Love Volunteers

Youth Development Supporter

Causeni, Moldova show on map
Develop youth’s life skills, self-confidence, leadership skills and promote a socially inclusive society. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

This important youth development program puts volunteers right in the heart of an inspirational initiative that truly makes a difference to the lives of others. It involves 20 students aged 11 - 14 from Causeni district (both urban and rural areas) and will provide them with skills in communication and relationship building. Not only will they be encountering new experiences to form their life path, but they will also be building self confidence and developing leadership skills to become responsible role models within this great community. This program will provide a real-world learning opportunity for students to address global issues, to connect and influence their world in powerful and meaningful ways through digital story telling. The digital story telling and other digital options will provide students with relevant 21st century learning opportunities while creatively engaging with technology.

This program runs through until May 2018.

Goals of this Project:

  • Develop youth’s life skills, self-confidence, leadership skills and promote a socially inclusive society
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Moldova’s most impoverished people
  • Create a sense of hope and a sense of belonging for marginalized youth
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Kids and young people in Moldova are more vulnerable than their peers in European countries. They need support from the government, access to education and extra curriculum activities to get relevant learning opportunities and skills that they can use through out their lives. Volunteers will see first-hand the difference they can make by mentoring and supporting youth on this program and engaging them with technology. While youth will thrive under the guidance of the volunteers and program staff, volunteers themselves will gain an amazing opportunity to work on a valid youth program, which promises to be a hugely rewarding experience.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • To assist in the running of the 'Building a New Future' program which has 20 young people aged 11-14.
  • To communicate with the youth coordinator and other volunteers about program activities.
  • To supervise young people and ensure general health and safety and rules of conduct.
  • To facilitate and participate in games, activities and discussions with young people
  • To assist with necessary program set-up and clean-up.
  • To undertake required record keeping procedures including reporting verbally to the supervisor and completing any relevant program forms.

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last around 4 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

9:00am Free time to relax or go out and explore the sights and sounds of Moldova!

1:30pm Walk to project site

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

5:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

5:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

5:30pm Walk home for dinner with the host family

Evenings

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
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
While this highly rewarding project does not require participants to have a background in the field of childcare, as there are many ways you can assist, volunteers with suitable computer skills or experience including 'Movie Maker' are highly sought after. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • 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
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,067
3 weeks
$ 1,240
4 weeks
$ 1,504
6 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,907
Average fees
$ 426 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Causeni/Moldova between 2 weeks and 6 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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