Summer Youth Build, Romania 2019
For me, this experience was one I’ll never forget. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The Bacau community was really something that made this trip so enjoyable. While the work was tough, it was really rewarding. The positive attitude of the families was phenomenal, and this is something I hope to carry through with me for the rest of my life.Maeve Walsh, Habitat for Humanity Ireland volunteer
Habitat for Humanity’s Summer Youth Build is an amazing opportunity to work alongside families in need of a decent place to call home.
Habitat’s Summer Youth Build in Romania invites you to join 16-18 year olds from across Ireland, north & south, in fighting poverty housing. You will travel to Romania and help a family to build a home, strengthen their community, and enrich both their lives and your own. Volunteers will experience firsthand the impact of poverty housing and help make a lasting difference to the entire community. Volunteers will work as part of a team, develop new skills, experience a different culture and learn about global development issues.
Participants on Summer Youth Build are expected to attend a residential weekend in February (in Northern Ireland) to prepare for and get to know their team.
Dates: June & July 2019
Age: 16 – 18
Contact details: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 531 0033
All volunteers (including team leaders) aged 18+ will be Garda vetted.
*subject to flight times
Why Volunteer in Romania?
In Romania, more than 2 million children are living in poverty. Over 8.5 million people have no bath or shower or access to running water. Over 35 percent of the housing stock in Romania is in a state of complete neglect and needs repairs. In the cities, many dwellers live in cramped apartments in condominium complexes. Much of Romania’s housing stock is low quality and deteriorating because of a lack of maintenance.
52% of Romanians live in overcrowded houses. Some of them are made of inadequate materials or are in an advanced stage of degradation and are not equipped with basic utilities. During the cold season, heating is a concern for a large proportion of Romanians. 15% of Romanians are burdened with the housekeeping expenses and have to spend 40% of their income on house expenditures.
Type of Work for Volunteers
No construction experience is required for this trip. Some of the tasks include mixing and pouring concrete, insulation, brick laying, flooring, plastering and painting. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on site.
How Habitat addresses the need
Habitat for Humanity Romania builds, rehabilitates, provides advice, supports and conducts energy efficiency and disaster risk reduction and response programmes for vulnerable groups.
“It will be such a big change…I don’t think we can realise it right now.”
Read about the Hongus in Romania here.
Meals and accommodations
The team will stay in modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.
Day 1 Arrival Day (Saturday)
Day 2 Welcome Day (Sunday): travel to the hosting programme and learn about Habitat’s innovative programmes, and your project.
Day 2-7 – Typical Build day (Monday – Saturday): Build. Skilled construction workers will guide you and your team as you build. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings.
Day 8 – Goodbyes and head home.