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Here you can find: 1. Information about city 2. Climate, clothes 3. Language 4. Money and prices in Kyiv 5. Transport 6. Communication 7. Sightseeing in Kiev 8. Info about LC 9. Check list


1. information about city Kiev is one of the biggest cities in Europe. It is a bustling capital of independent Ukraine, its administrative, economic, scientific, cultural and educational center. This scenic city with population of over 3 million people is located on the shores of the Dnepr River. Kiev is a city of invaluable historical and cultural monuments, a city of great events and outstanding people. Everyone will find there something especially interesting for himself. The art and architecture of Kiev are considered world treasures. Many famous artists, poets and writers estimated the unique beauty of this city. The most renowned landmarks include: Cathedral of St. Sophia with outstanding mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 11th century; Kievo-Percherskaya Lavra featuring several monasteries and cathedrals; Golden Gate of Kiev, which date back to 1037; Ukrainian Baroque Church of St. Andrew; the magnificent 19th-century Cathedral of St. Vladimir; and many other attractions. Kiev is often referred to as "the mother of all cities" by Russians and Ukrainians. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe. In the historical center of Kiev you can feel the spirit of the past everywhere. Kiev is distinguished for its rich cultural life. Theater lovers will find many theatres offering various theatrical programs. Most performances are held in Ukrainian or Russian. The recently renovated Kiev Opera House presents very good opera as well as a broad repertoire of ballets. Ivan Franko Theater is a center of Ukrainian drama, comedy, and musicals. A lot of various exhibitions are carried out in the city's numerous museums and art galleries. Kiev is also a scientific and educational center of Ukraine. Various universities and science academies including famous Kiev-Mogilyanskaya Academy, which is one of the first scientific establishments in Eastern Europe, are located there. Being the largest city of Ukraine, Kiev is a leading industrial and commercial center of the country. Kiev's major industries include: food processing (especially processing of beet sugar), metallurgy, manufacture of machinery, machine tools, rolling stock, chemicals, building materials, and textiles. The development of Ukrainian economy gave impulse to business activity of the city. There are a lot of new office centers, banks, trade exhibition centers and other commercial enterprises appearing in the city nowadays.


2. Climate and weather There are distinct four seasons in a year with its accompanying weather patterns. January is the coldest month of the year and July is the warmest, with average temperatures of 19.2 degrees Fahrenheit (-7.1 degrees Celsius) for the former and 66.7 Fahrenheit (19.2 degrees Celsius) for the latter. The average wind speed in Kyiv is 2.7 meters per second. During the winter, temperatures can drop to -4 degrees Fahrenheit and typically starts in November up until April. Summer season is from May until September or continues until October. Summer temperatures can rise up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (or 25 degrees Celsius). Mild and temperate characterize Kyiv’s springs and falls. Spring usually lasts from March to May. There will be rare instances, however, when temperatures in March can drop to 24.8 degrees Fahrenheit or -4 degrees Celsius. In spring as well, Kyiv experiences hot dry winds and “black� storms strike. In late September, the city experiences autumn weather and it typically lasts until December. Fall in the city is sometimes referred to as Indian summer because of the presence of rain and the relatively mild temperature in the air along with relatively clear days.


Kiev average weather by month Month

=) January

Temperature 째F Average Max min

Average Rainfall (mm)

Absolute Max min

Daily

Average Snow Days

Average Fog days

Monthly

22.8 22.8

52.0 63.1

-16.6 -13.5

1.1

33.4

15

4

February

31.5 33.6

1.4

38.2

14

3

March

43.0

29.8

71.4

3.2

1.3

39.4

9

3

April

57.4

41.0

80.2

21.2

1.5

45.9

2

2

May

68.5

50.0

92.5

32.0

1.8

55.3

0

1

74.1

56.5

91.4

41.0

3

89.8

0

1

78.3

60.3

97.3

48.2

2.5

78.5

0

1

76.8

58.6

97.9

42.6

2.4

75.6

0

1

65.5

49.1

91.4

30.9

2.8

84.3

0

2

54.5

39.9

81.0

19.4

1.5

47.6

1

5

39.9

30.6

67.8

0.3

1.8

54.2

8

8

31.6

23.4

58.5

-13.2

1.5

45

14

7

June July August September October November December


3. Language А, а - a, as a in car Б, б - b, as b in boy В, в - v, as v in vast Г, г - h, as h in horn Ґ, ґ - g, as g in get Д, д - d, as d in day Е, е - e, as e in jet Є,є - ye, ye in (ye)t Ж,ж - zh, as zh in re(g)ime З, з - z, as z in zone

И, и - y, as i in did І, і - i, as ee in feed Ї, ї - yi, as yea in (yea)r Й, й - y', as y in (y)oung К, к - k, as k in kelp Л, л - l, as l in love М, м - m, as m in may Н, н - n, as n in not О, о - o, as o in more П, п - p, as p in pin Р, р - r, as r in ran

С, с - s, as s in sun Т, т - t, as t in ten У, у - u, as u in put Ф, ф - f, as f in fun Х, х - kh, as kh in khan Ц, ц - ts, as ts in ne(ts) Ч, ч - ch, as ch in check Ш, ш - sh, as sh in shop Щ, щ - shch, sh + very short ch Ю, ю - yu, as you

Я, я - ya, as ya in (ya)rd ь: ' (This letter by itself does not have a sound. It is called "myakyy' znak"-soft sign). Its function is to make the pronunciation of preceding consonants such as Д, З, Л, Н, С, Т, Ц very soft.

