“One of the most memorable experiences of my life!”

General Impression

Overall Rating:    10 / 10

I had the desire to come to Ukraine and volunteer with children at the orphanage in Cherkasy for a few years now. I was finally able to realize it in June of 2017; I spent 3 weeks and had one of the most memorable experiences of my life! I was immediately surprised on my first day when a slightly older girl came up to me and politely introduced herself in English! The children here are amazing; well-mannered, warm-hearted, and happy to get to know you and practice their English. There were many times of joy and laughter, but other times it was emotionally difficult due to the nature of the orphanage and circumstances of some of the children. I understood from my stay the loving and tireless work of the staff workers; from the teachers to the nurses and orphanage directors - it is important to volunteer and support the work they are doing. I would like to say a special thank you to Alexander who guided me and made himself available as a friend. To Inna, my host person, and more like a mother figure who opened up her home to me and cooked meals for me. I will never forget this experience and the people most of all, I hope to be able to return in the future.