GoCamp is looking for English/German/French-speaking volunteers who would come to Ukraine and interact with the children in English, German or French, get a great time, new friends and unforgettable experience in schools!
All volunteers will get
Consider this great opportunity to volunteer abroad and discover Ukraine. Let’s change Ukraine together and make children`s dreams come true!
You may choose any of the following options:
May 30 - June 14 (training for volunteers on May 30 - June 02)
June 06 - June 21 (training for volunteers on June 06- June 09)
August 08 - August 23 (training for volunteers on August 08 -August 11)
transfer from the Kyiv airport and orientation training after arrival to Kyiv
pre-departure support by email
travel to your host community and back
SIM-cards for local calls
support from office staff and a hotline 24/7
certificate and recommendations
To complete the registration process you need to send us following documents:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If we determine that you are a good match for our program, we will invite you for a Skype interview.
The earlier you submit your application the more options you will have for your campsite preference.
As a non-governmental organization, Global Office fundraises money for its projects and by paying a participation fee volunteers also contribute to GoCamp and by this expense receive:
1. pre-departure team assistance
2. visa support
3. airport pickup and transfer to the training location
4. orientation training
5. food and accommodation during the training
6. logistics to their camp locations and back to Kyiv
7. in-country support and 24/7 hotline
GoCamp Alumni are not obliged to pay a participation fee, yet can also support the project if they have a possibility and willingness to donate.
What activities should I do in camp?
As a Camp volunteer you are expected to act in a professional manner to provide our kids a quality and memorable stay while they are at camp. Along with the training, we encourage our volunteers to engage in activities they enjoy and can teach children more about, as well as the various cultures you come from according to one of four camp strand that you choose: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), Citizenship, Leadership and Career Exploration, Sports and Health.
What are the camp strands?
GoCamp 2017 programs will be developed according to four strands:
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Students and teachers engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself.
According to UNESCO, citizenship education describes courses that educate people on recognizing, analyzing and investigating issues in their communities. These courses foster active citizenship in order to promote sustainable societies.These three objectives correspond both to educating the individual as a subject of ethics and law, and to educating citizens. These objectives suggest four major themes for citizenship education:
The relations between individuals and society: individual and collective freedoms, and rejection of any kind of discrimination.
The relations between citizens and the government: what is involved in democracy and the organization of the state.
The relations between the citizen and democratic life.
The responsibility of the individual and the citizen in the international community.
Leadership and Career Exploration
Career exploration allows students to dig deeper into learning about careers in local and regional labor markets. Experiences are tailored to each student’s interests, which makes them feel involved and better informed for making future career and education choices. Adding leadership development component will make a program that facilitates the growth of young men and women who desire to be challenged in their transition to adulthood, rather than lingering in a continuation of childhood.
Sports and Health
Health education builds students' knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health. Health education teachers about physical, mental, emotional and social health. It motivates students to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors. Health education curricula and instruction help students learn skills they will use to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime.
Effective curricula result in positive changes in behavior that lower student risks around: alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, injury prevention, mental and emotional health, nutrition, physical activity, prevention of diseases and sexuality and family life.
What age are the children at camps?
School children aged 10 to 15. Camp groups will be age and English/German/French languages ability mixed, and these may vary from school to school.
Where will I go and for how long?
All regions of Ukraine except for Donetsk and Luhansk regions are covered. You will be sent to the region you showed interest in, however, no area is guaranteed due to a large number of volunteers.
There are a few camp formats:
- 1st session
May 30 - June 14 (training for volunteers on May 30 - June 2)
- 2nd session
August 9 - August 23 (training for volunteers on August 9-12)
What will be provided during the orientation training?
Training will occur in Kyiv or Kyiv region. You will participate in training regarding the scope of your work – lessons planning, working with students, and delivering classes, you will have time and space to create activities for students, using advanced educational methodologies etc.
The orientation training will include:
- a session on child protection policy
- a crash course on the Ukrainian language
- practical advice on behavior and classroom management
- practical fun camp activities
- strand-related educational activities.
transfer from the Kyiv airport
When is the application deadline?
The earlier you submit the application the more chances we will have to satisfy your preference of camp location.
Who is the typical GoCamp volunteer?
GoGlobal volunteer should be at least 18 years old; speak English/German/French fluently; enthusiastic to work with kids; has interest or experience in the spheres of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), Citizenship, Leadership and Career Exploration, Sports and Health; willing to make an impact in Ukraine.
