Volunteering with bears in Romania

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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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Responsible tourism: Volunteering with bears in Romania

Environment

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.

Community

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.

Reviews of Volunteering with bears in Romania

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

Reviewed on 22 May 2016 by

This really is the most memorable holiday I've had in many years Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2016 by

The bear sanctuary is in the most beautiful of places, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2016 by

I enjoyed seeing the bears and watching them in their natural environment. I also learned a lot about them and their plight. Awesome I want to go back. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2015 by

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

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2015 by

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

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2015 by

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 on 23 Jun 2015 by

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 on 24 Sep 2014 by

Bears! Bears ! Bears!......absolutely amazing to spend time with these wonderful creatures. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2014 by

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 on 18 Sep 2014 by

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 on 20 Oct 2014 by

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 on 14 Oct 2014 by

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 on 02 Sep 2014 by

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 on 12 Nov 2013 by

Fantastic and didn't want to leave. Definitely would like to go back again and stay longer! Everyone was wonderful...top 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 on 11 Jan 2013 by

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 on 18 Nov 2013 by

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 on 31 May 2013 by

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

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2013 by

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 on 25 Jan 2013 by

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 on 07 Jan 2013 by

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

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2012 by

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 on 20 Apr 2012 by

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 on 18 Nov 2011 by

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 on 01 Nov 2011 by

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 on 20 Sep 2011 by

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 on 09 Oct 2010 by

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 on 09 Apr 2008 by

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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