Find out what Oyster volunteers have said in these reviews of our project volunteering with bears in Romania:


Three bears stand in a line at the bear sanctuary in Romania“Make sure you spend time just sitting and watching the bears as you’ll always be rewarded with some kind of antics or other. The highlight is undoubtedly having the opportunity to observe the bears at such close quarteres, and being part of their ongoing well being by preparing food for them.”

Sara, 1 week August 2018

A volunteer watches the bears at the bear sanctuary in Romania“It was an eye opening in regards to the food waste created, to overuse of single use plastics and packaging, to humans’ horrid treatment of our fellow beings. I am more encouraged to bring it to the attention of others so that they too may think about it more and perhaps donate, volunteer and/ or change a habit or two to make an impact.”

Gretchen, 2 weeks August 2018

bears“The Oyster representative in Romania was excellent and made sure I was very comfortable, the staff online were great and made all the information I needed clear and easy to access. The accommodations were much better than I expected, the sanctuary itself was beautiful and there was much more to do in Brasov town than I expected.”

Reece, 2 weeks July 2018


“Such a worthwhile and fulfilling experience, I really felt like our work helped the sanctuary and that we were appreciated for the work we did. Everybody should give back and volunteer somewhere like this at least once in their life.”

Sean, 2 weeks July 2018

A bear relaxes at the sanctuary in Romania. The sanctuary is very green and leafy - a perfect haven for these rescued bears

“Razvan has been a tremendous help- knowledgeable, kind, attentive and supportive and he has made a massive impact on how I have viewed the project. Our driver Marian has also been great and smiles tolerantly whenever I greet him in Romanian. I can’t fault Oyster- you certainly cover every aspect of the trip and I wouldn’t hesitate in traveling with you again”

Judy, 2 weeks June 2018

A bear at the sanctuary in Romania“Things are going well and I am enjoying it here very much! The bears are incredible, and Razvan has been a wonderful host. I actually wanted to thank you because as I’ve been here I’ve realized that talking with you about the project gave me a very accurate idea of what things would be like. I feel like the experience I hoped to have is the one I am having. ”

Christy, 2 weeks June 2018

A bear enjoys splashing in the pool at the bear sanctuary“We felt so well looked after. Transport was easy to and from the airport (which I’m sure many people worry about)! We never felt like a burden to Razvan our rep, he was so welcoming and friendly. I knew if I had any questions pre-trip Anne would be there to answer them, and during/post trip she has provided excellent customer care. I recommend the company to friends and family.”

Caitlin, 2 weeks May 2018

blog“Communication with Oyster is very efficient and I always receive prompt replies to queries etc. I have been on the Romanian bear project 3 times now and whilst my Romanian is slightly better now, having the support of Razvan & Marian was invaluable. They are friendly, professional and make a real effort to ensure the volunteers have a great time – a true credit to Oyster”

Estelle, 6 weeks May 2018

A bear scratches his ear at the sanctuary in Romania“It’s amazing out here. ..the accommodation is fab, way way better than we imagined. Razvan is so kind, funny and accommodating. He makes us feel safe and he looks out for us…. and as for the sanctuary – its’ a wonderful place, so humbling to be part of it. We already feel settled here and are getting into a routine!!”

Diane, 2 weeks May 2018

A bear at the Romania bear sanctuary enjoys being able to climb trees and live a life of freedom“The Oyster team was prompt in responding to queries and the online My Oyster account was a great resource. Razvan was excellent and helped everything go smoothly whilst in Romania. I think it’s great there are two causes being addressed here – obviously the animal rescue but also the reduction of food waste.”

Alyssa, 1 week December 2017

Brasov looks beautiful at Christmas, and our volunteers love the Christmas markets, skiing, ice skating and mulled wine“Romania has been a wonderful experience, and I’m so sad that today was my last day! The sanctuary was incredible, seeing all those bears and helping to care for them meant so much. The staff were lovely though quite shy! They warmed up after a few attempts 😀 Thanks for all your help in getting me here, I truly appreciate it.”

Paige, 2 weeks December 2017

Two bears fighting in water in Brasov Romania“Thank you for an amazing experience. Seeing the bears and the wolves and meeting new people, seeing the scenery and going to the castles were all amazing. I cant wait until I next do one of your projects.”

Alex, 1 week August 2017

Romanian bear in Brasov“You have been such a great help and made me feel confident and made me feel that I’m well prepared and able to do this alone knowing that there is such a great team of people around me to help and support me. The whole week was absolutely wonderful, and you and your team made it so easy from start to finish. Who knows, maybe it’s the beginning of many experiences like this!!”

