Maramures – Romania

Welcoming structures :

Catholic primary school “EP. DR. Alexandru Rusu” :

Alexandru Rusu Primary School is a private Catholic school providing Christian education. Alexandru Rusu was Greek Catholic bishop of Baia Mare, symbol of resistance against Causescu communism. For children whose families can not afford to pay registration fees, the school finds solutions, including through private donations. One of the objectives pursued by the school is to have a social mix in the school and to educate the children so that they are independent, critical, and self-confident. and that they also acquire a civic sense.

The school also pursues an objective of giving access to the rest of the city for children who have difficulties . Thus, the children of the neighborhood come during the afternoons into the school to participate in extra curricular activities. Similarly, at the end of the school year and until the end of July, local children participate in educational, creative or recreational activities.

Meals : they can be taken for free at the school canteen every day from Monday to Friday. They can also be taken in the canteen of the university or (depending on housing) prepared oneself. In general, food is very cheap in Romania. A meal in the restaurant costs between 5 and 8 euros in general.

Accommodation : When students register early enough, they can be accommodated at the boarding school of the University of Baia Mare. They have a bedroom with two beds, a bathroom with shower. On each floor there is a kitchen where students can prepare their meals, especially in the evenings and weekends. The distance between the accommodation (university internship) and the school where the mission takes place is only 150 meters.

Photographs of the school : 

MONASTERY OF THE SISTERS OF SAINT BASIL

The monastery is located 1.5km from the center of Baia Mare. It is possible to go there on foot.

Meals : Lunch is offered Monday to Friday

Accommodation : Volunteers are accommodated free of charge in the chalets, near the monastery.

MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF SACALASENI

Sacalaseni is a small village of 3000 inhabitants, located 15 km south of Baia Mare

Meals : Lunch is offered Monday to Friday

Accommodation : Free accommodation, within the village.

 

The Missions :

The missions are possible in the 3 structures. Depending on your wishes and skills, you can combine volunteer periods in these different institutions.

  • In addition, you can also get involved in social activities with addicted people (alcohol, drugs …) and migrants. It is then a question of putting in place the social link, such as the distribution of meals, or the accompaniment to the gestures of everyday life. This type of mission can be challenging. It requires specific preparation by the technical supervisors of social structures, and can be combined with more traditional missions to children.
  • For medical students, it is possible to do internships in hospitals, for health inspections in particular.
  • For students in psychology or social sciences or economics and management, it is possible to carry out internships in town halls or communities of municipalities on social or administrative activities

All these aspects are to be defined with your Romanian correspondent which we will communicate to you with the coordinates as of your inscription.

 

CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL “EP. DR. ALEXANDRU RUSU »

Where : City of Baia Mare

When : Missions are possible all year, except in August

Maximum number of volunteers : no maximum

Minimum number of volunteers : no minimum

Minimum time between the final registration and the beginning of the mission : 1 month

Minimum duration of the mission : one week

Maximum duration of the mission : No maximum

Possible types of activities :

  • Supervision of children: during the school year, support for teachers during class and for extracurricular activities and language support. Summer, volunteering on educational activities, various sites, camps and animations of children and young people, art workshops, painting, theater, etc.
  • Possible collaboration with the Association of Mountain Peak Scouts of Romania for twinned camps, for activities in the mountains, to perform volunteer services together.

Special informations :

  • Speaking English and / or German is a plus to provide school support for children.
  • Adaptation of the program according to the wishes and abilities of the volunteers.
  • Missions open to minors accompanied by an adult (one adult per 10 minors). The accompanist remains responsible for young minors.
  • The school year ends mid-June but missions are possible until the end of July because there are educational, sports, creative or recreational activities organized for the children of the school and the neighborhood.
  • For assignments of several weeks, the first 2-3 days are devoted to an introduction to the Romanian culture and the mission environment (expected, context, objectives pursued, etc.)
  • For long missions, it is possible to take courses in Romanian.

 

MONASTERY OF THE SISTERS OF SAINT BASIL

Where : Baia Mare town (on a hill 1 km from the city center)

When : Missions are possible from April to October

Maximum number of volunteers : no maximum

Minimum number of volunteers : no minimum

Minimum time between the final registration  and the beginning of the mission : 1 month

Minimum duration of the mission : one week

Maximum duration of the mission : no maximum

Possible types of activities : volunteering on gardening activities, painting and restoration of small cottages, animation of children and youth during the summer.

Special informations : Missions open to minors accompanied by an adult (one adult per 10 minors). The accompanist remains responsible for young minors.

 

MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF SACALASENI

Where : Region of Maramures, 15 km from Baia Mare

When : All year, except from August 1 to 15 (to be validated each year with the mayor)

Maximum number of volunteers : 5 during the school year, and up to 10 during the summer period

Minimum number of volunteers : none

Minimum time between the final registration  and the beginning of the mission : 1 month

Minimum duration of the mission : 10 days

Maximum duration of the mission : no maximum duration

Possible types of activities : social service (breaking the isolation of the elderly or disabled and isolated), education (tutoring and participation in extracurricular activities, organization of outings, fun and educational activities for children in the municipality), possible courses in the services of the town hall or in local companies (if you want to combine an experience in the social and a vocational course)

Special informations :

  • The town hall has a bus and it is possible to organize bus trips with the children.
  • Speaking English and / or German is a plus to provide school support for children.
  • Adaptation of the program according to the wishes and abilities of the volunteers.
  • Missions open to minors accompanied by an adult (one adult per 10 minors). The accompanist remains responsible for young minors.
  • The school year ends mid-June but missions are possible until the end of July because there are educational, sports, creative or recreational activities organized for the children of the school and the village.

 

The Area :

Beautiful aerial view over traditional architecture in Baia Mare city, fortified town of Transylvania

Baia Mare is a city of 140 000 inhabitants, located in the center of the hills and the middle mountains, chief town of the region of Maramures. It is located in the north-west of the country, very close to Ukraine in the north and Hungary in the west. The various mountain ranges, the highest of which rise up to 2300 meters, are all part of the Eastern Carpathians. There are ski slopes in the area at 18, 30 and 150 km from Baia Mare. There are also natural lakes and beautiful landscapes for hiking in the mountains. The area is also known for the World Heritage-listed wooden churches and the merry graveyard of Sapanta.

 

Location :

The Baïa Mare airport is under construction. It will soon be able to host international flights. For now, the easiest way is to take a flight to the city of Cluj, which is about 150 km from Baia Mare. Then take a taxi to the bus station Fany, which is Giordano Bruno street (about 25 minutes by taxi, for an average cost of 25 lei, or € 6).

From there, we take the bus to Baia Mare, 3 hours drive and a price around 35 lei per person, or 8 €.

Another possibility is to fly from France to Budapest, Hungary. The city is 380 km from Baia Mare. You have to take a direct minibus to Baia Mare and have a 5 hour drive.