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 locations and the activities etc.
  • Volunteer Role and Requirements – what will be expected of you during the visit.
  • Volunteer Application Form – which all applicants will need to submit.

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
lynnecm@live.co.uk

Dates for 2020

Volunteers who have been accepted will need to attend an information weekend which will take place during 9th/10th May at a residential centre near Buxton. This is compulsory for volunteers who have not been to Belarus before.

Provisional visit dates for 2020 will be:

Rechitsa Institution

Group 1 Saturday July 18th to Saturday August 1st (to and from Manchester)
Group 2 Saturday August 1st to Saturday August 15th (to and from Manchester)

Ptich Sanatorium

Group 1 Saturday July 25th to Saturday August 8th (to and from Manchester)
Group 2 Saturday August 8th to Wednesday 19th August (from Manchester, return to Gatwick)

Zhuravichi and Vikov Institutions
(only suitable for people who have significant experience in working with people with disabilities)

Group 1 Saturday July 25th to Saturday August 8th (to and from Manchester)
Group 2 Saturday August 8th to Saturday August 22nd (to and from Manchester)