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Volunteer and Intern in Romania

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  • Location: Brasov
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Local languages: Romanian
Country Info

Romania, an Eastern European country in the process of steady economic and cultural change, is a destination where Projects Abroad volunteers can have a significant impact on the lives of the needy. Our volunteer projects and internships in Romania are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a university summer break, gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation.

Romania struggled economically following the collapse of Communism and it remains influenced and scarred by its recent political history. The impact of the 1989 revolution is obvious. It is still talked about often and remembered with a variety of emotions.

Since 2000, Romania has become more stable and is now classified as a “boom economy”, one of the strongest in south-eastern Europe. Towns are becoming more developed and cosmopolitan, with foreign investors bringing more jobs as well as a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife. However, many of Romania’s old social problems still remain, with severe poverty in rural areas, a lack of jobs for graduates, and poor conditions for the many disadvantaged youths in the country.

Where You Will Live in Romania with Projects Abroad

The city of Brasov, Romania

Projects Abroad Romania has its office in the historic city of Brasov in the capital of historic Transylvania. A wide range of international volunteer work is available and you could find yourself helping to care for children in orphanages and special needs centres, working as a teacher in a high school, or helping to excavate ancient ruins, among other ways you can volunteer.

Set in the Carpathian Mountains and with a ski resort nearby, Brasov is an unusual combination of impressive historical squares and palaces, sandwiched between former-Communist tower blocks. While volunteering abroad, you’ll be living with a local host family in town, and you will find that spending time with a Romanian family and their friends is an entertaining and enlightening experience in itself.

Your Romanian hosts will make sure that you eat heartily, and there will be plenty of local specialties to try – it’s common to find yourself sitting down to Sunday lunch at 1pm and not getting up until 5pm. They may feed you mamaliga, a corn bread which seems to come with every meal, or ciorba, a spicy soup. There is also sure to be lots of good conversation during meal times.

Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Romania

A Transylvanian castle in Romania, Eastern Europe.

There’s plenty to see in Romania, from painted monasteries, Transylvanian castles, and green mountains to vibrant Black Sea beach resorts, medieval towns, and relaxing spas. Romania has activities and attractions to suit all tastes and budgets.

The ancient city of Brasov has many sights and museums, and a full cultural program of theater, music, and puppetry performances. The town centre contains a wide range of restaurants within walking distance, and it’s also easy to explore more of the city with frequent buses and trolleybuses.

It’s only an hour from the town to Dracula’s castle, the medieval home of Vlad the Impaler. There are plenty of attractions in Transylvania, but it’s also easy for you to visit Bucharest, the Black Sea, or the Danube Delta. Other volunteers have chosen to explore Hungary, Bulgaria, and other Eastern European countries after finishing their volunteer placements.

Projects for All Ages in Romania

High School Specials for Teens in Romania

Projects for professionals available in Romania



Most recent blogs from Romania

Emotional Liberty: My First Impressions of Central Romania (written by Lucy Betz, USA)

After being warned of the gloomy weather I might expect from Romania in the rainy season, I was surprised, upon leaving the airport, at how hot it was. I’d arrived on a humid afternoon in early September; in my velvet blazer and pants, I was completely overdressed. Once on the road to Brasov I threw ...

La Revedere, Romania!

Well, this is it. I have 4 days left in Romania. Reality struck when I realized I have to start packing 3 months worth of clothes starting tomorrow-a bittersweet task in every sense of the word. I am comfortable in Cluj. I have just started to become accustomed to the dawdling public buses, the aroma ...

Romania: A Country of Smokers, Pigeons, and Ill-Timed Weather

It is impossible for me to exaggerate the drastic shift of environments from my first week in Romania to my second. I have never had to adjust so quickly to two extremes in such a short amount of time. It still amazes me that I have almost reached the halfway point in my Romanian adventures, when it ...

Road to Romania: My First Thoughts

I have a natural state before I am about to experience something new: anxiety. The day before a new school year starts, the night before a big presentation is made, or even on the cusp of branching away from home, I always feel a churning in the pit of my stomach that will not ease. I felt it when I ...

The Real Face of Romania written by Camille Gallet, France

When I announced to my friends I was going for two weeks in Romania, they all said me approximately the same things. “It’s a really poor country, you will be hangry all the time.” “We don’t really know the countries of the Eastern Europa; it’s not our society, you will be lost, maybe they ...

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