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Radauti, Romania

May 23, 2014 to June 6, 2014

Romania is in desperate need of housing and the site construction will be new wood framed duplexes or single unit housing. Come join us on this trip to a beautiful place with warm hearted people. We will be spoiled there by the local affiliate, I promise!

About Romania
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.

Its landscape is broken by the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps. The climate is temperate, including 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.

Standard itinerary
(15-day itinerary)
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.
Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week: Cultural experiences with host program staff, such as market tours, museum visits, etc;
Day 10 (Sunday): Free time; cultural activities in local community.
Days 11-13 (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. Farewell dinner on day 13.
Day 14 (Thursday): Travel to Bucharest; free time; final team dinner.
Day 15 (Friday): Departure day.

Accommodations
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.

Program cost
US$2,350
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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Team leaders
Sully has been a volunteer leader with Habitat for many years mostly going to Central America and Europe. She loves the experience that a working vacation offers and what Habitat provides for a participant to get the most from this kind of trip. She lives and works on an island in the Seattle area as a landscape gardener as well as leading cycling programs for the local Parks Dept. She is an avid traveler and outdoor person with two wonderful daughters who live close by. The enrichment of being part of a Habitat experience has such value in her life and she hopes to share this with you. Contact us about this trip at sullyhonduras@hotmail.com.

Richard, a Northwest native has enjoyed filling his passport with stamps from six continents and has retired from a career in bridge engineering. When not building houses, he enjoys making saw dust in his shop, testing new cooking recipes, making snowshoe tracks and hiking the Cascade mountain lakes.

He has volunteered for Habitat trips to Dominican Republic, Romania and Vietnam. His most rewarding Habitat experience has been seeing the sense of dignity felt by the families after builds. Habitat work not only builds a shelter, but makes the local community stronger. He is excited to co-lead this build to Romania.


To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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