Help finish house for elderly in small country town on EuroVelo 6 cycle route, Romania




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    The elderly in these parts have miserable pensions and many when they become widows are left with little assistance. To help, we a Canadian-Romanian family are building a charity home for the aged townsfolk without families to support them. The building will also serve as a community centre, and eventually an organic farm will be started too.

    A video log of Lisa and our project was done by an Australian family of 5 who came here as Workawayers. They have their own vlog project and website called Ten Feet Travels. At the same time that the family was here, we received a group of about 25 cyclists that were brought here to help by other workawayers. They were featured in the video and were called 'The Green Riders'. You can find the video on the web (we are unable to link to it here).

    [please note that the town of 'Lisa' where the project is situated, is the 'Lisa' in Teleorman County, NOT the town of 'Lisa' hundreds of kilometres north in Brașov County, in the Făgăraș area!]

    [we are always looking for people to do long term house-sitting for the period or within the period from November to April, or if deemed suitable to take over the onsite administration/management of the project on a longer period of volunteering during the warmer months]

    > Hosting Location <

    [On EuroVelo 6 cycle route]

    Lisa is a small farming community in the far southern Romanian county (Judet) of Teleorman, close to the Bulgarian border and the Danube river. The project in Lisa is a relaxing place and is on the very edge of town where it is very quite and peaceful, apart from when the local dogs are maybe performing their last session of barking in the evening! The property where the building takes place consists of the big new building for the project, two old buildings (now practically derelict), a small orchard, and quite a large meadow with an abundance of fruit trees.

    > Fund raising / Bicycle Tourers <

    During spring through to autumn, the property serves as a camping spot or basic accommodation for bicycle tourers cycling along the Eurovelo 6 route. The cycle route goes from France to the Black Sea. This is one of (if not 'the') most popular bicycle route in Europe, and the route passes right through Lisa! In exchange for accommodating them, the guests make donations to the charity project. Some great times can be had with the tourists that come to stay!

    > People of the Project <

    The family are most of the time at home in Bucharest, a home which also serves as a bed & breakfast business that funds the project.

    Currently at the property there is an ongoing volunteer called Sam (41) from England, a very lovely and relaxed chap. He has a few years experience teaching English abroad, a lot of the time to small kids but I'm sure he could be good for you if you want to practice English or are not so good at it.

    Most likely Sam will receive you and help you at the property. Infact, he is often looking to have someone take over his house sitting / onsite management role for a little while so he can get away for a bit. So if you are comfortable enough with the idea, you can have the place to yourself, if none of the family are due to come down and do a bit of work. The only time other than this that you would be disturbed, would be when bicycle tourers come to stay.


    [Free accommodation at our Bed & Breakfast (Vila 11) in Bucharest, if needed on your travels to the project]

    - Getting a lift from Bucharest -

    Sometimes trips are made from our Bed & Breakfast in Bucharest to the project in the countryside. If someone is soon due to make a journey, you can hitch a lift and stay at our B&B until then.

    - Travelling from airport in Bucharest -

    If you're arriving in Bucharest by air, and want to save money by getting a bus rather than a taxi, you can get a 780 Express bus from the airport to the North Train Station ('Gara de Nord').

    From the North Train Station you can either come to our B&B, which is in easy walking distance from Gara de Nord, or, you can get a 96 trolley bus to the 'International Bus Station Rahova', where you can then get a bus to our project in the countryside town of Lisa.

    Getting the 780 from the airport to the North Train Station not only gets you close to our B&B, but is also a stop on the most direct route to continue on to the International Bus Station Rahova with the 96 Trolley Bus.

    If your flight arrives at a time that prevents you from getting a connecting bus to out project in the countryside, but you eventually want to get to our project on your own via bus, you can come and stay at our B&B.

    - Bus from Bucharest to the project -

    At the International Bus Station Rahova in the south west of Bucharest, get the bus to Traian, which stops in the town of Lisa where our project is. The bus leaves at 10am and 4pm on every day but Sunday. If the driver does not notice you are foreign and are going to Lisa, let him know, and he should make a point of remembering to stop at Lisa without you actively requesting it, then advise you to get off.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As the town of Lisa is a small town, everybody will be curious of you and want to know about you. There will be an opportunity to mix with the (emotional, loud talking but) friendly neighbours and towns people, and even get/buy various different food produce off them.

