Love Volunteers has united with a local, established NGO in Albania to offer volunteer placements in this fascinating country. Volunteering in Albania means stepping into the breach to make an albeit small contribution to the fight against under-privilege in one of Europe's poorest countries. Volunteers in Albania work with children from the disadvantaged minority Romani community. Directly contributing to these youngsters' education, the volunteer in Albania sees perceptible advances being made in the progress of the individual children he or she deals with.
Bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia and Greece, Albania is a mountainous country with an extensive stretch of Adriatic coastline. Its assorted peoples, having emerged from Communist control in the 1990s, have had difficult economic conditions to endure. Members of Albania's 'Romani' community are particularly hard hit by poverty, by low literacy levels as well as suffering considerable discrimination.
Typically undertaken by gap-year student, recent college graduates, people between jobs or contemplating what career choice to make, volunteering in Albania amounts to that rarely experienced thing, immersion in another people's culture while at the same time carrying out a genuinely needed service. Reasons for choosing to volunteer in Albania, rather than simply travel or obtain temporary paid work closer to home include getting to see an extraordinarily beautiful country, getting to experience the warm hospitality for which that country is famed, and receiving the rare satisfaction of directly enhancing the quality of life of individuals.
Project: Working with Children
Albania has a long history of isolation, due not just to its geographical location and inhospitably rugged terrain, but also due to its political situation over the decades, notably the forty-seven years spent under Communist rule from 1946 until 1992. Governed democratically since that period, economic progress has been extremely slow.
A predominantly Muslim country, Albania's frontiers also contain a wealth of other ethnic and religious groups. Travelers enjoy visiting the country predominantly to experience its very distinctive culture. The Shkumbin River, which virtually bisects the country, separates speakers of the northern dialect (Gheg) from those of the southern dialect (Tosk; the official dialect).
Albania's Ionian coastline in the west is known for its untouched beaches. The country is home to some ancient classical sites, among them Berat, 70 kms from Tirana, an Ancient Greek polis and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known also as "The Town of a Thousand Windows", being graced with attractive old decorated houses with many windows, its partner city is Gjirokastra, another ancient architectural gem.
Albania's north is the area that has endowed the country with its image as a wild and bleak land of inhospitable jagged mountains and villages trapped in a time warp. Here there is wildlife a-plenty, including deer, wild boar and wolves. Thethi - named after the river on which it lies - is one of the four major national parks in Albania. The Grunas Waterfall in the park is a dramatic sight.
Tirana is a fast-developing city, shaking off its Communist past and acquiring a western feel. It is small and manageable for traversing on foot. There are cinemas, concert halls and theaters with programs of a high standard and many bars, some providing live music. Several shopping malls have sprung up. Italian shoes at bargain prices are one attraction.
1-2 Week, 2-4 Week, 5-8 Week, 9-12 Week
Volunteers may start any day of the year
- Language Immersion
- Nature Tours
- Overland Tours
- Native Culture Studies
- Eco Tours
For this program, Love Volunteer requires individuals who possess experience working with kids - this might mean teaching or simply looking after your siblings. The main thing is that you are enthusiastic, fun and responsible. If you're not sure whether you have the right experience just drop us a line and we can discuss your options. Additionally, volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a good grasp of English.
Cost in US$:
Fees for volunteer programs in Albania start at USD 375 (Euro 270) for two weeks.
- In-country orientation/Training
- In-country staff support
- Written materials abroad
- Written materials pre-departure
Program Fees Include:
Includes accommodation, breakfast, an airport pick-up and drop-off (if required), orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
- English Teaching
- Social Services, Social Work
- Sports Volunteering
- Street Kids
- Youth Development
This Program is open to
Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
Typical Living Arrangements
Independently or in Groups
Typically Participants Work
Independently or in Groups
Application Process Involves
- Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
Post Services Include
- Alumni Network
- Exit Debriefing Abroad