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.
How to Volunteer in Ukraine
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.