Stories from Kosovo

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Kosovo.

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With only a few months left in service, I often find myself thinking “what an interesting experience.” Opportunities to get involved in my community are plenty, my students are gifted and thriving, the winters are icy cold, and I often get unwanted attention on the street due to my ethnicity. Collectively, these experiences shape my opinion of not only my host country, but they shape how I view of myself as well. If not for this opportunity, I would have never have believed in myself as a strong, resilient woman.

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Spring festival in Vushtrri

Have I told you my theory? This is a common question I ask my peers.

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The other day I was sitting in my host family’s living room and it hit me that I was nearing the nine month mark of being in Kosovo. What’s the significance of that? Well, it means I am one third of the way through my service.

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Yoga with host sister

I heard it said once that Albanian proverbs are only helpful by accident, “like a shrug written down,” and I can honestly say that about sums up my experience in Kosovo.

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Several Nepalese women and one American volunteer, all in colorful clothing, sit together on a porch reading and smiling.

From rural villages to busy cities, women are the backbone of society. They are health care professionals, local organizers, inventive entrepreneurs, sustainability-minded farmers and dedicated educators.

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In Kosovo, Peace Corps education Volunteers James and Rachel Wirt helped form Bletët e Vërtetë, a women’s group focused on economically empowering women through beekeeping.

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There is life after pre-service training

About four months ago, I remember staring at the ceiling in my childhood bedroom and letting my mind wander. 

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Vera Greene Peace Corps trainee

It isn't about being “fearless.” 

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Vera Greene My next adventure

Peace Corps' first class of trainees in Kosovo begins their journey today, as they gather in Washington, D.C., for their staging event before getting on a plane. Trainee Vera Greene will regularly contribute posts about her experiences and observations as a member of this historic class. Below is her first post. Be sure to wish her well as she prepares to leave for Kosovo!

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