Angie, 1 week August 2017

Romania bear hiding around a tree“As my first solo traveling experience, I have really enjoyed it! I’ve really got off the beaten track, met some lovely and some challenging people along the way, the staff and the bears have been a pleasure to work with! This experience has made me more independent and confident in myself!”

Shavy, 12 weeks April 2017

Bears in Romanian sanctuary“Loved my time at the sanctuary. A real highlight and a challenge for both of us was to clear the shed of all food prep which we managed twice and seeing as there should have been 4 of us but there was only 2 that was some achievement! Loved the town of Brasov – it was so quaint and life in general over there is so much more relaxed than NZ.”

Kerrin, 2 weeks May 2017

Volunteering with bears in Romania“I took my oldest daughter and her boyfriend to Romania for 10 days. We spent six hours per day at the sancutary preparing the food for over 90 bears and our evenings and weekends exploring the beautiful country of Romania. The best part was our access to the bears. In between loads of dairy and fruits and veggies that needed to be sorted, we spent hours observing the bears.”

Jessica, 1 week May 2017

romania bears“I love the sanctuary. I look forward to driving in each morning with the bears and wolves coming out to greet you. Aside from that, Brasov and Transylvania are beautiful. The apartment is in an amazing location, so central to everything and my housemates are absolute gems. Couldn’t have asked for better people to share my time with here.”

Caitlin, 2 weeks January 2017

review“I absolutely loved my time there. Razvan is amazing at what he does and I love the program that is set up there. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Brasov is such an amazing city as well. Overall, between sight-seeing, history learning, and the volunteer programmes put in place, it was so wonderful.”

Jami, 4 weeks October 2016

web“I thoroughly enjoyed the time at the bear sanctuary and Romania itself. The place seems very well run and was an eye opener seeing the amount of food that is delivered and needs to be sorted each day.”

Susan, 1 week October 2016

web“I had an amazing time. Razvan was very helpful and contactable throughout the whole experience. The staff in the sanctuary are very friendly. The whole experience was overwhelming and a definite must for animal lovers. It is the perfect life to be surrounded by all the animals. Thank you so much for all your support and giving me the chance to have this wonderful experience.”

Louise, 2 weeks September 2016

web“It has definitely been an eye opener and a brilliant experience! Razvan has been incredibly kind throughout the trip, always making sure that we are ok wherever we are, especially when organising the weekend trips. Cannot fault anything!”

Frankie, 3 weeks September 2016

Romania bears

“The whole experience was memorable – but of course the highlight was the Bear Sanctuary. We were made to feel valued and welcome and being so close to the bears and going out with the keepers/staff gave us a view that the average visitor doesn’t experience. This experience was 11 out of 10! I can’t begin to thank Oyster enough.”

Ferida, 2 weeks August 2016

Hannah Sharpe“I am having such an amazing time here at the bear sanctuary! It is wonderful to be able to see the bears living happily in the sanctuary and being able to help with the day-to-day runnings. All the other volunteers, sanctuary workers, and of course Razvan, are really lovely, and I am really looking forward to the next few weeks.”

Hannah, 3 weeks August 2016

20160818_123152“I have really enjoyed the trip and it’s been one of the best things I have ever done to be honest. From the sanctuary, to the accommodation, to the excursions and the company, it has been fantastic! I am seriously considering returning next year or maybe doing one of the other welfare projects! ”

Jonathan, 2 weeks August 2016

Faye Woodall 1“I found the whole set up in Romania to be very supportive and it had a nice family feel with the other volunteers. I enjoyed feeling like I was doing something worthwhile that could help the animals or other workers at the sanctuary.”

Faye, 2 weeks July 2016


“I had a fantastic time on the project and really enjoyed every moment. It was such an incredible experience, and having the chance to get so close to the bears and seeing how they are fed and cared for and how the sanctuary works was so rewarding. I can’t thank Oyster enough for the opportunity!”

Louise, 3 weeks June 2016

304523_2420806559934_1244541422_33165010_2945619_n“It really did feel like a holiday even though I was working at the bear sanctuary, which is a most beautiful place to be. Brasov is full of streets for you to just meander and take in at a leisurely pace. The cafes are so different and you will just want to try them all. The people are so friendly and the food is exceptionally good value. Everyone who works for you out there is fabulous.”