Sample text in Ukrainian Всі люди народжуються вільними і рівними у своїй гідності та правах. Вони наділені розумом і совістю і повинні діяти у відношенні один до одного в дусі братерства. Transliteration Vsi ljudy narodžujut'sja vil'nymy i rivnymy u svojij hidnosti ta pravax. Vony nadileni rozumom i sovistju i povynni dijaty u vidnošenni odyn do odnoho v dusi braterstva. Translation All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.).


English - Ukrainian Welcome - Ласкаво просимо (Laskavo proschmo) Вітаємо (Bitajemo) Hello - Вітаю (Vitayu) – frm, Привіт (Pryvit) - inf How are you? I'm fine, thanks. And you? - Як ти? (Jak ty?) Дякую, добре. А ви? (Djakuju, dobre. A vy?) Long time no see - Давно не бачились (Davno ne bachilis`) What's your name? My name is ... - Як тебе звати (Jak tebe zvaty?) Мене звуть (Mene zvuť ...) Where are you from? I'm from ... - Звідки ви? (Zvidky vy?) Я з ... (Ja z ...) Pleased to meet you - Приємно познайомитися (Prijemno poznajomytysia) Good morning - Добного ранку! (Dobnoho ranku) Good afternoon - Доброго дня (Dobroho dnia) Good evening - Доброго вечора (Dobroho vechora) Good night - На добраніч (Na dobranich) Goodbye - До побачення (Do pobachennja) Good luck - Щасти вам/тобі! (Schasty vam/tobi) Cheers/Good health! - Будьмо (Budʼmo), За здоровя (Za zdorovja) Have a nice day - Гарного дня (Harnoho dnja) Bon appetit - Смачного! (Smachnoho) Bon voyage - Щасливої подорожі (Schaslyvoji podorozhi) I don't understand - Я не розумію (Ja ne rozumiju) Please speak more slowly - Ви не могли б розмовляти повільніше (Vy ne mogly b rozmovljaty poviľnishe) Please write it down - Будь ласка записати це (Buď laska zapysaty ce)

Do you speak Ukrainian? Yes, a little - Ви розмовляєте українською? (Vy rozmovliajete ukrajins`koju) Так, трохи (Tak, trochy) How do you say ... in Ukrainian? - Як сказати українською ...? (Jak skazaty ukrajins`koju ...?) Excuse me - Перепрошую! (Pereproshuju) How much is this? - Скільки це коштує? (Skiľky ce koshtuje?) Sorry - Вибачте! (Vybachte) Thank you - Дякую (Diakuju) Дуже дякую (Duzhe diakuju) Where's the toilet? - Де туалет? (De tualet?) Would you like to dance with me? - Хочеш зi мною потанцювати? (Chochesh zi mnoiu potanciuvaty?) I love you - Я тебе кохаю (Ja tebe kohaju) Я тебе люблю (Ja tebe liubliu) Get well soon - Видужуй[те] (Vyduzhuj[te]) Leave me alone! - Залиште мене у спокої! (Zalyshte mene u spokoji) Help! - Допоможіть! (Dopomozhiť!) Fire! - Пожежа! (Pozhezha!) Stop! - Стій! (Stij!) Call the police! - Викличте міліцію (Vyklychte miliciju) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - Веселого Різдва і з Новим Роком (Veseloho Rizdva i z Novym Rokom) Happy Easter - З Великодніми святами (Z Velykodnimy sviatamy) Happy Birthday - З днем народження (Z dnem narodzhennia)


4. Money and prices in Kyiv

The Ukrainian national currency is the Hryvnya. However, it is preferable to bring Euro or USA dollars with you. You can exchange them in any major bank or at any exchange point around the city. You will identify those points by the name of обмін валюти. Changing U.S. dollars for Ukrainian Hryvnias 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 Hryvnias but almost all of them have a money exchange booth on the premises. Ukraine is a cash economy. Traveler's checks and credit cards however are in large usage in Kyiv American Express, aster Card, and Visa are commonly accepted. A passport or a diplomatic card may be required whenever a credit card is used. Customs regulations prohibit sending cash, traveler’s checks, personal checks, credit cards or passports through the international mail system to Ukraine. These items are regularly confiscated as contraband by customs authorities. In many places such as kiosks or small stores it is not possible to pay via credit card, so it is very common that people withdraw money in the ATM and then pay with cash in the stores.

