Katie is looking for adventurous people to join her on an eleven-day build in the beautiful town of Beius, Romania. Katie has been leading teams to Beius for the past decade. This will be Katie’s 12th team to Beius, Romania. The team will be comprised of 12-14 energetic people who enjoy traveling and making a difference in someone’s life. After landing in Budapest, Hungary, the members will enjoy the beautiful mountain region of Romania while working in the small villages outside of the town of Beius. Together with the caring and friendly people of Beius, the teammates will help build homes with their hearts and muscles. It will be a unique experience as we help the incredibly friendly people of Beius, Romania, improve their lives one family at a time.
Romania is located in southeastern Europe. It borders the Black Sea and is situated 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 cold and cloudy in winter, with frequent snow and fog and sunny in Summer, 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 country’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.
Beius, where this GV team will be building, is a small town of 12,000 inhabitants located in the northwest of Romania’s Bihor county, near the Romanian-Hungarian border. The town is located in a beautiful valley with many villages surrounded by mountains. Beius has a rural feel, and one should not be surprised to see a wagon with horses crossing through the town.
Founded in 1996, HFH Beius became the first Habitat affiliate in Romania and has since provided 100 families in the Beius community with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Partner families pay back the home mortgage over 20 years at no interest and invest 1,000 hours of sweat-equity labor on other Habitat homes.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Romania, visit http://www.habitat.ro/.
Types of construction for volunteers
Depending on the stage of construction, teams 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.
Day 1, Friday: Depart for Romania.
Day 2, Saturday: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary; overnight in hotel; team dinner.
Day 3, Sunday: Travel to host program; welcome and orientation with Habitat host program staff member; dinner.
Days 4–7, Monday–Thursday (workdays): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 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; cultural activities during a few of the evenings.
Days 8–9, Friday–Saturday (workdays): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 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 10, Sunday: Travel to Budapest, Hungary; free time; final team dinner.
Day 11, Monday: Departure day.
Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week, such as market tours, museum visits, etc.
Teams traveling to Beius, Romania, should expect to stay in a modest guesthouse with double- or triple-occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms. Meals are usually taken at local restaurants or prepared by the team. The first and last nights, the team will stay in double-occupancy rooms with a private bath at a hotel in Budapest, Hungary.
This includes additional donations to Habitat Romania for the special accelerated build opportunity, but does not include airfare.
Katie Boland has volunteered with Habitat for the last 15 years either as an extended volunteer in Americus, Ga., a volunteer at her local affiliate, and a team leader for the Global Village and Collegiate Challenge departments. Katie has led global village teams to Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica, as well as 11 teams to Beius, Romania. Currently, Katie is a social studies teacher at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, Connecticut, and advises the Model UN and We the People programs. Katie is enthusiastic to show you why she keeps returning to Beius, Romanias every summer!