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Projects Abroad in Romania - Arrival Procedure

When you land at Otopeni Airport in Bucharest, a member of our Romania team will pick you up to take you to Brasov. This two and a half hour journey through the Carpathian Mountains is stunning, at times winding through forests, and passing the odd horse and cart pulling its load along the road. It is a great introduction to Romania. Not only will you see the countryside, and pass historic buildings such as Sinaia Palace, but you’ll learn about the country's history, its people and what you might expect during your stay in Romania.

Volunteering in Romania – Induction and Orientation

A Projects Abroad volunteer in one of the old buildings in Romania

After a night at your new accommodation in Brasov, you will be picked up by a member of Projects Abroad staff for an introduction to Brasov and life in Transylvania. Brasov is a small city and you will soon learn how to get around on the good bus network. You'll be shown internet cafes, banks, the post office and how to find our office, which is close to the centre of the old town.

The following day you will be taken to work and introduced to your supervisor. During this meeting your schedule and working hours will be arranged and you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have. Some volunteers are able to walk to work, however others need to take a local bus. If you do need to take a bus you will be shown where to catch it, please note that you will need to cover the cost of the bus journey, which on average should be less than £1 per day.

An old woman in a rural Romanian village

All volunteers in Romania live with local host-families. You will find your hosts are extremely friendly and will be eager for you to share in their traditional food and drink. A typical Romanian meal may consist of a shot of palenka, followed by a bowl of ciorb (soup) which is often served with a dollop of smetlana (soured cream). You may then have some ardei umpluti (stuffed peppers) or sarmal (cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and rice). Loved by some and hated by others is 'm m lig' - a maize porridge often served with goats cheese. For dessert you are likely to have apple or cherry turnovers, and everything is washed down with some good Romanian wine.

Travelling opportunities in Romania are great - especially with the use of the excellent train network. In and around Brasov itself you may like to visit the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), or the beautiful medieval town of Sibiu. There is also Sighisoara, a World Heritage town, and the area around Iasi (pronounced 'yarsh') with its stunning painted churches. Don't forget Bucharest, and, in the hot summer, the popular beaches and resorts on the Black Sea.

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