It was a childhood dream to become a Peace Corps volunteer

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By Admin1 (admin) on Saturday, November 10, 2001 - 4:59 pm: Edit Post

It was a childhood dream to become a Peace Corps volunteer

It was a childhood dream to become a Peace Corps volunteer.

"It was a childhood dream to become a Peace Corps volunteer." says Helen. When I was a child, I saw many commercials on TV about this organization. It is very prestigious to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Why did I come specifically to Ukraine? It has much to do with my degree. I finished "Russian and Eastern European Studies" and was very interested in the region of Russia and the Former Soviet Union, its history and culture. I wanted a personal experience to learn about Ukraine.

I do not have any Russian or Ukrainian roots in my genealogy (although I have heard tell of a lady in our family who looked quite northern…). During my childhood, my mother and I often watched an old black and white movie "Anastasia" about the Russian Tsar and the Romanov family. The film fascinated me. To visit this region of the world became a childhood dream for me as well.

These two dreams came true in September 1998 when I came to Ukraine. First, I attended a three-month training in Cherkasy and then I went to work at the Mariupol Humanitarian Institute. Now I am in Kyiv where I hope to continue my voluntary activities.

What kind of expectations did I have about Ukraine and Ukrainians before to come here? I thought I would live in a village and speak Ukrainian. Instead, I live in a city and speak Russian. About Ukrainians? I expected to find people who were weakened by history. But I met very strong people, who had built up a society, families, and friendships. I am really amazed by how much has changed for the better within these past two years of my stay in this country. It is really progressing. And I am very happy that I can not only observe this process, but also participate in it".

Essay written by Dimitri Vasylev, Information Assistant of the UN Office in Ukraine 16.01.01

By Amezium Emmanuela on Monday, February 03, 2003 - 3:14 am: Edit Post

Hello, i am very much interested to become a peace corps i do like the way they go out and take care of other.I have always dream of becoming one but then my dreams are still suspending. I very much enjoy it. Please what can i do? I am a Cameroonian and 22 years old and leaves in Cameroon.

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