Banknotes: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 Hryvnias

Ukrainian coins (kopijku) have the nominal of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 coins. 1 Hryvnya = 100 kopiyok.

exchange point


Prices in Kyiv UAH

USD

GBP

EUR

Accommodation Furnished 2 bedroom apartment in good area - monthly rent

UAH 8,000.00

$987.19

£ 619.76

€734.77

Unfurnished 2 bedroom apartment in good area - monthly rent

UAH 4,000.00

$493.60

£ 309.88

€367.38

Room in shared apartment in good area - monthly rent

UAH 2,000.00

$246.80

£ 154.94

€183.69

Milk 1ltr./2.11pints

UAH 12.00

$1.48

£ 0.93

€1.10

Butter 500gr./1.10lbs.

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Plain yoghurt 180gr./6.35oz.

UAH 10.00

$1.23

£ 0.77

€0.92

Cheese 500gr./1.10lbs.

UAH 60.00

$7.40

£ 4.65

€5.51

Eggs 12 (large)

UAH 10.00

$1.23

£ 0.77

€0.92

UAH 5.00

$0.62

£ 0.39

€0.46

Food and drink

Bread (white loaf) 1 kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 5.00

$0.62

£ 0.39

€0.46

Rice (long grain) 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 20.00

$2.47

£ 1.55

€1.84

Spaghetti 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Sugar (white) 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Flour (white) 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 12.00

$1.48

£ 0.93

€1.10

Coffee (instant) 125gr./4.41oz.

UAH 20.00

$2.47

£ 1.55

€1.84

Coffee (ground) 500gr./17.63oz./

UAH 60.00

$7.40

£ 4.65

€5.51

Tea bags (pack 25)

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Coca Cola 1lt./2.11pints

UAH 10.00

$1.23

£ 0.77

€0.92

Bread Whole (wheat loaf)1 kg./2.20lbs.


Mineral water (still) 1lt./2.11pints

UAH 7.00

$0.86

£ 0.54

€0.64

UAH 7.00

$0.86

£ 0.54

€0.64

UAH 12.00

$1.48

£ 0.93

€1.10

UAH 6.00

$0.74

£ 0.46

€0.55

Olive oil 1lt./2.11pints

UAH 45.00

$5.55

£ 3.49

€4.13

Potatoes 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 10.00

$1.23

£ 0.77

€0.92

UAH 6.00

$0.74

£ 0.46

€0.55

Tomatoes 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 30.00

$3.70

£ 2.32

€2.76

Oranges 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Apples 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Bananas 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 12.00

$1.48

£ 0.93

€1.10

Pears 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 30.00

$3.70

£ 2.32

€2.76

Grapes 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 30.00

$3.70

£ 2.32

€2.76

Beans (can) 250gr./8.82oz.

UAH 13.00

$1.60

£ 1.01

€1.19

Pineapple (can) 500gr./17.63oz.

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Fresh beef filet 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 80.00

$9.87

£ 6.20

€7.35

Bacon 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 90.00

$11.11

£ 6.97

€8.27

Sausages 1kg./2.20lbs.

UAH 30.00

$3.70

£ 2.32

€2.76

UAH 100.00

$12.34

£ 7.75

€9.18

UAH 8.00

$0.99

£ 0.62

€0.73

Black pepper 50gr./1.76oz.

UAH 10.00

$1.23

£ 0.77

€0.92

Frozen pizza 320gr./11.29oz.

UAH 25.00

$3.08

£ 1.94

€2.30

Mineral water (sparkling) 1lt/2.11pints Orange juice 1lt./2.11pints Margarine 500gr./1.10lbs.

Onions 1kg./2.20lbs.

Shrimps 1kg./2.20lbs. Table salt 500gr./1.10lbs.


Marmalade/jam 370gr./13.05oz.

UAH 34.00

$4.20

£ 2.63

€3.12

Ice cream 1lt./2.11pints

UAH 25.00

$3.08

£ 1.94

€2.30

Ketchup 340gr./12oz.

UAH 10.00

$1.23

£ 0.77

€0.92

Milk chocolate (bar) 100gr./3.52oz.

UAH 10.00

$1.23

£ 0.77

€0.92

Biscuits (plain) 200gr./7.05oz.

UAH 10.00

$1.23

£ 0.77

€0.92

UAH 9.00

$1.11

£ 0.70

€0.83

Beer (imported, can)0.33lt./11.15oz.

UAH 27.00

$3.33

£ 2.09

€2.48

Table wine 0.75lt./1.58pints

UAH 60.00

$7.40

£ 4.65

€5.51

Beer (local, can) 0.33lt./11.15oz.

