Mark Twain said that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”
Come see for yourself as we build in Radauti, Romania.
We will work hard and get dirty, push ourselves and get out of our comfort zones, have fun, make friends, experience local culture and create memories that will last a lifetime. Building experience is not needed, just a desire to help provide families with a simple, decent place to live. Patience and a sense of humor are strongly encouraged!
Please consider joining our team.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi!
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 as well as 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.
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 hostel with double-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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Stuart Heath has participated in and lead Habitat for Humanity Global Village builds in Jamaica, Hungary, Chile, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Brazil, Guatemala and Portugal. Stuart finds that Global Village builds are a great opportunity to travel, participate in community service and grow as a person when he’s outside of his comfort zone. He has also worked for Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, and on Kibbutz Degania Aleph on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
Stuart believes his role as trip leader is to enhance everyone’s individual experience and he tries to balance the trip with work, cultural activities and personal reflections. Stuart lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and two daughters where he works as a business and real estate attorney and a real estate broker.
Sarah Burd has participated in two Habitat for Humanity Global Village builds in Guatemala as well as volunteering locally in her Tacoma/Pierce County affiliate. Sarah is so excited to be co-leading for the first time since leadership training. Sarah finds Global Village to be a way to experience different cultures and provide a helping hand. Her favorite Global Village memory is when an 86-year-old grandfather could not stop hugging her and crying for the help provided in bringing his family together under one roof, for the first time ever. Sarah lives in Tacoma, Washington.
Both leaders would love to hear from anyone interested in the trip at RomaniaGV2014@Yahoo.com.