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2. Voluntary Activities

2.1 General context

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  1. Historical developments
  2. Main concepts

Historical developments

Volunteering is not popular among Romanian people and not even among Romanian youth, although a law on volunteering exists. During the communist regime, mandatory voluntary 'patriotic' work was organised for pupils in high schools and for students, mainly in agriculture for manual and non-qualified work. This context generated the rejection of voluntary work during the 90s and early 2000. After 2000 the development of the sector was slow and it remains in great proportion under documented (there is little or no research concerning this field).


Main concepts

In accordance with the law on volunteering (Legea no. 78/2014 privind reglementarea activității de voluntariat în România), the voluntary activity represents the participation of a natural person to general interest activities for the use of other persons and for the general use of the society, without remuneration. The host organisation of a volunteer can only be a public institution or an NGO (non-profit organisation). Youth volunteering is not defined differently from the general volunteering activity.