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Rewarding work in the eastern European country of Moldova. Care for Moldovan children in a rehabilitation centre or boarding school.
You’ll play with the little ones and teach the older ones. Mainly, though, you’ll give them much-needed love and affection. This is a demanding yet rewarding placement for those who want to care for abandoned or sick children.
Volunteers will spend their time interacting with the children, while also experiencing Moldovan life and culture in the capital of the country, Chisinau.
Please note: Due to visa difficulties, this programme is only available to UK, EU or US passport holders.
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|26 October 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|26 October 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|26 October 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|26 October 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|26 October 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|26 October 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|2 November 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|2 November 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|2 November 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|2 November 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|2 November 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|2 November 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|9 November 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|9 November 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|9 November 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|9 November 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|9 November 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|9 November 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|16 November 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|16 November 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|16 November 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|16 November 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|16 November 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|16 November 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|23 November 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|23 November 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|23 November 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|23 November 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|23 November 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|23 November 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|30 November 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|30 November 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|30 November 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|30 November 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|30 November 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|30 November 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|7 December 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|7 December 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|7 December 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|7 December 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|7 December 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|7 December 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|14 December 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|14 December 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|14 December 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|14 December 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|14 December 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|14 December 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|21 December 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|21 December 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|21 December 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|21 December 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|21 December 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|21 December 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
|28 December 2014||14 days||£579||Available||Book now|
|28 December 2014||21 days||£759||Available||Book now|
|28 December 2014||28 days||£939||Available||Book now|
|28 December 2014||42 days||£1,169||Available||Book now|
|28 December 2014||56 days||£1,429||Available||Book now|
|28 December 2014||84 days||£1,949||Available||Book now|
Moldova is situated between Romania and Ukraine. Chisinau formerly known as Kishineu, is situated on the Byk River in the central area of Moldova. Visitors to this town are always surprised at how funky the city is; the communist government hasn’t put a downer on the nightlife, which continues until the early hours. The Moldovans attitude is focused on enjoying life – at all hours of the day. Visitor’s previous conceptions of this poor country may be quite inaccurate. Chisinau is the place to be in modern Moldova.
Volunteer work takes place in a large rehabilitation centre for young children of 0-5 years.
The centre is home to about 200 children between 0 and 5 years old, some of whom are mildly or severely disabled.
The children are split into 11 groups of about 15 to 20 divided by age and disabilities. Due to the lack of staff at the centre, these children rarely have any playtime or attention other than being fed, dressed and washed. This is where the volunteer work comes in. As a volunteer you would choose a group to work with and spend time caring and playing with children on a daily basis. You may also help occasionally with the feeding and dressing of the children.
There is also the option during your stay to visit and help out at a smaller private organisation run by "Save the Children". During the summer months this will be held at a summer camp outside the capital. There are 15 to 20 children aged between 2 and 16 years old and activities will include games, painting workshops, and team building activities.
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The participants on this programme may be of a broad age range. Minimum age is 18 (17 with parental consent).
There are no minimum numbers on the trip.
Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us
You will stay in a shared volunteer house a short bus ride outside Chisinau, in a village called Gratiesti. The volunteer house is fenced and gated and has a garden. The house has full facilities and you will be expected to keep it clean and tidy.
Two meals per day are provided; breakfast and dinner.
You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.
You must have a letter from your doctor stating that you are fit and healthy, and have no communicable diseases before starting the project. Please email Real Gap a copy of this letter and also take the original copy with you.
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.
You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.
In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.
They speak mostly Romanian and also Russian. You do not need to be able to speak the languages but it might be useful to take a phrasebook or at least some key words with you (especially Romanian).
Yes it is safe, but you should also use common sense when exploring the city and with looking after your belongings. An in country coordinator will always be available for you.
Ages are mixed and vary from 17 to 70. All ages are welcome!
Numbers of volunteers vary throughout the year with the summer months being busiest. Volunteers are needed all year round and so numbers will vary from 1 to 15.
The climate is not dissimilar to the UK with the summers generally being hotter.
The centre gets through nappies (diapers) like nobody's business. But don't take them with you - if you want to contribute why not buy some nappies whilst you're in Moldova?
You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.
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Life changing experience, met amazing people and friends.
The orphanage, meeting amazing people, the scenery in modova
I can not now moan or groan about my life style,as i am extremly rich, in my own country.
Going out to the villiges and having a day out with the children
tYes, beware when you have your first day at the orphange do not be disconcerted, the first day is hard, howevr prevail and the remaining days will be great.
An Amazing, heartbreaking, challenging and highly rewarding unforgettable experience!
Definitely all the time spent with the Children at the orphanage was the best time i had whilst away. The children were amazing, the staff at the orphanage made me feel welcome and tried to communicate as best they could. The house i stayed in was really nice and everything i needed was provided. I also loved exploring the country, visiting the monasteries and relaxing in the parks.