Fine wine 0.75lt./1.58pints

UAH 100.00

$12.34

£ 7.75

€9.18

Cognac 0.75lt./1.58pints

UAH 80.00

$9.87

£ 6.20

€7.35

Cigarettes (20 pack, imported)

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Laundry detergent 2.5kg./5.51lbs.

UAH 40.00

$4.94

£ 3.10

€3.67

Dishwashing liquid 500ml./1.58pints

UAH 60.00

$7.40

£ 4.65

€5.51

Insect killer spray 330gr./11.64oz.

UAH 25.00

$3.08

£ 1.94

€2.30

Shower gel 250ml./8.45oz.

UAH 20.00

$2.47

£ 1.55

€1.84

UAH 7.00

$0.86

£ 0.54

€0.64

Toothpaste 120gr./4.24oz.

UAH 40.00

$4.94

£ 3.10

€3.67

Shampoo 200 ml./6.76oz.

UAH 25.00

$3.08

£ 1.94

€2.30

Deodorant 50ml./1.69oz.

UAH 15.00

$1.85

£ 1.16

€1.38

Face cream

UAH 40.00

$4.94

£ 3.10

€3.67

Men's shampoo & haircut

UAH 60.00

$7.40

£ 4.65

€5.51

Household

Soap (bar)150gr./5.29oz.


Women's shampoo & haircut

UAH 80.00

$9.87

£ 6.20

€7.35

UAH 50.00

$6.17

£ 3.87

€4.59

UAH 300.00

$37.02

£ 23.24

€27.55

UAH 5.00

$0.62

£ 0.39

€0.46

Utilities Telephone line (monthly rental) Purchase of low cost Mobile/cell phone 3 minute telephone call - mobile/cell phone

Eating Out, Entertainment & Health Three-course dinner in restaurant

UAH 200.00

$24.68

£ 15.49

€18.37

Fast-food meal

UAH 50.00

$6.17

£ 3.87

€4.59

Cup of coffee in bar/cafe

UAH 25.00

$3.08

£ 1.94

€2.30

Beer in bar

UAH 30.00

$3.70

£ 2.32

€2.76

UAH 3.00

$0.37

£ 0.23

€0.28

UAH 400.00

$49.36

£ 30.99

€36.74

UAH 1,000.00 $123.40

£ 77.47

€91.85

Men's shoes

UAH 900.00 $111.06

£ 69.72

€82.66

Pair of jeans

UAH 300.00

£ 23.24

€27.55

Taxi rate per km./0.62 miles Fitness club annual fee

Clothing Women's shoes

$37.02


5. Transport Kiev metro (subway) Metro started working in 1960. Presently there are three lines and 54 stations. The left and right banks of Kiev are connected through the Metro bridge. Because the road traffic in Kiev is so heavy, metro is often the fastest and most convenient mode of transport. It can, however, be quite unpleasant during rush hours as it gets so crowded. That is usually between 7 and 8 am and 5 and 6pm. The metro works from 6 am to 12 pm daily. You need to purchase either a small green token for 2.00 UAH or a monthly card for 80 UAH available at each metro station. The tokens are valid for one ride but include changing lanes. When you get to the platform by stairs or on the escalators, there are tables with names of stations to which the train continues on each side. That way you find out on which side your train will come. The names and directions are written in latinic, the staff does not speak English so rely on your map.

A Kiev metro RFID multi-ride card

Kiev metro (single ride) tokens


Kiev Buses The city invests into modernization and especially in the city center you can see nice new buses connecting Kreshatyk and Pecherskaya Lavra for example. The fare is about 1.50 UAH.

Bus/tram/trolley-bus ticket

Marshrutkas The yellow, white or green minibuses racing all over Kiev are called Marshrutkas (Marshutnie taxi). They can be stopped pretty much anywhere and they have a good network covering all areas of the city. The fare is between 2.50 to 3.00 UAH which you pay to the driver or a conductor (usually the driver's wife, child or buddy). They are quite unpredictable in all aspects though. Sometimes the driver will be nice and stop where you ask him to, sometimes he will rudely mumble something and go to the next stop. If the bus is full he won't stop at all. Ride on a marshrutka is cheap, quick and fun unless you go in rush hour when road traffic is bad. It is also quite an experience in winter when every passenger is twice his regular size thanks to an enormous fur coat and people are eager to get home. The bus is tiny and you will have to fight your way in and out with elbows and whatever else it takes. Basically, if you are a tourist, take a marsrutka with a friend who knows his way around or else you may not end up where you wanted to. You can also check routes (only Russia and Ukrainian).


City Train The train stops at the station of Kiev-Passajurskij, Vydybychi, Left Bank, Darnytsya, Livoberezhna, Troeshchina, Kiev-Petrovka, Zenith, Vyshgorodska, Syrets, Rubezhovskaya, Borshchagivka, Kiev-Volynskyj, Karavaevy Dachi. The city train goes around Kiev in 50 minutes. The train runs from 6:00 to 9:30 and from 16:30 to 20:00. Interval of movement – 1517 minutes. Fare – 1.70 UAH.

