Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Romania from $330

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Trusted by 90,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Romania and 40+ other destinations around the world.

You can choose from 7 volunteer project options in Romania and give back for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer apartment, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Romania, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

With IVHQ, you can expect to establish real connections within the local community while supporting projects that make a genuine difference.

Current IVHQ Volunteer Projects in Romania:

  • Teaching
  • Special Needs Care
  • Childcare
  • After School Support
  • Agriculture
  • NGO Support
Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Romania program is available year-round, starting on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Highly affordable program fees starting from $330 - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining between 5 and 10 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Romania each month
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer travel experts, and joining a network of 90,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart, we are the world’s safest organization
  • Your efforts will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs

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Reviews

97%
based on 13 reviews
  • Impact 9.7
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.5
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Robert
10/10

Romanian Fun Adventure

Just an incredible experience from the beginning to the end. I was met with a driver that carried a clearly marked sign and a big smile. From the moment he picked me up and the 4 hour drive to the acommendations, he was informative and so friendly. Additionally, he offer me a snack on a short stop on the way. Sunday, as schedule the representitive gave an outline of the following weeks over coffee at a charming street cafe. I volunteered to work on an Agriculture project and later volunteered my help with summer camps of school age kids. It was fun to see the smiles and experience their curiousity. I was the old guy in the group but never felt old. I was amazed of the experience and energy the young volunteers had. I was included in the many activities on or off of the camps including cleaning up gardens, barbecues, mountain hiking, observing bears, making cheese, and meetings at the local meeting places. I highly recommend the experience but spend enough time to get to know the locals. They are so friendly and humble, wow a stay in Transylvania, how exciting.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Yuran
9/10

Awesome, innovative, worthwhile.

Using limited energy and vitality to try new things and discover different possible answers is what I am willing to do all the time.

I just can't believe that I did so many amazing things during my 3-week journey in Romania. I just made these all happen: Volunteer abroad, teach English, play with kids, make friends and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds, get out of my comfort zone and seize every magic-filled minute in Romania.

Days flew so fast that I am still thinking that I am in Romania, I am with my homies. It is just like a dream, which is too perfect.

3-week time in Romania brings me not only so many adorable friends but also an opportunity to truly get to know the big world. I was so lucky to get a chance to see how the world is. I feel like this wonderful experience made me have courage to straightly face the big world and made me realize I can also change the big big world by making small changes.

"Awesome, innovative, worthwhile." I can assure that it is really rewarding beyond words.

Thanks Care2Travel and IVHQ for letting me be A true ivhqer.

How can this program be improved?
Set more platforms for Chinese people to know Care2Travel.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Waleed
10/10

I will definitely repeat this amazing adventure soon!

It was a great experience with IVHQ Romania, Miercurea Ciuc. I chose the "after school support" program, and it was right choice for me. I've achieved my ambition to volunteer and teach children and play with them in a nice atmosphere, with the kindness of the locals, and a free time to enjoy the rest of the day in a pub, or dining with my volunteer group. It was really a wonderful and useful experience

How can this program be improved?
Maybe through increasing the period of the summer camp, which is in the time being is 1 week, so that volunteers will spend more time with the same group of children. I think this for both sides' convenience and benefit.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Waleed, thanks for your excellent review. It's wonderful to see you had such a smooth transition into your volunteer experience in Romania. We look forward to having you back to volunteer with IVHQ soon. ^Meika - IVHQ Romania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Callie
10/10

Great time in Romania!

My trip to Romania was a great experience! The local team was very supportive, and very focused on helping foreign volunteers make a positive, ethical impact on the community. They also gave us many opportunities to interact with local people which greatly enriched my experience. My project at the dog shelter was wonderful. The shelter was a very human and worthy organization, and the conditions were quite good. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the work was enjoyable as well as meaningful. Romania is a beautiful country with lots of scenic beauty and friendly people. IVHQ made the experience that much better by being well-organized and readily available to address my questions and concerns. I also felt assured that they had a genuine commitment to ethical volunteering. I felt supported from beginning to end.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Callie, thank you so much for your wonderful review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your time on the Animal Care project and enjoyed the uniqueness of Romania, there truly is no other country like it. We look forward to having you with IVHQ again soon. ^Meika - IVHQ Romania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sophie
10/10

Will continue to volunteer with IVHQ

This was the first volunteer trip I had ever been on so I was a bit hesitant on what the experience would be like but IVHQ made everything so easy and I felt supported throughout the entire experience! There was always staff available to answer questions I had both before and during my trip, it was easy to sign up, I felt like my skills were being used, and I had plenty of free time during my trip to explore the city. I volunteered both in Belgium for the Mobile Library project and in Romania for after-school support. They were very different from each other in terms of culture but being able to volunteer with IVHQ made the transition easy and I didn't have to worry about where I would be staying or my safety. I definitely recommend to anyone wanting to do some travel while still working on awesome, fulfilling projects and I already want to do many more of the programs! My only regret is not doing them for longer than 2 weeks, I was not ready to be done!!

