English Teaching Volunteering Projects in Romania
- Placement locations: Brasov
- Types of schools: Secondary
- Age of students: 12 - 18
- Class sizes: Approx. 30
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, French)
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, Sports, French, German
- Accommodation: Host families
- 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 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
No Prior Teaching Experience Required
Volunteering as an English teacher is a fantastic way to experience Romania and learn about its culture, whilst also contributing to its people's future prosperity. You can volunteer as part of a gap year, on a career break or during an extended holiday. We do not require that you undertake TEFL training and you don’t need to have had any previous teaching experience. All we require is strong English-speaking skills and a real commitment to making the most of this wonderful opportunity.
Some Background on Romania
Romania was one of the first countries that Projects Abroad sent volunteers to back in 1992. Following the revolution in 1989 and the subsequent opening up of the country to the West, the importance of learning English was soon established.
Today, with Romania in the European Union, speaking English is the key to obtaining the best jobs. The problem for the majority of students is that many of the most qualified English teachers are tempted by the higher wages they can earn outside of the classroom. This is where voluntary English teaching can help.
Teaching Placements in Romania
Based in the ancient city of Brasov, you'll work alongside local English teachers, building the students' confidence in spoken English. Most volunteers begin as a teaching assistant but there are opportunities to take your own class once both you and your students start to grow in confidence. There are usually about thirty students in a class and we work mainly with children aged between 12 and 18, but there is sometimes the chance to work with younger students. Please let us know when you apply if this is your preference.
Hours are varied, but you will work from Monday to Friday with your weekends free. There are always other Projects Abroad volunteers around and plenty to see within Brasov and the Transylvania region in your spare time. You can also plan some extra travel time at the end of your placement if you have the opportunity.
If you volunteer during the summer holiday for Romanian schools (mid-June to mid-September), we'll arrange opportunities to teach at alternative locations, such as summer schools and foster homes.
Teaching Resources and Lesson Planning
You can provide effective, practical help with spoken English to a large number of enthusiastic pupils. We will provide you with a teaching pack, containing ideas for classes and advice on preparing a lesson plan. Being prepared in this way will help to give you confidence and ensure that you and your students get the most out of the experience. By having a record of your lessons and activities we hope that future volunteers will also benefit from your best ideas.
You can utilise your ideas and interests to help bring any subject matter alive and we recommend that you bring further resources from home to help with your lessons, such as postcards, photos, magazines, badges etc. It is always useful to have authentic material that the students can use to further understand the English language and culture.
Participate in Teaching Workshops
The Projects Abroad team in Romania organise regular workshops for our Teaching volunteers. The workshops will provide you with a valuable insight into the education system in Romania, the background of the school where you’re working, and advice and suggestions regarding activities to carry out at your Teaching placement. One of the first workshops you’ll attend will also give an overview of Romania’s culture and history.
Opportunity to Teach French and German
It is also possible to teach French and German in Romania, please let us know if you're interested in this option when you apply.
Participate in Extracurricular Activities
If you have any specialised skills or interests such as sports and art, let us know when you apply. Our local Romanian staff can then match you to the schools that would be best suited for you. If you are interested in drama, you may like to consider our dedicated Drama project in Romania.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Romania Teaching Management Plan.