Volunteer in Belarus

Brighten the lives of disabled children or young adults from an institution

Volunteer at the Holiday Camp

Every summer since 1998 we have been taking children and young adults with disabilities from Zhuravichi and Rechitsa Institutions in Belarus to Ptich Sanatorium. A sanatorium is a kind of holiday camp and health spa where visitors can also receive health treatments.

In recent years we have also been able to send a few adults from Vikov institution for a sanatorium holiday.

Each summer, we fly teams of volunteers from Britain to make sure that the children and young adults have a wonderful holiday. organising all sorts of fun and games to make their holiday one that they will never forget.

This short video was made by Alina Isachenka during one of the holidays at Ptich. You can also take a look at this photobook which has lots of lovely photos taken by some of our volunteers over the years along with their thoughts about the effects that the experience has had on them (you will need to be using a computer rather than a mobile phone to view the photobook). One of our recent volunteers, Neil, has written an amusing and very informative blog about his experience of volunteering at Ptich, which is well worth a read.                                                        

Volunteer at an Institution

Some of our more experienced volunteers go to Zhuravichi and Rechitsa Institutions instead of to the sanatorium, they spend time with the children and young people who are not able to go on holiday and make sure they have a happy summer too.

These volunteers also visit Vikov, an institution for adults with psychological disorders. Many of the residents here are quite elderly and some have dementia and, while some enjoy all the same sorts of activities, others simply appreciate the company of someone who’ll sit and listen to their stories.

One of our recent volunteers, Ellen, has written a very moving blog about her experience volunteering at Zhuravichi and Vikov.

Messages from volunteers

Would you like to volunteer with us?

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer, download our Volunteer Information Pack. It includes the following documents:

  • Volunteering in Belarus – practical information about the experience, the activities, the costs, etc.
  • Role of Volunteer – what will be expected of you during the visit.
  • Application Form – which all applicants will need to submit.
  • Information and Training Weekend – a very informal get-to-know-you weekend near Buxton.
  • Volunteer Contract – which all successful applicants will need to adhere to.

If you would like more information or have some questions then we will be only too pleased to hear from you, so do please get in touch:

Volunteer Coordinator: Lynne Murphy
07821 822727

Dates for 2019

Deadline for receiving application forms: 30th April.

All applicants will be informed if they have been successful or not by 7th May (subject to clearance by the Disclosure & Barring Service). If you apply after this there may still be spaces for people with relevant experience.

On acceptance you will need to attend a residential weekend near Buxton on May 19th/20th.

Travel dates for this year are:

Holiday camp for children and young adults at Ptich Sanatorium

Group 1 Saturday July 27th (from Manchester) to Saturday August 10th (to Manchester)
Group 2 Saturday 10th August (from Manchester) to Wednesday 21st August (to Gatwick)

Volunteers going to work at Rechitsa Boarding Home

Saturday July 27th (from Manchester) to Saturday August 10th (to Manchester)

Volunteers going to work in the institutions at Zhuravichi and Vikov (only suitable for people who have significant experience in working with people with disabilities)

Group 1 Saturday July 20th to Saturday August 3rd (to and from Manchester)
Group 2 Saturday August 3rd to Saturday August 17th (to and from Manchester)