Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Romania
Despite former dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu’s best efforts to gut the place, visitors to Bucharest are surprised at how stylish Romania’s capital is – forgetful that the city was once known as the ‘Paris of the East’. As foreign media tends only to turn its cameras on Romania for negative stories, less surprising are the nonetheless very real social problems afflicting the country, particularly orphanges and mental health care, both of which may be avenues for longer term volunteers to explore.
Grassroots Volunteering in Romania
The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:
Happy Faces Camp
Each summer Happy Faces recruit 30 energetic and enthusiastic activity team leaders to design and implement activities for campers aged between seven and 15 years old. Volunteers should be aged 18 to 35, enjoy working with children and youth, and be able to commit to between one and three months at the camp.
Accommodation & Costs: Accommodation and meals are included, plus activities on your days off.
Hostel Work Exchanges
Many hostels use help exchange networks (see below) to find volunteer staff but the following either advertise on their websites or are particularly noted for taking on volunteers:
Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel
If you are are a passionate traveller, enthusiastic to work with tourists, you love Romania and you can offer valuable advice for foreigners who want to discover the country, there’s an invite to apply for jobs at Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel.
Work with them and meet interesting people. They’re looking for amazing receptionists to welcome foreign travelers, make them feel at home, and help them discover everything that is awesome about Cluj.
More Hostel Work Exchanges
Also open to having someone to help about the place is X Hostel. They need you to commit a month to entertaining guests, cleaning, painting (street artists welcome), fixing things and just about anything else. They are also willing to work something out with bloggers, SEO experts and web designers. At the time of writing their website was unavailable but they say they’ll be back soon.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Romania
Angloville‘s popular English immersion programme has crossed over from Poland to venues in Romania where native English language speakers can earn themselves a week in a hotel in exchange for helping Romanians learn our language.
Romania Animal Rescue are always looking for volunteers from Europe and the US to help with the following skills: vets, vet techs, web development, administration, fundraising, social media, event organizing and animal care. Good pictures help Brasov’s Care for Dogs rehome their animals faster and better and could use a photographer. Other roles include those of PR and social media coordinator. Save the Dogs say volunteers in Romania are not needed as badly as some years ago but is still interested in receiving visits of qualified veterinarians, veterinary nurses and dog trainers to support their local teams in Romania.
Help Exchange Networks in Romania
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Romania
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents’ homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free Airbnb credit from us here.
Image courtesy Happy Faces Camp