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Volunteering with bears in Romania

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Includes airport transfers, accommodation, transport, donation to sanctuary, a book about the sanctuary, optional weekend trips, full support in the UK and Romania. 1 week £895 October - March and £995 April - September. Extra weeks £175 per week.
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Flexible departures available throughout the year, minimum stay 1 week
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Volunteering with bears in Romania

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Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

Volunteering with bears in Romania: the story of this holiday company

The organisation was founded in 1999 by Roger, whose own travel experiences have taken him to unclimbed mountains in Greenland and leading treks through the Peruvian jungle. Today the company offers highly original volunteering projects ranging from worthwhile animal welfare to life changing teaching and childcare placements in many diverse countries. Their trips are an ideal way to enjoy both short breaks and longer trips, and have been personally experienced and enjoyed by the members of the team. They specialise in getting you off the beaten track and into the heart of conservation and education efforts, whilst fully enjoying the culture and lifestyle of the country. You can expect to return home physically tired but mentally refreshed.

Responsible tourism: Volunteering with bears in Romania


Our placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this challenge – a sense of achievement, broader horizons and some wonderful memories. But we make sure that local people, the environment and wildlife benefit too.

Supporting local wildlife- it almost goes without explanation to state how strongly this project supports local wildlife. The staff at the sanctuary can very rarely say no to animals that need to be taken care of, and as such you will find some very happy dogs can also call the sanctuary home. The educational emphasis on the sanctuary is important, as it helps children from this area of the world to understand the importance of caring for wildlife and in particular the bears.

Environment - Our company takes an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas, electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid. We also offer the option of travelling there by train to cut down on carbon emissions. Our volunteers are given a pre-departure briefing where they are encouraged to minimise waste and to live in a way that will not have a detrimental effect on the country. This extends to not wasting water or electricity.


Our placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this challenge – a sense of achievement, broader horizons and some wonderful memories. But we make sure that local people, the environment and wildlife benefit too.

Meeting local needs - The whole project is geared towards helping the local community. Romania is not wealthy and institutions like the bear sanctuary rely on volunteers. We have been running programmes in this area since 1999 and have long-standing relationships with local people. This means we have a good idea of where help is needed, and can ensure volunteers make a real contribution.

The project also helps the local economy. Our participants spend money on food and leisure; we pay rent and employ a local Romanian as our representative. In addition, we donate money regularly to the various projects in response to their needs.

Cultural sensitivity - Our pre-departure briefing includes a special session entitled ‘Responsible Tourism’ where we discuss cultural differences and sensitivities as well as advising volunteers on appropriate conduct. People a briefed on what is considered polite in terms of eating, greeting and dressing. It is encouraged that all volunteers learn some Romanian prior to departure, and they get a helping hand whilst out there as well.

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Volunteering with bears in Romania

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 19 Oct 2015 by Angela Ransome5 star rating

Absolutely amazing - so good I will definitely return in 2 - 3 years time(read full review)

Reviewed 19 Oct 2015 by Shannon Clarke5 star rating

Absolutely amazing. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I have actually recommended it to everybody who'll listen. (read full review)

Reviewed 09 Nov 2015 by Rosemary Hindley4 star rating

It is a beautiful peaceful place and watching all the bears eating, splashing about in their pools, climbing trees and just enjoying their surroundings was a fantastic experience(read full review)

Reviewed 23 Jun 2015 by Desna McAll4 star rating

Excellent....Yes - money definitely went into the local economy and I hope my efforts helped in some small way towards bear rescue(read full review)

Reviewed 24 Sep 2014 by Sarah Burman5 star rating

Bears! Bears ! Bears!......absolutely amazing to spend time with these wonderful creatures. (read full review)

Reviewed 21 Sep 2014 by Clanci Ferguson5 star rating

I have volunteered with other organisations in conservation and animal welfare and found in comparison the co-ordination for this was exemplary, the time working was balanced by time I had to wander the sanctuary or explore the surrounding area. Highly recommended!(read full review)

