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Volunteer Abroad Programs - Volunteer in Romania

Volunteer in Romania

Volunteer in Romania with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects, including Teaching, Summer Camp, Animal Care, Sustainable Agriculture, Special Needs Support and NGO Support. Volunteers are based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in Harghita County. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organisation in Romania.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 7 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in the town, Miercurea Ciuc
  • Accommodation in volunteer apartment
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Romania each month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$360 (approximately £300) for 1 week
  • Optional Language and Cultural orientation week available
I stayed in Romania for two months with the special needs program. It's hard to put my experience into words, but to start it was incredible, enlightening, and life changing. The people I met, the staff and children I worked with - I'll truly never forget them. Romania is beautiful country and fairly undiscovered by hoards of tourists so it's a lot of fun to travel around.
IVHQ Volunteer - Olivia Martin-Spisak
Olivia Martin-Spisak
Nationality: American
Age: 18
Destination: Romania

Volunteer opportunities in Romania

After School Support in Miercurea Ciuc
Volunteer on the After School Support project with IVHQ in Romania
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Hands-on volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year High school students

After School Support in

Many Romanian children from disadvantaged backgrounds require extra support once school finishes. These children typically lack adequate care and attention and are underperforming at school. The After School Support project aims to provide these children with a safe environment to continue learning and playing fun educational games.

As a volunteer, you’ll be based on after school programs helping students with their homework, informal English lessons, playing games and encouraging teamwork and collaboration where possible. By spending time with these children you’ll not only be helping them with their academic studies but also enhancing their self-esteem, confidence and motivation to better their lives.

Teaching volunteer in Romania with IVHQ

This is an open project with little structure, and volunteers are encouraged to bring new games and activity ideas for when the children have completed their homework. If you are creative, patient and proactive, this project is for you.

The After School Support Project is not available during the summer holidays. Those looking to volunteer during summer holiday dates can expect to be placed on the Summer Camp project. During other holidays, project work will be during the day, instead of after school. In both instances, the nature of volunteer work will remain the same.

School Holidays 2020:

  • April 6th - April 21st 2020 (Spring Holidays)
  • June 15th - September 14th 2020 (Summer Holidays)
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £300 for 1 week
  • Help students from disadvantaged backgrounds on after school programs
  • Assist with homework, supplementary teaching and organizing activities
  • Suited to energetic volunteers who are interested in education
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Romania at a glance
  • Based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in central Romania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Romania each month
Also available in Romania
Our project options
After School Support Volunteer Program in Romania Animal Care Volunteer Program in Romania NGO Support Volunteering in Romania Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Romania Summer Camp Volunteer Program in Romania Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Program in Romania Teaching English Volunteer Program in Romania
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Animal Care in Miercurea Ciuc
Animal care volunteering in Romania with IVHQ
Protects animals
4-6 hours volunteering per day
Hands-on volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Active Volunteers College Students Solo Travelers Vets Animal lovers Families High school students

Animal Care in

Local dog shelters are important institutions for both animals and locals in Romania, keeping dogs off the street and providing them with their daily basics with the hope of getting re-homed. Animals are commonly mistreated or abandoned, and volunteers are needed to help local staff deal to give the required attention to all the dogs at the shelter.

Volunteers help to protect the animals, providing companionship, medical treatment and opportunities for play. You’ll be responsible for brushing the dogs, providing basic obedience training, cleaning cages, assisting with feeding and playing, maintaining the shelter grounds and occasionally walking them. A key aspect of your role is to provide positive social experiences for the dogs so they’re ready to be adopted.

Animal Care volunteer in Romania with IVHQ

Depending on your program duration, you may also be able to assist with some small construction projects at the shelter, photography, administration and vaccination campaigns in the community. All dogs are fully vaccinated.

The shelter in Miercurea Ciuc is in better condition than many other Romanian shelters, but is different to Western European standards, so you’ll need to be prepared for this. There are hundreds of dogs and the shelter tends to get quite muddy, so you’ll also need to dress accordingly.

It’s important to note that volunteers participating from October until February need to be prepared for very cold conditions, as most project work is based outdoors. You can expect ​a lot of snow and​ for​ the terrain to be muddy.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £300 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in a local shelter for abandoned and mistreated dogs
  • Help with playing, feeding and cleaning, with the aim of having dogs adopted by new families
  • Suited to animal-loving volunteers who don’t mind getting dirty
  • Volunteering for up to 8 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Romania at a glance
  • Based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in central Romania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Romania each month
Also available in Romania
Our project options
After School Support Volunteer Program in Romania Animal Care Volunteer Program in Romania NGO Support Volunteering in Romania Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Romania Summer Camp Volunteer Program in Romania Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Program in Romania Teaching English Volunteer Program in Romania
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NGO Support in Miercurea Ciuc
Volunteer on the NGO Support project with IVHQ in Romania
Supports community development
4-6 hours volunteering per day
Supported volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
High school volunteers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break Mature volunteers Gap year

NGO Support in

There is a great deal of behind-the-scenes work involved in accomplishing the goals of local NGOs in Romania. On the NGO Support project you will be part of a vibrant and innovative team working towards the goal of building stronger local communities and helping people in need.

