DATES September to May
<HOUSING Living conditions are in rented apartments of 2-3 bedrooms, generally sharing a common building with other apartments.
LOCATION Timisoara is a university city of approximately 400,000 inhabitants, situated in the western part of Romania – a country of approximately 20 million people, located in the southeast of Europe. Timisoara is located in the plains, a city buzzing with life, parks, squares, good public transportation, churches and diverse cultural and historical sites.
CLASSES:During their time there our students take Romanian and Bible classes as well as assisting the English teachers at the Christian school.
CULTURAL INFORMATION Romania’s culture is similar to that of other European countries; because of its location you will meet diverse influences from east and west. Communism was overthrown in the 1989 Revolution, yet its influence on the culture and the people is still present.
The official language is Romanian, a Latin based language similar to Italian. In the western and central parts of the country there are ethnic groups speaking Hungarian and German.
The majority religion is the Romanian Orthodox Church (approx. 85%). Other groups are Roman Catholic (Hungarian and German), Reformed (Hungarian) and Lutheran. Evangelicals are somewhere around 2-3% in the country with larger communities in the west.
Eating out is not as common in Romania as in the US, however Timisoara abounds with restaurants and fast food options of all varieties. In general Romanian food consists of many soups – ciorba (a thick minestrone based on meat and vegetables), menus based on potatoes, pasta, vegetables, and meat. The most common meats are pork, chicken and beef (in this order).
The leu is the currency of Romania. It is subdivided into 100 bani, singular: ban. There are approximately 3.8 lei to a dollar.
Romania has a temperate climate, similar to the northeastern United States, with four distinct seasons. There are significant regional differences of the climate between different regions of Romania.