Youth Development

Causeni, Moldova

About The Project

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.

Requirements

18yo+

Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to assist in the development of Moldova's next generation. 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. All applicants must of course display a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!

Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:

  • Emergency contact
  • Police check

Project Location

Moldova, Causeni

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.

Start Dates & Duration

Minimum 2 weeks

This project is available until May 2018 and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.

Arrival & Orientation

Airport Pickup Included

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 & Meals

Host Family / Meals Included

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). 

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. 

Fees

From USD 629

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can participate on this project for a period of 2 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Program Fees (USD) N/A 629 779 1009 N/A 1359 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weeks Program Fees (USD)
1 N/A
2 629
3 779
4 1009
5 N/A
6 1359
7 N/A
8 N/A
9 N/A
10 N/A
11 N/A
12 N/A
plus Registration Fee USD 299 for New LV Members USD 149 for LV Alumni

What is Included

  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Access to the LV Dashboard
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation and safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food/Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Program supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!

What is not Included

  • Flights, Visas & Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory) 
  • Additional food/snack items
  • Spending money 
  • Local transport
  • Excursions
  • Return airport transfer