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Organization Information

Mission Statement

ENGin Ukrainian youth with English speakers for free online conversation practice and cross-cultural connection. We're helping a generation of Ukrainian youth improve their spoken English and intercultural skills, equipping them to access academic and professional opportunities.


Our program was founded to fill a major gap in English-language education in Ukraine: while many Ukrainians study English grammar and vocabulary in school, few have access to high-quality, affordable opportunities to practice the essential skill of speaking.

ENGin allows volunteers to make an impact without leaving their rooms while also expanding their cultural horizons. We work with volunteers ages 14+; the commitment starts at 1 hour/week


Would you recommend ENGin?
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by Sharon R. from IN (May 15, 2022)
It's doing a great job of stretching out for help.
by Muskaan H. from Irving, TX (August 22, 2021)
Unlike most organizations, ENGin is very simple to work with. It has been one of the only organizations that have been kind to offer services to even volunteers such a the mentor program that they have. The people are kind-hearted and so are the students. The workload isn't a lot like other organizations. And as a tutor, they let us teach students our way but still give us the choice of using the useful session materials. Overall, it's a great organization to volunteer at.
by Eesha C. (August 21, 2021)
From a volunteers point of view, this organization has been super helpful and kind over the course of the last few months. I would recommend that others volunteer here as well, as it is a very rewarding and fun experience. S
by Julia T. from Portland, OR (August 19, 2021)
I love volunteering with ENGin! I live in the US and have had an amazing experience getting to know more about the Ukrainian student I work with and definitely consider her a friend. In the future, we are hoping to meet up! Without ENGin this would not be possible.
by Haley H. (August 16, 2021)
I love volunteering with ENGin! I meet with a sweet, motivated student twice a week and it's definitely something I look forward to doing! I am given enough support and materials from ENGin, but am also able to be flexible and build a rapport with the student to work on what's interesting to her. I think the work they're doing is really important, and they make it very easy for me to participate and feel like I'm a part of something bigger than myself.
by Zoe L. from Lafayette, CA (August 16, 2021)
ENGin is very flexible and able to work with my schedule while allowing me to work with a buddy who has similar interests to mine in the Ukraine. I love my buddy and we have connected so much! There is little structure, but this give us freedom to help my buddy improve at english in the best way for her.
by Allen H. (August 16, 2021)
ENGin is flexible and is a great way to learn more about the world outside of your country.
by Nila M. (August 16, 2021)
I've been volunteering with ENGin for a little over a month now. They provide great session materials for lessons, but also allow volunteers to come up with our own fun activities. We have an encouraging and helpful community online as well. Participating in this program has been a really enjoyable experience so far and I would definitely recommend it if you're interested.
by Terrence M. (August 16, 2021)
Great, well organized organization that seeks to make a real impact.
by Sophie S. from Taylorsville, KY (August 16, 2021)
Volunteering with ENGin has been such a wonderful experience. It has allowed me to get to know someone I never would have had the opportunity to connect with before. The program is very well organized and really seems to care about its students and volunteers. I hope to be able to continue volunteering with ENGin far into the future!
by Olivia H. (August 16, 2021)
This volunteer opportunity provided me the chance to connect with students who share the same interest as I am. I enjoyed my experience with ENGin.
by Connor M. (August 15, 2021)
Volunteering with ENGin has been a great experience! The team supporting volunteers is friendly and responsive. They answered any questions that I had about the program and provided useful conversation materials. ENGin did a surprisingly good job matching me with conversation partners who had similar interests. This has led to many great conversations. The ENGin program has given me the opportunity to learn about Ukrainian culture and make new international friends.
by Mansi P. (August 15, 2021)
ENGin has been such a great organization to work with. I have tutored two students so far, and ENGin quickly matched me with two students who I share similar interests with. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping other students with their English skills and engaging in meaningful discussions.
by Prithvi K. (August 15, 2021)
Great organization with a welcoming community , easy to volunteer
by Ava D. (August 15, 2021)
Deciding to start volunteering with ENGin was 100% the best thing that has happened to me this year. I cannot express enough how great of an experience it is to connect with someone of a different culture and help them with their English. Its also so much fun to have both simple and difficult conversations with someone of your own age that you've just met. As for the organization itself, they are super organized and attentive to their volunteers. The session plans that they give you for the meetings with students are super thorough and they are always there to help. I would highly recommend!
by Eva T. (August 15, 2021)
I've really enjoyed volunteering at Engin! I've made friends with my speaking buddy, and I really enjoy our sessions every week. I love getting to know more about Ukrainian culture too :)
by JEONGYEON K. (August 15, 2021)