Kiev Trams and trolleybuses

Trams are probably the least used mode of transport in the city. Although there are still tracks in the city center, there are only two working lines - one on each bank. They are mainly used by commuters to the suburbs. Trolleybuses are slowly disappearing and those that you can see in Kiev are really the dinosaurs of transportation - they are old, squeaky and very slow. If you want to have a ride for fun, you can hop on and buy a ticket from a conductor. It will cost you 1.50 Hyrvnia to go either by tram or trolleybus.You can also buy a monthly pass for 17 UAH from street kiosks or from the conductor on board. If you regularly use both trolleybus and metro then buy a unified monthly pass for 37 UAH.


6. Communication For calls in Kyiv, public telephones located all over the city require phone cards, which you can buy at every post office. The rates for phone calls to Europe are about $0.60 - $ 1.50 per minute. Calls to the United States are about $2.50 per minute. Almost all AIESECers use operator LIFE (http://www.life.com.ua/) It offers the cheapest prices and you will be able to call abroad for low rates. Ukrainian numbers start from +38 (city or operator code) for Kyiv (XXX-XXXX), for example +380446718133 is a land phone in Kyiv. Major mobile operators are Kyivstar (067, 096, 097, 098), MTS (050, 095, 066, 099), LIFE (063, 093), Beeline (068). Since the competition most of the operators offer free connection inside of network under some conditions. Usual expenses per month do not exceed $ 7.00 Where to get free wifi? Finding places in Kiev city centre can be difficult for first time visitors, especially since most street and business signs are written in Russian or Ukrainian. Fortunately, everybody recognises the logo of McDonald’s and the good news for travellers is that this global restaurant chain offers free wireless internet access. Many of its restaurants in Kiev are located in the areas most frequented by tourists and close to Metro stations:

Address

Near

Closest Metro

Notes Right next to the Metro entrance.

19 Kreschatyk

Independence Square

40/25 Bohdana Khmelnytskoho

National Opera House, St Volodymyr's Cathedral, Fomin Botanical Gardens

1/2 Sofiyivska Street

Independence Square

10 Borychiv Uzviz

Funicular Railway, Podil, Hotel Riviera, St Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery

Poshtova Ploshcha

Right opposite the Podil entrance to the Funicular Railway and the Riviera Hotel.

22 Chervonoarmiyska

Taras Shevchenko Park

Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho

Right next to the Metro station.

Khreshchatyk Universytet, Teatralna Maidan Nezalezhnosti

One block up from the National Opera House. At the northern end of Independence Square.


Sightseeing in Kiev Khreschatyk and Independence Square (View from above) Kreshatyk is the main street of Kiev. With a tree alley on one side and no traffic on weekends and holidays, people gather to sit, chat and drink here. Every weekend there is an event or a concert taking place or at least music is played. On one end of Khreshatik there is the famous Bessarabka market, originally it was a market with goods brought by peasants from Bessarabia, Moldova. Today, the ground floor is fully occupied by vegetables, fruits, flowers, spices, meat, cheese, fish, caviar and other specialities and all the vendors are trying to pull you to their stand to try and buy. It is one of the few places where you can get any kind of fruit or vegetable all year round but it will also cost you. From outside, the building is filled with restaurants, snack bars, shops and cafes. There is a non stop tearoom, sushi bar, pizza fast food and other venues. Walking to the other end of the 1300 meters long street you'll get to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). The square is a mixture of different styles the Soviet type hotel Ukraine, the modern glass hemisphere of the shopping center, the Monument to the Independence - a column rising 50 meters high and so on.


Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (View from above) Lavra means 'monastery' and Pechersk is a name derived from 'pechery' meaning 'caves'. That and more you will find when visiting the most significant sightseeing point in Kiev. It is the oldest Orthodox monastery in Ukraine that attracted thousands of pilgrims and many monks. The buildings were destroyed by fire and later also during the Nazi occupation but it was always reconstructed. Nowadays it is a UNESCO heritage with lots of tourists visiting. The caves are small and narrow, stretching several hundred meters and up to 20 meters under ground. Some of the monks dug into their caves and decided to stay there forever with just a small hole allowing food and water to be passed in. Once dead, they were left and buried there - you can see the embalmed bodies in glass coffins. The caves are a very holy place and you have to dress appropriately to get in, women need to cover their head with a scarf (own or borrowed or bought on the spot). Apart from the caves you can climb up the Bell Tower for a beautiful view, visit different churches, the Uspenski Cathedral, cemetery, tombs and several museums. St. Vladimir's Cathedral (View from above) It took 34 years, many changes in planning, dismissal of several architects and lots of artists to complete the construction of this beautiful cathedral. It was officially consecrated in the presence of Tsar Nikolay II in 1896. The interior walls are covered with paintings from various artists, from outside the bright colours and strong Byzantium style make St. Vladimir truly eye-catching. St. Sophia's Cathedral (View from above) St. Sophia's Cathedral was constructed in early 11th century and at that time was a mighty impressive complex. Inside you will find amazing mosaics and frescoes, some of which also had to be restored. In one of the altars there is a white sarcophagus with remains of Yaroslav the Wise and his wife Iryna.


