Ukraine is one of Europe’s last “undiscovered” countries. It is a country rarely visited by foreigners, but when they do visit, they fall in love with its charm. It is a colorful nation with friendly people and a unique culture. Often overlooked for its more famous neighbor Russia, it is a country that should definitely be visited. Unfortunately, Ukraine is a poor country with over a third of its citizens in poverty, and thus needs volunteers.

Note that as the U.S. Department of State has posted a travel warning, last updated January 5, 2015, in which it "warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to eastern Ukraine due to ongoing violence and political instability."

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Orphanage Work: Due to various reasons, most poor nations have a number of children that are orphaned or who have no stable home to turn to. Ukraine has a number of orphanages and unfortunately they are severely understaffed. As a volunteer, you will work on helping the children with their daily routine, teach them, and plan/organize activities for them. You will also help with administrative tasks.

Teach English: Ukraine faces poverty and many disadvantaged individuals do not have access to a proper education. There is a tremendous need for native English speakers to teach English in the nation. As a teacher you will be teaching both kids and adults conversational and written English.

Best Places To Volunteer:

  • Kiev: capital and largest city in Ukraine; important industrial, scientific, and educational center in Eastern Europe.
  • Kharkiv: second largest city in Ukraine; important cultural and transport center in the nation.

NGOs/Nonprofits:

Ukraine is home to a number of nonprofit organizations that work in diverse areas. They work in diverse areas such as human rights, education, and healthcare.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Ukraine:

As a volunteer in Ukraine, it is recommended that you get vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid. If you visit between November and April, make sure you get vaccinated for influenza as well. For more information visit MD Travel Health.

Ukraine is a safe nation for volunteers. You should be vigilant when you are in crowded areas in large cities, such as Kiev, as you are most likely to encounter crime there in the form of pickpockets.

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George Voutov
10/10
GoCamp Ukraine sent me to the western city of Ternopil, three hours by train from Lviv. On the night of my arrival I was met by the friendliest host family I could have asked for. We quickly became...
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Michael Balahutrak
10/10
I have traveled to 44 countries of the world. This was the first time that I have experienced an immersion environment that allowed me to taste the life of an average Ukrainian family in a city and in...
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Rox Chwaluk
9/10
As someone who has participated in many volunteer service trips around the world, I felt that GO CAMP was one of the best ones I have been part of. It is clear how much they care about the mission,...
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Benjamin Lm
10/10
All-rounded activity which was positive from all angles: - Very interesting orientation training in Kiev where you get to know awesome volunteers from all over the world. - Very inspiring to spend...