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!

Our brand new episode of Erasmus in Kyiv is about Sabrina Schauer, a student from Vienna, Austria who did her Erasmus at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in the spring semester, 2019. Before we learn about Sabrina's experience, it is good to know the storyteller, right? So let's meet Sabrina!

3 words you would describe yourself with: 
Energetic, engaged, lazy (yes, energetic and lazy go very well together).

Traditional Ukrainian cuisine can be described in two words: hearty and fattening. That being said, today’s trends and a common desire to follow a healthier way of life have inspired local chefs and restaurateurs to interpret authentic dishes in a modern way. Here are the best eateries in Kyiv for this delicious but unusual twist on the country’s signature dishes.

Ostannya Barykada

Zaporizhzhia is a significant historical city for Ukrainians. It is the exact place where the image of Kozak as a noble, freedom-loving, and brave person was formed. In Zaporizhzhia, you can still feel the spirit of battle and brotherhood on its streets.

Moreover, Zaporizhzhia is the perfect combination of history and mystery. Our task today is to open up at least 3 of its secrets.

1.      The stone that makes females` wish come true

Zamkova mountain (“Castle mountain”) is one of the most famous mystic places of Ukraine. It is located in the very center of Kyiv, but tourists usually don`t know about this spot. 80-meter high hill received its modern name in XVI century, when Lithuanian prince built a wooden castle on its top. The castle existed from the end of XIV till the end of XVII century. Nowadays, Zamkova mountain looks abandoned. There is no infrastructure – if someone goes up the hill, he/she will find only shady trees and dense greenery, hiding remains of an old cemetery and an empty tomb.

Have you ever thought about the people who make the community of ESN Kyiv flourish and prosper

ESN Kyiv has several departments. Today, we talk with a fabulous ESN member, who is a part of the Education Department. Diana Raychuk told us everything about her life in the community and even more!

 Ukraine’s popularity is currently growing on an international cinematography scene. We round up the list of Ukrainian movies that have already received many positive reviews and are available in English.

 “Once Erasmus, always Erasmus”, they say. Have you ever wondered what Erasmus is like in Kyiv? You are in the right place! Read personal stories of our current and former Erasmus students and make that decision of coming here final!

Kyiv waterfall is artificial, obviously, but it is still as miraculous as the natural one! This small Kyiv wonder is situated on the territory of power station CHP-5, in the natural boundary Pokol. Numerous lakes and historical location Korchuvate are nearby as well. You can have a picnic in the beautiful natural surroundings or peacefully walk along the Dnipro.

In Lviv, exciting stories and fairytales are in the air. This atmospheric city has so many legends that it seems that even not every local would be able to tell them all.

Witches on the Bald Mountain

We think that the words 'student' and 'free' go very well together. That's why we came up with a timetable for open days in museums!

October 14, 18

Museum of prominent figures of Ukrainian culture – Lesya Ukrainka, M. Lysenko, P. Saksagansky, M. Staritsky
Where: Saksaganskogo St., 97 / 95b / 95

October 9

I. Kavaleridze Museum Workshop
Where: St. Andrew's Descent, 21

October 24