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One More Reason Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

Ken is one of those people who not only tries to live happily without harming anyone, but actually invests his time helping others. He has helped in his home city of Seattle building houses for low income families, teaching at a school for homeless children, and serving at the Board of his local Girl Scouts […]

The Children of Barlad – A Reason to Care

Immediately following the fall of Romania’s Ceaușescu regime, the failure of the communist dogma that population growth would fuel economic growth was evident in tens of thousands of children abandoned to state care. The world was shocked by the images. Mihaela Cirjontu, then a schoolgirl, was moved to take personal interest in solutions to provide the […]

The Greatest Service Possible

the greatest service possible

Karen has participated in seven volunteer programs in the last year. We asked Karen how and why she does it. This is her answer, a lesson on how to make the greatest service possible: If you are anything like me you spend a lot of time thinking about how to be of the greatest service […]

Service Scholarships Aimed to Sustain Help to Romanian Children

Download Scholarship Application Here Up to nine winter Romania volunteering scholarships will be offered in July, 2017 to applicants for December 2017, and January and February 2018 service programs. For the fifth year, a Global Volunteers’ patron has pledged to help fund 2- week volunteers serving on winter teams, to nurture and encourage abandoned children at a time of great need.  A […]

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Dracula Wasn’t a Bad Guy, He Was Just Misunderstood

Dracula in real life

This is the fourth part to our series on Myths and Legends. Moving to Romania, here we discuss the legend of Dracula and Dracula in real life. We have all, if not seen, at least heard of movies and novels about Dracula, the blood-sucking monster of Transylvania. This is of course one of the most […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Romania Volunteer Program Saved His Life

Life-changing trip to Romania

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 […]