Short-Term Mission Trips With Last Bell
We welcome our friends into relationships with Last Bell youth and staff through visiting us in Ukraine. Because relationships are the heart of our ministry, we’d love to know you personally and invite you into the Last Bell community! Mission trips are often oriented around a practical need such as teaching English, a construction project, or staff support. They always include tours of our facilities and programs, as well as cultural immersion.
English Language Seminars
In June of 2018, we will provide our first English Language Seminar for orphanage graduates. Hosted by American volunteers, these seminars will help our young people prepare for college entrance exams. The English portion of these exams has become more difficult in recent years, so helping orphanage graduates improve their English skills makes a real difference to their future education! Please contact us if you have ESL training and would like to volunteer.
Restoration Project Trips
Our vital Restoration Project provides young men with job skills and sustainable employment so they can provide for themselves and their families. The RP team renovates orphanage graduates’ apartments and homes, which are often unlivable and unsafe after years of family neglect. On a Restoration Project trip, Americans with construction skills work alongside our Ukrainian RP crew.
Special Project Trips
Maybe your skills are tailor-made for an individualized journey based on your specific gifting. We have experience with this and would love to discuss ways to help you become part of our ministry in Ukraine.
Serving In Ukraine
Ukraine is a beautiful country with a rich history and varied landscape. Because of its vast fields of wheat and other agricultural products, it’s often called “the breadbasket of Europe.” Most Ukrainians speak Russian, Ukrainian, or a mix, and they love it when visitors offer a few well-practiced Ukrainian phrases! Last Bell works in the city of Zhytomyr (pronounced “zhih-TOE-mer”), about two hours’ drive from the capital city, Kyiv. Zhytomyr is a mid-sized city of about 250,000 residents, and features a mix of old (the St. Sophia Cathedral, 1751) and new (a downtown mall with a McDonald’s). On most short-term trips with Last Bell, you’ll have a chance to spend some time exploring this city we love.