Join us as we travel to Romania to serve a family in need! Take a step off the beaten path and work with a family to make the dream of owning a home come true. Beautiful and historic Rădăuți will be your home for 10 days as we immerse ourselves in the community and culture while working toward our goal as a team. No previous experience required and fundraising resources are available to help make this dream a possibility! Apply for this build by visiting this link and entering the location and dates in the appropriate fields.
Romania is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine. Romania has an estimated population of 22.3 million (2007 estimate).
Its landscape is broken by the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps. The climate is temperate, with cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow and fog and sunny summers with frequent showers and thunderstorms.
Picturesque Radauti is situated in the northern part of the Bucovina region, close to the Ukrainian border. At this crossroads location, Radauti boasts a population of about 35,000 people, composed of many cultures, nations and religions. In the heartland of UNESCO World Heritage-designated monasteries, Radauti is a spiritual and ecumenical center. In addition to the historic and beautifully painted monasteries, one can find folklore, ethnography and the Fortress of “Stefan cel Mare” (Stephen the Great). Specific to this region are ornate wooden house decorations, hand-painted Easter eggs and “borsch,” a special soup made of beet root.
About Habitat for Humanity Romania
Romania became the 50th Habitat for Humanity country after being invited to help in Beius. Six other communities, including Cluj-Napoca (Cluj), Pitesti, Radauti, Comanesti, Cumpana and Craiova have since taken up the challenge of ending poverty housing as part of Habitat. Now more than 1,200 families in Romania, who previously lived in miserable conditions, have a safe and healthy home.
Founded in 2002, Habitat for Humanity Radauti has completed single-family homes and built multiple duplexes. The primary focus of the affiliate’s work is new construction.
The area of a typical Habitat house in Radauti with two bedrooms is 58.2 sq meters, and with one bedroom is 44.6 sq meters. Houses are built with double insulation, and a wood structure with windows made of energy-efficient thermopane glass. Each house also has a heating system and, through a partnership with the Beius city government, families are frequently able to get more land to plant gardens.
Types of construction for volunteers
Depending on the stage of construction, our team will work on a variety of tasks; New construction of single and duplex wood frame houses, and home renovations and repairs. No construction experience is required for GV participants.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Romania, visit www.habitat.ro.
Day 1 (Friday): Depart for Romania.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival in Bucharest, Romania; overnight in hotel; team dinner.
Day 3(Sunday): Travel to host program; welcome and orientation with Habitat host program staff member; dinner.
Days 4-6 Work days (Monday-Wednesday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities; walking tour of host city.
Day 7 Free day (Thursday): Breakfast served before traveling; free time for cultural activities; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities;
Days 8-9 Work days (Friday-Saturday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities; walking tour of host city. Farewell dinner on Day 9.
Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week, incluing cultural experiences with host program staff, such as market tours, museum visits, etc.
Day 10 (Sunday): Travel to Bucharest; free time; final team dinner.
Day 11 (Monday): Departure day.
Teams traveling to Radauti, Romania should expect to stay in a modest guest house with double- or triple- occupancy rooms and shared bath. Meals are usually taken at local restaurants or prepared by the team. The first and last nights the team will stay at a hotel in Bucharest, Romania, sharing double-occupancy rooms with a private bath.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Joe Johnston has been working with Habitat for Humanity International for 2.5 years. He started by acting as the support coordinator for the Latin America/Caribbean region and progressed to working as the engagement specialist for the Europe/Central Asia and Asia/Pacific regions. Joe is a passionate believer in the work Habitat is doing across the globe to eliminate poverty housing and is eager to do his part to increase the impact of that mission. He is looking forward to leading this team of active volunteers with is wife Becky, to make a difference in the lives of a family in need.
Becky Johnston is from Americus, Ga. She works as the manager of the parts department for the local Ford dealership and has been there for 10 years. Through her husband, she has heard of the Global Village department and the work Habitat is doing globally. After participating on her first build to Portugal in March of 2012, Becky knew that it was important to share this experience with others. She became a team leader for this purpose and looks forward to leading this team of volunteers.
For more information on this build, please contact Joe and Becky at email@example.com.