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How to Help Orphans

How to help orphans

Evan loves volunteering with Global Volunteers: she has done it 20 times. Twelve of those service programs were in Romania, where she has dedicated most of her time to helping children at an orphanage. Evan just finished a service program at PPA, a children’s home in Peru. While she was serving, she talked about her experience and […]


Beautiful Bârlad, Romania

Check out this video highlighting the stunning city of Bârlad, Romania. Although Bârlad is a small city- about six square miles- with a population of around 55,000, it’s rich in historical landmarks and attractions.

During your Romania Service Program, you’ll have nights and weekends free to explore the urban sites. In the video above, many attractions can be seen, starting with the tourist center. There is the public garden (featured from (0:6-0:14) , the Vasile Pârvan Museum (which is featured from 1:44-1:57 in the video), the “M. Eminescu” Centre – The Red House Museum (featured from 0:47-0:59), The Marcel Guguianu Museum (featured from 2:00-2:12), as well as other diversions not featured in this video, including a planetarium, an astronomical observatory and many beautiful churches and homes.

Visit our Volunteer in Romania website page to learn more about service opportunities in Bârlad, or chat with a Volunteer Coordinator below!

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Faithful Global Volunteer Serves 16 Times in Romania


Steve Wenzel has a huge heart for the disabled, and often orphaned, children who are hospitalized in Romania. There are no words to describe Steve, who has faithfully served these vulnerable Romanian children on 16 Global Volunteers service programs since 1999, and his mother, Lorraine, who has joined him on 5 of these programs. They just keep on […]


This Romania Global Volunteers Service Program Saved His Life


Although he didn’t know it at the time, Ken Kieffer made a life-changing decision to become a Romania Global Volunteer over a decade ago. The attachment he felt to the children on his 2005 service program became an “early warning” of what was to come.   Over these years, he’s assisted the experienced nursing staff with the children’s daily needs through […]

The Familiar and the New


by Cassidy Toner During the seven days our team has been at the hospital, some things have become very familiar — the sight of Ionut running out of the playroom, exclamations of “acolo” from Ema and Delia, Shrek 2, meows from Alina, and David dumping  out  every container of toys he can find. However, each […]

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Colorado Nurse Spends Her Vacation Time Volunteering Around the World


by Tracy Heaberlin Have you ever googled travel, service, and babies? I did about 10 years ago, and it led me to Global Volunteers. Working as a health-care provider, I was interested in spending some of my vacation time engaging in short-term volunteerism. Global Volunteers helps provide short-term volunteers on long-term service projects to create, […]


The Kay Family in Romania: A High School Student’s Reflections


“I’ll Never Be the Same.” When 14-year-old Cassi Kay volunteered in Romania with her grandmother, Shirley and Aunt Colleen, she wasn’t aware how that experience would impact her future education. Her essay,“My Epiphany,” submitted with six college applications, helped secure six admissions. “The volunteer trip was eye-opening for me and gave me inspiration for writing […]

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The Huff Family Worldwide


Global Volunteers’ partner communities have engaged families of all ages and sizes in community development projects on service programs since 1984. The Huff family is exceptional; sharing the world of service in Romania, Poland, Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania and Ghana with their four daughters. Lisa Huff tells their story: In the spring of 2007, my husband […]

The Babes of Romania Captured My Heart


by Sue Surma I have many poignant memories of my international travel over two decades, but the ones I most frequently awaken with in the morning is of my volunteer service in Romania. There, I tended and nurtured about 30 infants and toddlers, ranging in age from five months to two years with Global Volunteers. […]

“Those who are happiest are those who do most for others.”

Journal by: Jamie Huntley First day of the volunteer work projects for Team #206: This day was a big one. In the morning, we all got up probably thinking the same thing, “today is the day we get to find out why we are here.” Excitement, anticipation, and curiosity of the unknown was in the air around breakfast and the time […]