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Working and volunteering


Volunteers for the US Peace Corps and Soros Foundation have a long history with the country, as do religious missionaries.

Life2Orphans (www.life2orphans.org) Volunteers are sorely needed in Ukraine’s desperately underfunded orphanages.

Svit Ukraine (www.svit-ukraine.org) This NGO organises various volunteer camps and placements for young people with the aim of promoting issues such as sustainable development, human rights and democracy.

Volunteer in Ukraine (www.volunteerinukraine.com) NGO dispatching volunteers to orphanages, children's hospitals and disabled children's homes.

Ukraine Relief (www.ukrainerelief.org) Occasionally requires volunteers to take aid out to areas of Ukraine affected by war.


Since independence, English teachers and a few adventurous entrepreneurs have been attracted to Ukraine to work and do business. Kafkaesque bureaucracy puts many off registering legally. To get a work permit you have to show that a Ukrainian could not do the job you’re being hired for.

Online jobs are advertised on the following websites:

Cicerone (www.cicerone.com.ua) Kyiv language school.

Go2Kiev (www.go2kiev.com/view/jobs.html) Jobs and work permit info in English.

Jobcast (www.jobcast.com.ua) Type ‘English’ or ‘Teacher’ into the search field.

Rabota (www.rabota.ua) Lists a limited number of jobs for English speakers.

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