1) Take a rucksack with a blanket to sit on, wet wipes to clean the children if the get messy and different toys to play with. Take these with you each day rather than leaving them at the orphanage 2) Learn some basic words/phrases to use with the children i found these 10 most useful; "'Here', 'there', 'this', 'yes', 'no', 'cuddle', 'don't do that' 'finished', 'outside', 'kiss' 3) Take a spare pair of shoes/flipflops to wear in the Orphanage
Amazing experience,met some great people and opened my eyes to another way of life!
Working with the children and seeing their smiles everyday, it was also great working with the other volunteers and experiencing it all together.
Go in with an open mind, try and experience the culture of the country as it will help you understand why they do certain things,smile a lot!
Eye opener, Great experience, Made lifelong friends.
To see the genuine appreciation of the kids in the orphanage, as you could clearly see they enjoyed having you there and playing with you as much as possible.
Learn some of the language, either Romanian or Russian. Don't hold back, immerse yourself in the culture! Be open minded to new things!
Challenging experience but kids made it unique, special and unforgettable.
Working with the children in the orphanage was a really unique and special experience. The trip was quite challenging but this made it all worthwhile. Visiting families in a rural village that my hostess helps through a welfare project. The confidence boost from taking the plunge and going for it with this trip - it was a big personal challenge for me and I'm 100% glad I did it.
I had read that English is not widely spoken but had not really expected it to be so limited. Very few people I met spoke any English at all and this is quite an isolating experience - a few words from a phrasebook isn't really enough so it's just worth being aware of this before you go. Secondly, while busy during the day, there isn't much to do in the evening and, particularly if there are no other volunteers, there will be quite a lot of "downtime" - take things to do - books, music or whatever you prefer. You will need to get a CRB check done and a letter from your Doctor to say you don't have any communicable diseases. If you're booking last minute you need to make sure you have time to get this arranged before you go. (a copy of a valid CRB from elsewhere was accepted for me).
I enjoyed every minute of this trip, the problem I had was that it wasnt long enough! every day was a highlight-it was hard at times and hearbreaking seeing the children with special needs and babies/ toddlers lying in the cots with nothing but I felt I made a difference to the childrens lives during my 2 week stay,brought some fun, laughter, stimulation,play and cuddles!
The country was amazing! The people were friendly! The orphanage was incredible! I had such a good time!
Totally Unforgettable!! Learnt so much!! Was sad to say goodbye!!
I learnt a lot from my trip to Moldova, it was a country I knew nothing about and a country I had never even heard of before organising my trip. The orphanage staff in my group were extremely friendly and helpful and my host made me feel welcome and at home throughout my stay! Working so closely with the children was the best experience, it brings so personal emotions that are sometimes too difficult to explain in simple terms to others. I enjoyed the lifestyle as well as the experiences whilst there and I would definitely consider going back to help further! One of the biggest highlights was shopping for shoes for the children and receiving all of the donations eventually that I had sent before my trip.
Be prepared for simple living, possibly sharing a bed depending on where you are staying. Be open minded to a completely different lifestyle, just go with the flow and enjoy learning about somewhere so different from home. Remember that even if you think that a cuddle or smile towards these children isn't alot or seems like your wasting your time the joy they feel within from that small bit of TLC is more than they may have for the rest of the day or even the week. Some children take a little while to get used to you but even if they smile for just half a minute, it brightens up there day no end.
great fun, awesome children, nice city
Working in the orphanage.
Take blankets for the children to play on. Do be VERY patient Try to learn as much of the language before you go as possible because in country there is no encorougement to learn the language
Best decision I have ever made, fantastic!
Spending time with the children at the orphanage
1 week is not long enough! Try to learn some basic Romanian, the carers at the orphanage don't tend to speak English. Give as much time to the children as possible-after all, that's what you're there for.
Fell in love with the kids, they were amazing
Just being with the kids
prepare for very hot weather in the summer bring a rug to sit on with the kids bring a big smile
Amazing, totally unforgettable experience, made loads of new friends.
The highlight was just being with the children, i fell in love with them all... they were all so sweet and caring, and loved playing around!
Take bug spray and cream, i got quite a few bites! Take blankets for the orphanage as they are good to use to sit out on. Take plenty of pictures :)
Children and people were amazing.The trip was so rewarding.
Meeting the children and bonding with them and meeting amazing people who were also doing the trip.
Reasearch about where your going first and try and not have big expectations.And just make the most of your trip and have a great time :).
a fantastic experience which opened my eyes and my heart.
Being with kids in the orphanage was inspiring. Also got the chance to visit some poor families in the villages which was a humbling experience. Got to see a lot of the country to.
Keep a journal learn the basics of the language Keep an open mind