Reviewed 18 Sep 2014 by Estelle Barnes5 star rating

Amazing! I was taking a year's sabbatical and this trip was the top of my list. It didn't disappoint and should be on every animal lover's 'bucket list'. I went for 6 weeks, returned for another 6 weeks the following year and fully intend to go back as soon as I can! (read full review)

Reviewed 20 Oct 2014 by Debby Firmin4 star rating

It was an amazing experience, I will never forget all of those bears and the valuable work of the staff at the sanctuary and the organisations funding it.(read full review)

Reviewed 14 Oct 2014 by Esther Ostrower4 star rating

The holiday was excellent. I had a chance to contribute my time and money to animals that deserve a better future then their past. (read full review)

Reviewed 02 Sep 2014 by Katherine Lethbridge1 star rating

Being able to see the bears was great, as I had never seen real bears before and it was great to see their behaviour. (read full review)

Reviewed 12 Nov 2013 by Amanda Hathway5 star rating

Fantastic and didn't want to leave. Definitely would like to go back again and stay longer! Everyone was would be watching the bears play in the water, eat, and just enjoying the fact that they now lead a happy life thanks to those that have rescued them and look after them.(read full review)

Reviewed 11 Jan 2013 by Chloe Grable5 star rating

Everything. I loved every moment of it! As an animal lover, just being able to see so many bears interacting with each other and living freely in such a fantastic sanctuary was an experience I won't ever forget! (read full review)

Reviewed 18 Nov 2013 by Linda Gardiner4 star rating

A really unique experience! Romania is a beautiful country and it was great to be able to spend several weeks there and get to know one part of it.(read full review)

Reviewed 31 May 2013 by Lynda Beard4 star rating

Really enjoyable, if you're an animal/nature lover you'll love it. :) (read full review)

Reviewed 08 Feb 2013 by Kate Shedden4 star rating

I absolutely loved my trip to Romania. This hidden gem of Europe has it all, beautiful mountainous countryside, historical buildings and friendly locals. Escaping to the tranquil bear mountain everyday to hang out with our four legged friends (bears and the dogs) was a pleasure.(read full review)

Reviewed 25 Jan 2013 by Alexandra Comino4 star rating

I had a wonderful time...Simply hanging out with the bears everyday was an incredible experience/privilege. Watching them play and forage as happy, free bears is indescribable.(read full review)

Reviewed 07 Jan 2013 by Jacqueline Bell4 star rating

I felt the holiday was was wonderful to be able to spend time just watching the bears in a natural environment. (read full review)

Reviewed 01 Aug 2012 by Hans Berents5 star rating

Every day was even more exciting than the last, because each day meant something new to learn and love. But I must say, getting to sit in silence with the bears on a daily basis is not just a memory I will cherish forever, it was an honour. Bears. Bears. Bears. Bears. (read full review)

Reviewed 20 Apr 2012 by Wulfric Willis4 star rating

The bears! What more memorable a thing could have happened?! 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.(read full review)

Reviewed 18 Nov 2011 by Jack Dunstan4 star rating

Living in beautiful Brasov, watching the bears every day...Had a great time - 2 weeks perfect amount of time. Will miss the bears and the staff. Thanks. (read full review)

Reviewed 01 Nov 2011 by Martin Sausins4 star rating

Meeting the bears was the most exciting part...A great experience meeting and working with majestic animals in some beautiful countryside. (read full review)

Reviewed 20 Sep 2011 by Lynn Stephenson4 star rating

Getting to spend time every day with 58 bears was just incredible, to watch how they behave, how intelligent they are and how like humans in their expressions and actions.(read full review)

Reviewed 09 Oct 2010 by Cathy Bisset5 star rating

Romania is a beautiful spectacular country, so from the moment I was travelling from Bucharest to Brasov I knew that I had come to a really excellent destination. I was very impressed by the people who run the sanctuary on a daily basis particularly Laci & Emi and Mateusz our driver!(read full review)

Reviewed 09 Apr 2008 by Emily Barclay5 star rating

I had the most amazing 3 months. I love the bears, I met some wonderful, kind, funny people, I stayed in a beautiful city, I tried some great food and wine. Basically, I loved it!(read full review)
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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
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