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 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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commute jordan

Peace Corps Volunteers trek through mountains, deserts, fields, rainforests and rivers to get to their service sites. Here’s what commuting looks like for 11 Volunteers and returned Volunteers around the world.

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Celebrating "A Woman Who Is Changing My Life"

To celebrate International Women's Day, World Wise Schools did our part by hosting a webinar entitled “A Woman Who is Changing My Life” to engage middle schools in America with Peace Corps Volunteers and their inspiring female counterparts in Ukraine and Nicaragua. 

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Byron Williams

In celebration of Black History Month, Peace Corps Diversity Outreach Specialist Byron Williams discusses how his experience living and working as a Black American in sub-Saharan Africa helped to fortify his racial identity. 

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Guatemala smile

Sometimes all it takes is one smile to make a Volunteer feel right at home.

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