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WALK BUCHAREST FROM A HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE
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WALK BUCHAREST FROM A HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE
Bucharest, Romania
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Experience Bucharest like you’ve never before, this is a chance to get to know the city through the eyes of someone who used to live on the streets. Your guide was formerly homeless, this is a humanizing tour as well as a cultural one. You’ll learn about the challenges that come with street life in Bucharest, and help make a difference by supporting a local NGO which helps the city’s homeless and vulnerably housed. All guides who lead this tour have been placed through this collaboration with the foundation, with the goal of helping them to secure a regular income.
Impact of this experience
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You'll gain insight into the daily lives of homeless and vulnerable people.
You'll learn about the city’s history through a completely unique point and less known point of view.
You’ll support a local NGO (Parada Foundation) that secures training and employment for Romanians living on the streets.
All net proceeds from this tour will go directly to the Parada Foundation where the tour ends. The aim of the foundation is to support homeless children, youth, and families through its social and educational services.
It’s important to note that this is not ‘Poverty Tourism’ , but rather a joint initiative with the homeless themselves.
This is a way of gaining sustainable employment through this program, the guides are empowered with the chance to tell their own stories with authority and authenticity.
Thanks to this experience it has been possible to achieve:
Connect people through this experience
Re-Integrate guides into the labour market
Support ideas that make the world better
Invest in cultural projects
Share cultural heritage stories
Discover beauty
Includes
• Time: 2.5h

• Guide: Unique re-inserted guide

• Languages: English, Spanish

• Frequency: Everyday at 10.00AM until the end of September.

• Good for: Adults, families and professionals

• Participants: 1-20

• Optional coffee break at your own expense

• Child Policy: Children under age 12 are not permitted to join this tour.


You’ll explore the city’s duality from the cobbled streets of the Old Town to its less visible underbelly. You'll start in front of the National Theatre—which hosted famous plays like Macbeth in 1852, The Dinner Game, and All My Sons. This is also an area where homeless kids have lived for the last 25 years. You'll learn about what it's like to live a homeless life, and about the job local NGOs are doing to support vulnerable communities in the city.

This Bucharest tour is run in partnership with the Parada Foundation, a Romanian NGO and member of the Federation of Child Protection NGOs. The aim of the foundation is to support homeless children, youth, and families through its social and educational services.
All guides who lead this tour have been placed through this collaboration with the foundation, with the goal of helping them to secure a regular income. As leaders for travellers, your guide will provide you with an accurate picture of homeless life and show you how they are gaining social and professional experience through tourism, all while showing you Bucharest’s main attractions in an unusual way.

Issues of homelessness are also covered, and our guides share their experiences with those they lead. It’s important to note that this is not ‘Poverty Tourism’ (superficially looking at poor areas and people), but rather a joint initiative with the homeless themselves. As well as a way of gaining sustainable employment through this program, the guides are empowered with the chance to tell their own stories with authority and authenticity.

On this Bucharest guided experience, you’ll get to see the University Passage, the Russian Church, the National Bank of Romania, the University Square, which, n the 15th century, was the northern limit of the city and, in the 1990s a site of student protest against the Romanian government. You’ll get to explore the Old Town, a place full of ancient stories, but your guide will also share some of the modern secrets, like where illegal parties are still held in squatted buildings, and how those living on the streets get food from the nearby restaurants for free. There’s an optional refreshing coffee break a visit to Unirii Square, where you’ll learn about the private subway line that Ceaușescu wanted to build in case he needed to escape the wrath of the people. Your final stop will be at the Parada Foundation headquarters, the organisation behind this experience.
Reviews
4 reviews  
Cristina C.
January 2019
If you want to learn about Bucharest and its history; if you want to have experience of the city not as a tourist but as a traveller; if you want to learn how hard is life when you have nothing and when no one sees you; if you want to listen authentic memories on how to cope with extreme difficulties; if you want to discover the city and support an amazing NGO, then BUCHAREST FROM A HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE is perfect for you. During the visit you will visit many must-see sightseeing in Bucharest, but you will also have the chance to visit "Parada Foundation", the NGO that support and helps children and young adults in need. Our guide Sergiu was honest, prepared, passionate and really professional (good luck again!)
angmohgao .
May 2016
I only had a couple days in Bucharest. I had taken a basic city tour and was looking for something different. I emailed Interesting Times to ask if they had any tours in the afternoon today (it was already 1p). They called almost immediately to say NO, but that they had found a guide who would take me on the Alternative tour solo. Roxanna near Piata Romana and walked me around the neighborhoods for a couple hours. By the end we were almost at the old town. I never would have seen the neighborhoods, houses, architecture, bullet holes, murals, art, etc on these back streets had she not taken me there. She was a hospitable and well informed guide. I was sad when the tour ended and you will be too.
Lies O.
March 2016
Really enjoyed reading the website of Interesting Times, and decided to book three tours with them: Alternative Bucharest (with Doru), Outcast Bucharest (with Sergiu), and Slow food (at Stefan). They were all very enjoyable and informative, and a great way to understand today's Bucharest life from the inside, instead of looking in from the outside as a tourist. The alternative tour included a lot of wonderful street art and neighborhoods I otherwise would not have visited; Outcast Bucharest provided valuable insight in the lives of the unemployed and/or homeless, also including some success stories; the slow food evening was a culinary feast and showed me how one Romanian family lives away from the downtown area. The tours of Interesting Times Bureau were certainly the highlight of my stay in Bucharest!
bto2016 .
March 2016
Sergiu is a wonderful guide through central Bucharest. He gives a thoughtful history of the neighborhood's main buildings while also providing an intimate sense of his experience coming of age homeless in and around the old town. The tour ends at Parada, and NGO that works with homeless youths located not too far away from Unirii Square. In addition to seeing where much of the proceeds from the tour are directed, this stop also gets you out of the the Lipscani development and into a quieter residential neighborhood, allowing you to see how many Romanians live.
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