We are thrilled to be leading this trip to Radauti, a 700-year-old town in northeastern Romania, near the Ukrainian border. One of the oldest settlements in the region, rich in both Jewish and Christian history, Radauti is known for its painted monasteries and as a center for pottery making. We will be working side by side with local families, helping them to construct new homes. No building experience is needed to join this team. We seek people who enjoy the experience of visiting a new place, working with interesting people, and helping to make a difference in others’ lives.
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: 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, including 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 (typically 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. Farewell dinner on day 9.
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: 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.)
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Sally Fillmore is a veteran of eight prior Global Village builds – six as leader or co-leader. Her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1970s whet her appetite for travel, and now that her three children are grown, she enjoys seeing other parts of the globe again. An economist by training, she is currently a violin teacher, plays viola in chamber music groups, and is studying to be a master gardener.
Sara Doud lives at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado with her husband, Scott. There they've raised four children and are currently helping raise their 4-year-old granddaughter. I worked on a Global Village team in Romania in 2010. Sally and Sara co-led trips to Guatemala in 2011 and Portugal in 2012. Habitat is a way for Sara to combine her love of traveling and service to others. At home she gardens, skis and continues to teach part time working with elementary school students.
Join this team and experience the satisfaction of doing something truly worthwhile. It is a wonderful way to get to know another culture, meet new people and have some fun. For more information or to join this team, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.