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With a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, Ukraine is a hidden gem for history buffs, cultural enthusiasts, and curious travelers. Enchanting Turkish and Polish castles on the west and the Greek ruins of Chersonesos provide evidence of previous foreign influences and give the country an air of fantasy. In fact, Ukraine's somewhat tumultuous history with civil war, the Great War, and break from the Soviet Union has led it to develop an air of independence. Interning in Ukraine is a great way to immerse yourself in a dynamic country and gain some international work experience at the same time!
While it is entirely possible to cold-email or cold-call a potential employer, internships in Ukraine are usually organized through third party internship program providers. These providers often make it easier to plan your trip, as they may organize housing arrangements and networking opportunities in addition to your internship placement. The length of your internship may vary based on your personal preferences as well as the opportunities available in Ukraine. Apply for internship programs online, and pay attention to the deadlines and extra fees.
The cost of living in Ukraine is quite low. Groceries, education, and communication costs tend to be much lower than clothing and housing. Like most other countries, living costs in metropolitan areas tend to be much higher than those in smaller towns. The majority of your living expenses will most likely come from housing and food, if you eat out more often. Below are some examples of living costs in Ukraine. Keep in mind that 1 Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH) is approximately equivalent to 0.12 USD.
The Ukrainian labor laws set guidelines for employment in Ukraine and outline employee and employer rights. While some minors are allowed to begin work, international interns in Ukraine tend to be unpaid.
Ukraine is emerging within the international community as an interesting tourist destination as well as a business development opportunity. The country's enchanting castles, undiscovered history, and exotic cuisine make it a great place to find an internship. Don't hesitate to intern in the Ukraine to gain invaluable work skills and try something new. If you're feeling ambitious, sample some salo, a Ukrainian speciality of smoked pig fat with an ice cold shot of Ukrainian honey-peppered vodka! How does that sound?
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