Join Word Made Flesh Romania and George Fox University as we partner together for a new kind of study abroad experience!
Settle into life in Galati, an industrial city on the Danube River in the east of Romania. Learn about post-communist Romania, its current social and cultural situation, and Christian responses. Engage a people formed by the traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy and the culture of secularism. Visit communist remnants like Ceausescu’s House of the People, cultural sites like northern Romania’s medieval Orthodox monasteries, and the beautiful landscapes of the Carpathian mountains and Danube River. Journey to one or more of the following countries to compare post-Communist contexts: Serbia, Republic of Moldova or Russia.
Serve Jesus among the poorest of the poor. Interact with experienced Christian workers, with vulnerable friends who confront marginalization, and with those suffering the effects of transition from communism to capitalism. Live with a Romanian host family. Experience Romanian culture and learn the Romanian language (which will come quickly to those who already have some familiarity with other Latin languages like Spanish and French).
Serve in Community Centers and be involved in impoverished neighborhoods. Explore different approaches to cross-cultural mission, spiritual formation, community development and ministry among the poor and experience transformation. Put your knowledge into practice. Your practicum will run for the whole duration of the semester.
Building new friendships, investing yourself in the lives of the vulnerable, and seeking God in the context of poverty will forever transform your life.
The student will simultaneously study the following courses:
- Romanian Language Learning
- Society and Challenges in a Post-Communist Context
- The Church and Christian Approaches to Poverty
- Spiritual Formation in Missional Community
- Cross-Cultural Practicum – organized based on the student’s interest and focus of study, which include: Christian ministry and mission, social work, education, NGO management, international studies, health care, community development, job creation, urban farming, and Eastern European studies.
Students enrolled at George Fox University can apply to study for a semester in Romania using this online application and reference form after getting approval from the Center for Study Abroad. Follow the instructions on the application.
If you are a student from another university and interested in the study abroad program, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see how we can work together to make it happen!
Are you a Study Abroad Director at a university and interested in partnering with Word Made Flesh Romania about this opportunity? Please contact David Chronic (email@example.com) to start this process.