Volunteer on a Drama Project in Romania
- Placement locations: Brasov
- Role: Lead acting workshops, coach drama groups and help students prepare a production for local performances
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 3 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
If you have a passion for acting and amateur dramatics, then we have the perfect project for you in Romania! You will be leading acting workshops, coaching drama groups, and helping students prepare a production for local performances. In addition to this, you will be using drama techniques as a tool for improving students’ English language skills. This gives you the opportunity to volunteer by sharing your knowledge with young artists while exploring theatrical practices abroad.
Volunteers work with secondary school drama groups founded both by Projects Abroad and other established drama groups. Drama volunteers also have the opportunity to teach English through drama at primary schools. Projects Abroad will provide you with materials to help translate your theatrical skills in the classroom and studio.
Teaching Drama with Projects Abroad
Our drama projects are based in the ancient city of Brasov, where there is a growing theatre community but a lack of theatre education. Drama volunteers are immersed in a variety of theatrical forums by helping secondary school students with directing, production and even the acting of English language plays that are put on throughout the year.
There is a great enthusiasm for English language theatre in Romania and it is an excellent way for children and young adults to improve their English language skills.
The project ranges from working in primary schools using games and songs to creative writing and conversational improvisation with older children. Volunteers can also get involved in drama workshops with university students or at our care placements. With various theatre festivals taking place throughout the year, volunteers are given the chance to coach amateur actors in script analysis, performance or direction.
You may also get the opportunity to work on an intercultural project with primary schools. You could teach children about your traditions and cultures through drama activities and in effect learn more about the Romanian culture through the school’s performances.
Volunteering Abroad on a Drama Project in Romania
This project was initially started by a small group of teaching volunteers in Brasov who recognized the benefits of using drama in the classroom to teach conversational English.
In addition to getting involved with the drama workshops and English classes, volunteers have the opportunity to meet and work with experienced English drama groups from Brasov and other cities in Romania. This may involve workshops, discussions, collaborative performances, presentations or even assisting with a current production. There is also potential to see performances by these groups and invite them to participate in our Projects Abroad Drama Show.
Once a month, volunteers have the chance to prepare, direct and perform children’s plays for orphanages. The Projects Abroad Drama Group is their only chance of knowing and seeing what theatrical culture means.
In August 2008, Projects Abroad put on the first Drama Show. This is put together to showcase the results of the volunteers work while experiencing Drama in Romania. The event is popular and brings together Projects Abroad staff, collaborators, project supervisors, friends and host families. The show involves volunteers coaching the drama groups, helping them with the writing and performing of their own plays and even organizing the lights, sound systems, and stage sets.
Projects Abroad will support you to plan and carry out the workshops and help to develop your drama skills. However, it is worth noting that without drama experience it is difficult for volunteers to work alone, so a drama background is helpful.
Volunteers on this project work flexible hours due to the changing academic schedules of the students; some workshops and performances taking place during evenings and weekends.
Our hope was that the children would learn to work together, and to hopefully start to respect each other, so when they saw each other outside of camp they would be able to get along in a way they had not previously. When I left, there had definitely been a shift in how the kids regarded each other. Read more...
This is a fun and worthwhile placement. Bring energy, creativity and an open mind and you will learn vast amounts and your help will be greatly appreciated!
You can join the Drama project in Romania for three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
Volunteers seeking a different cultural experience have the option of participating on a more unique project for one week at the end of their project. For more information, please visit the Classical & Medieval Archaeology in Romania page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.