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Reviews, photos and videos for program: Volunteering in Romania: Children and Village Life in the Carpathian Mountains
Katherine from Oberlin, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/20/13 - 05/05/13
There were things about this program that my husband and I strongly enjoyed, and things that took us by surprise. We were very glad for the chance to live close to the ground in rural Romania, to interact with staff and residents of Pro Vita, and to have small-group outings to Transylvania and Bucharest. However, we felt we could have used clearer advance preparation for the fact that Pro Vita is not an orphanage in the usual American sense (orphaned and homeless children are sheltered there in family-style arrangements,and not put up for adoption), and that there's an element of cheerfully messy chaos in the place that calls on volunteers to be able to exercise some enterprise and go with the flow. My feeling is that if the match-up is right between program description and volunteer expectations, this can be an unusual and extremely rewarding experience.

Donna from Vienna, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/28/12 - 05/13/12
An excellent adventure -- well-balanced between working at Pro Vita and seeing a good bit of Transylvania and Bucharest. Much more than an orphanage, Pro Vita is a community, providing support to the elderly, the mentally challenged and mentally ill, abused women and their families. Our group spent most of its time painting the 3 story, 10 bedroom house that is home to the mentally challenged adult women. The volunteer accomodations were better than expected (and described); the food sustained us but was extremely limited in variety -- you gotta love chicken legs! The staff is extremely welcoming and supportive although tools, resources, etc. are very limited and difficult to obtain as the village is very remote. I am torn between returning and using that money to do a fund-raising campaign for Pro Vita as money is also in very short supply.

Thomas from Greenbelt, MD Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 04/28/12 - 05/13/12
The program: Volunteering in A Romanian Orphanage: Children and Village Life in the Carpathian Mountains is at the top of the list of service learning programs I have participated in. The program provides an opportunity to live and work in a part of Europe that is mostly unknown to Americans. The service work was positive and meaningful. The children and adults with whom we worked were most appreciative of what we were doing. The joy in their faces was heart warming. This program deserves five stars plus.

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