How can this program be improved?
I can't really think of anything IVHQ as a whole can do better for their programs. I think it all depends on the individual country and project specifically but I loved both of mine.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sophie. Thanks for your review! It's so awesome to hear that we made the whole volunteering process easy for you. We really appreciate your contribution to the programs in both Belgium and Romania, and we hope to have you back on another IVHQ program soon. ^Kaila - IVHQ Romania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jenna
8/10

IVHQ- Romania

Overall, it was a great experience and I would love to go back. With a tour guide employees by Care 2 Travel, it’s a great way to see the country and all that it has to offer. The town itself is a small town with a lot of culture and life, which is such a great way to experience the culture. The town has a small, but enjoyable social scene and a lot to experience within the city itself. The volunteer opportunities that are set up are amazing and I enjoyed every second of working with the children.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jenna - it's awesome to hear about your experience in Romania, and I'm glad you enjoyed your time working with the children at your placement. I wish you all the best! ^Kaila - IVHQ Romania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kristine
10/10

Sister's Trip

My time in Romania was truly life changing. I traveled with my younger sister and it was such a bonding experience. I could not have asked for better on site support from both Care2travel and the schools that I taught in. IVHQ set up the program in such a way that it was easy to feel comfortable and safe. I think I learned more about myself in three weeks than I could have ever imaged. The staff at Care2Travel were extremely helpful and offered myself and my sister (who I was traveling with) a lot of support throughout our trip! I'm under the firm belief that, counter to popular opinion, one does not leave bits of themselves in the places they travel. Rather the countries that you go to become a part of you. I am so blessed to know that Csikszereda, Romania will always remain in my heart. One piece of advice I would give is to always be adaptable (in your accommodations life and your volunteer placement). If you are open to learning from any experience, I am sure you will find your trip very enriching.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Kristine - it's amazing to read about your life changing experience on the Romania Program! It's always so rewarding to hear from volunteers who not only were able to contribute to the local community, but also learn something about themselves along the way. I'm so glad you embraced the opportunity for personal and professional growth, and thank you for your incredible contribution to the program. I wish you all the best! ^Kaila - IVHQ Romania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Georgia
10/10

Romania 2017

My experience in Romania was a highly rewarding and unforgettable one. Working in the dog shelter, I was given the opportunity to care for puppies which was even more special than I expected it to be. The dogs responded very positively to the attention and I really felt like I made a difference to their overall wellbeing. I also got the opportunity to build a new shelter for the dogs and also to brush the dogs which made it very different and exciting. The support I received from IVHQ throughout my whole trip was phenomenal and I would definitely recommend the programs to a future volunteer.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Georgia - thank you for your wonderful Romania Program review! I'm so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time working in the dog shelter, and I'm happy to hear you felt you made a difference with your contribution to the well-being of the dogs and puppies. I have no doubt that both the animals and staff were grateful for your contribution, especially your efforts in constructing a new shelter for the dogs. We hope to have you join us again soon! ^Kaila - IVHQ Romania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Clara
10/10

Volunteering in Romania

Clara Wee, Singapore
Afterschool Club Volunteer
IVHQ Romania Program

I recently returned from an incredible 4-week volunteering experience in Miercurea Ciuc (Csikszereda), a city in the Harghita county of Romania, with a predominantly Hungarian population. The Szekely community as a whole was amazingly hospitable, its people friendly and accepting. As an Asian (they don’t get many Asians in this part of the country), I always stood out but this was also a great opportunity to share about myself and my country with the people (locals, volunteers, children and carers at my placement) I met.

(Note to future volunteers – bring along maps and photos from home. This is a great way to break the ice with locals and fellow volunteers. You will have many opportunities to whip out those materials).

The good folks at Care2Travel (local NGO team for the IVHQ Program) are a great team. They are passionate about their work in the community they operate in and have put in a lot of effort to provide a comprehensive orientation program, resources (like teaching guides, materials, props, etc.) and support to volunteers to maximize their effectiveness in their placements. The team is also very happy to provide suggestions on how you can spend your weekends/free time and a great source of help for anything you might need while in-country.

I was placed in two Afterschool clubs in the nearby villages of Szentegyhaza and Kapolnas (about 60-75minutes outside Miercurea Ciuc). The children, aged between 6 to 15, who attend the clubs are from disadvantaged backgrounds; many of them from Roma families. My role included teaching basic English, helping the children with their English homework, preparing fun games and activities to engage the children, and providing general support to the carer of the club. You don’t have to be able to speak Hungarian before you start your volunteer stint but it is good to pick up some basic words and phrases while you are here.

