On December 5, when the International Volunteer Day is celebrated, a worldwide call for volunteers for the GoCamp 2018 program was launched in Ukraine. The application form is available here.
Next summer, 850 volunteers from all over the world will spend several weeks in Ukrainian secondary schools where they will teach foreign languages to 85,000 schoolchildren and help them implement their own projects aimed at local changes in their communities. GoCamp is not just a unique for Ukraine project, it is also the largest volunteer program in Eastern Europe, according to its scale and purpose.
GoCamp is a summer language camp initiated by the Global Office NGO, which is being held in schools throughout the country since 2016. The GoCamp volunteers are from all over the world; they teach English, German or French to schoolchildren. Together with the teachers, they develop an interactive camp program that helps students to overcome the language barrier, learn more about other cultures and everyday life in different countries, as well as implement the social project that will have an impact on the local community. Most of the participating schools are located in small towns and villages, so the GoCamp volunteer’s arrival gives local students access to new opportunities for learning foreign languages that they did not have before. In addition to working with children, volunteers also contribute to intercultural communication and the breaking of mutual stereotypes between foreigners and Ukrainians. Thus, Ukraine receives cultural ambassadors all over the world.
Over two years, the organizers have already involved almost 500 foreigners and 70,000 schoolchildren from 382 settlements to the GoCamp volunteer program. A volunteer can be any person aged over 18 (there is no other age limit), fluent in English, German or French. Foreigners or Ukrainian expats who have been living abroad for a long time can join the program.
Additional information for the media:
Tetiana Kyrylenko 050 97 93 596;
Yulia Mishyna 096 780 98 97.