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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!

Neither degree nor experience is required. You also don’t need to speak the local language. 
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$1 buys $26.68 Ukrainian Hryvnia
We encourage you to take a trip to a country off the beaten path. Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe that is known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Ukraine is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe – possibly the number one reason why you should visit. Accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, food, and drinks are all budget-friendly, and you get so much out of your experience. What more can you ask for?

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.

Americans do not need a visa to stay in Ukraine for up to 90 days. If you are from another native English speaking country, please check the visa requirements that pertain to you.

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.

In the summer months, Ukraine has a wonderful climate and lots of sunshine. There are beautiful beaches and a gorgeous countryside to explore. Winter, on the other hand, can be pretty chilly, but what shows more integrity on your resume than surviving a winter in Ukraine? World Explorers runs year-round, sign up today!
Some of the overseas partner agencies we work with place restrictions on age. We recommend this destination for travelers ages 18-40+. Some older candidates may be considered, but we cannot guarantee it.


In order to teach English in Ukraine you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Be a high school graduate

Be flexible and adaptable to a different culture

Be respectful of your host family’s rules

Be a fluent English speaker *

* from the United States, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand. Residents from other countries may only be considered if they are completely fluent in English
Travel options from 30 to 90 days

Program Costs

CHI is a non-profit organization, but we still have fixed costs that are necessary for running the program. Our overseas partners are actually for-profit, and we must take that into consideration as well. Our partners do the work to find and screen excellent host families that match your interests and needs!

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