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Richard Woodruff, Founder of Front Line Kit - A British Volunteer Making a Difference in Ukraine
Volunteers’ Experiences
Nov 20, 2023
Richard Woodruff, Founder of Front Line Kit - A British Volunteer Making a Difference in Ukraine

A heartfelt interview with Richard Woodruff, a dedicated volunteer and founder of the organization Front Line Kit. Discover his motivations, the hurdles he's overcome, and the immense impact of his volunteering impact in Ukraine.

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“Make Pizza, Not War”: Volunteering with Siobhan’s Trust 
Volunteering Opportunities
Oct 31, 2023
“Make Pizza, Not War”: Volunteering with Siobhan’s Trust 

Since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Scottish charity Siobhan’s Trust has been working 24/7 to bring pizza and positivity to the people of Ukraine. Siobhan’s Trust has served up to 5000 weary people pizzas, hot drinks,fruit and snacks in one day, putting a smile on the faces of the most vulnerable people in Ukraine...

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From Chile to Lviv: Meet Humanitarian Aid Volunteer Nicolás
Volunteers’ Experiences
Oct 17, 2023
From Chile to Lviv: Meet Humanitarian Aid Volunteer Nicolás

Following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Nicolás felt a deep connection with the people of Ukraine, and flew all the way from Chile to Ukraine to volunteer. Now in Lviv, he is having the best time of his life and doesn’t want to go home! Read about Nicolás and his inspiring experience of volunteering below...

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Feeding the Troops at Kyiv Kitchen Hub “Ants”
Volunteering Opportunities
Oct 6, 2023
Feeding the Troops at Kyiv Kitchen Hub “Ants”

Every month, the charity Kyiv Kitchen Hub “Ants” creates and supplies meals to approximately 10,000 soldiers who have no facilities to cook. “We Work, We Get Tired, but We Know Why and Who We Do it For”.

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Humanitarian Aid for Ukrainian Soldiers: Camouflage Netting
Volunteering Opportunities
Oct 1, 2023
Humanitarian Aid for Ukrainian Soldiers: Camouflage Netting

At many centres across the vibrant city of Lviv, volunteers are working side-by-side to protect soldiers by weaving camouflage nets, a vital form of defense that keeps soldiers safe by concealing their positions...

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Some More “Dos and Don’ts” in Ukraine: A Guide to Popular Ukrainian Superstitions
Culture and History
Sep 27, 2023
Some More “Dos and Don’ts” in Ukraine: A Guide to Popular Ukrainian Superstitions

Explore some popular Ukrainian superstitions to be aware of during your time in Ukraine...

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Exploring Lviv: A Guided Tour for Foreign Volunteers
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Sep 19, 2023
Exploring Lviv: A Guided Tour for Foreign Volunteers

A delightful journey with the "Beginning of Lviv" walking tour - key locations in the city center, all conveniently situated within a short walking distance from one another, ensuring an effortless and engaging exploration of Lviv's historical treasures...

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Every Child Matters: Volunteering for Ukraine’s Children
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Sep 11, 2023
Every Child Matters: Volunteering for Ukraine’s Children

The traumas of war have a life-long impact on a child’s social, emotional and educational development. In times of war, children and young people are therefore among the most vulnerable. Since the full-scale invasion of Russia in February 2022, hundreds of thousands of children in Ukraine have been exposed to deeply traumatic events...

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Dos and Don'ts in Ukrainian Social Culture: Your Guide to Successful Connections
Culture and History
Sep 8, 2023
Dos and Don'ts in Ukrainian Social Culture: Your Guide to Successful Connections

Have you ever accidentally committed a social faux-pas when travelling abroad? It’s easy to do, as all cultures have unique social etiquette and preferred ways of interacting...

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Ukrainian Independence Day Commemorations in Canada
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Aug 29, 2023
Ukrainian Independence Day Commemorations in Canada

From coast to coast, Canadians are marking 32 years of independence with festivals and commemorations with over 40 different events.

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August 24: Ukraine’s National Independence Day 
Culture and History
Aug 24, 2023
August 24: Ukraine’s National Independence Day 

Today, on Ukraine’s 32nd Independence Day, three Ukrainian women describe what independence means to them and we share some fascinating facts about Ukraine...

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The Long Hard Road to Ukraine's Independence: A 20th-Century Retrospective
Culture and History
Aug 22, 2023
The Long Hard Road to Ukraine's Independence: A 20th-Century Retrospective

As we approach Ukraine's Independence Day on August 24, it is more important than ever to challenge Russian propaganda and remember the journey that brought Ukraine to independence in 1991...

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Volunteer Opportunity in Lviv: Domivka Animal Shelter
Volunteering Opportunities
Aug 16, 2023
Volunteer Opportunity in Lviv: Domivka Animal Shelter

Domivka Shelter in Lviv is home to over 1,700 wild, exotic and domestic animals. Rescued storks with broken legs or wings feed beside wild storks that have come to join them. In this blog, we talk to Victoria about the shelter’s mission, plans for the future and how volunteers can help - from near and afar. 

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A Humanitarian Aid Volunteer from Germany Shares her Experience of Going to Ukraine
Volunteers’ Experiences
Aug 11, 2023
A Humanitarian Aid Volunteer from Germany Shares her Experience of Going to Ukraine

Nadia travelled from Munich in Germany to volunteer at Front Line Kitchen. In this interview, she shares her experiences of volunteering, her impressions of Ukraine and her determination to return in the future.

