Trip cost: US$2,070
Join us in Romania in celebration of World Habitat Day! This Blitz Build will bring together 250 volunteers from Romania and elsewhere to build alongside 10 families as they seek strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
You'll work hard as your team completes 10 houses within five days while having fun meeting volunteers from around the world and learning more about life in Romania.
Habitat for Humanity of Romania is serving families who have been waiting years to move into social housing units in Cumpana. Your team will help with all aspects of home construction, including raising walls, installing roof trusses and plywood, hanging doors and setting windows. You'll hear from past and future Habitat homeowners and learn to cook local cuisine.
This unique blitz build experience will show you home construction from start to finish. At the end of the week, you'll celebrate with the family who will move in once the house is complete.
The team will stay double-occupancy in a local hotel with meals at local restaurants. The first and last nights will be in Bucharest.
- Friday: Depart. Grab your packed bags and head towards Romania!
- Saturday: Welcome. Join us in Bucharest. Meet the rest of your teammates, enjoy dinner together and learn more about Habitat’s work in the area.
- Sunday: Learn. Travel to Cumpana and celebrate the Blitz Build with an opening ceremony and welcome dinner.
- Monday-Friday: Build. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to the work site. At the end of the week you'll celebrate with a dedication ceremony.
- Saturday: Explore. On the way back to Bucharest you'll explore Romania with your team before sharing one last dinner with your teammates to close out the week's excitement.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Romania independently or head home.
Leading this trip
Joshua Schellhammer will lead this special team to Romania and would love to tell you more about the experience.
When asked why he's excited to travel to Romania, Joshua shared, "Other than finding some vampires, Romania has always seemed to be a hidden gem on my list of places to visit. When I heard that even though Romania is part of the European Union, they still have a lot of people living below poverty and in bad housing situations, it was a no-brainer in regards to the next trip to lead."