Rowena, 2 weeks April 2016

web“You really made the experience incredibly easy and stress-free, from all the pre-joining information which made packing a breeze, to being picked up at the airport, to Razvan ensuring we had a full orientation of the sanctuary and Brasov. As a result, I had one of my best vacations ever.”

Lori, 2 weeks April 2016

webvv“My time overseas was absolutely amazing – I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the bears, and my life on the project, from the moment I got in the car to go back to the airport. I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to stay for 2 months rather than 1!”

Matilda, 8 weeks February 2016

webI fell in love with the sanctuary. How well the bears were kept, and the care of all the animals there, was lovely. It was very moving to see the bears in this lovely sanctuary and to feel that you have been a part of it. I would like to say a massive thank you to Anne, Razvan and the team, everyone very friendly, helpful, approachable and lovely. I had a fantastic week.

Nikki, 1 week March 2016

web“I loved seeing the bears interact with one another in a natural habitat. I have always loved bears, but for me it was not only a lifelong dream, but also educational. It made me understand more and also be more informed. I wish I had more time there. I would recommend people to do at least two weeks. The ten days I had was not enough.”

Melinda, 10 days February 2016

web“I’m absolutely loving working at the bear sanctuary and seeing the bears every day! I’m also settling into the lifestyle here really well; I’m picking up some of the language and learning to find my way around town. I’d also really like to thank you for encouraging me not to shorten my trip from 2 months to 1 month. I’m honestly so happy here and so glad that I’ve chosen this program.”

Matilda, 8 weeks February 2016


“I had such an incredible time these last few weeks! I absolutely loved the bear sanctuary and had a great time living in Brasov and going on the weekend trips. You’ve been unbelievably helpful. Romania overall managed to exceed my high expectations.”

Hayley, 3 weeks January 2016

Sanctuary volunteering“My time was really great. The sanctuary is so beautiful. It is huge and I quickly got in shape walking around that place. What was really nice though was that I would frequently get two hours at the end of the day to walk around and watch the bears and take pictures which was so incredible. I am so glad I did this project and would definitely do it again in the future.”

Julia, 2 weeks October 2015

IMG_2747“My trip to Romania was an absolutely amazing experience. I am definitely missing my life on the project; it was such a complete break of routine, doing something different and so worthwhile, working with great people and wonderful animals – the time just flew by every day. Thanks again for all help with arranging my trip, it was so well organised from start to finish.”

Rosemary, 2 weeks September 2015

Dog shelter volunteering“The trip was absolutely brilliant. Razvan was wonderfully helpful. The bear sanctuary is an absolutely amazing. The work they do is incredible. We actually switched to the dog shelter though after two days. We painted dog houses to weather-proof them in time for the colder temperatures due this weekend.”

Shannon, 1 week September 2015


“The sanctuary was a truly amazing place in a beautiful location – peaceful, spacious, well kept & the bears appeared content in an environment that must be the next best thing to being in the wild. Razvan, the Oyster rep in Romania, was first class and made everything so easy, and there was more to do in Brasov than I expected.”

Angela, 1 week September 2015

Sanctuary volunteering“I really enjoyed my 3 weeks. The bear sanctuary was an amazing place and I’m missing it already. I loved being able to see the bears every day around the sanctuary. Razvan was really great too and made me feel so much more relaxed and secure, as well as being a great laugh. I will definitely look at other Oyster projects for next year :)”

Jenny, 3 weeks July 2015

Bear volunteering“Romania has been the best trip ever and I am definitely coming back next year!! Razvan has been the best, he showed me around and really made me feel welcome. The staff at the bear sanctuary are great. Romania is stunning and has great views, I would highly recommend this to anyone :)”

Elise, 4 weeks July 2015

Bear sanctuary volunteering“Volunteering with bears in Romania is brill. The support all the way is excellent and we would definitely recommend Oyster. We are already planning next year to come back! Compliments to all for arranging. Razvan is great and nothing too much trouble.”

Simon and Deborah, 2 weeks July 2015

Volunteer in Romania“I have had the most amazing time. Razvan did everything in his power to help me learn about the animals in the sanctuary as well as at the dog shelter. He even got me to work alongside the vet at the shelter, which I was absolutely amazed by since I got to help with castrations. My next study will be veterinarian assistant for which I will consider doing my internship at the shelter in Brasov.”

Elisah, 6 weeks June 2015

Bear conservation“I really enjoyed my two weeks in Romania. Highlights were definitely watching the bears and seeing how well they looked considering what hard lives some of them had had. The trip was well organised and trouble free with lots of bears to watch.”

