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Improve English-speaking Abilities

Causeni, Moldova show on map

Provide free English language classes to the residents of Causeni and improve the future prospects of some of Moldova’s most impoverished people.

The program

This fantastic project was created with the goal of helping to improve the English-speaking abilities of the people of Moldova. As is common in many of the world’s poorer communities, an ability to speak English unlocks a new world of possibilities – in education and in job opportunities, as well as opening themselves up to learning more about the world. Volunteers on this highly inclusive program have the opportunity to get first-hand experience in teaching English classes in a Community Language Centre, located in the picturesque town of Causeni, roughly eighty kilometers from Moldova’s bustling capital city of Chisinau. At the Language Center, which has been established by Love Volunteer’s local partner, volunteers will meet more than one hundred and fifty motivated students of different ages, from seven right through to fifty-five! Volunteers will have the ability to change lives for the better in Moldova, giving participants additional options in life.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free English language classes to the residents of Causeni
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Moldova’s most impoverished people, and help them to break the poverty cycle,
  • Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills,
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. Most students in Moldova will have commenced learning English at about ten years old, so the role of the volunteer is mainly to teach conversational English. Volunteers all receive assistance and guidance from the local teachers, especially regarding lesson preparation and content. Whilst there are typically five to fifteen students in a class, volunteers usually have some say in what age group they teach, but should maintain a flexible outlook. Moldovan students have rarely had the opportunity to travel and are avid to learn about life in the volunteer’s home country, making the newcomer a popular addition to the teaching team!  Volunteers will find that teaching English is an extremely important and rewarding role to play in this developing nation. The students will gain so much from being taught English from native speakers and will take these skills to advance their lives for the better.

Volunteers on this project provide a valid and effective means of English language tuition. They will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Teach English to classes of 5 - 15 students (per class)
  • Design games to teach English, especially for the children
  • Network with local residents and local project staff

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

8:00am Breakfast with the host family

9:30am Walk/bus to your project site

10:00am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

11:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

6:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

6:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

6:30pm Walk or bus back home for dinner with the host family

Evenings Free time to relax or go out and explore the sights and sounds of Moldova!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Our volunteer projects in Moldova are centered in and around the city of Causeni (pronounced “Cowshani”) which has a population of around twenty thousand people. It is 80 kilometres South-East of the capital, Chisinau. Its name translates to “cooking pot”, so-called because it nestles in the valley between several hills.

Causeni is divided into four main districts: Central, Old-Causeni, Micro and Plani. The river Botna flows through the center of the town and although it is now a very small river, it was once sizable and so it is bordered by a large flood plain. 

There are numerous small shops, including some very modest supermarkets. A daily market runs in the center from early morning and closing about 13.00.  There are various bars, billiard halls and discos. Amenities include cyber-cafes, a pharmacy, hospital, many banks, the “house of culture” and a neglected park.

The 17th century Assumption of Our Lady Church is the oldest surviving building in the town. It is set more than 3 feet (0.91 m) below ground level and preserves the only medieval fresco in the Republic of Moldova. The beautiful painted frescoes on the inside walls feature religious scenes and iconography in vibrant reds, gold, and blues.

Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School/University level
Required Documents
Emergency contact and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 - 18:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

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  • Dedicated pre-departure support
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  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
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  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Chisinau International Airport

Upon your arrival in Moldova, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. Here you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Chisinau International Airport, Chisinau, Moldova (Code: KIV)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this program are accommodated with trusted local host families who are experienced at welcoming international volunteers into their homes and sharing their hospitality and expertise. Volunteers have their own private room in the house.

All the necessary amenities are available in the host family homes including hot showers, western style bathrooms, bed-linen, laundry facilities, use of the kitchen to store and prepare snacks and Wi-Fi (which is also available at the offices of the local team).

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner are provided each day by the host family and lunch can be purchased near to the program site with varied and in-expensive options available. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to sample the local Moldovian fare. Be sure to try Mititei, delicious rolls of grilled meat and spices, traditionally served with peppers and onions. You are sure to encounter Mămăligă, which is similar to polenta or couscous and often used a side dish or served with sour cream or the local cheese, Brinza.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Chisinau International Airport (KIV) in Chisinau. We assist you to find cheap flights to Moldova.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Moldova provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Moldova you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Moldova.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,058.00
5 weeks
$1,238.00
6 weeks
$1,345.00
8 weeks
$1,538.00
10 weeks
$2,058.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,218.00
Average fees
$225.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Causeni/Moldova between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Moldova.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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