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.