In order to visit Romania, you must have a current passport (passport should not be within 6 months of expiring). If you are staying for less than three months, a visa is not required. For those staying longer than three months (interns or long-term trips), you must obtain a Romanian visa.
Your goal as a visitor to Anchor of Hope Ministry is to:
- Serve missionaries and national partners
- Respect the national customs and traditions
- Become an ambassador for God’s work in Romania to your home church
We currently offer opportunities for the following types of missionaries:
- Individual / Small team (4 or fewer) short term trip
- Church team (up to 12) short term trip
- Internship (individuals)
The cost for short-term trips is $70 (USD) per person per day.
To begin the application process for volunteering with our ministry, You can download the appropiate documents below and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact us.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
On this page, download the appropriate application (for church teams, individuals, or internships), complete them and then please contact us at email@example.com to begin the application process.
The short answer: anyone who wants to help us serve orphans!
The longer answer: we’re typically looking for spiritual mature people who have a specific heart desire to “Love Like Jesus” and show unwanted kids the love of Christ. Because of the nature of the work, the youngest team member should be a mature 15 year old. We leave it to church leaders / pastors to ensure that their team members are well equipped for some intense spiritual service.
Our typical team size is up to 6 people, but we can do larger groups for summer camp or other events – just let us know!
There are some physical and mental stresses that involve doing missions with us in Romania.
First off, there is a lot of walking / physical activity. If you have a mobility impairment or can’t handle kids climbing over you all day, this might not be the trip for you. But don’t quit before you start – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific concerns and we’ll get back to you.
Mentally speaking, if you are taking antidepressants or antipsychotic drugs, we do not recommend coming to Romania, especially if you have a history of depression or chronic psychological illness. Being in Romania and working with our ministry can be very emotional and can trigger a pre-existing mental illness. Note: We depend on church leadership to screen team member candidates very well to prevent physical/mental health crises oversees.
Our cost is $70 (US Dollars) per person, per day for short term / church teams. (Internships have a different price depending on length of stay)
This cost covers you from the time you get into Romania. All your meals, transportation, and accommodations are covered. It’s basically “all-inclusive”. You might still want some extra spending cash for snacks (in-between meals) and souvenirs. The exchange rate is roughly 4 Romanian Lei to 1 US Dollar. If needed, you can withdraw cash from one of the many ATMs here (check with your bank for international fees) or exchange cash. If you want to exchange cash, make sure you bring new, un-creased, un-torn bills, as they exchange places are a bit picky.
In addition, you will have to pay your airfare. Depending on where you are flying from in the United States, flights cost anywhere from $800-1500 round-trip. The prices also fluctuate depending on the season, etc. The travel time is typically around 15-20 hours, depending on layovers.
Typical attire for ministry is casual – jeans, t-shirt, shoes. In Romania, we have all 4 seasons, so be sure to pack appropriately. It’s cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
Bring comfortable walking shoes – we’re on our feet a lot, so be prepared.
An Alarm Clock (typically with your phone these days). You’ll need to be up and ready before we leave for the orphanage in the morning.
It’s a good idea to bring 1-2 scrub tops with you to wear over your clothes in the baby hospital, and also at the orphanage.
Bring a bath towel – we do have towels, etc at the team house, but if you have room, bring your own, just to be on the safe side.
Bring toilet paper – may public restrooms don’t have any. Your best bet is travel-sized tissues. They fit well in a purse / pocket.
If you have prescription medication, be sure to talk to your doctor before coming on your trip, and bring a few extra days worth, just in case travel issues come up. You want to make sure you’ve got enough!
If you bring electronics (phones, computers, tablets) make sure they can handle 220V electricity. (Most can). You will probably need to purchase adaptors to convert the plug from American to European – these are typically inexpensive (just a few dollars). Some devices may require a power converter / transformer. These are typically expense and heavy. Devices with motors (hairdryers are the biggest issue) won’t work here. The power here is at 50hz, not 60hz, so even if it works for awhile, your device will shortly cut out, and it’s possibly hazardous.
Ministry supplies. If you have room in your luggage, or just a generous heart, you can contact us and see what supplies we could use from the States and bring them over to us. Diapers are always a big one, but there’s other things we can occasionally use too. Thanks!
Our team is responsible for picking you up from the airport and getting you wherever you need to be for ministry, church, etc. We walk many places, we will use some public transportation (subway, bus, etc), and occasionally our ministry vehicle.
