Global Youth Rising’s summer camp will take place in the heart of Transylvania, Romania; often referred to as “Europe’s last great wilderness“. Up until now, Transylvania has been a vastly overlooked travel location, although with Lonely Planet voting it the Best in Travel 2016 it seems that the wild beauty of the Transylvanian wilderness – where bears, wolves and lynx can still be spotted – is set to become one of the hottest travel destinations this year.
Many people say that a hike through rural Romania is like stepping back in time – with horses and carts being more numerous than cars, shepherds tending to their flocks, and amazingly preserved towns and cities that retain their classic charm.
However, if you prefer vibrant cities, there is also plenty to offer: Cluj-Napoca, the base of PATRIR, won the European Youth Capital 2015 award and has also been hailed as a new art capital. With a large student population, Cluj is a vibrant, charming city that boasts plenty of activities to get involved with, an international vibe and exciting nightlife. If you arrive in Romania a day or two before the camp, you can spend some time exploring this charming city.
Romania is a country steeped in history and culture; perhaps, though, the thing it is most famous for is the legend of Dracula, thought to be based on the tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia. Although there are no real accounts of vampires, you can still visit the birthplace of “Dracula” and the castle that inspired the Bram Stoker novel.
During the Global Youth Rising summer camp, you will have the option of joining some exciting activities that we have co-ordinated for you at a special price with some local tour organisations. You will, for example, be able to hike in the Transylvanian mountains. You can find more information in our brochure!
Finally, don’t forget the food! Romanian tradition and culture is still very much alive, with vast swathes of the countryside being relatively untouched; so you can still find traditional old restaurants where you can try hearty Romanian cuisine – think soups, cabbage rolls, polenta with cheese, hearty stews, a lot of meat, and usually an added portion of sour cream and green peppers. You won’t have to look far for fulfilling, delicious food, which you’ll also be able to experience during the youth forum.