Christmas is just around the corner! (In Ukraine, we celebrate Christmas on January, 7). Let's meet this holiday with the best Christmas treats. These dishes will make your traditional Christmas dinner truly international.

Christmas Stollen

The hallmark of the Christmas holiday is a rich, dense, sweet bread filled with dried fruit, candied citrus peel, marzipan or almond paste, and nuts. It hails from the city of Dresden, Germany, where it was first baked in the late 1500s. Let’s cook it together.

You can not really think about anything else in December but the results of the year. With the rise of social media, we have got to post summaries of what we have planned at the beginning, our progress, and cute little videos from the best moments of this year. 

This December started just like that. However, something went wrong. Instead of being proud and somewhat nostalgic, my friends and I were devastated.


Recently, my friend complained that he did not get enough sleep, that he was constantly tired. He is a very ambitious person and it is essential for him to be the first. He is always eager to develop. I respect him for that, but his exhausted image made me remember the time when I was an exact copy of him  ̶  a burned out copy.

Students pay little attention to their diet during Erasmus: they cut down expenses for nutritious and healthy food and eat something food like or spend a lot of money and time on sitting in the cafes and food establishments that can not replace healthy ration.

Therefore, we offer a way out of this situation - just to master the art of student cooking.

We will not leave you alone with this problem. Here is a selection of cool recipes that are easy to prepare, which you surely will cook because they are simple and delicious!

Where is this street? Probably, it is better to ask this man. I want to see my mom...

Do you know these phrases? Surely, everybody faces the problem of orientation in a new place. For Erasmus students, it is one of the first tasks that they have to deal with just after arriving in the city of their dream. It is important to understand that orientation in a new place, namely abroad, is rather not about spontaneity, but a well-thought-out plan. You should ask yourself: "What should I do before I go to the city X?"

Ми нещодавно розпочали серію прямих ефірів про усі можливості, які несе для вас Еразмус, і перший провела Таня Федорчук, розповівши про ESC ака Erasmus solidarity corps ака волонтерство.  

Чому волонтерство?

«Це для себе, для своєї кар’єри, для свого майбутнього. Це для свого власного розвитку», - розповідає Таня, а ми ставимо купу плюсиків.

Lying on your couch and destroying the fridge is all c

Erasmus can be quite an overwhelming time. There are just so many interesting things to do and new experiences to get. So it happens a lot that Erasmus students get excited about everything else but not their health. Still, post-Erasmus you will not like you for this.

So what to do when you just don`t have time for maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Easy tricks to keep that doctor away are here!



Kyiv is a perfect place for adventurous travellers. As they say, the city is kinda in the middle of it all: Balkan, Caucasia, Europe and post-Soviet countries. It means that you can explore as many cultures as possible!

Here are 5 countries you must see during your stay in Ukraine.

 1. Poland

It is a very popular travel destination among Ukrainians themselves. Poland has amazing architecture where every city has something unique. It has a rich cultural heritage, more than amazing food, and joyful people! 

Our next interview hero is Jeanne. She is a Political science student from Strasbourg University, France and she did her Erasmus in Kyiv during the academic year 2018/2019. In this interview she proves that babushkas are actually amazing, gives hints on where to meet local students and shares a very unique point of view on Ukraine.


Q: What was your biggest stereotype about Ukraine? Did it turn out to be true?


We are happy to bring back our lovely series of blog posts about the people of ESN Kyiv! Today, we will talk with the person behind most of the blog entries, Anastasiia Mykytenko. Anastasiia studies German philology and spent her last semester as an Erasmus+ student at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Apart from that, she is a member of the Communication Committee of ESN. Let's hear the story of this bright member of our community!

While hearts and chocolate season is approaching, people who don`t have a significant other or too far away from their loved ones are starting to feel lonely. Relatable memes on Instagram do their best job at laughing this off but it still hurts sometimes.

ESN Kyiv will not let St. Valentine`s day to get onto your nerves. Not feeling lonely – mission: possible!

1. Friends


Coming to a new country usually means that you barely know anyone around. Sometimes it can be quite a task to meet new people, especially when you are introverted or shy. So we are here to answer two main questions about making new friends: where and how?

So. Where are those new people hiding?

1. ESN events 

The first weeks of Erasmus aren’t a piece of cake. We know a lot of people who were constantly stressed, confused, or crying in the corner. We were people. There are so many things going on at the same time - new culture, new home, documents, meeting too many people at once. So we want you to know - it is okay to feel weak sometimes, do not be ashamed of your feelings.

Keep getting lost in the metro? Where is my building? And the most important – where is food? We’ve all been there. No matter if you are an international student or a local student from another city - Kyiv can be overwhelming to everyone. 

No more worries though. ESN Kyiv got you! Let us be your navigators around the city. 

Today's episode of the Humans of ESN Kyiv is a truly special one. As the holidays are just around the corner, we can't wait to tell you how our volunteers and their families celebrate New Year's Eve and Christmas. Now sit back and enjoy!

Our next experience-sharing hero is Fethi Kurtiy Şahin. Fethi is from Turkey and is a Ph.D. student at Middle East Technical University. He was an exchange student in Kyiv as a part of a Mevlana Project with the Turkology department of Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv in the spring semester, 2019.

Traditionally, let's get to know our storyteller first!

Greatest accomplishment as a child:


There are a lot of things you can say about Vinnytsia: small and very cozy, it has narrow atmospheric streets and smiling people. The city is full of culture and people always use “European spirit” when describing it. But what is hidden behind strangers` smiles and beautiful fountains? It turns out Vinnytsia has lots of secrets!

1.      Mental hospital

We can't wait to tell you the story of another bright star of ESN Kyiv community – Olesia Deineka. Olesia studies Journalism at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and has been a member of ESN Kyiv since its very beginning. With such rich experience in volunteering, Olesia definitely has something to tell you!