Overseas Volunteers

At Hospices of Hope there are so many different ways that you can get involved. One way is actually working directly with our patients and their families and seeing the work we do in Romania, Moldova and Serbia first hand.

Summer Trips

 Hospices of Hope’s Summer Trips are an opportunity for our beneficiaries (child patients and children who have, or have had, a close family member cared for) to be kids, to receive respite, to share stories and find comfort in each other and ultimately have a time that offers normality in their displaced world.

We are offering the opportunity for volunteers to work with our patients and their families to give them a much needed ‘holiday’ they will never forget.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team, with a variety of ages (minimum 16), skills and interests to participate in our clubs and camps in Romania.

Hospices of Hope is a Christian based charity and therefore we incorporate a spiritual element into all of our Summer Trips. We believe at Hospice Casa Sperantei you should treat a patient as a whole – physically, mentally and spiritually.

  • Bucharest Holiday Club: Saturday 24th June to Saturday 1st July 2017
    The Bucharest Holiday Club provides a chance for our hospice children to be creative, have lots of fun and learn new things in a comfortable and safe environment. It is also gives their parents a time to relax and receive some much needed respite care. This is a residential trip for approximately 20 children with rare or life-limiting illnesses (we also invite their parents and siblings to join us to help with their medical care). Volunteers during the Club will be based at Copaceni, our children’s centre near Bucharest. The week includes sports, games, crafts, UK entertainment and evening activities (bonfire, party, film night, talent show etc).
    We are asking each UK volunteer to raise a minimum of £700* to take part in this amazing opportunity. This money will cover your:
    Air Fares (from London)
    Transfers to and from the airport in Romania
    Accommodation
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Holiday Club
    CRB Disclosure
    *We also ask volunteers to contribute craft materials for the activities during the week
  • Brasov Seaside Club: Saturday 1st July to Sunday 9th July 2017
    The Brasov Seaside Club provides a chance for our child patients and their families to experience a holiday at the Romanian Seaside. This is a unique opportunity for these families as the vast majority of our child patients are from poor and low-income families. This is a residential trip for approximately 35 children with rare or life-limiting illnesses and their families (altogether around 130 people). Volunteers during the Club will be based at the Black Sea. Activities include: spending the morning and afternoon on the beach and swimming in the sea, crafts, games, UK entertainment and evening activities (visiting the local town, party, film night, etc).
    We are asking each UK volunteer to raise a minimum of £700* to take part in this amazing opportunity. This money will cover your:
    Air Fares (from London)
    Transfers to and from the airport in Romania
    Accommodation
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Seaside Club
    CRB Disclosure
    *We also ask volunteers to contribute craft materials for the activities during the week
  • Brasov Holiday Club: Thursday 27th July to Saturday 5th August 2017
    The Brasov Holiday Club provides a chance for our children to be creative, have lots of fun and learn new things in a comfortable and safe environment. The Club is held at our hospice in Brasov and runs from Monday to Friday from 09:30 until 14:30. We are joined every day by approximately 25 children with rare or life-limiting illnesses. The week includes games, crafts, drama, UK entertainment, team work and lots more!
    We are asking each UK volunteer to raise a minimum of £550* to take part in this amazing opportunity. This money will cover your:
    Air Fares (from London)
    Transfers to and from the airport in Romania
    Accommodation
    Lunch at the Holiday Club
    CRB Disclosure
    *We also ask volunteers to contribute craft materials for the activities during the week
  • Brasov Summer Camp: Thursday 3rd to Saturday 12th August 2017 – FULLY BOOKED
    The Brasov Summer Camp provides a chance for our children to be creative, have lots of fun and learn new things in a comfortable and safe environment. This is a residential trip for approximately 24 children who have, or have had, a close family member cared for by the hospice. During the Camp volunteers will be based at Copaceni, our children’s centre near Bucharest. The week includes sports, games, crafts, UK entertainment and evening activities (bonfire, party, film night, talent show etc).
    We are asking each UK volunteer to raise a minimum of £700* to take part in this amazing opportunity. This money will cover your:
    Air Fares (from London)
    Transfers to and from the airport in Romania
    Accommodation
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Summer Camp
    CRB Disclosure
    *We also ask volunteers to contribute craft materials for the activities during the week
  • Bucharest Summer Camp: Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th August 2017 – 1 PLACE LEFT
    The Bucharest Summer Camp provides a chance for our children to be creative, have lots of fun and learn new things in a comfortable and safe environment. This is a residential trip for approximately 24 children who have, or have had, a parent or grandparent cared for by the hospice. Volunteers during the Camp will be based at Copaceni, our children’s centre near Bucharest. The week includes sports, games, crafts, UK entertainment and evening activities (bonfire, party, film night, talent show etc).
    We are asking each UK volunteer to raise a minimum of £700* to take part in this amazing opportunity. This money will cover your:
    Air Fares (from London)
    Transfers to and from the airport in Romania
    Accommodation
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Summer Camp
    CRB Disclosure
    *We also ask volunteers to contribute craft materials for the activities during the week

