Valenii de Munte, Romania
Very few experiences can compare to a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip! Here is the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, become immersed in a foreign culture and give back to a deserving family by helping to build a safe and affordable home. If you are hard working, flexible and ready for an adventure, read below! No construction experience is necessary.
Have questions? Interested in joining the team? Katherine Tice will lead this team and would love to speak with you.
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.
Romanian is the main ethnic group (nearly 90 percent), but there are also sizable Hungarian (6.6 percent) and Roma (2.5 percent) populations. Romanian is the Romania’s official language. The dominant religion is Eastern Orthodox (87 percent, including all sub-denominations). Minority religions include Protestant (7.5 percent) and Roman Catholic (4.7 percent).
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.
Vălenii de Munte city is located in the central area of Prahova County. Developed near the Carpathian Hills, the city manifests itself as a center of interest polarizer for other localities from the northern part of Teleajenului Valley. Valenii de Munte is used as an alternative route between Ploiesti County and Brasov County as well as the transit alternative for moving throught he mountains of Transylvania.
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 (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 4-9 Work days (Monday-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, Romania; free time; final team dinner.
Day 11 (Monday): Departure day.
Teams traveling to Valenii de Munte , Romania should expect to stay in a modest guest house or hotel 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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Katie has participated in Global Village trips to China, Nepal, Portugal and Hungary. This will be her first as a team leader and she is looking forward to assembling a great team to build a safe home for a family in Comanesti. Katie is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and now works in human resources for L’Oreal in New Jersey. For more information, contact Katie at: Habitat.firstname.lastname@example.org.