Volunteering in Orphanages, Ukraine

There are more than 100,000 children in more than 140 orphanages in Ukraine. The activities involved include the teaching of English to a range of ages, playing with the children in order to build up their confidence and improve their social skills, and taking part in or devising extra-curricular sessions in such subjects as drama, dance and assorted sports. Volunteers can also become involved by assisting local staff. Former volunteers on these programs report how affectionate and open the children were, curious to know about the volunteers and eager to learn and play.

If the placement falls in the summer, then you may be assisting at a summer camp attended by the orphans. Your volunteer role can effectively continue beyond the life of the placement. Once back home, you might help further by fundraising, organizing events such as auctions, and thus helping to provide the medication, food, clothing, vitamins, toys and other necessities that are in such short supply.