1. Read the Agreement for Volunteering 2017
2. Download the Agreement for Volunteering 2017
3. Fill out the Volunteer Application Form
4. Sign the Agreement and email it to us
5. Wait for the admission notification (you will receive an
answer in four working days
-by e-mail, so make sure you provide a valid e-mail address)
Archaeological Summer School 2016 is a project developed by the Association for Promoting Transylvanian Archaeological Heritage, in collaboration with different institutions (The Institute of Archaeology and Art History – Cluj Napoca, Cris County Musum - Oradea, University of Cologne - Germany). The project runs throughout the summer (July-August) and it’s being carried out in a Bronze Age tell settlement (archaeological site) within Transylvania.
In order to have a good chance to participate, applications must be submitted by May 1st. Although this is not a definite deadline, is less likely that there will still be vacancies after this date. Final validation of any application is made only by submitting proof of travel arangements (plane/train/bus ticket). The minimum age for participation is 18 years. No previous experience in the field of archaeology is required in order to participate. If certificates of attendance at the field school and excavations or signed university forms are needed, we are pleased to assist.
Volunteers will engage in various activities, related to archaeology (archaeological excavations and field walks, specialized workshops), but they will also have the chance to travel and visit some of the touristic attractions in the areas of the archaeological sites.
Volunteers will work in teams (approximately 20 people) with constant support and guidance provided by specialists. They will also have an appointed personal guide throughout the period of participation, who they can consult for any kind of problem they may encounter along the way.
Fees and payment
The cost of participation is 250 euro per week. This will cover local transportation, accommodation, meals (3 meals per day) for the entire period of participation – including weekends and guidance. Groups consisting of three or more individuals will receive 10 % discount. Although we can accommodate some special requests regarding food (if you are vegetarian or in case of allergies), we will not satisfy exquisite demands.
Methods of payment. In order to avoid unnecessary transfer fees, as well as other possible problems, we recommend volunteers to make the payment after their arrival. Online transfer using PayPal is also accepted. We are not responsible for any errors or failures regarding money transfer. If for some reason you withdraw from the project, but you have already paid part of the cost, you will receive an 85 % refund. For a full refund (except transfer fees) you will have to send a notice at least three weeks before the start of the project.
Conduct and Behaviour
Volunteers are required to participate, to the best of their abilities, in the various activities that are part of the project. Volunteers are required to follow the directives of the project’s staff. In addition, they will not act in any manner that could endanger themselves or other people. Volunteers will not act in a manner that can cause physical injury and/or damage to other people or objects. Also, they will not behave in a disruptive or offensive manner to other participants or the surroundings. Volunteers will not act in a manner contrary to accepted legal norms. Volunteers are expected to behave in a manner that is tolerant to other beliefs, lifestyles and convictions. The project director reserves the right (at his discretion) to expel from the project volunteers who will not comply with the above mentioned requirements.
The basis of our project are archaeological excavations, therefore volunteers need to understand that most of the activities will be held outdoors. They also need to know that archaeology can occasionally involve physical effort to some degree. An acceptable physical condition and tolerance to various climatic conditions (sun exposure, rain, fog, etc.) are an advantage for anyone who wants to participate in archaeological excavations. The project includes some indoor activities, but these might turn out to be less exciting than the actual excavations, therefore only engaging in this sort of work is not a reasonable option.
Accommodation, meals and transportation are provided by the Association during the entire program. Accommodation conditions will vary throughout the project, depending on our location (the archaeological site investigated at the moment).
Click here to fill out the Volunteer Application Form
Other useful information
Suggested packing list
First of all, try not to over pack. Bring only the things you consider necessary. Don’t panic if you think you forgot something important. Except for your personal identification documentation (we recommend you make an carry around several photocopies of all of your I.D. documents) almost everything else can be replaced.
Since the project takes place during the summer, be prepared mainly for warm or hot weather. Bring light clothing you feel comfortable in. To prevent heat stroke you also need to bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. In addition, you will need sturdy working shoes and working gloves. Even during the summer temperatures can drop, so wind stoppers, fleece jackets and long pants are also useful. As rain can sometimes start without much notice, bring a waterproof jacket or a raincoat. It is not necessary to bring working tools, those will be provided. Don’t forget about personal hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, towels, deodorant, nail-clipper, etc.). If you plan to bring any electronic devices, don’t forget the chargers, some extra batteries and other associated cables, etc. You may also need an electric outlet convertor. In Romania Type C Electrical Outlet is used. A water bottle, a flashlight, a pocket knife and some medication can come in handy, as well.
Visa regime for Romania
Holders of valid ordinary passports from the following countries may enter and stay in Romania for a period of up to 90 days within 6 months with exemption from the Romanian entry visa .
Citizens of EU countries, holders of permanent residence permits issued by EU countries, citizens of Albania (*), Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina(*), Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(*), Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro(*), New Zeeland, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Seychelles, Serbia [excluding holders of Serbian passports issued by the Directorate of Serbian coordination (in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava)] (*), Singapore, The Holy See, Saint Kitts and Nevis, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, British Nationals (overseas), Taiwan (with an I.D. number), Hong Kong (Special Administrativ Region), Macao (Special Administrativ Region).
*Holding only biometric passports