Individual Trips:

We also are able to organise individual trips to any of the countries we work in where you can spend time out on the field with one of our professionals seeing patients in their homes (medical professionals only), join in one of our Day Centres which we run for our Adult & Children patients, spend time in our in-patient units for Adult & Children patients (medical professionals only) or maybe you are more of a hands on person and you would like to help us with some manual work.

What our volunteers say:

It is so humbling to see so many brave and wonderful children and such caring parents.  I have had one of the best experiences of my life and feel so proud to be part of such a wonderful team.  What a sterling effort Anna puts in to make everything run so smoothly.

The Romanian team are so welcoming and Geanina never stops working!!  It was a privilege to ‘meet’ Sergiulica too.

I would love to come back again and be part of a wonderful experience.

Photo: Dawn assisting with a card trick for the children. 

It has been amazing to be part of this holiday club.  I was completely humbled and count it a privilege to have been part of these children’s lives for a week.

Lovely to get to know Romania and their lovely people better and to spend time sharing life stories together.  I have learnt a lot

Photo: Bridget with the children doing actions to a song in a morning session. 

Multumesc!

A week of playing with children what could be better? (And some work).

Copaceni is indeed a blessed place and I hope will provide many more opportunities to give families a break from difficulties and life’s challenges! Keep up the good work! It is really valuable (I speak from experience).

Photo: Andrew looking after the youngest member on the Club, David whose two siblings have cystic fibrosis. 

To put it bluntly The Seaside Club was amazing.  I love dancing with the kids in wheel chairs, it was tough but amazing to see Vlad and Dani have such fun.  It was also incredibly touching to help some of the kids swim.

All in all it was a brilliant experience for every one.

Photo: Stephen and patient Ana-Maria enjoying the party on the final night of the Club. 

This week for me has been an amazing experience.  I absolutely love how the families have come to trust us with their precious children.  It is so lovely to see all the cultures interacting, the dancing really brings everyone together and is joyous.  The people at camp  become your friends and special family,  I have loved every minute and am grateful to have had the opportunity to help.

Photo: Maggie (right) with patient Alexandru and his Mum. 

I feel so privileged to be part of such an amazing week away.  Considering that Hospice issuch a big part of my life actually being  away and experiencing a club first hand has been the most rewarding inspiring, encouraging and loving week I could have hoped for.

The work that the Hospice does and provides is so inspiring and the moment you see that hard work turn into fun, laughter and joy on the childrens’ faces it reminds you so much how valuable the  hospice is.

I’m grateful for  Anna for organising such an incredible trip and the Romanian team for making us feel so welcomed.  I will treasure this week with so many changing and inspiring memories.

God is great, God is loving, God cares

Making everyday count

Photo: Sharon and patient Dani enjoying a relay game. 

I don’t even know where to begin. I have had the most beautiful and special week, one which I am sure I will never forget. I would like to thank the Hospices of Hope team both English and Romanian for being so welcoming and letting me share such a special eye opening experience.

