reception booklet kyiv
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DESCRIPTIONRecption booklet for 11-12
We are so happy you have chosen Ukraine for the internship. Be sure you will get the best memories, the best friends, the
chance to live one of the best parts of your life here.
So, after you are matched and got the invitation letter, you will have to go to Ukrainian embassy in your country and apply for
visa. But, not all the countries need to do that. In the following you can read whether you need to apply for visa or not.
-Visas are not required for EU or Swiss citizens who enter Ukraine or transit through its territory for the period of time of
up to 90 days with a valid travel passport.
-Visas to Ukraine are not required for the US and Canadian citizens who enter Ukraine within six months after their
previous trip to Ukraine or transit through its territory for a period of up to 90 days with a valid American travel passport.
-The US citizens need to make sure that their current medical insurance has coverage in Ukraine.
-Visas to Ukraine are not required for the Japanese citizens who enter Ukraine or transit through its territory for a period
time of up to 90 days with a valid Japanese travel passport.
-If you are a citizen of any other country or the rules above do not apply to your situation, then you need to apply for a
Ukrainian visa at the consulate. No invitation letters are required for citizens of the US, Canada, Japan and Turkey for
obtaining official, business, private, cultural, or sports visas.
-No visas are required for citizens of Mongolia and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (except
You may apply for visa to Ukraine at the Consular/Visa Section of the Embassy of Ukraine. For the list of Ukrainian
Embassies -> http://www.kievtravel.com.ua/ukremb.php
For all types of visas (transit, short- and long-term) the following documents should be submitted:
-completed visa application form for each applicant holding a separate passport or being included in the joint passport;
-fully valid passport/travel document ;
-two recent passport sized photographs;
-two separate postal orders (or company cheques) covering the handling charge and visa fee;
-contact telephone numbers of all applicants (work, home or mobile). The period of visa processing is 3-10 working days.
The visa requirements may change, so it would be better if you call the embassy and make sure whether you need visa or
Packing the luggage or what clothes you have to take.
Here, in Kyiv, we have continental humid climate. Through the year we have 4 seasons: winter (with the average
temperature -4 to -10 C), spring (with the average temperature +10 to +15), summer (the hottest season, the
temperature may go from +15 to +30), autumn (average temperature is like in spring). But the above temperature is only
average and may vary. So, the real warm/hot season starts in the middle may and lasts till the beginning of September.
During this season we usually wear t-shirts, shorts, light jeans, sandals, light jackets. Then it becomes colder in the
middle of September and till the middle of November and also kind of the same is in the middle of March till end of
April/beginning of May. During this time we may wear sweaters, jackets, boots, jeans, sometimes hats. And the coldest
time are all winter months and March and also November. This when you want to have warm jacket on, sweater, warm
boots, hat etc.
Considering not only the cloths it would be nice if you take the linens with you and the towel. You really do not need to
take all the bath stuff, it is possible and actually better to buy all those here.
Electricity 220 volts, 50Hz is the standard electrical voltage throughout Ukraine. To use electrical appliances you will need a
converter as well as an Eastern-European plug adapter.
The time here
The Ukrainian time is +2 GMT. And starting this year it stays like this all over the year. Though before this year we were
advancing the time by 1 hour each last April Sunday and till the last October Sunday.
The Ukrainian national currency is the Gryvnya. However, it is possible to bring Euro or USA dollars with you. You can
exchange them in any major bank or at any exchange point around the city.
Changing U.S. dollars for Ukrainian Gryvnyas or another currency is legal only at banks, currency exchange desks at
hotels and at licensed exchange booths. Beware of changing money on the streets or with private individuals: it's illegal
and it can be dangerous. Remember however that old or damaged bill may not be accepted or accepted under the lower
rate. The "hard currency" stores only accept Gryvnyas but almost all of them have a money exchange booth on the
To learn the current exchange rate of gryvnya (UAH) to almost any currency check the following link:
You may also bring credit cards with you. It is very easy to find an ATM. And it would also be right to bring the visa one,
because they are the ones that work in every bank and every ATM.
What is different here:
Home and family in Ukraine
Ukrainian culture has agrarian roots. Just two generations ago the urban population was a fraction of what it is
today after the Soviets' experiment in forced industrialization and urbanization. Almost everyone has grandparents
or relatives that live in the countryside. Until perestroika, country folk weren't allowed to move to the city. People
still do not move around as much as in the West, especially the middle-aged and elderly. Often one or both
grandparents will live with their children and help take care of small children. This was a necessity during Soviet
times, when women were drawn into the workforce en masse.
Superstitions and mysticism
Ukrainians have preserved superstitions and omens about things like shaking hands through a doorway, whistling
indoors, and other things. Everyone knows these omens and jokes about them, but they avoid breaking them all the
same. Western society is more rational not only in this regard, but in every other. Ukrainians' religious views
(especially in areas where Orthodoxy dominates) have elements of mysticism and uncertainty, while Western
Christians tend to think in terms such as, "to get to heaven you need to do A, B, and C."
On average Ukrainians' personal space is smaller than in Germanic and Anglo-saxon cultures. Some people touch
each other quite a bit during conversations if they are standing. Greeting women with a kiss on the cheek is
common. On the gesticulation scale Ukrainians are more subdued than southern Europeans but more animate than
Scandinavians. Gestures tend to be smallerno American arm-flapping here! Also, smiling is usually reserved for
In Ukraine guests are given lots of attention. If you are someone's house guest, your hosts will likely take you
around town and show you the sights for several days. Traditional Ukrainian attitudes dictate that guests be well-
fed and entertained for as long as they stay at your home. Offering a guest a glass of ice water (common behavior in
the U.S.) seems an absurdity to Ukrainians, the more so because ice water is thought to cause colds. In the business
world, however, drinking bottled water has started to catch on, and being offered a glass of water is no longer an
I think that Ukrainian alphabet will be something new and interesting for you! It has 32 letters and completely
differs from any other alphabet. BUT, if u know the alphabet, it will be easier for you to orient in Kyiv and get help in
case. So lets check it out.
Letter Transliteration As it is pronounced
- Makes the previous letter soft
So, GOOD LUCK in learning the alphabet=)
Now, after you got all the documents, packed the things, LEARNED the alphabet you ready to go to Ukraine.
Depending what type of transport you take to Ukraine, you may arrive to Borispol airport, Zhulyany airport, Railway
station. Lets look through all those and the ways you can get to the city.
This one is the biggest in Ukraine and almost all planes land in this airport. The Borispol airport is about 40 minutes
away from Kyiv. When you are in Borispol, take your luggage, go through security and after that go outside of the
airport. There you will see busses #322. Take one of those. It will take you to the railway station (the last stop)
, where somebody from AIESEC will be waiting for you with a BIG smile=)
This airport primary works as internal one but sometimes flights from border countries are taken. If you land in
ZHULYANY then the AIESEC member will be able to meet you. But still make sure. If no one is able to meet you in