Care & Community for groups in Romania
- Who?Groups of at least 5
- When?Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
You might be a group from school, some friends from university, a group of work colleagues looking for a fulfilling break or an organisation looking to take your skills further afield, regardless of whether you’re trained professionals or completely new to the field, you’ll get to experience volunteer development work on a Care placement in Romania. All we ask is that you have a passion for and a commitment to the work and the people you are there to help.
Voluntary Orphanage Group work with Projects Abroad
The plight of Romanian orphans was well documented during the early 1990's by the international media, highlighting the need for the international community to respond to the problems of the large numbers of neglected orphans throughout the country. Although the government is now addressing the need for more funding and better homes, ten years on there remain a large number of orphans in Romania.
Groups can get involved in a wide variety of types of care work available in Romania. Projects Abroad is based in the ancient city of Brasov where, in recent years, there has been restructuring of the orphanages meaning that groups of volunteers can now work in smaller homes for orphans; each housing about 10 to 12 children aged between 4 and 16 years old.
Opportunities are also available to work with children and adults with physical and mental disabilities at day care centres and homes. These placements are demanding and are ideal for groups or individuals who have some previous experience of working with physically or mentally handicapped children or adults. Finally your group may be interested in working at a shelter caring for the elderly. Local staff, including you placement supervisor, will welcome your group’s dedication and enthusiasm and are on hand at all times should you need any guidance.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Romania
Groups working on a Care project in Romania have the opportunity to make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of deserving groups of children, as well as providing a great support for the dedicated and overstretched staff. New ideas and energy from the volunteers are welcomed by all of the new homes and the permanent staff. Sometimes, just talking to the children and regularly picking up the younger ones can make a significant difference to their development, but previous volunteers have also enjoyed helping teach some of the children basic, conversational English, as well as involving them in activities such as song, dance, drama and sports during their free time.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Romania Care Management Plan.
Depending on the size of your group, your accommodation will either be with host families or in a local hostel / hotel. If you are staying with a local Romanian host family then you will have the fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in local life and to really feel part of this Eastern European community. If however you are staying in a local hostel or hotel, you will have plenty of free time to really explore what the ancient city of Brasov has to offer, from its culture and cuisine, through to the sights, sounds and friendly faces of the inner city.
Our Projects Abroad Romania office, a bustling centre for volunteers doing all kinds of projects, is close by and our staff are available to offer help and support at all hours - day or night - should you require their assistance.
All volunteers taking part on a Care project in Romania must now undertake a basic medical check and a Police Clearance, to demonstrate they are fit to work with children. This is easily arranged with your doctor and at your local police station and we will provide advice on this when you apply. Please note that it can take up to 40 days to receive clearance
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.