2 independent reviews for Family volunteering with bears in Romania

Reviews for Family volunteering with bears in Romania

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review 5 Dec 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Being around the bears all day and particularly when the tourists had gone we had the place to ourselves. Walking around for the full feeding circuit was amazing

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Warm clothes! Plenty of marigold gloves and be aware you will get messy at work!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We supported the sanctuary and the local people with our tourist activity during our free time.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Superb for all the family

review 8 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I think we will all remember watching the cubs not so gently nursing with their mom; "bread bear" running out at feeding time to stealthily take a loaf of bread and scurry back into the bushes while other bears happily ate the other food together; the mucky, fun mess of making bear ice cream; just watching the bears be bears.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared to get dirty and smell the expired food (but you'll get used to it). Bring an apron and rubber gloves and don't bring nice clothes. Be ready to go with the flow and take time to relax and observe the bears when there is a lull in your duties. Have fun!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes! The food is diverted from landfill or waste. The bears are lovingly and ecologically/responsibly cared for in as natural an environment as possible given their pasts in captivity. And the operator and sanctuary employees are all locals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. A great, unique program that can only be experienced in Romania at this sanctuary. And a fulfilling and mutually reciprocal volunteer experience: we got as much satisfaction and enjoyment out of the experience of helping the bears and the sanctuary as they hopefully benefited from our work. It's very fun!

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