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June 2 - 10, 2018
What better way to see the world and experience a culture than to work with a Romanian family and help build a safe affordable home? All it takes is a positive, "go with the flow attitude." Construction experience is not required, just bring along a sense of humour, and be prepared to make lasting friendships and memories!
Why should I go to Romania?
The largest Balkan country, Romania has dramatic mountain scenery and a coastline on the Black Sea.
Romania is also known for the forested region of Transylvania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. Its preserved medieval towns include Sighişoara, where there are many fortified churches and castles, notably the cliff-topping Bran Castle, which has long been associated with the Dracula legend. Bucharest, the country’s capital city, is the site of the gigantic, Communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building. While in Romania you will discover a culture rich in living and sometimes and haunting history.
Habitat for Humanity Romania
In 1996, Romania became Habitat for Humanity’s 50th country worldwide. Habitat Romania has affiliates spread across the three historic provinces of the country, with the national office in Bucharest.
Despite the fact that Romania is part of the European Union, more than 5 million people live in extreme poverty including more than 2 million children. 8.5 million people (around 40 percent of the Romanian population) have no bath, or access to running water .
Habitat for Humanity Romania builds, renovates, supports disaster risk reduction and response programs for vulnerable groups. The organization runs nation-wide and regional campaigns to raise funds for its construction projects and works closely with a large number of companies who actively support charitable projects.
Habitat Romania has built 600 new homes , and completed 2,000 renovations benefiting 64,000 people.
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, June 2 – Arrive and overnight in Bucharest
- Sunday, June 3 – People's Palace and then travel to Comanesti for welcome dinner
- Monday, June 4-Tuesday, June 5 – Build days
- Wednesday, June 6 – Build day and cultural evening
- Thursday, June 7 – Build day and Targu Ocna Salt Mine
- Friday, June 8 – Build day and farewell dinner
- Saturday, June 9 – Bran Castle and Bucharest
- Sunday, June 10 – Depart for home or extended travel
(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
We will be housed in a local hotel with shared accommodation. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the build site and dinner at local restaurants. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in Romania is approximately
$2,200 + round-trip airfare + $200 for R&R
The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Romania the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Bucharest, Romania. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada. Your team leader will let you know how to pay this.
If there are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.
Meet the Team Leader: Angie Salonen
Learning how Habitat's mission translates in another culture is a privilege. Since my first GV build in 2009, I have been "hooked," and since then have led teams to Kenya, Zambia, El Salvador, Nepal, Poland (twice), Portugal, and Cambodia. Providing hope and inspiration to the local community and families is a very rewarding and humbling experience. I am looking forward to meeting and working with another "great" team!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!