    You will get a glimpse of what Western Europe would have been like significantly more than 50 years ago, with many people mainly living off their land and using a horse and cart to get around.

    Many people find the houses, life style and properties here to be quite beautiful.

  • Help


    It is a relaxed environment here, and helpers are largely left to manage themselves, depending on the work. We will not be counting how many hours of work you do. A lot of the time what work you do is dictated by how hot or wet the weather is, or what needs doing at the time.

    An important thing that we need help with, are the things that need doing every day or frequently such as:

    Weeding / watering the grass.
    Seeing to the cats
    Preparing and cleaning guest rooms (vacuuming, washing bedding)
    Receiving and helping guests
    General cleaning, maintaining, tidying of the house

    Or, there just being someone else here to receive guests if they turn up unannounced

    In addition to the above , we need help with:

    House sitting during the winter months,
    Onsite managing of the project during the warmer months
    Painting walls and floors,
    Oiling and varnishing doors
    Landscaping and ground maintenence,
    General maintenence
    Loads of other big and small jobs impossible to list here!

    Later on when the property is functioning as a care home there will be a need for caregivers to the elderly occupants.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Most likely you will have a room of your own, on the top floor of the building away from the traffic of the middle floor.
    If it gets really busy, it maybe necessary to share a room with someone else, but this has never been necessary before.


    The house currently has the following facilities:

    2 x bathrooms with a toilet, sink and shower
    Temporary kitchen with gas stove and fridge with freezer
    Running hot water
    A washing machine
    Quite a big TV (with cable once the cable is connected!)
    PlayStation with Netflix
    A nice little music system for 'cranking out some beats'
    Electric piano
    Guitar (classical)

    The two bathrooms are on the middle floor. One has a bath (with shower), the other has a shower.

    The water comes from a well in the basement, and this is the water we filter to make it more than fit for drinking.

    The temporary kitchen is on the middle floor, the sink in the yet to be finished toilet next to the kitchen serves as 'the kitchen sink'


    Please note that during early spring and late autumn, it can be quite cold in Romania and the house. During winter, very cold. The house does not yet have central heating, just electric radiators and gas heaters that can be used, with the amount of current able to be used restricted because of the supply. Only parts of the house can be heated at any one time.

    > FOOD <

    As the family spends most of its time in Bucharest, you are largely left to provide food for yourself. Please feel free to adjust the work you contribute to account for what you think is fair. When possible, the family will drop off some food supplies when a visit is made to the project. Often a big sack of potatoes and onions can be provided, and maybe extra stuff.

    There is a water filter on site that can provide all the drinking and cooking water you will need.

    If you are in real need of being provided with food in order to volunteer, then it might be possible to provide food for a vegan diet, but please get in contact for more information about the current situation. If food for a vegan diet is provided, it will be from what is locally available. This would include:

    Dry Beans (for boiling, not tinned)
    Vegetables available locally at time (potatoes + onions always seem to be available)
    Herbs and spices that are sold locally


    Apples (+ all the naturally growing fruit on and around the property)

    Wheat flour
    Polenta / corn flour


    + things like: sugar, salt, pepper, cooking oil, garlic, vinegar

    If you really would like something more fancy or non vegan-vegetarian stuff and really don't have the finances for it, maybe Sam the long term volunteer can provide you with extra stuff in return for you making meals. He does like to cook, but is often so obsessed and busy with working he never gets around to cooking or eating properly, and just eats little bits here a there 'on the fly'. He could also do with using the saved time for other things as he is often very busy. Again please ask what the current situation is at the project to see if this is possible

    There is fresh cheese, milk, and eggs available from the neighbours.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The River Danube is quite close (8Km), it is possible to go swimming at the water reservoir, take the bus to Alexandria for the day or go further to visit in the country for a day or two.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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