Great escape gap year trip to Romania. Join us for the trip of a lifetime!

Wondering how to spend the summer of 2019? Why not volunteer for Hospices of Hope Summer Camps? Our trips have been recently featured in The Times Magazine “Great Escape: 20 top gap-year trips”.

Every summer Hospices of Hope run five summer trips for children who are patients in our Brasov and Bucharest hospices or have recently suffered bereavement as well as children with close family members in one of the two hospices. Volunteers are much needed to help us offer beautiful experiences and respite to youngsters who have perhaps never had a holiday in their lives.

The trips

These children’s lives are challenging and our summer trips give them a chance to relax and enjoy themselves, so your holiday will bring a world of difference in someone’s life. From supervising bonfires to leading pizza outings or getting involved in the games, the week-long trips are to Romanian resorts or camps welcomes all volunteers of minimum 16 years old of all skills and interests.

In order to make sure you, as well as all the children we support, will truly have a trip of a lifetime, here are some of the things we include in our volunteering packs:

• Support from the Hospices of Hope team
• Welcome dinner and breakfast on arrival in Romania
• A training day giving you the chance to meet your team and discuss your trip
• A fundraising pack filled with original ideas to help you raise your money
• A volunteer Reunion Day (date to be agreed after the trip)
• An experienced leader who has lived and worked in Romania and has detailed knowledge of our work

Corporate responsibility

The Hospices of Hope summer trips would also be ideal for companies looking to team build through a corporate social responsibility project. If you think this would work for your company please get in touch with our team by emailing

Individual Trips

There may be opportunities from time to time for individuals or groups to volunteer to help in one of the countries where we work. This might be of interest to medical professionals or a team willing to carry out some manual work.
Individual trips would be on a bespoke basis so please contact to discuss possible options, or fill out an application form.

Insight Trips

Each year we run Insight Trips to show our supporters some of our work. If you would be interested in seeing our work first-hand but do not wish to volunteer this is a good way of doing this. Details of If you want to know more or register your interest please contact us.

For more details on volunteering for summer 2019, please email
Volunteer on one of our five summer trips and help us give children in Romania a much needed holiday.
A disclosure and barring application is required.
Please note the dates of these trips may vary as we may increase or decrease the length of a trip by a day because of flight costs/timetables. If the exact dates are important to you please contact us to discuss this before booking your place.

About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.

Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond.  Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.

One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.

At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.

Find out more about our work.


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