2006.05.26: May 26, 2006: Headlines: COS - Ukraine: ForUm: Sixty two American volunteers of the Peace Corps have sworn in Kyiv

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Sixty two American volunteers of the Peace Corps have sworn in Kyiv

Sixty two American volunteers of the Peace Corps have sworn in Kyiv

The US volunteers will work in schools and youth organisations in the rural area. The main goals of their activity are to popularise the healthy life-style, civil and ecological awareness and to teach computer skills and basic business knowledge. The volunteers will also put into practise the project of the economic development of the communities.

Sixty two American volunteers of the Peace Corps have sworn in Kyiv

US Peace Corps volunteers swear in Ukraine

Sixty two American volunteers of the Peace Corps have sworn in Kyiv. Oleksandr Yarema, the Director of Youth Policy Department welcomed them and thanked their self-scarifying work, the Youth, Sport and Family Ministry press office informed.

In the last year the government of Ukraine had asked the Peace Corps to assist the Youth Development Project. The request was given positive response, Yarema told.

The US volunteers will work in schools and youth organisations in the rural area. The main goals of their activity are to popularise the healthy life-style, civil and ecological awareness and to teach computer skills and basic business knowledge. The volunteers will also put into practise the project of the economic development of the communities.




Comments

Angela (13:50 | 26 May,2006)

several youth corps from US were here sensitising the people before the "criminal" revolution of 2004.Now they are coming again in whatever name and guises. Yush and Madam must tell us what the next agenda is. But Ukraine will survive and overcome all traitors, including internal / external aggressors .

Vasyl (13:55 | 26 May,2006)

Guys, thanks for coming to Ukr, your unselfish work and educative efforts will be of great importance to overcome barriers of fear, misunderstanding and hatred between our nations. God bless you.

Angela (14:34 | 26 May,2006)

You are one of them and I hope to get you soon. you A,,H.

mike (15:00 | 26 May,2006)

I don't know about you city folks but the countryside needs these selfless people. They are a window on the world for rural Ukrainians. Sixty is such a paltry number, we could use thousands. Ukrainians need to realise that it is not necessary to live without decent roads and no indoor plumbing, the way we do, and above all that a person can improve ones life without government involvement by forming cooperatives and getting the word out via the net about your produce. We owe them a debt of gratitude for bringing in computers and teaching English.

Vasyl (15:07 | 26 May,2006)

Ang: Don't take the trouble, say when and where... have enough mon on you to pay for booze.

David (18:09 | 26 May,2006)

We come in peace Angela. These people give their time, resources, and talent for free. What you give freely is an acid tongue. I think you should hop on your broom and fly back to OZ.

Peter Crosby (18:57 | 26 May,2006)

I understand concern about US-led covert indoctrination; unfortunately the US has only itself to blame for such fears. But I've met some of these guys and if I'm any judge they seem genuinely committed to helping Ukrainians catch up with the world with which they compete now that the false internal markets of the USSR are gone. Mike - you mention using the net to publicise your produce (I would say more generally your business) - in a country the size of Ukraine WiFi is the only practical means; the infrastructure is largely in place and the end-user requirements are available at affordable prices, but guess who's preventing it by sitting on the bandwidth licences?

Misha (20:28 | 26 May,2006)

Peter, do not start balming the US, please. The only problem that the US has is the Liberals... About these people, I agree with mike, we need more like 60,000 of these same volunteers. Last year a group of 15 of us went to Lutsk, Ukraine, to do similar work, but less of the computer teaching more along the lines of whats healthy and some other basic education, and we did this in camps not in schools. It was a definate success and I believe that althoug I am not going this year because I got married last October, there is another group of 12 - 15 going this summer again, only to a different region. So its not just the US people that help, but I do agree that the US has alot of experience in this field and alot of people are very generous and selfless willing to help the people of Ukriane.

Ivanovich (20:44 | 26 May,2006)

Misha - Wih all due respect, the Peace Corps was initiated by John F Kennedy, who along with Franklin D Roosevelt is an Icon of american liberalism. Furthermore, I'll bet you that the vast majority of these volunteers hold views which could be described as "liberal". "Conservative" volunteers tend to carry bibles, which is fine, but they don't hold a monopoly on altruism.. Having said that, I can only shake my head at the empty headed drivel that Angela spews so prodigiously. The only sentence in her post that i can agree with is, "Ukraine will survive and overcome all traitors, including internal / external aggressors".... because it applies so aptly to Yanucharich and the Party of Russians.

