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“The help of volunteers is life-saving for the children. The support of these
extraordinary people traveling from the other side of the world doesn’t cease to
amaze me and for the children it is a blessing. The volunteers are not medical
staff, but you don’t need those skills in order to care for a child who is in need. All
you need is love!”

Dr. Magdalena Cozma, head of the
Children’s Department at the Elena
Beldiman Municipal Hospital

 

Please sign up to make a difference in these children’s lives today!
Call one of our volunteer coordinators at 800-487-1074 to apply
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A Special Invitation to Barlad, Romania

Whizz goes the blender at the children’s hospital in Barlad, Romania, mixing milk for vulnerable infants.
Whirring practically non-stop day and night, this blender is a symbol of the resiliency and ingenuity of the
Romanian people. Before it was just a common blender sitting on a counter at the hospital, but one day the
plastic pitcher fell to the floor, shattering into many pieces. The nurses painstakingly retrieved those
precious shards; patched, super-glued, and duct-taped them together; and the beat-up vessel was made
usable again. This most basic of kitchen gadgets was able to continue serving as a lifeline of sorts for
underweight babies at this hospital in eastern Romania.

The people of Romania have survived a tumultuous history and a
recent revolution with grace, dignity, and fierce pride. Today
Romanians are undergoing exciting democratic and economic reforms,
while still living with the tragic effects of inhumane healthcare and
economic policies initiated by earlier regimes. Particularly in the areas
of caring for children at hospitals and working in English classrooms,
your help is the greatest gift these local people can gain!

No special skills are required to help a child – just a sense of
compassion, a heavy dose of flexibility, and an openness to new
experiences. If your passion lies in serving at-risk children or
teaching, we have wonderful opportunities for you to contribute
in Romania. You have the opportunity to help care for some of
Romania’s most needy children and they need your support now.
While volunteering in Romania, you will have the opportunity to
experience Romanian culture firsthand, as no tourist would have the
opportunity to do, while being an active participant in the community. Host Organizations & Work Projects

While on a service program in Romania, you have the chance to serve at the following host organizations:

Elena Beldiman Municipal Hospital


The children’s department of this public hospital serves children
with acute diseases and disorders such as fetal alcohol syndrome,
Down syndrome, and heart problems. It is the only hospital in
the area for children suffering from such medical conditions. The
hospital has a capacity of up to 100 children. Dr. Magdalena
Cozma, director of the Children's Department within the
hospital, invited Global Volunteers to work with at-risk children
in 2011 after Global Volunteers had been serving in the area
since 1999. This hospital used to be known as St. Nicholas
Children’s Hospital, but changed names when it became one with
the adult hospital, a merger which has resulted in less funding for
the children’s department. Global Volunteers specifically works
in the section of the children’s department where abandoned
children are cared for. At this center there are usually around ten
children, most of whom have mild disabilities while a few have
more serious conditions. The children here need the
compassionate intervention, loving care, and attention that you
will provide in order to help them overcome their persistent
medical challenges. You will be holding, feeding, and entertaining
babies and toddlers who need care and are abandoned. Nurses
Lili Vasiliu and Otilia Martac are the key leaders who work with
the country manager to organize and facilitate the volunteer
experience. The skills of healthcare specialists, occupational
therapists, and feeding specialists can be put to very good use at
this hospital.


Vasile Parvan School

Global Volunteers was invited to serve at this public school, which serves nearly 500 students from grades
one to eight, in 2011. Our country manager in Romania tells us that once the news spread that Global
Volunteers were working at this school, more parents decided to enroll their children there. Daniel Stefanica
is the vice principal and works with the country managers to organize and facilitate the volunteer experience.

“We can’t change the world in three weeks, but
everything must begin with baby steps. If nothing
else, we made the children a little happier while we
were there. Just seeing those precious faces light up
the instant we walked into their rooms every morning
made the entire experience worthwhile.”
- Bridget Wickert, Global Volunteer in Romania

Here you are needed to teach conversational English to
primary and middle school students during the school year
and to middle and senior high students at English language
summer camps. The focus is on conversation - visiting
about everyday subjects and real-life situations so the
students can increase their vocabulary and practice English
language skills. Simply talking about the American lifestyle
and culture will prompt students to interact, question, and
practice their speaking ability. Many of the techniques in
Global Volunteers' Conversational English Resource Manual will
help prepare you with ideas and plans for working with
your students. While you'll teach in the classrooms
alongside local teachers, during the summer camps
students also enjoy taking volunteers out to show them
highlights of their city, such as museums, live theaters,
zoos, and public gardens – providing additional
opportunities to interact while speaking English.

Meals, Lodging & Transportation

Global Volunteers Romania Country Managers Dan and Mihaela Cirjontu lead all teams in Romania. In
cooperation with the community leaders, your team leaders will facilitate your team’s orientation, assist you
in becoming fully engaged in the work project, and manage all project-related logistical issues.

