Romania: Culture-Centered Communication and Engagement
Explore rural Romania during this two-week course while participating in Heifer International’s digital storytelling project.
About the Program
This program, offered in Maymester, allows students to travel to two Romanian communities in Eastern Europe, where they will complete their own digital storytelling projects and immerse themselves in the community. While on this trip, students will also get to sightsee and visit the Bran Castle (more commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”), Sighisoara, a medieval city in the Transylvania region, and a local bed and breakfast, where students will conclude their trip.
In collaboration with Heifer International, students will experience and document the viewpoint of their host family through video, photography and written narrative—capturing the essence of local agricultural, community and daily life.
Compilation of students’ projects will result in promotional and informational materials to be formally presented to Heifer International staff for their use. Past participants of this program really enjoyed the following experiences in Romania:
- Buying authentic "I survived Dracula's castle" t-shirts
- Literally watching the cows come home
- Making lasting friendships with fantastic Romanians
- Eating "awesome" homemade donuts made by their host family
- Leaving with amazing stories—professionally and personally
Upon returning, students will have a unique perspective of Heifer International beneficiary communities, rural Romanian agriculture and the influences it has on daily life in that region. They will also return with sharpened communication skills in digital storytelling.
After a day of exploring the city of Cluj-Napoca, the group had a rooftop dinner overlooking the city.
The Teatrul Opera in Cluj-Napoca hosts many different events like concerts, plays and festivals.
The group gets a tour around the offices of Heifer Project Romania.
When you're surrounded by an abundance of wildflowers, ancient Roman ruins and the Carpathian mountains, every moment is photo worthy.
At Casa Romania, we enjoyed a traditional Romanian meal and then explored the ruins of an ancient Roman city, Porolissum.
The high diversity of native wildflowers in Romania helps to support a buzzing honey bee industry.
Students trying their hand at beekeeping, which was one of the main projects studied on the trip.
Dairy cattle like this one are very important in the lives of many rural Romanians.
Before exploring the ruins of an ancient Roman city, Porolissum, where the Praetorian gate served as the main passageway through the Carpathian mountains.
An Agricultural Communications student in her element.
A glimpse into the courtyard of Dracula's Castle.
Take in the beautiful scenery of Romanian towns nestled into mountains.
Courtney Jackson, an Agriculutral Communications major, wearing traditional Romanian clothing and placing homemade dough into a host family's stone oven.
Agricultural Communications major, Abigail Pierce, smiles with a sheep from one of the dairy farm visits.
Dr. Borron's way of warding off the vampires.
Bleeding red and black at Dracula's Castle.