Global Volunteers Alumni Tracey and Tom of Colorado, with sons Matthew and Andrew say their two weeks volunteering in Romania enhanced their understanding of each other. The program journal they share here describes their service together as a family – helping disabled Romanian children, teaching conversational English to high school students, and exploring the history and […]
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With an interest in Eastern European countries and the will to contribute where help is needed Nancy Haga, volunteered in Barlad, Romania this past May. Nancy taught at the middle school students of different ages using various techniques to keep them focused, interested and made all her classes worthy to attend. She was very energetic, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Two Romania volunteering scholarships will be offered to applicants for the March 2018 service program. 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 fund drive is underway to match the initial scholarship pledge, releasing the full […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]