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About us

Via Transilvanica is a project of Tășuleasa Social, an NGO based in Pasul Tihuța, Bistrița-Năsăud county. So far, the association has gained over 23 years of experience in organizing environmental, educational, social, cultural and even sports related projects.

Via Transilvanica has brought together the main values of the organization: volunteering, caring for nature and community. Thus, it became the most grandiose Tășuleasa Social project. "The road that unites" is first and foremost a social project, through which entire communities that were on the verge of extinction are given a new meaning and a possibility of economic development through a type of tourism done in peace and quiet, in which the main actor, the hiker, does not need luxuries, but instead is content with the basics and knows how to appreciate the value of local products, has respect for the work schedule of the people in the communities, is curious and helpful.

Tășuleasa Social Association main projects

Transylvania Forest
Transylvania Forest

One of the most popular and beloved activities of our NGO are the tree planting campaigns. We have planted more than one million trees with volunteers since 2004, in different parts of Romania, mountainous, sub-mountainous, hilly and lowland. Between 2014 and 2022 we carried out a series of tree planting events called: Transylvania Forest, totalling 80 hectares planted.

Pedagogical Forest
Pedagogical Forest

The Pedagogical Forest is the only "school" where you can learn why a forest is important, how it grows and how it contributes to maintaining the balance between air, water and life. It is our project that has so far been enjoyed by over 14,000 children, teenagers and adults alike.

Christmas Trucks
Christmas Trucks

The Christmas Trucks project started in 2003 as a desire to bring joy to the village children. Children and teenagers from Transylvanian counties, enrolled in some form of education, were visited year after year by Tășuleasa volunteers, who brought gifts of essential goods, made by children from Germany and transported with the help of our long time partners Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe.

Good Day - Small Volunteers Day
Good Day - Small Volunteers Day

Good Day - Small Volunteers Day is confirmation of our stubborn belief in the future of this country. The project is linked to the Christmas Trucks in that all children who have received a Christmas present are encouraged to take part in volunteering for their community. The future depends on education, not just in school, but also outside of school, on what we teach the younger generation.

Mountain Hiking School
Mountain Hiking School

The first form of non-formal education for adults on hiking and mountaineering: Mountain Hiking School. It was time to get involved in this area as well, because we felt that many people who wanted to spend time on mountain trails didn't know how to do it safely and we set out to guide them. In the five editions we ran (2015-2019) over 1,200 people learned how to track, camp and organize a hike in the mountains properly.

Via Maria Theresia Marathon
Via Maria Theresia Marathon

The Via Maria Theresia Marathon is a mountain running competition, which gathers hundreds of athletes in the Călimani Mountains every year . We have thus revived an old path linking Transylvania and Moldova since the time of Empress Maria Theresia, used then by the troops at the borders of the Empire for supplies and nowadays revived by over 4,000 sport-loving participants.

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