Included in the price of your Tomorrow Clubs trip:
- All on the ground accommodations in destination country
- Room and board at host homes or other accommodation
- Hotels (if needed)
- Team meals at restaurants
- Lunches at camps
- Team picnic
- Other team meals and snacks
- All transportation in destination country
- Transportation to and from destination airport
- Transportation to and from camps and team activities
- Team T-shirt
- Training material for English camp
- Training and accommodations for English training weekend
- Personal Interpreter
- Camp supplies
- Team sightseeing excursion
Items Not Included:
- Transportation to/from your departure airport
- Airfare to/from destination
- Visa costs
- Any personal excursions outside of team activities
Things to Include:
- Bible, pen and a journal
- English teaching materials
- One small package of tissues and one roll of toilet paper
- One bar of soap (plastic bag to store it in)
- One bath towel and washcloth
- Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush and deodorant
- Feminine hygiene products for women
- Small medical kit (Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, pain reliever)
- Contact lens solution
- Curling irons and hairdryers (220 volt compatible, plug adapters also needed for these).
- Phrase book for the local language
- Liquid hand sanitizer
- Sunscreen/Bug spray
- Pictures of your family (to show host family)
- Spending money ($100-200 recommended)
- Thank you notes
- A few zip-lock bags for miscellaneous use
- A small alarm clock
Please be conservative and use modesty when choosing clothing for your trip. Be sure shorts, skirts and all summer clothing are of a conservative nature. Here are some ideas are on what to bring:
- Comfortable, cool clothing to wear at camp
- One lightweight jacket or sweater
- Outfits for travel and sightseeing
- Team T-shirt for travel days
- Clothing for church (married women will need to wear a scarf as a head cover). Women and girls need to wear a dress or a skirt. Men should wear dress or casual pants. No jeans at church.
- Comfortable shoes or sandals for walking. Tennis shoes work well for the camp
You should plan to bring a hospitality gift for your host family. We also suggest you consider bringing small gifts for your interpreter and for the camp leaders you will be working with. There are usually about 10 leaders who volunteer their time to work in the English Camp.
Here are some gift suggestions:
- Anything made in the U.S.
- Small Towels
- M&M candy
- Plastic containers
- Baseball caps
- T-shirts (Christian shirts would be great)
- No jewelry
- Bar soap, shampoo or hairspray
- Ball-point pens
- Hand lotion, deodorant or cologne
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Picture book of the U.S. or your state
- Home-made crafts
- Key chains
- Post-it notes
- Blank note-cards
Please note — most airlines limit baggage to one 50 lb. bag for check-in and one 20 lb. carry-on. Airlines are generally very strict about weight policies on overseas flights. Please check with your airline to verify weight allowances per bag.
When entering a foreign culture it’s important to be very courteous and realize that as an American in this country you are considered to be an honored guest. Churches and people in the church will go overboard in providing hospitality for you, sometimes spending a month’s salary on one dinner that they have for you in their homes.
In Ukrainian culture, all entertaining (which centers around food and drink) traditionally takes place around the table. Buffet style meals are very rare among Ukrainians. Everyone crowds together. After the meal is finished, conversations naturally continue around the table. There are generally extremely crowded housing conditions. When entertaining, the table is simply moved to the center of the living room (which often doubles as a bedroom).
If you are invited for a meal in a Ukrainian home, you need to know that meal times tend to be very long, often lasting several hours, particularly if they involve foreign guests. To every Ukrainian, a meal is an opportunity for socializing, not just a time to fill one’s stomach.
Although Ukrainians have learned to make allowances for foreigners’ concerns about their diet, it is considered rude not to sample what is served. In many cases the hosts go to a great deal of difficulty, and often sacrifice, to provide a festive meal. On the other hand you should avoid eating too quickly.
Predictably as soon as your plate or glass is empty, you will be pressed to take a refill. You may even receive a second helping without being asked. It is common for a hostess (especially in an informal gathering) to set out almost all the food she has in the refrigerator and cupboards. This is simple Ukrainian hospitality, family style. Ukrainians continually insist that their guests eat well. It is not unusual for visitors to be served leftovers for breakfast. This may include sauerkraut, salads, heavily seasoned meats or sausage, or borsch. Be prepared for a new cultural experience!