Cuisine

Three meals a day are included in your service program fee and your
team leader will organize all these logistics. Breakfast is served at the
hotel restaurant and includes eggs, bacon, milk, butter, jams, and coffee
or tea. In Romania lunch is commonly the largest meal of the day. Most
days the team will have lunch at the hotel. Romanian lunch options
include soups, vegetables, chicken, pork, beef, and large salads. Meat is
most commonly grilled. Other traditional meals such as stuffed cabbage
or stuffed grape leaves are available and are sure to tempt the palate.
Dinner is taken at the hotel or at local restaurants. Desserts and alcoholic
beverages are not included.

Lodging

Volunteers stay at the three-star Moldova Hotel in downtown Barlad in double occupancy rooms. Each
room has its own private bathroom, a TV, a telephone, WiFi, a small refrigerator, and air conditioning.
Single rooms are available for an additional fee, but are limited. The hotel has an elevator, a restaurant, and a
bar and is very centrally located close to the farmers’ market, museums, banks, and grocery stores. You can
see photos of the hotel here.

Transportation

While on your service program, all in-country transportation is included in your service program fee. You
will be met at the Bucharest airport by Global Volunteers Country Managers, Mihaela or Dan Cirjontu, who
will accompany your team to Barlad by train, about three and a half hours away. Barlad is the city in eastern Romania where both the hospital and the schools we serve are located. The team also returns to Bucharest
by train at the program’s end. Volunteers take taxis to their work sites each day and the ride is about ten
minutes. Transportation for free time activities is not included.

Free Time and Sightseeing Activities

In the evenings and on the weekends, you will have free
time to explore this small country – just about the size
of Oregon – which is home to beautiful hills and plains,
the Black Sea, the Carpathian Mountains, and both the
Danube Delta and River. Barlad, with a population of
80,000, exudes rustic charm with medieval flair. It was
the capital of southern Moldova when the country was
divided into provinces. The city has since distinguished
itself with its intense cultural activity, having inspired
world-renowned writers and artists.

On the weekend, you might choose to venture west to
explore Transylvania's Saxon and Hungarian villages,
hike the picturesque Carpathian Mountains, tour area wineries, or visit the fascinating medieval city of
Brasov. It is now the second largest city in Romania and is home to monasteries, museums, and charming
parks. The moody and mysterious Dracula’s Castle - the number one tourist attraction for foreign visitors to
Romania - is also found in the nearby town of Bran. The town of Sinaia, also nearby and home to the Peles
and Pelisor castles, is nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains. Considered by many one of the most
beautiful castles in all of Europe, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture.

Another popular weekend excursion is to the region of northeastern Romania known as Bukovina. It is
there that mountain redoubts and medieval monasteries helped Romania’s religious and literary traditions
survive the Turkish occupation. Recognized as World Heritage sites, they boast vibrant, richly-detailed
frescoes of biblical and historical events. You could also visit the monasteries around Barlad, not as old as
the Bukovina ones, but definitely beautiful where you could also enjoy a meal cooked by the monks.

A third weekend option that many volunteers enjoy is a trip to the city of Iasi (pronounced “Yosh”) about
90 minutes north of Barlad. The third largest city in Romania, Iasi is the cultural and economic capital of the
Moldavian region, offering a vibrant university, a resident philharmonic orchestra, and a lively theater scene.
Beginning in the 16th
century, Iasi was home to a long
line of Moldavian princes who transformed the city by
bequeathing ornate churches and monasteries,
museums, plazas, and parks.

Visiting a village near Barlad is an option as well,
interacting with local families and seeing how they live.
Here traditions are very much alive – people still use
horses and carts, grow their own crops, carve wood,
paint eggs, and live a simple, healthy life. As a volunteer,
you will be able to experience the traditions of Romania.


Service Program Fee

Volunteers pay a service program fee that covers all
lodging in double accommodation, three meals a day,
in-country team transportation, emergency medical
evacuation insurance, all preparatory and orientation
materials, orientation, an onsite team leader, and
project and administration costs. The Romania
service program fee is $2,495 for one week and
$2,695 for two weeks. Extended weeks are available.
Single rooms are available for an additional fee.
Please ask your volunteer coordinator about
discounts for students, companions, and former
volunteers as well as for children under the age of 12
with an accompanying adult. We also encourage you
to use Global Volunteers’ online fundraising tool
with your own personalized webpage to enlist
financial support from your family and friends.
Airfare and free time activity expenses are your
responsibility. The service program fee and airfare
are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers.



Please sign up to make a difference in these children’s lives today!
Call one of our volunteer coordinators at 800-487-1074 to apply.

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