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Supplemental Opportunities from ENGin Volunteers

We invite you to check out additional learning opportunities offered to ENGin students by our volunteers and supporters! This list is regularly updated with new opportunities. 


Please note: these programs are NOT organized by ENGin - please contact the organizers with any questions. ENGin is not responsible for the content and quality of the opportunities shared here.

Computer Science for Beginners!

What: Learn beginner Computer Science from students at Carnegie Mellon University, an top 3 university for Computer Science. In this trial run of a program for students in Ukraine, you get to both learn and allow us to develop the course. The course is taught in Python, and will be an introduction to programming. The entire course instruction time is 40 hours. As our starting cohort will be small, we will communicate closely with our volunteers and our students to decide the entire instruction time window.

For whom: Beginners who want to learn programming and are proficient in English.

When: We will try to start in late January to early February. The amount of work will depend on how much you wish to learn, but expect more than five hours a week of work in and out of lectures combined. The program will last two to three months. We will record lectures/talks given, as well as set up direct communication for easy out of class questions. 

Maximum Capacity: 10 people.

The starting requirements:

  • Eager to learn

  • Speaks English reasonably well (good enough to study)

  • Beginner in programming

Who offers this opportunity: A Computer Science student at Carnegie Mellon University, I help advise multiple charities working with those affected by the war in Ukraine. 

Questions? Email James Chen at

Improve Your Writing and Publish Articles in English!

What: Published Points of View will welcome students who want to meaningfully advocate for what they believe in while improving their writing and learning about journalism. The students will receive one-on-one mentoring from experienced high-school writers. Mentors will walk them through the process of conceptualizing, writing, and publishing an Op-Ed (opinion journalism) article. Student articles will be published on a global publication called The Outspoken as well as the prestigious Los Angeles Times Insider.

For whom: We are looking for high school students (roughly ages 14-18) who are at an intermediate to advanced level of speaking and writing. No prior experience with journalism is necessary and there are no constraints regarding what students can write about!

When: This program is planned to last over the course of February. Students will meet with their mentors 2-4 times (depending on proficiency and availability) throughout the month; all of our volunteers operate within PST. Depending on article subject matter and length, students should expect to spend between 4-7 hours throughout the month on their article.

Please sign up by January 27, 2023.

Maximum capacity: Currently, our maximum capacity is around 25 students! We will take up to 50 students, but the first 25 students will be given priority while the later 25 will be added to our waitlist.

Who offers this opportunity: Published Points of View is a program run by students and for students. Our project was first conceptualized one year ago and has served nearly 150 students during our recent campaign. Regarding instruction, mentors will be high school students with experience both teaching and practicing journalism who have been thoroughly trained. The Los Angeles Times High School Insider (which has served tens of thousands of writers over the past 8 years) will also host a seminar at the beginning of the program to give an introduction to journalism. Articles will be published on the LA Times Insider as well as The Outspoken. The Outspoken has accumulated nearly 1 million views over the past years and serves writers from across the globe.

Questions? Email Ethan Rhee

Get Help Applying to University in the US

What: Big Buddies is an online volunteering community that brings free college consulting to students by connecting high school students with university students to ask questions on the college applications process via email and blog posts. Our website is

For whom: Any student who applying to university in the US!  The platform is open for anyone to ask questions and to use the resources available. Remember when you send your email question to a Big Buddy, CC and then click HERE to fill out the feedback form once you are done with your Big Buddies experience.  


When: Anytime.

Maximum capacity: Open to all, response may take a few business days. 


Who offers this opportunity: Everyone on the Big Buddies team is past or present University student who has experience with the college applications process, simply click read bio on any of our Big Buddies to read their profile. This is a program where students are helping students. We are partners with Brown University Swearer Center, however we are not affiliated with a university.

Questions? Email Ilai Amar

Mini Meditations for Ukrainian Children

What: This is a series of short, 5-minute meditations developed by Tara Segree and mindfulness specialist in Baltimore with 20 years' experience. The purpose of these meditation and mindful breathing exercises is to help bring a sense of calm to children who have experienced trauma or are under stress and looking for simple, free and effective solutions that help manage their anxiety.


For whom: Mini Meditations is for Ukrainian students of all children from ages 6+ and higher.


When: The meditations can be accessed anytime.


How to sign up:  Mini Meditations is available on the website as well as on YouTube, and all major podcasting platforms.  


Maximum capacity: Mini Meditations for Kids can support all students.


Who offers this opportunity: Mini Meditations is produced in collaboration with an award-winning children’s media company and with Tara Segree, a specialist educator and meditation instructor with 17+ years of experience in education and mental health.


Questions? Email Sep Riahi

Foreign Exchange Session

What: A live virtual session to learn new skills (i.e. coding, public speaking, etc.) from high school students in the U.S. These group meetings will focus on skill-building workshops to promote discussion and foster international friendships. Each workshop will focus on a new skill and will also feature different monthly themes based on student interest. Email Diya Nair at to sign up for sessions!

For whom: Open to 14-18-year-old Ukrainian students


When: At 9 PM Ukrainian time (30-45 minutes per session) from January to April 2023


Maximum capacity: Limited to 10 students 


Who offers this opportunity: Conducted by ENGin Ambassador Diya Nair and her club Project Building Bridges


Questions: Email Diya Nair at

Free Yoga Classes

What: A weekly 1 hour class of basic level Yoga, with minimal props. I teach with a focus of linking breath and body in movement and stillness. My classes begin with simple meditation and grounding, then we'll move into traditional yoga flows, that are accessible to all levels of yoga. The class will finish in Savansana , which is the final resting pose. The practice of Yoga is a beautiful way to regulate the nervous system, on and off of the mat. To sign up email at and she will provide a Zoom link.


For whom: Сlasses are open to all levels and experience. I usually like to teach adults and teens differently. If you have interest, from both, I could offer 2 separate classes. This is available to all  ENGin staff, volunteers and students. I would love to make this available to anyone who is interested, including families & friends of Engin participants. Some English proficiency would be helpful, and I will be on screen demonstrating and practicing throughout class.


When: Available every Saturday at 3:00 pm (Eastern European Time). 


Maximum capacity: 30 students per class would be good. 


Who offers this opportunity: Throughout my life, I have explored movement, ranging from yoga, somatics, barre, and dance. My deep connection with nature is an awareness practice, which is integrated into my movement and teaching style.  I encourage ease in the breath and body as they move in unity.  I believe intuition within our own bodies is one of our most trusted guides in yoga practice. I create a supportive environment where students can freely explore movement without judgment, while focusing attention on safe alignment for a sustainable and creative practice. Feel free to also visit website for more information.

Questions? Email Carrie Getz at 

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