Volunteer in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is quite an under visited and underrated destination, not many people consider this country when thinking about volunteering abroad. You will get an authentic experience and spend time in a country which is up and coming. There are beaches, National Parks and lots of cultural highlights. Bulgaria might be a member of the EU bit it is also one of the poorest countries in the continent and there is a need for volunteers to help with community and conservation projects throughout the country.
Volunteer Programs in Bulgaria
Volunteer in Bulgaria
There are lots of volunteering programs available to join including community, childcare and also consrvation projects available to join all year round. Large international charities and local NGO's have been working for decades to help people and improve infrastructure / living conditions. Some organisations provide assistance on the ground helping build new homes or make renovations to existing structures, a lot of family lives in poverty and do not have the financial means to help themselves.
You might not know but Bulgaria has a shockingly high rare of abandoned children and many end up living in state run institutions. There are orphanages located throughout the country, they often lack the funding and resources which is where international organisations help. You will probably be placed on a group program with other people from all over the world. There are lots of excursions and activities you can book once in country, you might want to go skiing or head to a beach depending on the season.
Location of Projects
Most projects can be joined in places like Bourgas, Kavarna, Varna, Sofia, and Plovdiv. There are more options if you are looking to volunteer in Europe, for example you could combine experiences and also apply to volunteer in Romania. This country is located to the North of Bulgaria and there are more placements here.
You might need to pay a joining fee or donation when applying with an organisation or local NGO this usually include pre-departure support and placements, airport transfers, in-country support, meals and accommodation. To get a paid volunteer job in Bulgaria you might need to take a TEFL course and teach English.
Shared accommodation with other participants is usually provided, you might be able to book something independently though. Don't worry Bulgaria might be a developing country but there are modern facilities here and you can find wifi is cafes and bars.
The average day can vary but usually you will work Monday - Friday around 5 hours per day with weekends off.
Local people speak Bulgarian, you might want to take a phrase book or learn some basic words. A lot of younger people speak English but not a lot of older people do which can make communication difficult.
Positions are open all year round so you can apply to join programs any time. On our website you can apply direct, options include short and long term projects, summer programs and you can ask for more information or register for next year.
- Generally ages 17+ can apply
- Must be able to obtain a tourist visa
- Need to be in good health
- No previous experience needed