Ukraine

Stories from Ukraine

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


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A group of people walk with their backs to the camera on a snowy road. There are trees and buildings in the background.

The Baba Yelka Project tells a story of Ukrainian culture little known to the public.

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Pamela Watkins

Though they represent less than 5% of the overall Volunteer population, Americans over the age of 50 are a valuable asset to the Peace Corps community.

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Doug Hall

I was 14 when the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, but even then I knew I wanted to become a Volunteer sometime in my life.

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A woman selling tomatoes and peppers at the bazaar.

My favorite place in my town is our local produce bazaar. 

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Colleen Young

The whim to join the Peace Corps first came to Colleen Young when she was visiting her daughter, Katrina, who was serving in Peace Corps Malawi, in 1999. 

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Finding new motivations the second time around

I cannot remember exactly where we were heading – there is a good chance it was to get some chicken wings for dinner – but I remember the conversation ended with “…so I’ve decided to apply to be a Peace Corps Response Volunteer,” and my father slowly nodded his head and kept driving. 

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VIDEO: Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

"America is a combination of different cultures, different people and different ideas." – Jean Park, Peace Corps Ukraine Volunteer

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Katie Ridinger Ukraine photography

I remember walking out of my school in 2014 on the day of consolidation with a heavy heart not knowing when or if I would return. The answer came a few days later: all Peace Corps Volunteers in Ukraine would be evacuated.

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