Travel to Ukraine on a Budget
World Explorers is the the ideal program for adventure travelers, a gap year or traveling on a budget. You receive a private room and three daily meals in exchange of teaching English for 15 hours weekly to your host family.
The rest of the time is yours to explore as you wish!
CHI works with a trusted overseas partner agency in Odessa, Ukraine. This is where our placements are located. Located in the South of Ukraine, Odessa is a charming city that offers many tourist attractions. The most popular time to visit is during the summer when people enjoy the sun and the Black Sea. The sandy beaches can get crowded, but this lets you know that the beach is definitely the place to be!
You will get a private room and three meals per day with a host family or in a shared apartment with other roommates.
Our program in Ukraine is a bit different than in most other countries. Instead of just teaching your host family English at home, you will be invited to teach a group of students at our partner agency’s office in the city center of Odessa. Your focus will be to lead conversational English lessons with up to 12 students at a time. You will teach one to two classes per day. You should have some teaching experience in order to be considered for in this opportunity. The students are in the age range of 12 – 22 and speak pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper intermediate levels of English.
CHI provides you with basic tutoring materials for casual English conversation lessons with your students. Most Ukrainians learn English in school and are eager for the opportunity to practice with a native speaker.
In your free time, you can visit sites and spend quality time with your host family and new friends that you have made during your stay.
While Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine, most people also speak Russian. Street signs are often posted in both languages and conversations may mix both languages. If you are learning Russian, Ukraine is a destination where you will be able to improve your Russian language skills. Cultural immersion forces you to put yourself out there and try communicating with the locals. You will be surprised at how quickly you can pick up new grammar, use the correct verb tenses and improve your accent when you are surrounded by native Russian speakers.
World Explores is an independent travel program. You need to be a self-starter to make sure you find things to do in your free while your host parents are at work and your host brothers and sisters are at school. You will have a local coordinator that can give you advice about things to do, but you are ultimately responsible to keep yourself busy. We can give you ideas about how to make friends and get involved with the local community in Odessa.
Yes! You are welcome to do some traveling before, during or after your teaching program in Ukraine.
The capital city, Kiev, is a go-to spot for all travelers visiting Ukraine thanks to the golden domes of the city’s churches, a rich history, eclectic architecture and nonstop city life. Kiev is one of the most prominent cities in E astern Europe and its sights include two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Monastery of the Caves and St. Sophia Cathedral. Lviv boasts a splendid UNESCO-protected Old Town renowned for beautiful narrow streets, magnificent churches, fascinating museums and charming atmosphere. It’s cozy and welcoming, offering a wide range of themed restaurants, cool bars and great nightlife.
Ukraine is a former Soviet nation struggling to find its identity between Russian and western European influences. In the last decade, political, territorial and economic issues have led to conflict. However, we consider Ukraine a safe destination to visit. Our placements are always in safe areas of Odessa. Our partner agency will make sure that you have a 24-hour in-country support system throughout your stay in case you need assistance.
A great way to travel on a budget
World Explorers in Ukraine?