My country is not traditionally an English/German/French speaking country, but I am a near-native speaker; can I still apply?
Yes, we have had many successful volunteers who are near-native speakers. Applicants who are not native English/German/French speakers must demonstrate fluency and error-free speech in a Skype interview.
How are applications evaluated?
Applications are evaluated based on a number of criteria that are indicative of a candidate’s potential for successful participation in the program:
- English/German/French-language skills (applicants must demonstrate at least upper-intermediate level of English/German/French)
Experience working with children
Ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and well‐being of children
Skills of effective communication and engagement with children
I applied to GoCamp in the past. Can I apply again?
Past applicants who were not accepted to the program are welcome to reapply. If you have applied before and want to reapply in the future, you will have to submit an entirely new application, however, as we cannot transfer over materials from past applications.
I have already participated in GoCamp. Can I do the program again?
If you have participated before and want to do the program again, you will have to submit an entirely new application, however, as we cannot transfer over materials from past applications.
What is the GoCamp application like?
Steps of application:
1) Fill out the online application form
2) Skype interview with our manager. The interviews usually last between 20-40 minutes
3) Submit a full package of documents (the list of documents will be sent)
4) Sign of Agreement online
5) Pay the participation fee
6) Get introduced to the local school teacher and host family.
When will I know if I have been accepted? What happens after the interview?
We will be in touch with you about your status within two weeks of your interview. If you are accepted into the program, we will email you information about confirming your participation and deadlines for the submission of required documents.
Can couples do this program?
Couples are welcome to apply to the program. Each person must submit the application except the children under 18. If both people are accepted to the program, we will take couple status into account when making placement decisions.
Is there a program fee?
There is a $75 participation fee in the program. Applicants pay the fee after the confirmation of participation in the program.
Does the program pay for my plane tickets?
The program does NOT cover airfare to and from Ukraine.
What other costs are associated with the program?
Volunteers are responsible for covering the cost of: airfare to and from Ukraine, obtaining their visas (transportation to and from consulates, doctor’s appointments, Criminal Background Checks, etc.), international medical insurance and bringing sufficient funds for their own personal needs (travel, leisure, etc.)
Should I fly to Kiev or somewhere closer to my camp?
The training week will occur around Kyiv and we encourage all of our volunteers to attend the training. After the training, transportation will be provided to the camp. However, knowing that plane tickets can be expensive, if the cost of a ticket to somewhere closer to your camp is cheaper it will not affect your ability to be a volunteer.
Will I need a Visa?
Citizens of the United States, European Union, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand do not require visas among other countries. To inquire if Ukraine requires you to need a Visa please check with the Ukraine embassy in your country or at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. http://mfa.gov.ua/en/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-requirements-for-foreigners GoGlobal support office will assist volunteers with this process, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the volunteer to contact their consulate and to gather and submit their paperwork.
How will I arrive at my camp?
GoGlobal provides transportation for our volunteers free of charge to the nearest to the camp railway station after the orientation training in Kyiv. Local school representatives are expected to pick the volunteers up at the station and bring to the camp site.
Who will I be working with at the camp?
Our volunteers will not be the only teachers at the camps. Camp staff comprises of English/German/French and other subject teachers from the participating schools.
What is the time commitment?
The time and commitment required varies depending on the role and the needs of the local Camp. Generally, we require volunteers to be available for around 5 hours during the day, 5 days a week (Mon to Fri), and weekends are free.
Are weekends free?
Saturdays and Sundays are free. During the weekends, you may travel and site-see. GoGlobal managers will be happy to provide advice and assistance. It is also possible to stay at the camp if you do not wish to visit nearby cities. Volunteers are welcome to explore Ukraine before or after the program at their own cost.
What is meant by “food (partly) is provided”?
At most camps breakfast and lunch will be provided by the school. Dinner meals are provided at some, but not all, camps. If this is an issue, please contact your GoGlobal representative.
How much spending money should I bring?
The amount of spending money you should bring depends on how much you think you will spend while in Ukraine. The current exchange rate can be found here (http://coinmill.com/UAH_calculator.html#UAH). While keeping in mind that volunteers near smaller villages will spend less money during the week relative to volunteers in larger cities, GoGlobal recommends at least $100.00 (USD) for each week you will be in Ukraine.