July 18-27, 2020: Discover daily life in a foreign country by immersing yourself in a new culture!
Trip cost: US$1,990
Join this trip to Romania and experience a new culture while working with the local community to build safe, affordable housing.
Roughly 5.5 million people are in need of home renovations in Romania. However, without access to the knowledge and resources needed, 58% of the population is left living in overcrowded conditions and 42.5% in houses that lack a bath and toilet with running water. To help improve these conditions, Romanian families partner with Habitat for Humanity Romania to build safe, affordable housing.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include digging foundations, making and pouring concrete, building frames and roof trusses, raising walls, sanding, exterior plastering or painting. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area, learn more about the culture and interact with the local community.
- Saturday: Welcome. Join us in Bucharest where you’ll meet up with your team and spend your first night.
- Sunday: Learn. Spend the morning exploring Bucharest before meeting Habitat’s staff and travel together to Berceni. Learn more about Habitat’s work in the area and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
- Monday-Friday: Build. Spend the day on the build site breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Saturday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site followed by a farewell ceremony in the afternoon celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Sunday: Explore. Explore the area and share a final meal with your team before traveling back to Bucharest.
- Monday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Romania independently or head home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Sue and Todd believe in Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They greatly appreciate that Habitat wants volunteers to experience the culture of a country as the people who live there, not as tourists. People share their pride, from an archaeologist in Portugal whose stories made ancient ruins come alive to an anthropologist in Armenia who explained what it means to live with a history of genocide. They’ve played soccer with children at an orphanage in Nepal, heard the miracles of Father Oscar Romero at his tomb in El Salvador and, by chance, walked through ancient Roman ruins in the hills of Jordan.
Every trip has amazing memories and has been transformative for them. They support members of their teams by finding and celebrating their strengths and helping them reflect on how they contribute to Habitat’s vision.