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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 man drives a horse-drawn carriage.

This story is as much about Virginia (Kollin) Shovlin (Nigeria 1962-1964) as it is about her son, Paul (Moldova 1996-1998) and daughter, Suzanne (Ukraine 2007-2009).

Sunflowers line a dirt road with storm clouds above

The pandemic may have inspired Peace Corps’ Virtual Service, but the pilot’s benefits and expanded opportunities suggest virtual collaboration won’t be disappearing any time soon.

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Serving with the Peace Corps was my dream as I grew up in Kazakhstan.


As Peace Corps commemorated its 60th anniversary, a virtual panel discussion was held on March 3 with returned Volunteers who were personally impacted by President John F. Kennedy, who established the agency in 1961.

Four people are on a Zoom meeting.

When Volunteers around the world were evacuated last year due to COVID-19, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) Alliance for Ukraine, quickly mobilized to provide support…

Ketover, middle with Ambassador Bill Taylor at a Ministry of Youth event.

Michael Ketover, Peace Corps Ukraine's country director, tells his story of service through photos.

A man with a Native background wraps a rainbow flag around himself and a friend, smiling.

"My greatest challenge while in Peace Corps was being a gay person of color serving in a predominantly white and religious community."

A group of people smile for a selfie on the streets of Ukraine.

Upon completing service, many returned Volunteers find community, comfort, and connections in Peace Corps-affiliate groups based in the United States. Alliance for Ukraine is one such group.

Hispanic female Peace Corps volunteer review paper documents with two female community members outside in Guatemala

September 15 to October 15 is nationally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month.

A group of young people in professional clothing stand outside of a building in a large group.

Before joining the Peace Corps, Gabriel Cortez was working full time at a restaurant in Arizona and completing his bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University.


Volunteering with the Peace Corps isn't easy, but collaboration and inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.

A young girl, hand covered in blue paint, adds her hand print to piece of paper with other colorful hand prints.

Youth in development Volunteers know that individual connections create a global impact.

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.

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.

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.

A woman selling tomatoes and peppers at the bazaar.

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