Mikhailovskiy Monastery (View from above) This gold-domed cathedral is located just opposite the Sophia Cathedral, on Mikhailovskaya Square. It was constructed, repaired and reconstructed many times over nine centuries. In 1930 the complex was partially destroyed as it was being rebuilt into a governmental building for Bolsheviks. In 1937 they demolished it altogether. It was restored between 1997 and 2000. You'll find a memorial plate of N. Makarenko who refused to sign the demolition act in 1937 and was sent to a jail in Novosibirsk. There is an observation platform, a permanent exhibition and you'll find many beautiful mosaics, frescoes and icons inside. Mariyinskiy Palace (View from above) This baroque palace was completed in 1752 for Empress Elisabeta Petrovna. It burnt down in 1819 and was later reconstructed again to accommodate monarchs and high ranking officials from Russia and it serves the purpose till present day, for presidential and other important meetings.


Opera House (View from above ) The Ukrainian National Opera was built in 1856, burnt down 40 years later and there was a competition for new design. Viktor Shreter from Petersburg won and built the Renaissance style theater in 1901. Many famous artists have performed here.

Andreevski Spusk (View from above) Andreevski Spusk is the Montmartre of Kiev. There is a market of arts and crafts on the steep street and many artists are closely connected with the street. Mikhail Bulgakov lived

in the Turbin house on Andreevski Spusk for more than a decade. The house is the scene of 'The White Guard' and 'The Days of the Turbins' and is now Bulgakov's museum. Not far away, house number 2b, is the One Street Museum, one of the most famous and popular museums in Kiev with a small but lovely exposition. St. Andrey's church (View from above) Saint Andrey's Church was also declared a museum in 1968. It was built in the 18th century for Empress Elisabeth Petrovna who also laid the first foundation stone of it herself. She engaged her favourite architect F. B.


Rastrelli, the interior was decorated by many artists including A. Antropov. Unfortunately the Empress died before the work was finished and it was a struggle to keep the church maintained. After several reconstructions the church changed too much from its original but luckily Ratsrelli's plans were found and in 1970s it was fully restored. House with Chimeras (View from above) Built by V. Gorodezhkiy in the beginning of 20th century, this house is quite extraordinary. It was the first house built with cement, it is on a very steep slope and sinking now. It is called the House with Chimeras because the facade is decorated with strange sculptures of elephants, rhinoceroses, frogs, lizards and such. There are many legends about the construction. One is that the architect's daughter committed suicide, he became slightly crazy and built this gloomy house in her memory.


Podol (View from above) Podol district of Kiev is very popular for its special atmosphere, many bars, cafes and restaurants, proximity to the river and sightseeing points. It is also a district with many lives - it was destroyed by floods, fire, enemies and planned to be demolished but it never disappeared. On Kontraktova Plosha visit Gostinny Dvor, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Pirogoshya, the former Greek monastery or the Kiev Mohyla Academy. Near Poshtova Plosha there is the river station where boats depart for sightseeing tours on one side and the funicular can take you back uptown on the other.


The Peoples Friendship Arch Monument (View from above) This monument in Krehsatyk Park was constructed in 1982 to celebrate the union of Russia and Ukraine. It is a huge, 30 meters long, rainbow-shaped arch with statues of Russian and Ukrainian workers. There is a very nice view over the park, river and opposite bank. Rodina Mat (Motherland) (View from above)

The 530-ton metal statue is 68 m high, standing on a 40 m pedestal and she's holding a 12-ton sword in her right hand and the USSR symbol in the left. L. Brezhnev opened the monument in 1981. Currently there is the Great Patriotic War museum. In the Memorial Hall there are hundreds of funeral letters to the dead soldiers on display. Every year on Victory day the Fire of Glory is lit here.


8. Information about LC

Nowadays Local Committee of AIESEC in Kyiv has more than 180 members. They are ambitious, talented, motivated students from the best universities in Kyiv. We are working hard to achieve better results each day. After 2008 Ukraine is in top 10 countries by exchange performance and membership. Kyiv, is the strongest LC in Ukraine and the most financially sustainable and with most members – 160 actively involved students. Every year AIESEC in Kyiv organizes nearly 20 projects and members work for specific projects with more interest than in functional area. Among those there are conferences on marketing, finance, IT, career days, long term soft skills workshops and social projects based on exchange.