Ukrainian evangelical believers usually pray while standing before and after a meal. Meals are sometimes followed by singing and guests may be invited to sing a hymn in their native language.
During the gathering, it’s important to keep the flow of conversations between the Ukrainian and Americans. This can be accomplished with translators. Try to seat the translator in the middle of the table. Many Ukrainians understand English even though they can’t speak it. Inappropriate jokes, cynical comments and laughter could be interpreted in a negative way.
Most Ukrainians live in a small flat (apartment). It is their custom to remove shoes at the entrance. Luggage needs to be at a minimum due to lack of space. It is important to be on time due to the difficult transportation system. You will walk to many of your destinations since gasoline; if available, ¡s very expensive. Breakfast is served in the living room where you most likely will have slept. Be ready for breakfast a half hour ahead to allow time for them to set the table.
Many of the apartment buildings hallways do not have lighting. You may wish to bring along a small flashlight.
Medical care in Ukraine is limited. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of pharmacies that offer American and Western European supplies and medicines. The availability of basic medical supplies, including disposable needles, anaesthetics arid antibiotics has improved. Elderly travelers and those with existing health problems may be at risk due to inadequate medical facilities. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage, including air excavation coverage has proved to be useful.
The U.S. Public Health Service warns that many visitors to Ukraine have returned to the United States infected with the intestinal parasite Giardia Lamblia. This infection is usually contracted by drinking local tap water. In addition, you should avoid ice-cubes, salads, and uncooked fruit and vegetables which cannot be peeled and use bottled water for brushing teeth. Travelers returning from the region who develop a diarrheal illness lasting more than five days should consult a physician.
Bottled water is readily available. Carbonated water is very popular. For regular water, ask for water “without gas”, often bottled with a light blue cap.
Bring Your Own Medicines
Bring with you any necessary medications and keep them in their original, labeled containers in your hand luggage. Because of strict laws on narcotics, carry a letter from your physician explaining your need for any prescription drugs in your possession. Also bring along any toiletries and personal hygiene that you will need. These items can be difficult to obtain in major cities and virtually nonexistent elsewhere.
Many over-the-counter type medicines that we use for common problems are available in Ukraine and Russia, but to avoid confusion and inconvenience, you should take along medications that you use regularly, or think you might need. Be sure to take an ample supply. This is a list of medicine you might consider taking with you.
- A copy of your health history (keep in your money belt or wherever you are carrying your passport/valuable information).
- Regular prescription medication(s).
- Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil — whatever you use for minor aches/pain/fever.
- Antihistamine for multiple uses, such as Benadryl.
- Decongestant nasal spray if needed for flights (i.e. Afrin or Neosynephrine)
- Pepto Bismol tablets or liquid for prevention of traveler’s Diarrhea (TD).
- Immodium capsules for moderate TD.
- Oral Rehydration Sachets (ORS).
- Antifungal powder, cream solution if you use it occasionally (i.e. Lotrimin, Micatin or
- Small box of Band-aids and Q-tips.
- Small tube of antibiotic ointment.
- Multiple Vitamin or Vitamin C Tablets.
- Robitussin Cough Syrup.
- Eye glass prescription.
- Contact solutions if needed.
- DEET— containing insect repellent (28% or more). If allergic, Avon Skin So Soft has been used effectively.
- Sunscreen — SPF 15 or above.
- Safety begins when you pack. Leave expensive jewelry, unnecessary credit cards and anything you would hate to lose at home.
- Never display large sums of money when paying a bill. Conceal your passport, cash and other valuables on your person. Do not trust waist packs or fannypacks because pickpockets have learned that is where the valuables are stored.
- Do not leave valuables in your hotel room; have them locked ¡n the hotel safe. Be vigilant on public transport and at tourist sites, Toad markets, flea markets, art exhibitions and all places where crowds gather.
- If you are a victim of crime, report it immediately to the local police and to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. It ¡s worthwhile to report a theft, because stolen items are sometimes retrieved.
- Avoid hailing unmarked cars as taxis. Although this is a common practice in Ukraine, foreigners have been robbed and assaulted by the drivers of such unmarked cabs. Never accept a ride from a driver who already has other passengers.