At a glance
Our Childcare High School Special in Romania is a great way to introduce you to working with kids and international travel in a safe environment. You’ll get to work alongside caregivers and local teachers at kindergartens and care centres in disadvantaged areas.
Overcrowding is a problem in these placements. Teachers and caregivers can’t give each child the attention they need to thrive. Because of this, some students struggle to keep up in class and end up falling behind in their learning. To address this issue, your day will focus on English lessons and teaching fun, educational activities that encourage learning through play.
You’ll also lend a hand with community work at your placement. This may include painting walls, cleaning furniture, or building a garden.
You’ll live with a local host family or guest house in Brasov with the other volunteers your age. Our staff will ensure you get involved in plenty of volunteer work and a few planned social activities. Your supervisor will accompany you throughout your project and even give you insight into the Romanian culture.
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This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What will I be doing during my project in Romania?
In Romania, you’ll work with children at kindergartens and care centres in that can do with some extra support. You’ll be asked to:
- Teach English classes to improve kids’ language skills
- Run fun, educational activities that encourage the children to learn through play
- Assist with light renovation work
- Learn about Romanian culture and traditions alongside other high school students
Here are the activities you’ll be involved in:
Teach English classes to improve kids’ language skills
English is an important skill in today’s world. Since the teachers we work with aren’t native English speakers, you’ll be able to provide them with extra support during English lessons. You can help teach the ABCs and basic words and phrases.
You can talk to the class in English and give the children the opportunity to imitate the way you pronounce words and phrases. You can also play games, sing songs, and read books with pictures to enhance their learning.
Run fun, educational activities that encourage the children to learn through play
Children learn better when they enjoy what they are learning. This is why you’ll focus your attention on classroom activities that are fun and memorable. You can:
- Promote creativity, and teach colours and shapes through arts and crafts lessons
- Teach ball skills, balance, and teamwork through sports
- Run drama classes to improve confidence, coordination, and social skills
Assist with light renovation work to improve the kindergarten or care centre
Part of your project work will involve improvements to your placement. Depending on the placement needs, you might add a new coat of paint to the classrooms or design education wall murals like ABCs and 123s. You may even find yourself getting your hands dirty building a garden.
Learn about Romanian culture and traditions alongside other high school students
This project is focused on giving back to the community. However, learning about a whole new country and their culture is also a big part. Your supervisor has everything planned for you. They will supervise you on social activities and manage your itinerary so you and the other teens get to experience as much as possible during your time abroad.
There is also plenty of time for you to get to know your fellow volunteers including nights at your host family, social events, bus rides and more.
Where in Romania will I work?
Your Childcare volunteer work in Romania will be based in the city of Brasov. At first glance, the city has a picturesque charm that you’ll fall in love with. With its cobbled streets and terracotta roofs overhead, it feels like you’re walking through a fairy tale. But there is still plenty of hustle and bustle in the city including open markets and side street cafes.
You’ll spend most of your day working at kindergartens or day care centres under the guidance of your project supervisor. You’ll assist caregivers and local teachers who are in desperate need of classroom support.
There is also plenty to see within Brasov and the Transylvania region. Your supervisor will include plenty in your project itinerary. So when you aren’t volunteering, you’ll get to explore with the other high school students. You’ll hike through the Tampa Mountains and visit Count Dracula’s castle!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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