I cannot imagine my life without ENGin program. Working as tutor, advisory council, graphic designer, and trainer, I have seen a lot of personal growth in public speaking, planning, and much more. When I first started session with my assigned student, I just thought that our relationship would be tutor-tutee relationship (nothing more). However, my thought completely changed as I found a lot of similarities with her, and she became my life-long friend whom I would still contact even if I leave the program. I have been recommending this activity to all my friends and would also like to recommend to you!
by Tomas C. (August 15, 2021)
They are extremely flexible with hours and grants as many volunteers as you would like. I have learned tons of information regarding Ukrainian culture and speaking on a weekly basis from people of completely different cultures has really opened up my mind. I look forward to the weekly calls with my speaking buddies. Not to mention the coronavirus limiting some opportunities for community service hours. Very professional organization and would recommend to anyone.
by Deana K. (August 15, 2021)
Engin is great! It is fun to work with the students and help them improve their English while getting service hours!
by Sarah A. (August 15, 2021)
This organization provides Ukrainian students with the opportunity to learn the English language, and it provides fluent English speakers like me with the chance to learn about another culture in turn and make amazing friends from the comfort of our homes. ENGin makes it easier to get involved in a cause that one cares about and it does so selflessly and wholeheartedly. I am so thankful for the experiences I have had thus far as a volunteer!
by Catherine T. (August 15, 2021)
Great people and a unique experience to meet new friends from a different background!
by Sophia V. (August 15, 2021)
EngIn is very organized and allows for students to be able to better their community.
by Isabella B. (August 15, 2021)
I have volunteered with this organization for about a year and have genuinely loved my experience and I made new friends from around the world and got to learn so much about a different culture. It is perfect for any schedule and is a valuable online volunteering opportunity.
by Isabella P. from winter springs, FL (August 15, 2021)
This organization is excellent. I have had a great experience so far and even got to make a new friend through tutoring. The hours are flexible. The organization also provides great resources if you need help or inspiration.
by Maren P. from Ware, MA (August 15, 2021)
As a volunteer, since the beginning of this year, Engin has been such a great way to not only help Ukrainian students improve their english enough to give them confidence when taking their exams and entering into university, but I’ve also been able to form two friendships that I hope to be lifelong. Engin opens so many doors to not only me, but I’m confidant to everyone and anyone else who join.
by Ora L. (August 15, 2021)
This organization gives great support to its volunteers. The program provides a great way to communicate with others around the world!
by Satvik G. (August 15, 2021)
This organization provides a great base for educating students from across the world about English and helping them to merge closer with the globalized world of communication.
by priyanka K. (August 15, 2021)
This program is a very great program for those who want to volunteer because can't go in-person. ENGin is all online and high school students can volunteer
by Ishan M. (August 15, 2021)
It is a. great organization that pairs you with great people and overall it is just great fun for all!
by Yasmin F. (August 15, 2021)
I’ve been volunteering with ENGin since May, and it’s been a great opportunity to meet people my age in a different country! I love languages, both learning and teaching them, and this program has given me a lot of flexibility to do that.
by Crystal D. (August 15, 2021)
ENGin is a wonderful volunteering system that allows me to communicate and exchange cultures internationally! I loved learning more about my Ukrainian match. We learned a lot about each other through talks about our families, cultures, experiences, and hopes for the future. This is an excellent ESL experience for both the teacher and student, and I couldn’t be more thankful for Katerina to have made ENGin!
by Andrea W. (August 15, 2021)
I love ENGin’s vision and their druve to help others learn english. I have been a volunteer for the past few months and couldn’t have had a better experience! If you need to earn some volunteer hours, ENGin is the way to go!
by Miles C. (August 15, 2021)
Great volunteer opportunity for leadership and building cross-cultural connections. I have really enjoyed building friendships with students from Ukraine. A lot of scheduling flexibility as well.
by Ava E. (August 15, 2021)
Such a great organization for both volunteers and participants!
by shalom O. (August 15, 2021)
It's helped me connect with people my age that had a different point of view on life that I did
by Lilly M. (August 15, 2021)
ENGin is an amazing organization that has allowed me to meet an amazing new friend from across the globe. I have been able to expand my communication skills, and benefit someone else while doing so. I feel like I am changing the world for the better, and I love chatting with my buddy. (I actually just had a session today!) We always find new and exciting things to discuss, and we always learn about each other’s cultures which is something I would’ve never gotten to do if I hadn’t joined ENGin.
by Neha A. (August 15, 2021)
I started volunteering with EngIn at the beginning of this year and I always look forward to my conversations with my Ukrainian friend. We have developed a good friendship and relationship and it's a great way to help others while also having a lot of fun.
by Stella Y. (August 15, 2021)
Love volunteering and working with two girls in Ukraine!
by Jessica C. (August 15, 2021)
I have made a great friend through ENGin while also helping out the community!
by Stephanie A. (August 15, 2021)
ENGIN has not only given me a perfect opportunity for volunteering, they have given me a very rare chance of meeting new people that are oceans away from me. I love how ENGIN constantly email me with resources and reminders - it's truly a one of a kind program.
