All posts tagged Peace Corps

  • Always On My Mind

    It can be hard to articulate the depth of my feelings about Ukraine. There are so many fond memories, but also the sense of great loss. I found a piece of paperwork from Peace Corps recently, and sadness washed over me as I saw a small box in the top corner:

    “Projected Close of Service: 11-June-2015″
    “Termination Date: 14-April-2014″

    15 months too soon.

    And of course, I most often feel concern: deep, ever-present concern, for all of my friends, their families, the artists I work with, and the country as a whole.

  • Forever An American-Ukrainian

    Today marks my final day as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After assessing the current situation in Ukraine, Peace Corps has determined that it is not stable enough to send us back.

    I had thought about joining the Peace Corps since I was in high school. There were numerous times I considered joining – after undergrad, after grad school – and then I actually joined, after 2.5 years working professionally in Student Affairs.

  • The Evacuation Post

    On February 24th, all 230 Peace Corps Volunteers were safely evacuated out of Ukraine. It’s hard to believe that we’re all back in the United States, and it is still somewhat surreal to be home in Wisconsin.

    In the past three weeks, I’ve had many opportunities to talk about my experiences in Ukraine. I will post briefly here on evacuation and possible future options, highlighting some of the common questions I’ve been asked.

    Why were you evacuated? Were you in an unsafe area?