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Empowering Ukraine: 10 Effective Ways to Offer Support and Solidarity
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Aug 9, 2023
Empowering Ukraine: 10 Effective Ways to Offer Support and Solidarity

The resilience of the Ukrainian people shines through, and there are meaningful ways we can contribute to their well-being and empowerment during these difficult times...

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Volunteering in Ukraine: A Guide to Staying Safe and Protecting Others
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Aug 7, 2023
Volunteering in Ukraine: A Guide to Staying Safe and Protecting Others

It’s important to know what to expect, how to stay safe and how to protect those around you. Here you can read about current laws, safety tips and how to be respectful during your time in Ukraine...

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Celebrating Ukrainian Statehood Day: The Historical Roots of This Important Day
Culture and History
Jul 28, 2023
Celebrating Ukrainian Statehood Day: The Historical Roots of This Important Day

In 2021, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy chose July 28th to celebrate Ukraine’s Statehood Day. This date has immense historical...

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Russian Terror from the Skies: Echoes of the London Blitz
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Jul 20, 2023
Russian Terror from the Skies: Echoes of the London Blitz

After more than 500 days, the relentless assault of Russia on the civilians and infrastructure of Ukraine continues unabated. The ongoing and immense toll of the war on the daily lives of the Ukrainian people...

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“Once Upon a Time:” How Ukrainian Folklore Reflects Ukrainian Cultural Values
Culture and History
Jul 17, 2023
“Once Upon a Time:” How Ukrainian Folklore Reflects Ukrainian Cultural Values

Ukraine has a rich tradition of folklore, song and music, which have been transmitted in word and song from generation to generation...

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Welcome to the Beautiful Ukrainian Language
Language
Jul 11, 2023
Welcome to the Beautiful Ukrainian Language

Ukrainian is a beautiful, melodic language that is more than seven centuries old and spoken by 46 million people. In this blog, we introduce our Ukrainian teacher, Oksii...

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The Powerfully Symbolic Ukrainian Tryzub (Trident) : Its Meaning for Ukraine and its People.
Culture and History
Jul 2, 2023
The Powerfully Symbolic Ukrainian Tryzub (Trident) : Its Meaning for Ukraine and its People.

What is this powerfully symbolic trident and what does it mean for Ukraine and its people? The history of the Tryzub dates back long ago to the time of...

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“The Color of Losses”: Supporting Mental Health in Ukraine.
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Jun 21, 2023
“The Color of Losses”: Supporting Mental Health in Ukraine.

A recent UN survey reports that Ukrainian people believe that the most significant impact of the war is on their mental health. This is reflected in the voices that have emerged from Ukraine...

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“Bringing Love to Ukraine”: A German Volunteer's Experience in Lviv
Volunteers’ Experiences
Jun 19, 2023
“Bringing Love to Ukraine”: A German Volunteer's Experience in Lviv

Eva-Maria Dempf describes her ten days volunteering in Lyiv as one of the most significant experiences of her life. In her blog, which you can read here, she shares her memories of the beautiful city of Lyiv...

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How to Donate Blood in Ukraine
Practical Information
Jun 17, 2023
How to Donate Blood in Ukraine

In Ukraine, the act of donating blood is of vital importance, especially now. As the war with Russia continues to wreak havoc, the demand for blood transfusions has increased exponentially...

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Hell’s Kitchen Kharkiv – Real-Life Drama Produces Real-World Aid
Volunteering Opportunities
Jun 10, 2023
Hell’s Kitchen Kharkiv – Real-Life Drama Produces Real-World Aid

Known in Ukrainian as “Pekelna Kuhyna”, Hell’s Kitchen was co-founded by Yehor Horoshko in a hostel basement in space provided by the owner, Ivan Berezhny. From these humble beginnings...

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Transportation in Ukraine: How to Find Your Way Around Safely and Efficiently
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Jun 8, 2023
Transportation in Ukraine: How to Find Your Way Around Safely and Efficiently

Here we offer some tips on how to get around in Ukraine so that you can spend your time enjoying the sights rather than struggling to simply get from point A to point B...

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 A British Volunteer in Ukraine Shares His Experience at Front Line Kitchen in Lviv
Volunteers’ Experiences
May 23, 2023
A British Volunteer in Ukraine Shares His Experience at Front Line Kitchen in Lviv

In April 2023, Joel Rabinowitz volunteer from London came to Front Line Kitchen in Lviv, Ukraine, where he spent a week with a team of local and international volunteers from all around the world come together to prepare hearty and healthy meals...

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Vyshyvanka Day: Celebrating Ukrainian Culture with Ukraine’s Special Shirt
Culture and History
May 18, 2023
Vyshyvanka Day: Celebrating Ukrainian Culture with Ukraine’s Special Shirt

Every year on the third Thursday in May, Ukrainians around the world celebrate Vyshyvanka Day, a colorful and festive event that celebrates Ukraine’s rich cultural heritage. On this day they celebrate the iconic Vyshyvanka...

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The Ultimate Packing List for Volunteering in Ukraine
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May 7, 2023
The Ultimate Packing List for Volunteering in Ukraine

So you’re ready to volunteer in Ukraine. You’ve got your flights booked, accommodations reserved, your visa and travel insurance sorted, but there’s one more challenge. What on earth would you pack when volunteering in Ukraine...

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