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Romanian Culture


Information about Romania The way Romanian people roll Bucharest Language


Info about Romania In Romania you waill have the opportunity to see a varied relief: mountains (the Carpathians), sea-side (the Black Sea) and the natural paradise of the Danube Delta, which hosts 300 different animal species. You also shouldn’t miss Romania’s most beautiful cities: Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Arad, Timisoara, Constanta or Iasi. Each of them has a different history & background and it’s special in its own way.


Romania is a hierarchical society where age, position and tradition are respected. 
- older people are viewed as wise since they have earned life experience. 
- it is expected that you will use a person's title and their surname until invited to use their first name. (not in AIESEC )

First meeting with a Romanian
Initial greetings are pretty formal and reserved: a handshake, direct eye contact, and the appropriate greeting for the time of day. 
- some older Romanians kiss a woman's hand when meeting them. Foreign men are not expected to kiss a Romanian woman's hand. 
- close friends may kiss and hug each other when they meet. When kissing, expect to kiss twice, once on each cheek starting with the left cheek. Allow your Romanian friends to determine when your relationship has reached this level of intimacy. All in all, Romanians are usually committed to both their friends and their family. You won’t find it hard to make friends here.

The way Romanian people roll


Language

The official language of Romania is Romanian, an Eastern Romance language related to Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan. Romanian is spoken as a first language by 91% of the population. The majority of the young Romanians speak English. Here’s a list of some Romanian words & phrases that might help during your stay: Yes/No = Da/Nu I am hungry/thirsty = Mi-e foame/sete Ten/Twenty/Fifty = zece/douăzeci/cincizeci Please = Vă rog One hundred = o sută Thank you = Mulțumesc Hi/Hello = Salut/Bună Two thousand = două mii Good-bye = La revedere One million = un milion Bye! = Pa Where is X? = Unde este x? When/ Where/how = când/unde/cum How are you? = Ce faci? How much does this cost? = Cât costă? Good morning = Bună dimineața Good evening = Bună seara

Don’t worry! Your trainee buddy will help you with the pronunciation!


Admin stuff


Prices & currency Transport & maps Emergency call


Prices + currency

The national currency is Lei (RON) and it has banknotes for 1, 5, 10 , 50, 100 or 200 RON. Money can be exchanged at banks, hotels or private offices. ITEM

Prices (â‚Ź)

Prices ($)

Prices (RON)

1 bottle of water (0.5l)

0.47

0.74

2 RON

1 bottle of Cola (0.5l)

0.83

1.29

3.5 RON

1 sandwich

1.30

2.02

5.5 RON

1 pizza

2.84

4.42

12 RON

1 beer

1.18

1.84

5 RON

Bread

0.24

0.37

1 RON

1 l of milk

0.83

1.29

3.5 RON

1 box of cereal

1.89

2.94

8 RON

1 bus ticket

0.31

0.48

1.3 RON

2 subway tickets

0.59

0.92

2.5 RON

Tips&Tricks: There is a major difference between the currency at banks and the one at private offices. It’s more efficient to change your money at the bank.


Bucharest boasts the largest transport network in Romania, and one of the largest in Europe. The Bucharest transport network is made up of a subway network and a surface transport network. One can also travel by taxi.

Transport + maps

Subway Network Bucharest has a fairly extensive subway system consisting of four lines (M1, M2, M3 and M4). There are 2 types of passes one can use to have access to the subway: one available for 1 day and one available for 1 month. Another option is to buy a ticket for 2 ways or one for 10 ways. It doesn’t operate between 11.30 pm and 5 am.

The Surface Transport Network The surface transport includes a network of buses, trolleybuses, trams and light rail. A bus pass is valid for any type of surface transport. It doesn’t operate between 11.30 pm and 5 am. You can find a taxi in front of hotels, at the airport and cruising streets or you can call in advance at one of this numbers: 021.9451 or 021.9494. Another fun way to travel in Bucharest is by riding a bike. You can rent one for free by using your student card or by paying 6 RON / hour (2.21$ /1.76€). Tips&Tricks 1.) Taxi drivers might try to charge you more than they should because you are a tourist. 2.) The tickets should be punched immediately after you get on the vehicle (bus/tram/trolleybus)


This is the map of Bucharest’s subway network:

Transport + maps


Emergency call

We hope you won’t be using this part of the booklet, but still‌just in case the national emergency number is:

112


AIESEC Bucharest


AIESEC Bu presentation Our reception Trainee’s point of view


AIESEC Bu Presentation

AIESEC Bucharest was founded in 1990 by Cosmin Alexandru. AIESEC in Bucharest was the first local office AIESEC in Romania and also the first student organization present in the Faculty of Economical Studies in Bucharest. Our contribution to the international network was organizing ITC in 2001, our first international conference, IPM 2005, ITC 2007, Euro eXpro 2009. Today we are one of the largest student organizations from Bucharest. We are striving for consolidating our international platform by creating a great culture of eXchange & we’re sure that YOU are going to help us!

AIESEC LC Bucharest Contact Information Str. Frumoasa, nr. 31, sector 1, Bucuresti Further contact data:

irina.mihalache@aiesec.ro Irina Mihalache, VP ICX: +40751120018, irina.mihalache14@gmail.com


In AIESEC Bucharest, we pride ourselves with one of the best reception programs in AIESEC network, with quality internships and a lot of very satisfied trainees! We want our trainees to be happy. That’s why we have a reception plan for you: - before your arrival you will get a trainee buddy. - a group of crazy AIESECers will wait for you at the airport/train station and will get you to your accommodation place or if you are not tired, to the @office. - study tour around Bucharest - welcome party - cooking nights - Romanian lessons (only if you wish) -learning circles -Train the Trainees -Trainee beers -Journeys -Movie nights ...and the list goes on…because…in AIESEC Bucharest YOU will have a life changing experience!

Our

Reception


Trainee’s point of view: I'm bursting with joy and I am grateful for so many unforgettable moments. Ich platze vor Freude und ich bin dankbar für so viele unvergessliche Momente. Marina Tulin 与布加勒斯特的邂逅,是我二十三岁的生命中最美丽的意外! The encounter with Bucharest, is the biggest wonder in my 23year life! Jieming Wei I feel inspired…this experience helped me to see things from different perspective. I realized what my strong points are and where I can still improve.

Cítim sa plný novej energie a inšpirácie, táto skúsenosť mi pomohla vidieť mnoho vecí z iného uhla. Zistil som čo mi ide a na čom musím ešte zapracovať. Peter Zach

AIESEC Bucharest Reception Booklet 14/15