Volunteer in Romania
If you are looking for a rewarding way to travel consider going to volunteer in Romania, you could help children at orphanages, work to improve communities or help wildlife. Romania joined the EU in 2007 but this country is still developing and faces daily social and economic problems. This country has a population of around 22 million people and around 21% live in poverty. There are international charities, NGO’s and non-profits all working to improve infrastructure and life for local people. You can join programs in places like Brasov and Bucharest all year round.
Volunteer Programs in Romania
Search volunteer opportunities in Romania for international participants including structured, free and low cost programs.
Guide to Volunteering in Romania
Romania has has a difficult past under a Communist regime which ended in 1989 and there have been problems with poverty and infrastructure for decades. Tourism is playing a role in bringing more money and funding into the country and now Romania is very much looking forward to a brighter future but there are still issues with high unemployment and poor housing / living conditions. If you are thinking about joining a volunteering program abroad we highly recommend this destination.
Location of Projects
- Most projects are located in Brasov
- Bucharest is the capital city of Romania, served by two airports this cosmopolitan city will keep you busy with its multitude of cultural and recreational activities available
- Cluj-Napoca is the second most populous city in the country and is considered to be the unofficial capital of the Transylvania province
- Timisoara is the biggest urban centre in western Romania, with a strong historical and cultural background is considered by the locals to be not just a city but a state of mind
- Lasi is considered to be the cultural capital of Romania featuring an array of museums, memorials and theatres, as well as one of the main student campuses in the country
- Constanta is the largest port on the Black Sea and one of the main tourist attractions, highlighting a large variety of night clubs, open-air restaurants, casinos and cabarets
- There are also projects in rural areas like Transylvania where you can see the land which is made famous by Dracula
Types of Volunteer Programs in Romania
As a volunteer you can address specific issues while contributing to long-term development goals of a developing nation, there are a range of opportunities to give service and make a difference which include:
Try your hand at helping people, you could improve living conditions and peoples prospects helping archaeology, media, journalism, medical, care placements, educational teaching programs, sports, drama and dance placements. Local Romanian communities really benefit from having help, you could teach English or help improve educational standards helping children at schools which can do with help from international volunteers all year round. As a community or educational volunteer in Romania you might be able to be creative and help with daily routines, you will wake up early and arrive at programs full of energy for the day ahead. You might like to view our guide to volunteering at an orphanage in Romania.
There is the option to work with displaced ethnic groups currently living in Romania. Projects can also include helping displaced Hungarian and Czango ethnic groups who are among the poorest and most vulnerable sections of Romanian society.
Conservation / Wildlife
A popular option is to help animals at wildlife sanctuaries in Romania. Wildlife conservation programs with brown bears is popular, there is a bear sanctuary near the spectacular Carpathian Mountains where you can help rescued and abused bears. Sometimes you will be creating initiatives to prevent poaching or you might be getting your hands dirty cleaning or feeding the animals.
Some placements last a week whilst others can be joined for over 6 months. You can apply in advance and book via our website.
You will need to be 18+ for most projects although there are summer placements for 16+ year olds. Romania is a great value destination compared to other countries in Western Europe.
Usually your board will be included if you apply as part of a structured package. If you are looking to go solo to get the best deals on accommodation you will need to shop around and book in advance.
There are lots of attractions to keep you busy on your days off, our top recommendation is going to see Transylvania. You might like to view our tours in Romania.
How to Apply
You might be asked to pay a fee to participate on programs in Romania, this usually includes placements, accommodation, meals, airport transfers, orientation, training and in-country support. There are free opportunities if you apply with local charities and NGO's, to get a paid volunteer position in Romania you could take a TEFL course and teach English. You might also like to view our Europe volunteer directory.
Romania is a safe destination but you should always follow guidelines like going out in groups at night and not drinking too much alcohol.
Useful local Words & Phrases
- Hello - Bună ziua
- How are you - Ce mai faci?