At a glance
- Travel back in time to the Roman Empire and work with professional archaeologists in Romania.
- Dig up the past at real, understaffed excavation sites alongside a group of students your age that you live and travel with.
- Get hands-on with history as you add practical and unique work experience to your CV, and help Romania protect their cultural heritage.
Fixed dates during school holidaysSee Dates
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What will I do?
You’ll work under supervision at excavation sites with archaeologists. You’ll get involved with tasks like these:
- Help uncover and document artefacts at one of Romania’s excavation and restoration sites
- Visit various archaeological sites and museums with professional archaeologist and guides
- Assist with the analysis of findings
- Explore a nearby village amongst the mountains in rural Transylvania with fellow volunteers and local staff
Archaeology volunteer work in Romania will focus on the following areas:
Uncover and document artefacts
The archaeological field work you do may include cleaning walls at the dig site, documenting artefacts, and taking pictures of them. You’ll do these activities under the supervision of experienced archaeologists. Remember that these excavations are outdoors, and you need to be prepared to do physical labour.
Visit archaeological sites and museums
Apart from lending a much-needed hand on understaffed archaeological sites, this is also an opportunity for you to learn.
You will spend part of your time visiting other archaeological sites and museums. This is a great way to discover interesting facts about Romania’s history and learn more about this ancient culture. If you have questions about what you see, ask! We want to make sure you learn as much as possible.
Assist with the analysis of findings
One of the skills you will learn while working alongside professional archaeologists is methods of analysing findings.
This work might include:
- Restoring inventory
- Charting artefacts
You’ll be able to put these new skills into practice yourself under the guidance of your Projects Abroad supervisor.
Explore nearby villages
Over the weekend, our staff will take you and the other volunteers on a trip to explore Alba Iulia Citadel and villages in the mountains of rural Transylvania.
This will be a great opportunity to learn more about present Romanian culture, which will add to your knowledge about the country’s history.
Where will you be working?
Alba Iulia is the site of the ancient Apulum, founded by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, and destroyed by the Tatars in 1241. Since the Middle Ages the city has been known as an eventful town, with an important role in the social and political life of Transylvania. From a tourist point of view, the city holds pride of place. There are many places of interest, but the citadel is undoubtedly the most important one.
You will be working on prehistoric sites dating back to the neolithic and eneolithic ages, as well as sites dating back to the Roman era. All of these are located in the vicinity of Alba Iulia.
Your accommodation will most likely be with a host family, but for more remote sites you may stay in a shared volunteer house. This will be confirmed closer to the time once the site is finalised.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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