Love Volunteers

Provide Essential Childcare

Cherkasy, Ukraine show on map
Give impoverished children quality care, compassion and a sense of hope. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

The mission of this program is to care for the orphaned, abandoned and impoverished children of Ukraine. There are more than 100,000 children in more than 140 care centers in Ukraine, and these facilities are often desperately underfunded and understaffed. Volunteers supply hands on care to the children, helping with their education, playing games and arranging fun activities during leisure time, like sports or trips to the park. The children require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship. Volunteers play a hugely significant part in the lives of these vulnerable children by simply showing they care, and giving them hope. Once back home, volunteers 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.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide essential childcare to vulnerable children of Ukraine
  • Improve the future prospects of the children in Ukraine
  • Give impoverished children quality care, compassion and a sense of hope
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Volunteers play an essential role in helping disadvantaged children through this amazing program. Participants will spend their time taking care of children and assist the local staff as needed. Volunteers will be busy working with the children, helping feed them and other care essentials, playing games and are encouraged to use their skills and interests to develop fun things for the children to do such as music and dance and arts and crafts. The volunteer activities involved on this program 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, volunteers may be assisting at a summer camp attended by the orphans. Volunteers may want to keep in contact with the orphans beyond the life of the placement, and are welcome to do so.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Help to feed and care for the children
  • Attend to and interact with the children
  • Create activities and entertain the children with games and songs, etc

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

8:00am Breakfast with the host family

9:00am Walk or bus to the project

9:30am Pre-start meeting with the program supervisor

10:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Volunteers enjoy a break for lunch at midday.

2:30pm - 4:30pm Free time

The younger children at the center nap from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and volunteers can use this time to relax or plan activities.

7:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

7:15pm Debrief with the project supervisor

7:30pm Walk or bus back home for dinner with the host family

Evenings Free time to relax, run errands, catch up with family and friends and explore the local area.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Our volunteer projects are centered on Cherkasy which is a city situated in central Ukraine on the bank of the Dnipro River in the area of the Kremenchuk Reservoir. It is about 200km (124 mi) south of the nation’s capital, Kiev.

The city area is 17kms long and just 8km wide. From the North-West Cherkasy is surrounded by forest - Cherkaskiy Bir (Cherkasy Forest), which is the biggest natural pine forest in Ukraine. Today Cherkasy maintains a tranquil atmosphere quite different from that of larger industrial cities found throughout Eastern Europe. Influenced by its ties to agriculture, visitors are treated to “small town” hospitality. Residents still have time to stop and assist visitors who look lost or unsure of their surroundings. Cherkasy is a truly eye-opening place to visit and an even better place to volunteer!

Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School/University level
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This highly interactive and varied project does not require participants to have a background in the field of childcare, as there are many ways you can assist. However, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 19:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Boryspil International Airport

Upon your arrival in Ukraine, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. Here you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Boryspil International Airport, Kiev, Ukraine (Code: KBP)

Accommodation
Volunteers on this program are accommodated with trusted local host families who are experienced at welcoming international volunteers into their homes and sharing their hospitality and expertise. All host families are located in safe areas, within easy travelling distance of the programs as well as local amenities and entertainment such as cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and theatres. There is hot running water, linen provided, laundry and food storage facilities made available and even free Wi-Fi. Perfect!
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Breakfast and dinner are provided each day by the host family (included in the program fees) with lunch available at the project or from local cafes. This is a great opportunity to sample and enjoy local Ukrainian cuisine which is varied and delicious. Signature dishes include ‘

Borscht’ – a beetroot based soup, Solianka – a tasty soup and ‘Varniks – stuffed dumplings.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Boryspil International Airport (KBP) in Kiev. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ukraine.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ukraine provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ukraine you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ukraine.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,354.00
5 weeks
$1,589.00
6 weeks
$1,799.00
7 weeks
$2,049.00
8 weeks
$2,209.00
9 weeks
$2,459.00
10 weeks
$2,599.00
11 weeks
$2,749.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,909.00
Average fees
$290.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cherkasy/Ukraine between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ukraine.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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