Desna, 2 weeks May 2015

Beautiful bear“I had a fantastic time in Romania. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I want to do it all over again next year. Razvan was great; really helpful and very inspirational. I really miss the bears very much and roll on next year!”

Gillian, 2 weeks May 2015

Bear volunteering“The whole experience was great, from logistics, to Razvan’s brilliant hosting, the perfect flat and location, good company in my co-volunteer and last but not least, the amazing sanctuary, bears and staff. You are truly making a difference and positively contributing to supporting the work of a wonderful cause.”

Simon, 2 weeks May 2015

Susan Petty - volunteer with bears in Romania“The sanctuary itself is wonderful for the animals. Razvan is great – does everything humanly possible to make volunteers happy. The apartment was super cosy in the snow! Bring a good attitude, as the work is not glamorous, and the rewards are personal.”

Susan, 1 week April 2015

Bear volunteering“Incredible experience, was literally better than I could have imagined. Spending time with the bears was truly incredible. It was amazing to see how they spend their time and monitor their behaviour. You get a lot of time with the animals as well, which is great. The country and sanctuary are amazing places, so do as much as you can!”

David, 10 days March 2015

Bear sanctuary volunteering“Romania was really great, everything went pretty smoothly and I was lucky enough to have really nice and diverse flat mates. I enjoyed working on the sanctuary just as much as I enjoyed the weekends, in which we did all sorts.”

Theo, 3 weeks November 2014

Volunteer with bears“I had a fabulous trip. The bear sanctuary was very interesting and I was impressed with what I saw. Being around bears every day was definitely wonderful. I am very impressed with Oyster through this trip, and the fact that you support the sanctuary and have Razvan working for you.”

Esther, 2 weeks September 2014

Volunteer with bears in Romania“I loved my time in Romania! If I had more leave I would have loved to be there a bit longer and next time would love to do it with a friend. The bear sanctuary was amazing and so well run. Everyone made a really big effort to talk to me and include me. All the staff were so nice and the sanctuary is really beautiful.”

Hannah, 1 week September 2014

Volunteer with bears in Romania“My time was amazing, truth be told I don’t even really know how to put it into words, except that I am so glad I did it. I just want to say thank you to everyone at Oyster, you and Razvan especially, you guys do such an awesome job letting everyone have these amazing experiences! 🙂 I will be definitely recommending Oyster.”

Shelby, 4 weeks July 2014

Volunteer with bears in Romania“I had a great time in Romania. The days at the sanctuary were pretty relaxed, yet busy, and I spent most of the 4 weeks working in the little observatory. I did get a lot of free time to wander around the place and see the bears. Being around the bears all day was an awesome experience.”

Carl, 4 weeks March 2014

Volunteer with bears in Romania“The people that stayed with me in the apartment were amazing. I didn’t expect to come away from this trip making such good friends that I will keep in touch with. The amount of bears I got to see and be with everyday was a real highlight.”

Lucy-Rose, 2 weeks November 2013

Volunteer with bears“Everything was very well organized, Razvan made sure that everyone felt comfortable and that we had everything we needed. Getting to see so many bears every day was super awesome! People should do this programme if they are really passionate about helping animals in need. Brasov is also such a cool place to live!”

Alexandra, 12 weeks October 2013

Volunteer with bears in Romania“The top highlight would be watching the bears play in the water, eat, and just enjoy the fact that they now lead a happy life, thanks to those who have rescued them and look after them. It was fantastic and I didn’t want to leave. I would definitely would like to go back again and stay longer! Everyone was wonderful, including the all support from Oyster Worldwide.”

Mandy, 2 weeks October 2013

“It waOyster reviews: volunteering with bears in Romanias the best three weeks I’ve had for a long time. The sanctuary is just amazing and the bears are just stunning. It was a brilliant experience. Thank you so much for all you have done and helping me get out there, I can’t wait to do more!”

Jack, 3 weeks August 2013

“This trip wasVolunteer with bears in Romania excellent, it far exceeded my expectations. Expect the unexpected was the best bit of advice! It was very hard physically and emotionally, but rewarding. It was a great opportunity to find out about the conservation and animal welfare situation in Romania first-hand.”

