United Planet Romania volunteers take an excursion to Dracula’s castle in the medieval town of Bran and to the historic city of Brasov in the Transylvania region. You’ll learn about Romania’s rich history and see some beautiful architecture in the process.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
United Planet provides emergency travel and medical insurance for all volunteers. All Romania staff members participate in extensive health and safety training, and are available at all times by 24-hour phone line. Upon enrollment, you will receive a full emergency contact list. In addition, we register all of our volunteers with US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). We recommend booking a doctor’s appointment or visiting a travel health clinic a few months out to update your vaccinations. Read more about health and safety.
Due to varying airline prices, United Planet does not arrange or cover the cost of flights to and from Romania. However, we arrange all ground transportation to and from the airport in Romania and will ensure that you arrive safely at your volunteer project. Since you will be living onsite, you will not need to commute to your project.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.