Executive Board 2012 - 2013 is represented by: LCP – Valentyna Leus VP ER – Hanna Patsiuk VP Comm - Elizaveta Degtiarenko VP OGX - Lyudmyla Lirnyk VP ICX - Sergei Gromovoi VP CICX – Olya Chikhiro VP Project+Fin - Olha Yermak VP TM - Tanya Bondarenko VP Expansions - Natalie Chechel

Office of AIESEC in Kyiv is situated on subway station Shuliavska on pr. Peremohy 54/1, of. 515 in Kyiv National Economic University. That building is usually used for LCMs twice per month on Monday at 18.30. Contact e-mail is office.kyiv@aiesec.net. Contacts: VP ICX - Isakiy Anastasiya– (+380931879337) Reception coordinator – Viktoria Bardo (+380637466064)


10. Check list (Don’t forget to bring) There are few things that you should not forget to include into your luggage when coming. We are going to give you some hints here: Laptop Cable USB Cell phone adapter for the socket camera (for the photo report and making the video) dictionary (from your language to English or into Russian) flag national costumes and clothes list of national legends and fairy tales List of games you’ll play with children folk music (or music in English with words to sing with children) souvenirs (magnets, bracelets, pins, figurines, small and large - in its sole discretion) video of your country 4 photos of yourself (3x4 cm format), recipes of national dishes (and the necessary ingredients not perishable) Candies (for kids) tea medications that you may need here, in Ukraine ... some medical card (if it's possible with the story of diseases) - you'll need it while the local doctors will give you the medical document - proof that you are healthy warm clothing (coats, trousers) comfortable shoes raincoat or umbrella if you wear glasses and contact lenses, also bring the prescription with you


Guilherme Pasqualino (Brazil) I have just seen a phrase in a movie that resumes perfectly my internship in Ukraine, the phrase was about the north of France, but I will make it fits to my purpose. The phrase is “When you go to Ukraine you cry twice, when you arrive and when you leave” and I am going to explain why. I had a long long way from my hometown to Kyiv, it took me about 30 hours including bus, flights and waiting in airport. So when I arrive in Kyiv I was very tired and I still had to get the bus from airport to the railway station. I

found

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information AIESEC Kyiv sent me and I found the schedule of the bus in a sign, but there was no bus in time and there were just two people also waiting for the bus, and they didn’t speak English and the only word I knew in Ukrainian was “вокзал” (“vokzal” – railway station). In that time I was late to meet my buddy Ira and my cellphone didn’t work for calling, fortunately I found out when we left the airport that internet worked on my mobile and I could warn Sasha that everything was ok. The way from airport to train station was nice, it was a big city with lights, billboards (that I couldn’t understand) and so on. And when I arrived in train station there were three kind girls waiting for me for long time, and they hugged me. The first prejudice about Ukrainians was gone, they weren’t cold people “yaaay”. But I still had the bad experience of carrying my suitcase through subway and “маршрутка” (“marshrutka” – small yellow bus) after meeting my buddy in the train station. Ok, first cry was gone and for almost two months I had wonderful time with people there, even with people who didn’t speak English. First I went shopping with my buddy and got really nice things for winter (my gloves had hats, soooo cool) and she gave me an Ukrainian name, Гена (Gena), because apparently I needed one. We all interns and AIESEC’ers went to know the city, not just the common places with churches and statues, but the crazy parks, crazy art galleries and cool cafe like Friend’s Cafe. I met kind ladies in the canteen beside the hostel, they used to bring the food from the kitchen to show me because we couldn’t understand each other. And I also met amazing kids that I should give classes, but actually they also gave me classes, and food, drink and more important than that, they received me like family and give me affection. Of course I can’t forget we had two Christmas’ party, and both were so special, in the first my lovely OCP Nastya was “Снегурочка” (“Snegurochka” – granddaughter of Ukrainian Santa Claus) and brought gifts to us, and in the second we had amazing traditional Christmas’ dinner with Nata’s grandparents. In New Year’s Eve we had a party in Gleb’s house. And I could say about having fun with aiesecers in pubs, Christmas’ concert, and living in host family, and running to follow my new friends in the streets, but I think they would be ashamed of that (;p). Finally I can say that some of these people are now my friends and I still can say that some of them are part of my family. And all those good things are together the reason why we cry when we leave Ukraine, and I can say the cry when I left Ukraine was worse than the cry when I arrived.


Kenneth Lim Going to Ukraine for my AIESEC exchange was the best decision that I could have made. I cannot forget all the wonderful

memories

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the great

peopleI have met. I am very lucky to have met some very wonderful people. I cannot say this enough, but I really think about my time in Ukraine, every day! Whether

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Poland,

London,

Singapore or Sydney. The experience in Ukraine has left a BIG impact on me. I

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students but it feels like I was the student..

