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Romania Global Volunteer

Since 1999, over 1, 850 individuals have served in Romania with Global Volunteers – providing more than 150, 000 service hours. And each year, people continue to graciously spend their yearly vacation time sharing love and offering care to the infants and toddlers at the “Elena Beldiman” Children’s Hospital ward in Barlad, Romania. Why? What inspires them to […]

Family Service Programs with Global Volunteers

Barbara values the importance of helping others and makes it a top priority in not only her life, but her children’s lives as well. Her children, Olivia, Alex, and Jack, have volunteered on four family service programs worldwide: the Cook Islands, Poland, Ecuador, and the most recent, Romania. We asked the Scafidi family about their […]

Evan Boido, 11 time Romania Global Volunteer, explains how difficult it is to say goodbye to the children – even after practicing 10 times before. As with my 10 previous Romania programs, today was a bit sad saying goodbye to the children. It reminds me why I always come back – because I miss those […]

You may never again feel so appreciated after volunteering with the infants and toddlers in the children’s ward of Municipal Hospital in Barlad. The children with sight or hearing impairments or mental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and PKU crave your personal attention and care. Read below for an inspirational story told through the […]

We have a new child, Emma, who I am so happy to meet after seeing pictures and hearing about her.  Unfortunately, she has a virus and is in isolation for a few days.  We’ve gone in to visit her but can’t pick her up or get too close.  Her legs are paralyzed and she has […]

                  For Romanians Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year and it is celebrated on the 25th of December. People need to prepare themselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth by purifying their bodies and therefore, according to the Romanian Orthodox Church, they do […]

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” – Peace Pilgrim Today we were surprised to see that one of the children’s mothers showed up to visit. It was clear from observation that this was an extremely emotional moment for both the son and mother. […]

Barlad Children’s Hospital – Alina is a particularly remarkable child.  She is six years old and only weighs 19 lbs, but by some miracle she sees, hears, walks and talks.  She has a grin on her tiny face and her feet are always dancing.  Such an extraordinary little girl. Of course, none of these children understand […]

“No matter what our differences are, we all look at the same moon.”  We are preparing ourselves to leave. That does not mean to pack clothes. It means we are packing memories. We may be discarding ideas or preconceptions we brought with us. But, we leave parts of ourselves with the children, Barlad, our new […]

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” -Ambrose Redmoon Today started out with the nice relaxation we all needed: We watched the Aristocats and Cars (In Romanian, of course!) with all the kiddos. We enjoyed watching Liviu and Delia reacting with such surprise […]