Volunteers on the Archaeology in Romania for Teenagers project analyse their findings.

Archaeology Volunteering in Romania for Teenagers

Join a group of teenagers your age and help archaeologists uncover ancient civilisations in Eastern Europe

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.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during school holidays

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Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


This project is only for 15-18 year olds

Is this archaeology volunteer placement for teens in Romania right for me?

Are you fascinated by stories of the past? Are you thinking about studying archaeology? Are you the type to watch documentaries about ancient civilisations? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then our Archaeology High School Special for teenagers is perfect for you!

You’ll learn by doing as you work at excavation sites with experienced Romanian archaeologists. You don’t need previous experience, as we’ll teach you everything you need to know. We also supervise all your work on-site, and make sure you’re safe at all times. All you need is to be fit and ready for tasks like digging.

You’ll get plenty of practical experience for your CV, which could help your future career. You’ll also develop your teamwork skills.

This projects runs over fixed dates in the summer for two weeks at a time. It follows a set itinerary, so all of your social and cultural activities, volunteer work, and a weekend trip are organised for you. Our staff are there to supervise you and your group through all of these activities.

Young volunteers assist with site excavation while Archaeology volunteering in Romania for teens.

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:

  • Drawing
  • Cleaning
  • Measuring
  • 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 lulia

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.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Romania Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

There are two main aims of this project: to help you develop your skills and to offer support to understaffed archaeology programmes in Romania.

We want to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills that will boost your CV and help you pursue studies or a job in the field you want. You’ll be working alongside experienced archaeologists, so we encourage you to ask questions and learn as much as possible.

What’s more, you’ll also be helping us do vital field work and documentation of findings. Romania is home to an incredible wealth of ancient sites that offer intriguing insights into world history. Unfortunately, there is a lack of archaeologists to do the work, which is why we need your help.  

Join us in Romania and work with archaeologists to preserve and protect the country’s cultural heritage.

Volunteers on the Archaeology in Romania for Teenagers project dig up artefacts at a local site.

Food and Accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Alba Iulia. They'll welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Romania and have a truly unique experience. You may also stay at a guesthouse.

On our High School Specials, we'll always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

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.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options, fundraising advice, and scholarships available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01273 007 230 to see if we can offer a discount.

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