Volunteer with bears in Romania

with Oyster Worldwide

newspaper Land Conservation
location Europe
start date Fridays throughout the year for 1 – 4 weeks
salary Volunteer project
accommodation includedAccommodation included
food and mealsFood is not included – volunteers either cook in the flat or enjoy some of the many amazing restaurants located on your doorstep
training providedTraining provided

Oyster Worldwide offer a very personal service with detailed preparation and support before, during and when you return from travel. Pre-departure services include a phone or skype interview and full briefing on what to expect. We advise on safety, cultural issues, flights, what to take, currency and what life will be like in your chosen destination. Oyster Worldwide pride themselves on selecting projects that we believe are genuinely worthwhile. Every project has been visited by a member of the Oyster team and vetted for excellence.

Volunteer with bears in Romania

gap year project highlights Highlights

The first time you see a bear at the sanctuary – and then another, and another…. and another!
Taking in Transylvania’s highlights – prepare for Dracula!
Meeting the amazing locals and learning their fascinating stories
Living minutes from Brasov’s main square – one of the prettiest places you could encounter in Eastern Europe

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

Starting with a walk through the sanctuary, volunteers can spot bears warming up in the early morning sun, taking a dip in one of the pools or lounging in a tree. Volunteers work as a team to prep the food, assist with feeding, observe the bears and assist with the other sanctuary animals when required. The bears at this sanctuary have been rescued from poor conditions, so volunteering here is a wonderful opportunity to see recovered bears enjoying their safe enclosures. They now live in natural enclosures and are able to enjoy their safety. Each enclosure has a pool, which you may be lucky enough to see bears playing in as they tussle over a stick or splashing water. You will head home knowing you have helped this amazing sanctuary and supporting the efforts of the team to rescue bears from circuses, zoos and backyard cages.

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

Participants must be aged 17+ and have a good level of fitness, as the sanctuary is quite hilly.

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

Support from the Oyster office, in-country support, financial protection (ATOL or IPP), orientation on arrival, accommodation and advice on visa requirements.


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