Get to know the unspoiled beauty of Eastern Europe
Romania is a country so full of contrast, of beautiful scenery, rich foods and warm people, that you are almost at a loss to how to start describing it. It is extremely green and beautiful, yet totally unexploited for its beauty. Tourism has never really boomed here, which really adds to the appeal of this almost forgotten country.
Actually spending some time volunteering in in Romania really opens your eyes to the hidden gems that this country secretly boasts. Most famous landmarks include the Carpathian Mountains, the Transfagaras Highway (which the Top Gear team tackled in typical Jeremy Clarkson style!) and the beautiful Black Sea, but there is much more to life here than first meets the eye.
The Oyster volunteer programmes are located in the elegant city of Brasov which boasts lively nightlife, mountain walks, great winter skiing and the infamous Dracula's Castle. One of our longest running destinations, we offer two inspiring programmes here, either working with abandoned and sick children or helping rehabilitate brown bears in Eastern Europe’s largest Bear sanctuary.
Bring smiles to children's faces in family homes and hospitals
Give neglected, sick and disabled children the chance to smile, play and laugh working as a child care volunteer. The number of disowned children in Romania is staggering, and your help is needed to make sure that these children can grow up with some love, affection and laughter. Oyster volunteers help in a variety of children's institutions in Brasov including family homes, schools and hospitals from 4 to 12 weeks. Read more...
Help rescued bears rediscover life in this forested haven
Work from two weeks to three months at Eastern Europe’s first bear sanctuary located in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains. Rescued from cruel captivity and abuse at the hands of humans, you will help to give these bears a new lease of life. The sanctuary is home to over 70 rescued bears, with over 20 more expected to join the sanctuary. Your time feeding, monitoring and helping with the running of the sanctuary means that the welfare of the bears is dramatically increased. Read more...