Travel, Work, Teach, Volunteer & Study in Ukraine
Ukraine is a relatively under visited country compared to other places in Europe but you will be suprised at how many sights and experiences are available. If you would like to work, volunteer, take a gap year or travel in the Ukraine search our trips.
Trips, Jobs & Volunteer Programs in Ukraine
Ukraine Travel Guide
Get tips and inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travel, go backpacking, take a gap year, work, volunteer, teach or study in the Ukraine.
- Capital: Kiev
- Currency: Hryvnia (₴)
- Country Size: 603,550 km2
- Population: 45,888,000 (approx)
- Language: Ukrainian and other regional languages like Russian
- Dailing Code +380
- Health & Safety: Due to on going troubles with neighbouring Russia you will need to check latest safety information. The current situation is quite calm compared to 2014 but check latest details before departing.
Top Reasons to Travel to Ukraine
- Great value for money on accommodation, sightseeing and activities
- Authentic experience much less touristy than nearby countries like Russia
- Go off the beaten track and see amazing destinations
- Taste the local cusine and mix with friendly locals
Best Places to Visit in Ukraine
There are so many places you should consider adding to your itinerary, here are some of the top places:
- Carpathian Mountains
- Sofievka Park, Uman
Travelling in Ukraine
Ukraine is a quite an off the beaten track destination but was brought to the worlds attending when it co-hosted the European Football Championships in 2012. When you think of Ukraine you probably think about a cold country located close to Russia made famous by a good football team and also the heavyweight boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko who have put this country on the world map.
If you are looking for an authentic experience in Ukraine then our small group adventure holidays will appeal to you. You will get to journey overland and see more of Ukraine with a guide on a package tour. Popular places you will get to visit include the Dnipro River, Odessa, National Parks, the Black Sea, Carpathian Mountains and also Lviv and Kyiv. You can also visit the the medieval town of Kamyanets-Podilsky, wander the streets of the capital Kiev or if you are seeking adventure you could head to Chornobyl.
You will travel by bus, metro, minibus and overnight sleeper train experiencing historical and cultural sites along the way. There is a maximim number of 12 people per holiday so you will need to book in advance to secure your place.
Work, Intern & Teach in Ukraine
Keen to get a paid job or gain experience in the Ukraine? Summer camps are run every year and this is one of the most popular ways to work in the Ukraine. These jobs are a lot of fun, you will get to work in cooperation with local staff and international coordinators. Another popular option is to teach English in the Ukraine.
Volunteer in Ukraine
Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe and has been an independence country since the collapse of the Societ Union in 1991. In recently years the world recession has hit the economy. Ukraine is a very poor destination with a population of around 48 million people, an estimated 1/3 of the population are currently living below the poverty line. This is a former Soviet state which is aiming for a positive future and this is where you can help.
Volunteering abroad in Ukraine will probably be the most challenging and rewarding experience of your life. There are local NGO's and also international organisations working in Ukraine, Peace Corps have placed over 2,000 volunteers in the country since 1992. You will usually work around 4 hours per day Monday - Friday so there will be lots of time for you to explore and enjoy your new surrounding. You might want to learn basic Russian and Ukrainian phrases to help make the experience easier and more enjoyable.
How You Can Help
There are educational, community based and also orphanage projects currently open to new participants. There are around 100,000 children living in orphanages and you can get involved with the daily routine by teaching, playing games, helping with homework, leading sports activities and offering general assistance where children can aim to improve in a structured environment.
Location of Projects
There are placements throughout the country in cities like Kiev and also more rural locations like Cherkassy where assistance is needed most. You can also join programs in places like Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy Oblast and Odesa Oblast. Group programs are the most popular option - especially if you are worried about going solo. This country can be a culture shock but you can still find all normal things like television, internet, wifi, shopping centres etc.
Accommodation & Food
By staying on a home stay you will get to integrate into the local culture, eat the local food and make friends with a family who you will also get to help them improve their English. Ukrainians in general are very friendly and hospitable and usually on a home stay you will get breakfast, lunch and dinner provided (don't worry you can also eat out if you prefer). The food you are likely to eat will include soups, potatoes, vegetables, dumplings, meats like venison, sausages, fritters and fish.
Eligibility & How to Apply
Most organisations require you to be aged 18+ to participate and stay for at least a week. It is recommend you stay for a longer period so you can make a better impact. Try to get your application in early and everything sorted in advance. You can search projects on our website to apply, there is not best time to get your application in and projects are available all year round.