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Projects Abroad in Romania

Romania, Projects Abroad in Romania - The Office in Romania

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 Alps 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 can learn about the country's history, its people and what you might expect during your stay in Romania.

After a night at your new accommodation in Brasov, you will be picked up and introduced 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 where to change your money and where to send your post, write emails, and how to find our office in the centre of the old town.

"I often met up with other volunteers in pubs or at the cinema or for house gatherings. There was time for socialising, even though we all worked hard - and the cheap vodka definitely helped in the cold."
Sarah Fisher, Teaching in Romania

Romania, Projects Abroad in Romania - Teaching in Romania

Volunteers are placed either with a host-family, or in a small Projects Abroad hostel by the office. 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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