Volunteer Teaching in Romania
- Placement locations: Brasov
- Types of schools: High School
- Age of students: 12 - 18
- Class sizes: Approx. 30
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, French)
- Requirements: None
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, Sports, French, German
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
In 1992, Projects Abroad began sending volunteers abroad to teach English and Romania was the first destination to receive volunteers on the Teaching Project. English is a vital skill in the country, especially since the country opened its doors to the western world in the wake of the 1989 revolution.
Today, with Romania as a member of the European Union, speaking English is crucial to many of the best jobs. The problem for the majority of students is that many of the most qualified English teachers pursue higher wages found outside of public schools. This is where volunteer teachers can make a huge difference in the lives of Romanian children and teenagers.
Volunteering on a Teaching Project with Projects Abroad is a wonderful way to experience living and working in Romania while also contributing to its people’s future prosperity. You can volunteer as part of a gap year, on a career break, or during a vacation. You do not need a TEFL certificate and you do not need to have had any previous teaching experience. All we require is a commitment to helping your students develop their skills!
Volunteering as a Teacher in Romania
The project is based in the ancient city of Brasov. Here, you will work alongside local English teachers and your main focus will be on building the students' confidence in spoken English. Most volunteers begin as a teaching assistant, but there are opportunities to lead your own class once both you and your students start to grow in confidence. There are typically around 30 students in a class and we work mainly with children and teenagers aged between 12 and 18, but there is sometimes the chance to work with younger students. Please let us know when you apply if this is your preference.
As a teacher, your most important resource is always yourself, your ideas, and your interests. These can be utilized to help bring any subject matter alive and we recommend that you bring further resources from home to help with your lessons, such as postcards, photos, magazines, badges, etc. It is always useful to have authentic material that the students can use to further understand the English language and your home country’s culture.
Volunteer teachers in Romania are not just limited to teaching English. Although English will be the main subject you teach, you can also get involved with teaching extra-curricular activities such as art, drama, physical education, German, and French. If you have any specialized skills or interests, let us know, as our local Romanian staff can then match you to the schools that would be best suited for you. If you have a strong interest in drama, you may like to consider out dedicated Drama in Romania project.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Romania Teaching Management Plan.
Volunteering at a Teaching Placement in Romania with Projects Abroad
As a volunteer teacher in Romania you can provide effective, practical help with spoken English to a large number of enthusiastic pupils. We will provide you with a teaching pack, containing ideas for classes and advice on preparing a lesson plan. Being prepared in this way will help to give you confidence and ensure that you and your students get the most out of the experience. By having a record of your lessons and activities, future volunteers will also benefit from your best ideas.
Please note that if you are volunteering on the Teaching Project in Romania during the summer vacation for Romanian schools (mid-June to mid-September), our staff will arrange opportunities for you to teach at alternative locations, such as summer schools and foster homes.
The Projects Abroad team in Romania organize regular workshops for our Teaching volunteers. The workshops provide valuable insight into the education system in Romania, the background of the school where you are working, and advice and suggestions regarding activities to carry out at your placement. One of the first workshops you will attend will also give an overview of Romania’s culture and history.
Did you know? Education in Romania is compulsory for 11 years (from the preparatory school year to the tenth grade)
The hours of teaching work will be varied, but balanced. Some days you will start early but on others you will get to sleep in and finish later instead. Weekends are free and there are always other Projects Abroad volunteers around and plenty to see within Brasov and the Transylvania region. Make the most of your free time while teaching in Romania, and plan some extra travel at the end of your placement to see the rest of the country.
Volunteers seeking a different cultural experience have the option of participating on a more unique project for one week at the end of their project. For more information, please visit the Classical & Medieval Archaeology in Romania page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.