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Volunteer in Romania

Go off the beaten track on International Volunteer HQ’s unique Romania volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Romania volunteer projects, including Teaching, Summer Camp, Animal Care, Community Gardening, Special Needs Support and NGO Support. Volunteer work in Romania is based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in Harghita County. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 138,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Romania.

Highlights:
  • 7 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from $504 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment in Miercurea Ciuc

  • Optional language and cultural orientation week available

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from $504
Volunteer from 1 - 24 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in Miercurea Ciuc
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Discover ancient castles & forests

Volunteer opportunities in Romania

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $504

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in after-school programs
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help disadvantaged children on after school programs designed to keep them busy and entertained outside class time. Assist with homework, extra tuition or activities in a supportive, safe, nurturing environment.

Protects animals

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $504

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in dog shelters
  • Volunteers aged 16+, or 12+ accompanied

Assist a local dog shelter with all aspects of caring for the dogs. Give them active social time, help with feeding and cleaning and prepare them to be adopted by new families.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $504

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in community gardens
  • Volunteers aged 16+, or 12+ accompanied

Help to run a community greenhouse, producing organic fruit and vegetables to feed people in need.

Supports community development

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $504

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based with an NGO
  • Volunteers aged 16+, or 12+ accompanied

Volunteer in an NGO focused on providing increased education opportunities in the community. Help to increase their exposure, garner support and improve the service through marketing and general support.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $867

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in centers for people with disabilities
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Use your experience in special needs support to assist in centers for disabled children and adults. Help to run lessons and games, using your initiative and creativity to overcome a lack of resources.

Increases access to education

5-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $504

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at summer camps
  • Volunteers aged 16+, or 12+ accompanied

A world of excitement awaits on Summer Camps for children and teenagers, helping to organize and run fun activities and lessons. Open during the local holidays between June - September.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $504

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in local schools in Miercurea Ciuc
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Volunteer in local schools, assisting local teachers with all lessons, particularly in English. Students range in age from 6-16 and are often from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Alexis Devereux
22 Mar 2024

As someone who has had a lifelong struggle with anxiety and a lack of confidence, I felt the time had come (late in life at age 61) to challenge myself to get truly out of my comfort zone. It was so heartwarming to have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the work of the local team, learn about a different culture and the different challenges facing the local community, as well as push myself to achieve things I didn’t realise I was capable of. Even though I only worked with the project for two weeks, I have come away with some amazing friendships, a clearer sense of what really matters in life, greater confidence and a real sense of pride in all that we achieved together. My heart is happy!

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Kate Sureck
28 Nov 2023

The local team was exceptional in every way. My only regret is that I wish I had stayed longer!

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Irina Kravchenko
13 Oct 2023

Become a volunteer if you want to help and learn. Even if something doesn't work out, the local team will be there to help you. Communicate with as many people as possible during your volunteer experience, travel in your free time and don't be afraid to try something new.

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Tony Mangia
14 Jul 2022

I had done 11 volunteer programs around the world (9 with IVHQ) and Romania was one of the last places I was interested in. But I'm glad I went. It's a beautiful country and IVHQ offers a wide variety of programs suitable to almost anyone's interests or talents.

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Noritaka Kobayakawa
06 Jun 2022

My experience in Miercurea Ciuc was very memorable. The local team was fantastic as they were very attentive and welcoming. The orientation week was very helpful as it informed me a lot about Transylvania history and the Hungarian language. The English camps were a lot of fun and the kids in Romania were great to work with.

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Quinn Butler
07 Oct 2021

I had the most wonderful experience during my month volunteering in the Sustainable Agriculture program in Romania. IVHQ & the local team provided more than enough support for my trip. The program coordinator and the local team were exceedingly caring in making sure everybody has a rewarding and positive experience on their trip. I was able to connect and build meaningful, long lasting relationships with the other volunteers from all over the world! The city is additionally extremely charming, with plenty of delicious food options and activities for all types of people. I cannot recommend this program enough!!!

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Free-time experiences & tours in Romania

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Romania! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Romania program.

Hungarian and Romanian Language Lessons (One Hour Class)
Hungarian and Romanian Language Lessons (One Hour Class)

Eager to enhance your Hungarian or Romanian language skills while volunteering in Romania? Now is the perfect, cost-effective opportunity to boost your proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing these languages with confidence!

From $15
Hungarian and Romanian Language Lessons (Three Hour Class)
Hungarian and Romanian Language Lessons (Three Hour Class)

Eager to enhance your Hungarian or Romanian language skills while volunteering in Romania? Now is the perfect, cost-effective opportunity to boost your proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing these languages with confidence!

From $30
Hungarian and Romanian Language Lessons (One Hour Class)
Hungarian and Romanian Language Lessons (One Hour Class)

Eager to enhance your Hungarian or Romanian language skills while volunteering in Romania? Now is the perfect, cost-effective opportunity to boost your proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing these languages with confidence!

From $15
Hungarian and Romanian Language Lessons (Three Hour Class)
Hungarian and Romanian Language Lessons (Three Hour Class)

Eager to enhance your Hungarian or Romanian language skills while volunteering in Romania? Now is the perfect, cost-effective opportunity to boost your proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing these languages with confidence!

From $30

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