All-Ukrainian Association for Youth Co-operation “Alternative-V” - is a non-political, non-profit non-governmental
youth organisation, founded in 1992. Alternative-V was created to facilitate co-operation between youth organisations,
to involve Ukrainian young people into programmes on the national and international level in the fields of education, culture,
ecology, historical heredity protection and helping disadvantaged people.
The main activities of the organisation include short-term voluntary projects (workcamps, EVS), long-term voluntary
projects, seminars, conferences and trainings on both national and international level, youth exchanges and educational
programmes; local, regional and national projects aimed at promotion of voluntary movement.
The organisation is a member of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations, CCIVS /UNESCO
(Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service). The organisation is an official partner of
SCI(Service Civil International) and ICYE (International Cultural Youth Exchange).
UNION FORUM in short
UNION FORUM, is nonpolitical, nongovernmental, nonprofit youth organization founded in Lviv, Ukraine running International Volunteer Exchange Programme (inbound and outbound) since 1991 without gaps. We also do seminars and trainings aimed at youth personal development, democratic values, volunteering, European programs, leadership skills development and other, since 2007 actively promote Youth in Action (2007-2013) and now ERASMUS + in Ukraine as EVS sending organisation.
UNION FORUM SLOGAN is “COME&GO, LEARN&GROW”
Age limit: 18-27.
Camp language: English.
Camp duration: up to two weeks in summer (July-August).
Number of volunteers per camp: 8-10 volunteers including 1-2 camp leaders. There will be a maximum of 2 volunteers
per country in order to have an intercultural group.
Application start: Union Forum starts placing volunteers as soon our program is ready- from March 1.
The volunteers work up to 32 hours a week, having the weekend off. There can be exceptions: in summer children camps
or during the festivals there can be longer working hours during the day or different days for days off.
During all projects time can be spent to explore the surroundings and more of Ukraine. We always try to organise some
interesting trips during the week end- to get know more about Ukraine, it culture and history.
The camp leaders will prepare some activities, but ideas are always welcome! Also during the camp period most of our
projects foreseen different interesting master-classes aimed on personal development and cultural exchange.
One-two camp leaders from Ukraine in each project. These leaders are ex-volunteers with experience in voluntary camps,
they will be trained by Union Forum. They will be living and working together with the other volunteers during the project.
At least 4 weeks before the project starts we will send to volunteer’s sending organisations detailed information sheet about
the work camp. The info sheet contains information about the terminal and meeting place and time, contact numbers
including emergency ones, more detailed information about the work and lodging, a list of what to bring.
Right before the start of the work camp the camp leaders send a welcome letter to all participants in which they will
introduce themselves, emphasize what participants should bring, and have the opportunity to give the latest information
about the project.
Since 2015 we introduced a participation fee for all camps. Union Forum doesn’t get any financial support from any funds.
Plus the fee outgoing volunteers pays Union Forum is reduced to minimum in order to make participation in exchange
accessible to all.
BUT FOR SUMMER 2017 WAIVED EXTRA FEE (no extra fee)! We happy to WELCOME your volunteers!
IMPORTANT: BEFORE COMING TO UKRAINE
TO ENTER UKRAINE VOLUNTEER MUST HAVE international passport (not plastic ID!!!!) valid for sixth months beyond date of travel. The citizens of EU and EEA countries, USA, Canada, Izrael, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Serbia and neighbouring ex-Soviet countries – DO NOT NEED visas to come to Ukraine for short term. The other nationalities might need visa - please check it in advance.
Updated information about each country citizens on the site of Ukrainian Government