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everyone of them. Ukraine has a special place in my heart because of people. I learned something from almost every single one, whether they know it or not. I am grateful for them for accepting me into their culture and treating me as a friend. I don’t think I could have enjoyed myself so much if they all had not taken the effort to be friends with me. For taking the effort to teach me about Ukrainian culture, to take the effort to speak english to me. What can I say, I’m very sad that I’m no longer in Ukraine but I really hope I can see all of my friends once again. Thank to all the people who walked into my life, took the time to get to know me, accepted me, brought me out to show me around Kiev.. ALL my friends in Ukraine, I miss them so much. I don’t miss Ukraine, I miss the people in Ukraine. I have been taught how to be a better person. Time flies so fast.. Its coming April already, but I will never EVER forget you. Thank you )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) P.S (from editors): Kenneth is going to come to Ukraine in late June ;).

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It is time for Odessa Odessa is the fifth largest city in Ukraine, with a population of more than 1 mln citizens. The city is a major seaport located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea and the administrative center of the Odessa Oblast. In the 19th century it was the fourth largest city of Imperial Russia, after Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Warsaw. Its historical architecture has a style more Mediterranean than Russian, having been heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. Some buildings are built in a mixture of different styles, including Art Nouveau, Renaissance and Classicist. Odessa is a warm water port. The city of Odessa hosts two important ports: Odessa itself and Yuzhne (also an internationally important oil terminal), situated in the city's suburbs. Another important port, Illichivs'k, is located in the same oblast, to the south-west of Odessa. Together they represent a major transport hub integrating with railways.

Sightseeing in Odessa Odessa Opera & Ballet Theater is considered as one of the brightest buildings in Europe and is one of the main place of interest in Odessa. You can find its image in various of cards, booklets etc. Theatre was built in 1809. But in 1873 it was burned down. The building represents “borocco” style, which was the main in the Europian art in the end of XVI. Odessa Opera & Ballet Theater had several reconstructions, the last was stratching for 11 years (1996-2007).

Potemkin Steps Odessa’s most iconic symbol, the Potemkin Steps (Primorsky Stairs) is a vast staircase that conjures an illusion so that those at the top only see a series of large steps, while at the bottom all steps appear to merge into one pyramid-shaped mass. The original 200 steps (now reduced to 192) were designed by Italian architect Francesco Boffo and built between 1837 and 1841.

Deribasovskaya Street An attractive pedestrian avenue named after José de Ribas, Spanish-born founder of Odessa and decorated Russian Navy Admiral from the Russo-Turkish War. Deribasovskaya Street is famous by its unique character is magnificent architecture, crowds of people leisurely sitting on terraces of numerous cafes, bars and restaurants, perfect cobblestones, no vehicle traffic and big shady linden trees.


It is time for Lviv Lviv is the most interesting reputation is due to its old architectural places give this rare ancient beauty. Many historical places are not artifacts which combine modernity. Every street, building Lviv architecture impresses by together: Old Russian style of style, rococo, classicism etc. In proclaimed to be the national of Lviv is included into the

tourist place in Eastern Europe and this hystory and architecture. Historical and comfy town special touristic charm and only architectural masterpiece but also centuries-old history with living or square has their own story. its variety. Many different styles mix prince's period with Europian Gothic 1975 the hystorical part of the city was historico-architectural site. Hystorical part UNESCO World Heritage.

Sightseeing in Lviv The Bernardine Monastery (now the Greek Catholic Church of St. Andrew) is an impressive monument in the Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque styles dating to1600-1630s. This is a fortified medieval monastery. Having walked from the direction of Mytna Square, through the fortified gate of the monastery, treading on original wooden cobbles past the Hlynyanska Tower, one will find oneself in the monastery courtyard. Here the spirit of antiquity fills every corner. The bustle of modern life comes to a standstill here as though the last four hundred years of world history have not transpired at all. The Monastery of the Bernardines (the Polish version of the Franciscan order) was built outside the city walls; that is why one sees solid, high fortifications well-preserved on the northern and eastern sides.

The Dominican Church, now the Greek Catholic Church of the Holy Eucharist, is a magnificent monument of the late Baroque; it is adorned with original sculptures. The Dominican Monastery was founded here in the 13th century upon the request of the wife of Ukrainian Prince Lev Danylovych - the Hungarian Princess Constance, a Catholic, who missed her religion being far from home. A Gothic church stood here from the 15th until the middle of the 18th century.

The Lviv Opera House is an architectural gem of Lviv, built in the Neo-Renaissance style in 1901, and one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, designed by architect Zygmunt Gorgolewski, the Grand Theatre in Lviv has been compared to the Paris and Vienna opera houses. Standing in front of the magnificent faรงade of this marvellous building, one can feel the overwhelming power of art, its eternity in contrast with the transience of human life. This building comprises various European architectural styles fashioned in all their lavishness.


Reception booklet, Kyiv, Ukraine