NGO Support volunteer in Romania with IVHQ

The NGO you will be volunteering with focuses on education in the community. You’ll be helping to widen their reach through marketing, social media management and photography, basic office administration, system development, fundraising, record keeping, and attending presentations. You can also help to improve their services where it’s needed.

Volunteers are able to utilise your existing skills and experience, learn new skills, and gain a greater understanding about the operational life of a grassroots NGO. Duties are assigned based on the priority of the tasks at the time of your program and in accordance with your skills, interests, experience and volunteer duration.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £300 for 1 week
  • Volunteer with a local NGO focused on providing education in the community
  • Help to widen the reach through marketing, content creation and fundraising
  • Suitable for passionate volunteers with marketing experience
  • Volunteer for up to 6 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Romania at a glance
  • Based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in central Romania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Romania each month
Also available in Romania
Our project options
After School Support Volunteer Program in Romania Animal Care Volunteer Program in Romania NGO Support Volunteering in Romania Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Romania Summer Camp Volunteer Program in Romania Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Program in Romania Teaching English Volunteer Program in Romania
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Special Needs Support in Miercurea Ciuc
Volunteer on the Special Needs Support project with IVHQ in Romania
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Requires prior experience
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.
Suited to:
Active volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers Physical therapists

Special Needs Support in

Many families in Romania are unable to properly care for family members with disabilities, as there is a strong social stigma and a lack of government support available. As a volunteer on the Special Needs Care project, you’ll help to bridge that care gap by motivating and enriching the lives of children and adults living with personal challenges.

You’ll be based in special need centres, helping to plan and run games and educational activities for people with a range of mental and physical disabilities. This is a specialised placement for those with expertise in caring for the disabled, and also includes the chance for qualified volunteers to provide therapy and rehabilitation.

Special Needs Support volunteer in Romania with IVHQ

Volunteering with the disabled is a challenging project that is well suited to patient and caring individuals. You’ll need strong organisational skills and the ability to improvise, as there aren’t many resources available for you to use. However, the children and adults are incredibly enthusiastic and you will receive big smiles in exchange for your time.

Volunteers wishing to take part for less than 4 weeks need to have completed at least one​ year ​of relevant special needs support​ or have appropriate training. If you don’t have previous experience, you’ll need to volunteer on the project for at least 4 weeks. This is to ensure you have enough time to understand your role and make a positive difference as a volunteer.

Please note, this project is closed in August due to the school holidays​. If your duration crosses into this period​ you​ will be transferred to a different project. There is also a minimum duration requirement of 2 weeks.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £300 for 1 week
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  • Help to run games and lessons for those with a range of special needs
  • Short term volunteers must have relevant experience working with people with special needs, and be aged over 18
  • Suited to caring and compassionate volunteers
  • Minimum duration of 2 weeks
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Romania at a glance
  • Based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in central Romania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Romania each month
Also available in Romania
Our project options
After School Support Volunteer Program in Romania Animal Care Volunteer Program in Romania NGO Support Volunteering in Romania Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Romania Summer Camp Volunteer Program in Romania Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Program in Romania Teaching English Volunteer Program in Romania
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Summer Camp in Miercurea Ciuc
Volunteer on the Summer Camp project with IVHQ in Romania
Increases access to education
5-8 hours volunteering per day
Supported volunteer experience
A world of excitement awaits on Summer Camps for children and teenagers, helping to organise and run fun activities and lessons. Open during the local holidays between June - September.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year High school students

Summer Camp in

Summer camps can be unforgettable experiences for young people, providing a whole range of fun activities and social time in a way that cannot be replicated elsewhere. In Romania, summer holidays are three months long and young people, especially those from the villages, have little to keep themselves occupied. These camps are designed to keep children engaged and having fun during their holiday breaks.

Volunteers help a team of organisers to plan and run English-themed summer camps for young people who range in age from 6-15. You’re encouraged to use your passion for things like music, art, sport and drama to create exciting and inspiring programs to help to engage and motivate those on the camp to learn English.

Summer Camp volunteer in Romania with IVHQ

This is a hugely rewarding project, and you can expect plenty of laughter, fun, new friendships and the satisfaction of creating truly memorable summers for locals.

You don’t need to have any experience in teaching or working with children to participate on this project, as you’ll be working with the support of a local camp facilitator who will provide direction and guidance.

