29 episodes

Welcome to the Balakun Podcast, where we champion the spirit of mentorship and empowerment. Dive into heartwarming stories of Ukrainians learning English, discover the transformative journeys of our mentors from around the globe, and stay updated with our weekly roundups. As the world listens, Balakun bridges gaps and fosters connections. Join us in amplifying voices, strengthening ties, and building a brighter future. Don't just hear—be part of the change. Subscribe and #JoinTheConversation.
All our links and forms to become mentor - https://linktr.ee/eslforukrainians

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    • Education

Welcome to the Balakun Podcast, where we champion the spirit of mentorship and empowerment. Dive into heartwarming stories of Ukrainians learning English, discover the transformative journeys of our mentors from around the globe, and stay updated with our weekly roundups. As the world listens, Balakun bridges gaps and fosters connections. Join us in amplifying voices, strengthening ties, and building a brighter future. Don't just hear—be part of the change. Subscribe and #JoinTheConversation.
All our links and forms to become mentor - https://linktr.ee/eslforukrainians

    Disinformation with Kiwi

    Disinformation with Kiwi

    We talk about russian disinformation and how to make an FPV drone with Kiwi In Ukraine.


    https://x.com/notafella69?s=20

    • 35 min
    Mentor visiting Ukraine and his student. Quignor

    Mentor visiting Ukraine and his student. Quignor

    Welcome!

    In this episode we chat with our friend Quignor. One of the first mentors to join Balakun. He told us about mentoring, his trips to Ukraine as a volunteer and meeting his student in person. Thanks for chatting with us while jet lagged Quignor.   / quignor  

    In other news, Sandi scored a point in the “try to pronounce it” game, finally stumping Vit with a completely nonsense word. Vit quickly reminded her that she can’t say mushroom in Ukrainian.

    Such is life…

    To become a mentor at Balakun go to www.balakun.co

    A big thank you to Vladyslove for your help with the intro, outro and interludes…
      / vladyslove  

    • 28 min
    The 24th

    The 24th

    In this episode, recorded on February 22nd 2024, we talk about the anniversary of the russian invasion in its many forms.
    Vit explained events from his perspective and we collated accounts from students and previous guests about their experiences including Yana, Daniel Broomfield, Rick the Ukrainian and a student who wanted to remain anonymous.

    Mentioned links:
    https://www.youtube.com/@ricktheukrainian
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9apDnRRSOCk&t=3s
    https://blog.youcontrol.market/istorichnii-riekord-ukrayintsi-vidkrili-naibilshu-kilkist-fopiv-na-drughii-rik-viini/
    https://standwithukraineworld.ukrainianworldcongress.org/
    https://www.ukrainianworldcongress.org/20-years-since-russian-ukrainian-tuzla-island-conflict/
    https://savelife.in.ua/en/
    https://u24.gov.ua/
    https://twitter.com/bozhablagodat
    https://twitter.com/Brooms1989

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Digitalization in Ukraine

    Digitalization in Ukraine

    Welcome! In this episode we explore digitalization in Ukraine: paperless life, healthcare, finances and the IT Army of Ukraine. Join to understand all the faces of the Monobank cat, reminisce about the good times during the pandemic and consider the unforeseen consequences of a cashless society. 

      

    Of course there is some news, a meme and Sandi did not escape from her sentence in Ukrainian. She also tried to find a new way to challenge Vit. And failed. 

    • 35 min
    A Bridge to Ukraine - Balakun w Our Rebe

    A Bridge to Ukraine - Balakun w Our Rebe

    In this episode we chat with out friend Rebe, the verification group coordinator at Balakun. She has been part of the project since the beginning and told us all about the people she meets who want to do something to help Ukraine. Plus we have some news, a couple of fun facts and a language exchange.

    You can follow Rebe on twitter here:

    https://twitter.com/Rivkah1401

    • 54 min
    Crimean Tatars Part 2

    Crimean Tatars Part 2

    Qirimli, or people from Crimea. In part 2 we hear from Mavile about one of the most difficult chapters in the history of Crimean Tatars, the deportations of the 1940s and the painful consequences. 

    If you want to learn more about some of the important people we discussed have a look at:  

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%9Eefiqa_Gasp%C4%B1ral%C4%B1

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ismail_Gasprinsky

    You can join us and become a mentor by signing up at www.balakun.co. We’d love for you to join our amazing community. 

    • 48 min

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