Misha (20:50 | 26 May,2006)

Ivanovich, I understand what you are saying, but my definition of liberal is not that of yours and I should clarify that. By liberal I mean the peopl that are in the PETA and the NAACP or the Gay and Lesbo associations that exist. These have nothing to do with teaching any decency in morals or in the business field. And that is my definition of liberal, because the definition changes every year for me!

yorga (22:25 | 26 May,2006)

Misha, you see what marriage can do for you. You go from a Kozak to a koza:) Angela just has to criticize everything that is not connected to PR and Russia. EU is bad, NATO is bad, the US is bad but th sun shines between Putin's ears and his PR followers. Since when did the term Liberal become derogatory? Too much Rush influence. There are still many countries in the world with mainstream Liberal parties.

David (03:20 | 27 May,2006)

Earth calling Peter, we are talking about the PEACE Corps here. When did this organization EVer have anything to do with covert operations. Enough, go home to your tiny little misty island and play with your choo choo.

Nickolas J. (06:09 | 27 May,2006)

Here !!! Here !!! Mike & Vasyl

Sarita (07:21 | 27 May,2006)

Hello everyone, I personally feel as a 'liberal' and NOT a member of PETA or NAACP that these organizations are necessary in the United States to protect people (of ALL colors, including white) and animals/environment from the Republicans that control our country. Without such activism we would surely lose a lot of our rights. And Im sorry for some here, but many people in the US want EVERYONE to have equal rights, this includes homosexuals. I am the friend of a future volunteer in Ukraine and he is VERY excited to help the country of Ukraine and its people with no hidden agenda or 'secret missions. He is selflessly giving two years of his life, with very little pay to teach and share American culture and learn about Ukrainian culture. Please think twice before making such critical judgments, he would be horrified to see this.

Sarita (07:27 | 27 May,2006)

Hello everyone, I personally feel as a 'liberal' and NOT a member of PETA or NAACP that these organizations are necessary in the United States to protect people (of ALL colors, including white) and animals/environment from the Republicans that control our country. Without such activism we would surely lose a lot of our rights. And Im sorry for some here, but many people in the US want EVERYONE to have equal rights, this includes homosexuals. I am the friend of a future volunteer in Ukraine and he is VERY excited to help the country of Ukraine and its people with no hidden agenda or 'secret missions. He is selflessly giving two years of his life, with very little pay to teach and share American culture and learn about Ukrainian culture. Please think twice before making such critical judgments, he would be horrified to see this.

SJ (12:36 | 27 May,2006)

In my very few encounters with americans I noticed that they always assumed that the american way of life is the only way that is right. For instance, one american criticised pebbles on Sochis beach, 'teaching' locals that they should bring lorries of sand and scatter it on the beach... What he didn't know - russians seems to like their pebbles in Sochi and those who don't can go to Anapa and enjoy the sand. I guess, the polite ukrainians will listen to the volunteers, make their stay very pleasant, say 'Thank you', shake their hands on departure and with a sigh 'thanks God they are gone!' go back to their established and trusted ways!

Peter Crosby (14:42 | 27 May,2006)

David - read my entire posting and the context in which it was written again. My first sentence is a response to Angela's allegation that "several youth corps from US were here sensitising the people before the "criminal" revolution of 2004. Now they are coming again in whatever name and guises." I do not believe that the US Peace Corps was active in the way Angela suggests, but there is so much documented evidence of OTHER US agencies undertaking covert operations in an attempt to influence the revolutions and elections around the world that I entirely understand why Angela may, from her standpoint, assume that the Peace Corps is just another cover for such activities; furthermore the arrogance shown by many Americans to "foreign" ways of life, as SJ describes so well, can only fuel such beliefs. My next sentence supports the work of those Peace Corps members whom I have met personally, and I'm sure that people such as Misha and Sarita's friend do much to the US's credit.

