Care Volunteer Projects in Romania
You can experience volunteer development work on a Care placement in Romania as part of a gap year in your education, on a career break, as part of an extended holiday or during your retirement. You can be a trained professional or totally new to the field. All we ask is that you have a passion for and a commitment to the work and the people you are there to help.
- Placement locations: Brasov
- Types of care projects: Care centres, special needs centres
- Ages: 3 - 16
- Number of people cared for: Varied
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support and helping improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering in Romania with Children
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 children 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 abandoned children in Romania.
We have a wide variety of types of care work which volunteers can become involved with in Romania. In recent years there has been a restructuring of the care centres in the ancient city of Brasov, where Projects Abroad Romania is based. Volunteers can now work in smaller centres; 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. These placements are demanding and are ideal for volunteers who have some previous experience of working with physically or mentally handicapped children or adults. Finally you may be interested in working at a shelter caring for the elderly. Local staff, including your placement supervisor, will welcome your dedication and enthusiasm and are on hand at all times should you need any guidance.
Volunteering on a Care project in Romania is a chance to make a difference to the day-to-day lives of a really deserving group of children. Your assistance will also greatly help support the dedicated but overstretched staff. All of the homes are keen to have volunteers with new ideas and energy to help 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.
Your accommodation will be with a local Romanian family close to your placement. This will give you a fantastic way to immerse yourself in local life and to really feel part of this Eastern European community. 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
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Romania.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Romania
Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in Romania. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions there and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care. However, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community and family-based care. This is because we believe stable family environments are best for the children we work with. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it. This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages in Romania, volunteers will work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.