The first couple of sessions with the children were challenging – some children need more time than others to warm up to a stranger. The language barrier didn't help either. Many of the children, especially the younger ones, know little or no English and a few were reluctant to use it even though they could. However, it is extremely rewarding once the children feel comfortable enough with you to want you to play with them (expect to play lots of foci or just kicking a ball around), demand you sit next to them at meal/snack time, or come to you wanting extra time to practice/learn English or simply responding to you when you interact with them. The children would also try to teach me Hungarian while I tried teaching them English. This mutual learning process works well and is a source of much laughter and fun.

It has been an interesting and memorable experience to learn about the history and culture of this beautiful country. Romania has lots of fascinating cities, sights and activities to offer visitors. As it is not as popular a tourist destination (yet) as other Central/Eastern European countries, it is relatively cheap to travel in Romania.

I would also recommend volunteering to everyone, regardless of age or background. If you want to be more than just a tourist, if you want to immerse yourself in the culture of a country and give a little something back to the country you are visiting – volunteer! Go with an open heart and open mind, be willing to learn and adapt to your environment. You won’t regret the experience.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Clara, Thanks for sharing your awesome review of our volunteer program in Romania! We are thrilled to hear that you had an incredible volunteer experience and were able to connect with the locals, volunteers, children and carers you met while on the program. Thanks for providing excellent advice and for encouraging everyone, regardless of age or background, to try volunteering abroad. We have loved having you volunteer with us and hope you will join us again in the future.
Kaila - IVHQ Romania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Fatema
10/10

After school project

I am glad that I applied to volunteer with IVHQ Program - after school activity program. In this one week program I felt that I gain more than what I gave. My volunteer program was more than what I expected, and I learned a lot from the local people and the members of Care2Travel. While volunteering at the after school club I thought that as a parent, I am aware of methods of dealing with kids, but I realized that how much we know is never too much. The program helped me to have insightful perspective and thoughts about Romania, the culture, and the abroad volunteer programs.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Fatema, Thanks for sharing. We are glad to hear that you learned a lot from your experience in Romania and that the program exceeded your expectations. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Kaila – IVHQ Romania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rachel
10/10

Care2Travel summer camps review

My summer working with the charity Care2Travel through IVHQ was one of the best experiences of my life. The children I worked with were so enthusiastic and grateful as well as being very cute. You felt like you were truly making a difference. But personally, I received many benefits myself including making some of my best friends while working in Romania. We bonded so well that what started off as a joke, resulted in me and two other girls from around the world all getting matching friendship tattoos. This is a memory I treasure and constantly reminds me of my amazing time there and the people who contributed to creating fun summer camps and joining in some crazy weekend activities too.

How can this program be improved?
I really struggled to think of anything I would change as to me, it was perfect. Perhaps more emphasis put on learning Hungarian prior to arrival.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rachel,
Sounds like you had an amazing time - thanks for sharing your review and photos! IVHQ are so glad that you found the program beneficial and that you made friends for life! We hope to see you on another IVHQ program in the future. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jayesh
10/10

Volunteering - Joy in every sense possible

The program was deliberately structured, every representative of host organization clearly knew about his or her assigned responsibilities. People were helpful, I felt as if I am with my distant family. Everyone including children was so polite and open to learn, indeed everyone was actively receptive. I found the program not only congruent to my volunteering aspirations but also cognate to all fun activities that one would envy do relish. I would certainly look forward to engross in the program next summer.

How can this program be improved?
Not much, honestly I found the program well developed.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jayesh,
Thanks for the great review and for sharing you photos with us. It is so great that your volunteering experience was fun and met all of your aspirations. We con't wait to have you on another IVHQ program soon!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ece
9/10

My Experience with IVHQ in Romania

Considering that it was my first time volunteering, I had the best time in Romania! I got to meet wonderful children and as I was trying to teach them, I realised that I was learning a lot from them. Also, I made a lot of international friends and having the opportunity to learn different cultures was definitely one of the best aspects of this experience. For sure, I couldn't have such an amazing time if I didn't go there with IVHQ, since both IVHQ and the local foundation in Romania (Care2Travel) were always so supportive and helpful. Lastly, this volunteering trip absolutely took me out of my comfort zone and made me see different aspects of life that I couldn't have seen otherwise. Would recommend to everyone!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ece, Thanks for the feedback. It's great to hear that you had such a memorable time while volunteering on our program in Romania. Great photos as well. Thanks being an IVHQer and we hope to have you back on another program soon.

Yes, I recommend this program

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