Volunteer Drama Project in Romania
- Placement locations: Brasov
- Role: You will be leading acting workshops, coaching drama groups and helping students prepare a production for local performances
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 3 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
If you have a passion for acting and amateur dramatics then we have the perfect project for you in Romania. You will be leading acting workshops, coaching drama groups and helping students prepare a production for local performances, using drama techniques as a tool for improving students’ English language skills. Volunteer by sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with young artists while exploring theatrical practices abroad.
Volunteers work with secondary school drama groups founded by Projects Abroad and other long established and experienced drama groups. Drama volunteers also have the opportunity to teach English through drama at primary schools. Projects Abroad will provide you with materials and guidance to help translate your theatrical skills into the classroom and studio.
Teaching Drama with Projects Abroad
Our Drama projects are based in the ancient city of Brasov, where there is a growing theatre community but a lack of theatre education. Drama volunteers are immersed in a variety of theatrical forums and they help the secondary school students with the directing, production and even the acting of English language plays that are put on throughout the year.
There is a great enthusiasm for English language theatre in Romania and it is an excellent way for children and young adults to improve their English language skills.
The project ranges from working in primary schools using games and songs, to creative writing and conversational improvisation with the older children. Volunteers can also be involved in drama workshops with university students. Teaching Drama in care placements is also possible. With various theatre festivals taking place throughout the year, volunteers are given the chance to coach young, amateur actors in script analysis, performance or direction.
You may also get the opportunity to work on an intercultural project with primary schools in order to teach children about your traditions and cultures through drama activities and to learn more about the Romanian culture through the school’s performances.
Volunteering Abroad on a Drama Project in Romania
This project was initially started by a small group of teaching volunteers in Brasov who recognised the benefits of using drama in the classroom to teach conversational English.
As well as getting involved with the drama workshops and English classes in schools and universities, volunteers have the opportunity to meet and work with experienced English drama groups from Brasov and also other cities in Romania. This may involve workshops, discussions, collaborative performances, presentations or even assisting with a current production. There is also potential to see performances by these groups and invite them to participate in our Projects Abroad Drama Show.
Once a month, volunteers have the chance to prepare, direct and perform children’s plays for care centres. The Projects Abroad Drama Group is their only chance of knowing and seeing what theatrical culture means.
In August 2008 Projects Abroad put on the first Drama Show, this is put together to showcase the results of the volunteers work while experiencing Drama in Romania. This event is popular and brings together Projects Abroad staff, collaborators, project supervisors, friends and host families. The show involves volunteers coaching the drama groups, helping them with the writing and performing of their own plays and even organising the lights, sound systems and stage sets.
Projects Abroad will support you to plan and carry out the workshops, and help to develop your drama skills, however, it is worth noting that without drama experience it is difficult for volunteers to work alone, so a drama background would be helpful.
Volunteers on this project work flexible hours due to the changing academic schedules of the students, with some workshops and performances taking place during evenings and weekends.
This is a fun and worthwhile placement. Bring energy, creativity and an open mind; you will learn vast amounts and your help will be greatly appreciated!