Volunteer with bears in Romania

Project name:

Oyster Worldwide (1)

Project purpose:

Volunteering in a spectacular sanctuary overlooking Brasov, help to care for over 100 bears which have been rescued from captivity and exploitation. Helping with feeding and maintenance, volunteers are a vital part of the team, allowing these beautiful creatures to enjoy their freedom and live naturally.

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation
  • animal conservation

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices


Shared apartment in Brasov

When does the project run?

Throughout the year, except over Christmas and New Year.


accommodation included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toilet (western), wifi

Based in Brasov, volunteers share the apartment. While some choose to cook, others choose the similarly cheap option of eating out each evening at the numerous restaurants on your doorstep. At times, we may accommodate some volunteers in local hotels. Expect to share a room with at least one other volunteer. The apartment has two bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, two toilets and a shower.

Food is not included – volunteers either cook in the flat or enjoy some of the many amazing restaurants located on your doorstep.

How long can I stay?

1-4 weeks.


  • General level of fitness is required as the sanctuary is hilly.
  • Participants must be 17+.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Minimum duration of 1 week ($1388), but also available for two weeks ($1665), three weeks ($1943) or four weeks ($2220).

Before starting work, wander through the sanctuary and watch the bears playing in their pools and lounging in the sun to warm up. Once arrived at the central building, start on the daily tasks, which vary depending on the needs of the bears while you are there.

Daily tasks include food prep, feeding, conservation work and caring for the other sanctuary animals.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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