Natalia, 2 weeks, August 2013

Volunteer with bears in Romania“I thoroughly enjoyed this and wish I had gone for longer. I wouldn’t hesitate to return or recommend it to others. I met some fabulous people, both volunteers and Oyster staff who looked after us brilliantly, both in Romania and pre-travel/remotely whilst there. It was great to be with like-minded people and I have made some good friends.”

Sarah , 2 weeks June 2013

Oyster Reviews: volunteering with bears in Romania“My trip to Romania was excellent.It is a great chance for animal lovers to see bears and wolves. This trip is also a great chance to meet good, like-minded people to share the experience with. It is something quite special. I wish I had stayed for longer!”

Natalie, 2 weeks June 2013

“My time Voluneer with bears in Romaniawith the bears is honestly probably the highlight of my life, at least up to this point. It was the best trip I have ever taken and I am seriously considering doing another one with Oyster. Thank you for giving me my dream trip :)”

Brooke, 3 weeks June 2013

volunteer with bears in RomaniaDon’t expect the work itself to be ‘rewarding’ as it’s very routine- the reward is in spending time at the sanctuary and in Romania. Real highlights are spending every day outdoors in a beautiful place; being able to observe the bears in the sanctuary and ‘get to know’ a few of them.”

Linda, 3 weeks April 2013

“The trip was amazHelp bears like Sammy to enjoy life in the wilding. I loved the bears, and the people at the sanctuary were very welcoming. Everyone I met was friendly and helpful. I can think of nothing negative to say other than It was far too short. I could still very happily be sitting chatting to bears whilst working in the sunshine. I would recommend this to anyone, especially someone like me who was travelling alone for the first time.”

Jackie, 2 weeks September 2012

“Every day was even more exciting than the last, because each day meant something new to learn and love. The Romanian people are lovely and love you for loving their precious country and animals. It was something very special that completely reinvigorated my soul and made me feel a part of something bigger and better than the daily grind.”

Hans, 3 weeks June 2012

“It was great, seeing the bears everyday, just watching them in a natural state, interacting with one another, and taking photos of them. It was brilliant. It was great. I went for three weeks and loved it there. I could have done so much more in terms of visiting the area but failed to capitalise on the opportunity. I suppose that is a reason to go back.”

Wulfric, 3 weeks April 2012

Bear conservation in Romania“Well I loved it so much I went back again! My original attraction was volunteer work with bears but this Romanian experience is so much more…the scenery is stunning, the sanctuary staff are hard working and friendly and last, but not least, Razvan is an absolute star, who will ensure you have many great memories of Romania!

Estelle, 6 weeks March 2012

“The most memorable part of the trip was, of course, watching the bears every day and living in beautiful Brasov. I feel as though I contributed to the work at the sanctuary, even if it meant that I was relieving the full-time staff to work on more important things. I had a great time and will really miss the bears and staff, and will return home with some wonderful memories.”

Jack, 2 weeks November 2011

“Bears anBear volunteers Romaniad Romania were brilliant. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed our time at the sanctuary. We had some fantastic interaction with the bears and it was great watching the younger bears play fighting – although it didn’t always seem like play!!! Romania was great – lots to see and do and some very nice people. Thank you for everything!”

Martin & Marion, 2 weeks October 2011

“I just wanVolunteer at a bear sanctuary in Romaniated to thank you personally for all your help and support during my trip!It was such a great experience seeing two young, playful bears move from quarantine into their new enclosures! I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to do something meaningful in such a great place with a company so dedicated!”

Zantel, 4 weeks September 2011

Bear volunteer Romania“Every day we received a welcoming committee of the very friendly sanctuary dogs. Then you see the bears. There are many things I shall miss: the lovely scenery, friendly people, good food but most of all the bears. I would recommend this programme to anyone, any age. You won’t regret it.”

Lynn, 2 weeks September 2011

Oyster bears volunteer Romania“I’m having a pretty great time. The bears are great. The food is amazing and it’s summer here so I’m also getting a sweet tan. I hang out with bears every day – it’s hard for that to be anything but awesome!”

Rob, 3 months, July 2010

Volunteer with bears in Romania“The three months that I spent in Romania were three of the best months of my life. Spending my days within mere metres of the bears, watching them cavort around the sanctuary, play fighting with each other, was an absolute highlight.”

Anne, 3 months August 2009

Romania bears volunteer“The sanctuary is an incredible place to work and the people there are so lovely. My advice is to come here with an open mind and an open heart and you will have the experience of a lifetime.”

Anna, 3 months September 2007

For more information on this project, check out the bear sanctuary volunteering page of the Oyster Worldwide website

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