July 2, 2005: Headlines: COS - Russia: Blogs - Russia: Personal Web Site: Anam Cara was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Russia

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Anam Cara was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Russia

Anam Cara was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Russia

"I was in Russia for almost 4 years. I went originally as a Peace Corps Volunteer, from 1996-1998. I was a community development volunteer in a small city called Vladimir, which is about 100 miles east of Moscow. I mainly worked with not-for-profit and non-commercial organizations (schools, libraries, etc....) helping them to write grant proposals to obtain funding for projects"

Anam Cara was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Russia

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I also did some English teaching. After my two year stint I wanted to stay in Russia because I was really enjoying it, but not with the Peace Corps. So I got a job in the Moscow office of the same international accounting and auditing firm I had worked for in Boston before joining the Peace Corps. I worked there for almost 2 years (1998-2000) and then moved to London when I left Moscow.

Living in Russia was an amazing and extraordinary experience for me, particularly living in Vladimir. It was an eye-opening, humbling, at times incredibly difficult and lonely experience. But it was also quite adventurous and fun. I learned to live like a Russian, well, as much as a Westerner who can leave any time she likes can! My Moscow experience was completely the opposite of my Vladimir experience because there I was living a nice ex-pat existence with a fantastic salary, nice accomodation, etc... But I was working an average about 70-80 hours a week in Moscow and I got burnt out very quickly. I ended up leaving with a year and a half left on my 3 1/2 year contract because of that. And because my Russian boyfriend, who was a senior manager in the same firm, ended up cheating on me with a staff person and leaving me for her. And it was one of those situations where everyone in the office knew before me. Really humiliating, so I knew it was time to go and move on with my life.

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