by Jane K. (August 15, 2021)
I would highly recommend ENGin to anyone looking to make a noticeable impact on a youth's life. Through ENGin sessions, I am able to connect to another person (who is thousands of miles away) and learn about another culture while teaching them about mine. ENGin makes volunteering simple, easy, and organized with their lesson plans and newsletters, so there isn't as much stress on the volunteers. Also, ENGin clearly cares about all of its volunteers, which makes me feel even better about volunteering with them.
by Brooke A. (August 15, 2021)
ENGin is an outstanding program that has, and undoubtedly, will continue to change lives. The system is well-organized and getting support or clarification is never difficult to achieve. This program has introduced me to people around the world and has given me the opportunity to explore the culture and people of Ukraine. The ENGin team is truly dedicated to the success of each student. In my time as a volunteer with this program, I have been able to see the behind the scenes work that goes into everything. When joining a team of volunteers that assess student proficiency, I was pleasantly surprised to see that we would be working directly with Katerina, the founder of the program. She, along with all other ENGin employees I have encountered, have been very involved and helpful. This program offers an invaluable cross-cultural experience for all involved. I could not recommend it more.
by Larissa C. from GB (August 15, 2021)
Great way to meet new people and learn about the experiences of others.
by Melanie C. (August 15, 2021)
I have loved volunteering in this organization and feel very comfortable with others.
by Cecilia D. (August 15, 2021)
I’ve been working with a Ukraine student for over 6 months now and have had a great expedience. The organization is quick to respond to any questions and concerns you may have, and provide excellent material each month for the sessions.
by Charvi S. (August 15, 2021)
ENGin is a great community to be a part of. I learned so much by working with people of different cultures. The organisation also makes volunteering extremely easy with syllabus and schedules already provided for us to follow prior to each session. Their flexibility with time and permission for independent working made my volunteer experience very enjoyable.
by Tanya K. (August 15, 2021)
The cause is great: teaching people in Ukraine English and helping them further their futures really makes you feel the warm and fuzzies. The team are very thorough in making sure both learners and teachers understand how the program works and that they have a good time. The training they do before assigning partners is super helpful, and there's plenty of get-togethers and leadership positions they let people know about there too. Super great and fun organization to work with!
by URJA N. (August 15, 2021)
Very organized, helps you when needed and replies to emails really quick
by Annabelle G. (August 15, 2021)
ENGin has been an amazing program to volunteer with! I have been volunteering weekly with them for over a year now and have truly made such a deep connection with the girls I tutor and I have seen significant progress in their English speaking skills. ENGin provides their volunteers with monthly lesson plans, topic ideas, and many other opportunities to converse with other volunteers. Communication has been so easy and I love all of the resources the team provides its volunteers with. I would highly recommend ENGin to friends or colleagues because if it’s ease, amazing communication, and the amazing things I myself have learned. While the purpose of the program is to help the students gain better English speaking skills, I as a volunteer have seen myself grow in my worldview because of the things I have learned from my students and their lives in Ukraine.
by Julia D. (August 15, 2021)
ENGin has provided me with the opportunity to foster an international friendship and broaden my view on the world.
by Alexandra S. (August 15, 2021)
engIN has given me the opportunity to volunteer and interact with individuals during very difficult times, and for that I am extremely grateful. I got to meet a wonderful individual from Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and we got to compare our different cultures. I have learned a lot thanks to this organization and I would recommend joining and volunteering for it! Thank you engIN!
by Dora Z. (August 15, 2021)
ENGin is a welcoming and supportive community, where all the students and volunteers are always engaged and helpful to each other. It is also a free website that provides students in Ukraine a learning and speaking opportunity, and also offers a chance to volunteers who want to help or earn their community service time.
by Ollie B. (August 15, 2021)
It’s a great way to help people and connect with people! It’s a great experience
by Kianna T. (August 15, 2021)
It gives great opportunities for many teenagers who need volunteer hours or even just to do out of the greatness of your heart to help out the students in Ukraine that want to advance their English learning skills
by Akhila K. (August 21, 2021)
Engin is an amazing program! I have learned so much from speaking with my buddies and am so thankful I found out about this organization. I have witnessed so much progress in my buddies' English, which is so amazing to see. Engin is also very flexible with hours and it's a great way to help kids who are trying to better their English out. I love Engin and hope to continue volunteering for this organization for much longer. Sincerely, Akhila Komma
by Merita T. from FL (August 15, 2021)
It is a wonderful experience where we and our fellow peer learns and grows through the art of communication in English. Since we are always often connected to someone similar to us it is also a very enriching experience and one that I will definitely recommend to someone.

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