Peter Crosby (14:55 | 27 May,2006)

Sarita, I wish your freind every good fortune during his time in Ukraine. It is valuable work and if delivered with due respect and sensitivity to the native cultures, can be of great benifit. But he should not expect to receive universal unconditional acceptance. The fact is the the US has got itself a bad name through its foreign policy and this is likely to influence the way some Ukrainians react to him. The "judgements" which you perceive are those for which he should be prepared and if he finds them horrifying, better to be horrified now and have some time to come to terms with them than be taken by suprise when he arrives. I personally have never held any american individual responsible for the mistakes of their government and hope that every personal contact between citizens of different nations helps to promote freindship, trust and mutual respect.

David (16:14 | 27 May,2006)

Okay Peter, you have my apology. We in US know Bush is an arrogant twit with a big mouth. With that aside, some us are pushing for Ukr to get a piece of the 387 million dollars that the US Congress recently allocated for foreign aid. The Peace Corps is usually the first step. Hopefully the Ukr government will expedite a ruling coalition soon. I know of other foreign investors eagerly awaiting this process to get moving. US main goal is to help Ukr toward forming a market economy, eradicate human misery, and bring Urk into the fold for global security.

Yuri (16:34 | 27 May,2006)

I have known several Peace Corps members personally - although this is only a small sample, I have deep admiration for these guys. Genuine, helpful, unselfish - and an important point: They may come as naive do-gooders - but most of them go home with a better understanding of the world outside the USA - something the American's are in dire need of. Keep it up guys - and prove to Angela that her drivel stinks.

sarita (16:37 | 27 May,2006)

Thank you for your kind words Peter. And yes, it is important to look at things from many perspectives. I've seen to many Americans assume that we are the 'greatest country' and that our way is the best. Haha, but I also imagine that he is much better prepared to go than I.

sarita (16:37 | 27 May,2006)

'too many' Americans, not 'to many' haha

mike (18:12 | 27 May,2006)

SJ, crapping behind the barn is "the good old way" and you will get a few ignoramus say exactly what you said. Americans in Peace Corps do not say their way is the only way or even the best way, the simply point out that there are other ways. The choice is up to the initiated. Let me take your contrived example, vapid though it is. Putting sand at Sochi, may indeed be not worth while, but would tourist and concession business suffer if it happened? Maybe, but that is not a given. The suggestion is accompanied with a choice, what is to be gained and lost? The Peace Corps are a shining example of beautiful Americans as oppose to the notion of "ugly Americans". Lord love those generous volunteers.

David (18:25 | 27 May,2006)

With over twenty-five years of global travel behind me I have come to realize that I do indeed, reside in the greatest and most wealthiest nation on the globe. Americans find totalitarianism government reprehensible. We have a motto: Live Free or Die. Ukraine, like so many of the other former Soviet countries are really quite young nations just beginning to experience freedom. This will be a blessing for you, because; it will make you stronger in the years ahead. I for one, congradulate the Ukrainian people and send a hearty welcome to the free world.

ISO (18:36 | 27 May,2006)

Angela.., ride on.You got it right.., what the whole BS is all about. SJ, pls keep up the good work.You are reasonably in the middle and I am sure that even your antagonists would agree within them that you are right in all you said. I have realised Ivanovich is Tarasyuk, the Ukr.FM. You can pretend but I have personally identified you now. You stupid skin-headed FM.you wil soon be swept off the political scene into ign'mny.

mike (18:50 | 27 May,2006)

Wow, look who is back, the Russian poet of ten thousand expletives (half of the Russian language)ISO. I was hoping he crawled back into some hole in Russia. Just imagine how comparatively sensible his post sounds now as compared with his previous "poetry". Has ForUm accomplish its task? We can only hope. Angela missed our little creep, she can now take solace in his illiterate posts.

ISO (19:25 | 27 May,2006)

Siberian man. You will soon be back there, this time for ever.

George Bohdan (20:14 | 27 May,2006)

SJ, What the hell does that stand for "SNOW JOB"? Peace Corps 'thanks God they are gone!' go back to their established and trusted ways!. (implying that they will go back to you commie indoctrination) Screw off with that talk. Ukraine is changing faster then your commie goon spin doctors can keep up. Yulia Tymoshenko upon taking the job as Prime Minister in the last election said: "The freedom of the press is the first thing that we must secure". Free Speech, Painfull isn't it?





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