Yes, I volunteered in Romania for 3 months. I was inspired to volunteer abroad as I hoped to progress a career in international development. At the time, I could not afford to study for a masters so I decided to gain some work experience instead. I chose Romania as a result of watching various documentaries that came out after the fall of communism depicting the terrible conditions of the state orphanages. I remember the harrowing images of feral children running around and was shocked that this was happening in Europe.
From a developmental point of you I was intrigued to see how the conditions had changed since Romania had entered the European Union. I am happy to say that the conditions have improved but Romania still has a long way to go before its social services reach that of its Western European counterparts.