I am proud to have been a part of something which has been so fun and put smiles on the faces of the children. The games, the dancing and even learning Romanian I will treasure forever. To know I have made a difference for even one day of a child’s life I am truly honoured.

Thank you!

Photo: Megan sitting with patient Levi who is decorating his Holiday Club t-shirt. 

It has been an incredible experience to be part of this holiday club. It has been fantastic to give joy to the kids who are less privileged than us. The kids are amazing, so much joy, love and fun, they really loved being part of the holiday club and spending time with us.

It is so sad it has come to the end, the week went so quickly.

I want to say a huge thank you to both the English and Romanian teams for organising this, without them, the club would not be possible.

With all my love

Photo: Tim dressed up as the ‘men in black’ with volunteer Tom to entertain the children in the dramas.  

I had an amazing time at Hospice Casa Sperantei again! I absolutely love seeing all the happy faces – and how happy the children are during this week!

It means so much for me to see that this amazing charity does so much for my country! Every year I see how thankful the parents of the kids are – and this is fantastic! I go back to the U.K. already thinking of how to raise more money for HoH! Thank you for having me in the team!

Photo: Anca having fun blowing bubbles with patient Andrei who suffers from cystic fibrosis and volunteer Rosa.

The children’s centre is truly excellent and a very special place. Although what made such an excellent camp was the people; the children, leaders and volunteers. The feeling is one of a family enjoying a special holiday together where all are welcome and accepted. God has been present amongst the activities and friendships that have developed, certainly there is much love and care for all at this camp…’multsumesc’

Photo: Henry with Ciprian ready to do the course at the Adventure Park which was a day trip for the children.

Wow! What an amazing week! Any nerves disappeared when the team met at Heathrow and the week just got better and better.

What a fantastic bunch of kids and leadership team. I have loved being part of this and it has been an experience I will remember forever. To be able to give a child a great week and to see their reactions is beyond priceless. Such a worthwhile thing to do and an amazing job done by all who organise it in Romania and the U.K.

Thank you for letting me be part of it.

Photo: Joc in action during the ‘Rio’ project teams presentation on the last night at camp. 

Best camp ever what an incredible week! I was a little apprehensive beforehand as I had never done anything like this. However, meeting the kids, seeing their faces and getting to know them you soon realise it’s all about the fun!

Giving troubled children the sanctuary to let go and enjoy themselves is such an incredible feeling. I will be leaving touched and inspired by their strength and faith. I will never forget this week or the children.

Thank you Hospice! (+ Anna :))

Photo: Andy with his ‘Chinese’ team after their camp presentation on the final night. 

Coming back here was probably one of my best decisions :). Somehow it seemed even better than the last time and I will never forget the time I spent out here. Seeing the kids from last year again and meeting new ones made camp so exciting, along with our trip to the adventure park! Thank you so much Hospices of Hope for all the work you do in Romania and thanks Anna for encouraging us to sign up to come back!

Photo: Elise enjoying a water fight with the volunteers and children at the camp. 

What can I say – the second year has been even more incredible than the first, probably because we are now building real relationships with the children and each other! Anna, as always, your skills and dedication blows me away – thank you, thank you, thank you!

Photo: Tracey acting as an artist in the ‘Venice’ project presentation on the last day of camp. 

SO GLAD I CAME BACK! Was totally brilliant to see the kids again, definitely saw the benefit of continuity for them and for the team. Great week, great theme, great games, great food! Loved the team so much, so lovely and helpful. New kids were amazing, the way they opened up and became more confident was gorgeous to watch! I loved last year, but I love this year more! Thank you so much Anna, Hospice and the team – your faithful work is most certainly paying off!!

God bless you all

Photo: Beth playing with Andreea and Andrei in an elephant costume. 

If you would like to be part of one of these exciting projects or to find out more information please contact
Anna at anna@hospicesofhope.co.uk / 01959 525110