Message for U.S. Citizens: Warden Recruitment

Event: Kyiv’s American Citizen Services unit is in the process of updating our network of Wardens to ensure that we are able to communicate as effectively as possible with U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. We are looking for volunteers to serve as Wardens in various regions of Ukraine.

Note: If you had previously volunteered to be a Warden and we recently corresponded with you to update your contact details, you do not need to respond to this message.

  • Wardens are private U.S. citizens who help the Embassy help U.S. citizens in need.  They assist travelers in distress, help us track down missing U.S. citizens, and, in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, help us locate other American citizens so we can help get them to safety.  Wardens are usually American citizens who are longer-term residents of Ukraine and, ideally, speak some Ukrainian or Russian. Please note that this is a voluntary position that does not involve financial reimbursement.
  • We need wardens in major areas like Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Crimea, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kherson, Khmelnytsky, Kropyvnytskyi, Luhansk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Uzhgorod, Vinnytsya, Volyn, Zaporizhzhya, and Zhytomyr. Wardens in smaller cities and rural areas are also uniquely important because those can be the hardest places for us to reach in an emergency.

Actions to Take: If you would like to volunteer as a Warden, please do the following:

  • E-mail us at to express interest. Please tell us your citizenship, where you live, how long you have been in Ukraine, and what languages you speak.
  • Provide your full name, DOB and passport number.
  • We will then provide you with additional documents to read, complete, and return.


  • U.S. Embassy – Kyiv, Ukraine

+380-44- 521-5566

+380-44-521-5000 (after hours)

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444