This project is open from mid-June to mid-September each year.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £300 for 1 week
  • Help with English-themed summer camps for local children and teenagers
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  • Volunteer under the supervision of a local facilitator
  • Suited to energetic, fun-loving volunteers
  • Open from June-September
  • Volunteer for up to 8 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Romania at a glance
  • Based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in central Romania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Romania each month
Also available in Romania
Our project options
After School Support Volunteer Program in Romania Animal Care Volunteer Program in Romania NGO Support Volunteering in Romania Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Romania Summer Camp Volunteer Program in Romania Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Program in Romania Teaching English Volunteer Program in Romania
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Sustainable Agriculture in Miercurea Ciuc
Agriculture volunteers in Romania
Conserves the environment
4-5 hours volunteering per day
Hands-on volunteer experience
Help to run a community greenhouse, producing organic fruit and vegetables to feed people in need.
Suited to:
Independent travelers Spring Break Gap year Nature lovers Active volunteers Mature volunteers

Sustainable Agriculture in

Organic farming is increasingly being seen as the best way to produce fresh fruit and vegetables around the world. By avoiding the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers, conventional agriculture can reduce its carbon footprint, become more sustainable and provide communities with better, more nutritious food.

As a Sustainable Agriculture volunteer, you’ll have a crucial role in the upkeep of a local garden and greenhouse that provides fruit and vegetables for people in need. To uphold traditional Romanian agricultural practices, you’ll help to plant a variety of local seeds, utilise homemade solar panels, create eggshell powder and use wood ash to add nutrients back into the soil, as well as collect rain water to sustain the garden.

Sustainable Agriculture volunteer in Romania with IVHQ

The specific tasks you’ll undertake will depend on the time of year. You can help a range of areas including planting, harvesting vegetables, cultivating flowers, composting and other maintenance work. It’s important you’re prepared to help out where the need is greatest at the time as this is how tasks are assigned. The project is closed from November to February, as the winter temperatures are too cold for meaningful volunteer work.

You’re encouraged to use innovation and sustainable practices to try out new techniques. As an example, previous volunteers have created an active composting system, installed a drip irrigation system and built a solar panel using recycled cans.

While you’re volunteering, you may also be able to spend time with other community causes, including local conservation-focused NGOs, in their efforts toward environmental preservation. This can include hay meadow mowing, river clean-ups as well as monitoring and protecting endangered flora and fauna. This kind of work usually comes in the form of one-off events, which the local team can facilitate with you.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £300 for 1 week
  • Help to maintain and run a community greenhouse
  • Produce organic fruit and vegetables for people in need
  • Complete seasonal work including planting, harvesting, composting and maintenance
  • Suitable for those who like being outdoors and using your hands
  • Volunteer up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Romania at a glance
  • Based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in central Romania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Romania each month
Also available in Romania
Our project options
After School Support Volunteer Program in Romania Animal Care Volunteer Program in Romania NGO Support Volunteering in Romania Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Romania Summer Camp Volunteer Program in Romania Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Program in Romania Teaching English Volunteer Program in Romania
Other programs you might like
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Teaching English in Miercurea Ciuc
Volunteer on the Teaching English project with IVHQ in Romania
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Guided volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Teaching English in

Romanian students don’t often come into contact with native English-speaking teachers, but when they do they can be a real source of knowledge and inspiration to their studies. Volunteers can provide this spark in local schools around Miercurea Ciuc, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Volunteer teachers are valued assistants to local teachers, or can teach independently, helping in all aspects of schooling, with an emphasis on English language lessons. Your aim is to help stimulate an interest in learning English and to support teachers to create engaging and creative lesson plans.

Teaching volunteer in Romania with IVHQ

Students can range from 6-16 years old. This project is ideal for volunteers ​who want to teach in a structured environment, and as such is a good introduction to a teaching career.

As you will work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

​The Teaching project isn’t available during the summer holidays, from June to September, but if you want to travel in that time, you can volunteer on the Summer Camp project. If your project runs during other school holidays, then you can also expect to be involved in holiday activities.

If your project is within two weeks of the start or end of the summer vacation, you should expect schooling to be run differently to normal, as schools are either winding down or starting up for the school year. These are extremely ​busy periods in the school calendar and very little formal teaching occurs. This time may also also involve helping with after school programs.

School Holidays 2020:

  • April 6th - April 21st (spring break)
  • June 15th - September 14th (summer holidays)
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £300 for 1 week
  • Help to teach English and some other subjects in local schools
  • Assist local teachers, working with students between 6-16 years old
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Romania at a glance
  • Based in the town of Miercurea Ciuc in central Romania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Romania each month
Also available in Romania
Our project options
After School Support Volunteer Program in Romania Animal Care Volunteer Program in Romania NGO Support Volunteering in Romania Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Romania Summer Camp Volunteer Program in Romania Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Program in Romania Teaching English Volunteer Program in Romania
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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Romania to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Romania will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Romania with your new-found friends.

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