You will be staying at our ministry house. The ministry house is equipped with bathrooms, kitchens, and wifi.
Basically, we’ve got you covered.
We try to give each person that comes a chance to work with all our age groups (0-2, 2-5, 6-18).
While it does depend on the length of your trip, we have some typical ministries we do every week. Here’s an idea of what a week-long trip might look like:
- Monday: Free day / sight seeing
- Tuesday: am – one of our apartments / pm – baby hospital
- Wednesday: am – young kids orphanage / pm – other orphanage
- Thursday: am – apartments / pm – baby hospital
- Friday: am – taking kids out to the park / pm – girls’ Bible study
- Saturday: am – orphanage / pm – baby hospital
- Sunday: church / free time
We expect you to spend time with God every morning to prepare yourself spiritually. We typically do a daily brief in the morning and a de-brief in the evening.
You are responsible for the following:
- Getting to Romania. You should fly into the Otopeni airport (OTP) just outside Bucharest proper. (When you check in your luggage be sure it is checked in all the way through to Bucharest, Romania). You will be met at the airport and transportation provided for you where you will be staying. Please send your flight itinerary to your host missionary as soon as your flight reservations are made AND reconfirm your itinerary by email 48 hrs before your departure from the US. While traveling, keep in mind that it may not be possible for us to track changes in your itinerary (i.e. if your first flight is delayed and causes you to miss your connection); please contact us if your itinerary changes so we can be ready to meet you at the airport when you do arrive. If contacting us by phone isn’t possible, please try to email us.
- Making sure your PASSPORT is up to date and can not expire within 6 months of your trip dates. If you’re coming to be a long-term intern (more than 90 days) you will be responsible to get a volunteer visa to stay in country. We recommend using a lawyer to do this, which can cost around 1000 EUR (About $1200 US). If you are NOT a US or Euro-zone citizen, you are responsible to make sure that you can enter the country without a visa.
- Vaccinating yourself. You will need to be up to date on routine vaccinations when traveling to Romania. In addition, all visitors should have completed their Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations by the time of travel. Please visit Traveler’s Health on the Center for Disease Control’s website for current vaccination information and helpful tips while traveling.
If you are taking antidepressants or antipsychotic drugs we do not recommend coming to Romania, especially if you have a history of depression or chronic psychological illness. (as we said above in the “who should NOT come on a trip”)
If you’re taking prescription medication, be sure to bring adequate medication plus a few days of extra supply. Pack your medicines in your carry on just in case your checked bag gets lost. Make sure that one team member is responsible for bringing a small first aid kit with pain medicines, band aids, Imodium, benadryl and sinutab. Also, drink plenty of bottled water, to avoid dehydration.
There is a lot of walking on this trip. If you have physical restraints/disabilities that will prevent you from being able to walk long distances, it is not recommended that you come to Romania.
If for some reason you get sick, we will ask you to take the day off and stay in bed so that if you are contagious, other team members, or ministry personnel/children will not get sick. Another team member may stay behind with you and/or we will leave a cell phone or other means of communication to check up on you throughout the day. If you need to see a doctor, there is an American clinic with American personnel that we can take you to to be seen by a doctor.
If you have food allergies, please let us know ahead of time, so we can make sure our mealtimes will be ready for you.
The short answer is that it’s a hold-over from Communism. Ceausescu wanted to build up a labor force (and possibly army), and so outlawed all forms of birth control. As people were so poor, many of the children went into institutions. After the fall of Communism, the 50,000 or so kids in the system had more kids and put them all back into the system. It’s a cycle that we’re trying to break.
Today, there are around 60,000 orphans. Sadly only 1.3% of them are adoptable.
No (not yet). Since 2001, international adoptions in Romania have been closed. New laws continue to support this decision to keep Romanian children in the country. The reasoning behind this is two-fold: previous problems with human trafficking of babies/children on one side and Romania’s goal to take care of their own children prompted by the EU regulations. Romania became part of the EU (European Union) in 2004. This subject can be sensitive in hospitals with hospital workers. If you have further questions, please direct them to Sarah Smith or the staff working with your team.
The emergency contact information is as follows:
If there is a delay in your flight schedule please get in contact with us to let us know by calling us by phone and/or email. Note: We recommend making picture ID badges for your team members and putting our ministry contact information on the back. Email Sarah for the Anchor of Hope logo.