Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Location: Romania: Brasov

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks

Dates: 2020,2021,Year Round


Hodore Farm Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AR England

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Phone: 0044(0)1892 770771


Help care for over 90 bears in Eastern Europe's largest bear sanctuary located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. The bears are rehabilitated after years of misery in circuses or as tourist attractions in tiny cages. It is fantastic to see these beautiful animals living happier lives, and you will help achieve this by working alongside a very dedicated team of Romanian workers.

You have to be happy to try your hand in all tasks involved with the sanctuary's day-to-day running. The main volunteer task is food preparation, which takes quite a lot of time considering how many bears there are! See through the feeding and spend your free time at the sanctuary, watching the bears from the underground viewing tunnel, from the treetop walkway, or simply on the ground right next to the bears. Volunteers need to enjoy being outdoors, be passionate about bears, and able to do moderately physical work as part of a team. The nature of the work means that volunteers wanting to stay for 1 - 4 weeks are all equally welcome and valued.

Volunteers live in medieval Brasov and have plenty of time to explore when not at the sanctuary.


1. Working outdoors in one of the most beautiful places in Romania.
2. Being part of an exciting venture hoping to grow into a groundbreaking animal sanctuary.
3. Making great friends, from your group, the staff and from Brasov.
4. Enjoying Brasov's vibrant social scene and surrounding beauty.
5. Discovering a tucked away corner of Eastern Europe.

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Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

- Dedicated period of time on the phone or in person to discuss the project, answer any questions that you might have and find out more about you
- Placement information covering work issues and placement advice
- Donation to project and contribution to Oyster’s adopted bear, Max
- Excludes food (approx. £20 – £30 per week)
- A book about the sanctuary, its history and of course the bears

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Tourism
  • Conservation
Age Range
Our voluntary placements are open to anyone over 18 and we always welcome career breakers of any age.
This Program is open to

Asian, Worldwide, Kiwi, South African, Australian, Canadian, European, American Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Apartment/Flat

Participants Travel to Romania

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Phone/Video Interview
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 day from recepit of form to booking interview
Post Services Include
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
Year Founded