Experience the very best of Eastern Europe in Challenges Abroad's unique Health Promotion Challenge! Volunteer in a charming Transylvanian Village working with incredible organisations that will leave a lasting impression on both you and the communities around.


You will be working in a beautiful Transylvanian village on health education initiatives with local care homes and government schools. Through fun and engaging activities, you will be directly supporting our local partners to improve the health and well-being of their communities. We encourage our volunteers to use their enthusiasm and creativity to ensure a fun and meaningful two weeks!

Despite seeing strong economic growth since the turn of the millennium, Romania still has remnants of Rustic European charm. Even in cities where you will find cars racing down the streets, you will almost anywhere find horse-drawn buggies, green mountains, cone-shaped haystacks and flocks of sheep bouncing along. For those with an eye for amazing architecture, Romania will not disappoint. From grand Gothic buildings to spectacular castles and palaces, as well as numerous churches and monasteries. Don’t forget to visit Dracula’s Castle!

You can find out more about the program by visiting the Challenges Abroad website. 

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Abroad Student Eligibility Criteria and any eligibility criteria set by Challenges Abroad. 

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The program fee is $1,950. More information regarding program fees can be found on the Challenges Abroad website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the Challenges Abroad website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ Abroad: Summer applications for this program have now closed
Host: 30 October 2018

Program Dates

December Session - Queensland Students (FULL): 
Start: 01 December 2018
End: 15 December 2018

January Session: 
Start: 05 January 2019
End: 19 January 2019


Fast Facts

Type: Volunteering
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Transylvania, Romania
Credit: Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate

UQ Abroad Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​