Volunteer projects in Romania offer very interesting development opportunities for a career break. Volunteer programmes include working with care homes, teaching English or running summer camps, using your career break to help children in one of the most underdeveloped parts of Europe.
Romania is made up of three main geographical regions: the Carpathian Mountains in the centre; large plateaus with villages among hills and valleys to the west; fertile low-lying plains which end at the Black Sea to the east.
The majority of the people are Romanian (79%), with other major groups including Gipsy (10%), Hungarian (8%), German (0.3%) and other (2.7%). Generally, this multi-cultural population live peacefully side by side, with occasional minor tensions due to their history of conflict.
Since the revolution in 1989, when the communist regime collapsed, attempts have been made to build a democratic state and to improve the economy. However, most people today are still struggling to make a decent living. The villagers in the Transylvania are predominantly from Hungarian ethnic groups and refer to themselves as Székely. They are warm and welcoming, and enjoy a straightforward, rustic lifestyle.
Local transport to the main town is available, but volunteers should be prepared for a low standard of English in the villages.
We have set up range of voluntary programmes for career break volunteers to work mainly with traditional Hungarian and Csango ethnic groups, teaching English and looking after orphans and disadvantaged women and children.
Our voluntary projects are based in the Transylvanian region, in villages scattered in and around Miercurea Ciuc, the capital of Harghita. Career break volunteers can work in homes for vulnerable children in a variety of locations, with tasks including teaching, organising activities and providing fun, support and general human contact. Accommodation for volunteers is provided with local families or in local guest houses depending on the volunteer’s preference.
Romania is steeped with interesting history, and has lots of fabulous areas to visit, including:
We are not aware of any particular issues in Harghita but you should keep an eye on the Foreign Office website www.fco.gov.uk and the press for information. There is nowhere in the world where all danger can be avoided but Harghita is considered to be a relatively safe place.
Visas are not necessary for most nationals (including citizens of EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) for stays of up to 90 days. A valid passport (not due to expire for at least six months after your visit) is required for all visitors except those from the EU who can use their Identity Cards.
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Requirements: Previous teaching or social work experience is not usually necessary. More th...