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Sally Regan lived in the Russian-speaking city of Donetsk, Ukraine a coal-mining and industrial center of 1.1 million people

Sally Regan lived in the Russian-speaking city of Donetsk, Ukraine a coal-mining and industrial center of 1.1 million people

Sally's Peace Corps training prepared her for some adventures, such as eating "salo," or raw pork fat, a Ukrainian delicacy. Other adventures were unanticipated, though. Election irregularities were forecast for the November 2004 Ukrainian presidential election runoff, but nobody expected millions of people to take to the streets after that election to challenge the results. The "Orange Revolution" was a tense and unpredictable time until the election was re-run and Victor Yushchenko was inaugurated in January 2005.

Sally Regan lived in the Russian-speaking city of Donetsk, Ukraine a coal-mining and industrial center of 1.1 million people

Adventures and surprises: my two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine

By Rockport Public Library

ROCKPORT (April 21): In the summer of 2003, Sally Regan, for many years a familiar face at Rockport Public Library, surprised many with the news that she was resigning her job to join the Peace Corps and go to Ukraine. Now having finished her service and returned to the U.S., she will share her experiences on May 4 in a 7 p.m. slide talk in the downstairs meeting room of the Rockport Opera House. Her talk is sponsored by the staff and Friends of Rockport Public Library.

Sally, who served as the library's director for 10 years, headed into the unknown when she set off for Ukraine, an Eastern European country of 47 million people, which, until 1991, was the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and part of the U.S.S.R.

In Ukraine Sally's life was far different from her life in Rockport. She lived in the Russian-speaking city of Donetsk, a coal-mining and industrial center of 1.1 million people. She got around on foot and by trolleybus. She shopped at street stands, in giant open-air markets and in air-conditioned supermarkets that were both like and unlike their U.S. counterparts. Food was delicious and very cheap. Bread, which was price controlled, was 30 cents a loaf.

Her work was different, too. She taught English full-time at a business college that prepares its students to become managers in the tourism industry. Sally also started and led discussions for an English Speaking Club for the general public at Donetsk's central public library.

Sally's Peace Corps training prepared her for some adventures, such as eating "salo," or raw pork fat, a Ukrainian delicacy. Other adventures were unanticipated, though. Election irregularities were forecast for the November 2004 Ukrainian presidential election runoff, but nobody expected millions of people to take to the streets after that election to challenge the results. The "Orange Revolution" was a tense and unpredictable time until the election was re-run and Victor Yushchenko was inaugurated in January 2005.

And the biggest surprise of all for Sally about her experience? "I never dreamed how attached I would get to the country and its people. It was awfully hard to leave."

Sally's talk will include glimpses of Kyiv, Ukraine's glittering capital, as well as tourist destinations in Ukraine such as the Crimea. Sally will also have information about joining the Peace Corps, an adventure that, based on her own experience, she highly recommends.

For further information about this program, which is free and open to the public, please call Rockport Public Library at 236-3642.





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