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Neighborhood kittens playing while mum watches. The third kitten is the introvert and prefers to pose among the flowers while its more rambunctious siblings play. 
Місцеві кошенята граються під поглядом мами. Третя кошеня інтровертивна, і додає перевагу сидіти спокійно між квітками коли її енергійні брати/сестри граються. .
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#кошеня #кошенята #peacecorpsfriends #catfriends #catspotting #catsofworld #catsofukraine #myfriendsarecats #peacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine
Neighborhood kittens playing while mum watches. The third kitten is the introvert and prefers to pose among the flowers while its more rambunctious siblings play. Місцеві кошенята граються під поглядом мами. Третя кошеня інтровертивна, і додає перевагу сидіти спокійно між квітками коли її енергійні брати/сестри граються. . . . . . . #кошеня  #кошенята  #peacecorpsfriends  #catfriends  #catspotting  #catsofworld  #catsofukraine  #myfriendsarecats  #peacecorpslife  #peacecorpsukraine 
Гімн України на випускному свято. Незважаючи на те, що я пізно почала знімати і пропустила перші слова, мені дуже сподобалось слухати. 
Ukrainian national anthem at the graduation ceremony. 
I didn’t start recording in time to get the first line, but I sure enjoyed listening! .
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#черкаси #місточеркаси #україна #славаукраїні #випуск2018 #peacecorpsukraine #cherkasycity #гімнукраїни #graduation
Гімн України на випускному свято. Незважаючи на те, що я пізно почала знімати і пропустила перші слова, мені дуже сподобалось слухати. Ukrainian national anthem at the graduation ceremony. I didn’t start recording in time to get the first line, but I sure enjoyed listening! . . . . . . #черкаси  #місточеркаси  #україна  #славаукраїні  #випуск2018  #peacecorpsukraine  #cherkasycity  #гімнукраїни  #graduation 
High school graduation is a big deal in Cherkasy. Afterward will be a prom, so everybody is dressed in their finest. All the high schools of the city are graduating together in the city’s central square. It is quite the spectacle! Thank goodness it’s not raining as hard as it was earlier! .
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#cherkasy #cherkasygram #cherkasycity #місточеркаси #україна #peacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine #HowISeePC
~Each rainstorm thickens the dense greenery with another layer of flora~
Read all about Ukraine’s summer bloom in the link in my bio!
#PeaceCorpsUkraine #Ukraine
~Each rainstorm thickens the dense greenery with another layer of flora~ Read all about Ukraine’s summer bloom in the link in my bio! #PeaceCorpsUkraine  #Ukraine 
Cha Cha Slide at Gymnasium Summer School today led by our wonderful guest Miss Kayla!! #peacecorpsukraine #howiseepc #chachaslide #summerfun #summerENGLISH
One of my favorite trees in Sofiyivka. The trunk has been almost entirely burnt out, and yet it still has young new branches growing! 
Одне з моїх улюблених дерев Софіївки. Незважаючи на те, що дерево майже повністю горіло, є молоді, зелені гілки. .
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#дерево #дендропарк #софіївка #oldtrees #oldtree #uman #sofiyivka #ukraine #peacecorpsukraine #travelgirl #travellife
One of my favorite trees in Sofiyivka. The trunk has been almost entirely burnt out, and yet it still has young new branches growing! Одне з моїх улюблених дерев Софіївки. Незважаючи на те, що дерево майже повністю горіло, є молоді, зелені гілки. . . . . . #дерево  #дендропарк  #софіївка  #oldtrees  #oldtree  #uman  #sofiyivka  #ukraine  #peacecorpsukraine  #travelgirl  #travellife 
Can you spot the kitten? I met a mama cat and her 3 babies outside my building today. Mama was more than ready for head scratches, but the little ones stayed in hiding. 
Можеш розгледіти кошеня?  Я познайомилась з мамою та ïï 3 кошенятами сьогодні, біля мого будинку. Мама-кішка із задоволенням товаришила зі мною, але кошенята сховались. .
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#кошеня #котики #новідрузі #catfriends #catspotting #catsoftheworld #catsofukraine #peacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine
Can you spot the kitten? I met a mama cat and her 3 babies outside my building today. Mama was more than ready for head scratches, but the little ones stayed in hiding. Можеш розгледіти кошеня? Я познайомилась з мамою та ïï 3 кошенятами сьогодні, біля мого будинку. Мама-кішка із задоволенням товаришила зі мною, але кошенята сховались. . . . . . #кошеня  #котики  #новідрузі  #catfriends  #catspotting  #catsoftheworld  #catsofukraine  #peacecorpslife  #peacecorpsukraine 
To balance our lives PRIDE is necessary and oh so beautiful ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜☯️ #pride #pridemonth #yinyang #balance #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtpride #love #beauty #ukraine #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #odessa #❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #mypeacecorpslife
We grand-slammed, dodge-balled, frisbeed, touchdowned, kickballed, and downdogged all week long and the second-annual Mamalyga American Sports camp was a blast! I love that my site lets me host this for our kids and gives me free reign to teach some of my favorite activities. This week was exhausting, but once again is one of my favorite weeks of my time as a volunteer. 
This is me leading yoga for the first time ever in a very hot gym!
We grand-slammed, dodge-balled, frisbeed, touchdowned, kickballed, and downdogged all week long and the second-annual Mamalyga American Sports camp was a blast! I love that my site lets me host this for our kids and gives me free reign to teach some of my favorite activities. This week was exhausting, but once again is one of my favorite weeks of my time as a volunteer. This is me leading yoga for the first time ever in a very hot gym!
The supreme joy of having nobody next to you on the marshrutka. 
Найбільша радість - відсутність сусідів на маршрутці. .
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#lucky #busride #marshrutka #pcvtransportation #travelgirl #travelgram #travellife #girlswhotravel #ontheroad #goingplaces #ukraine #peacecorpsukraine
After a week back in #UKRAINE we finished the first camp of the summer!!!! Thanks @pepeviolet for letting me be a part of your camp! A lot of work but lots of fun! #summer #camp #ukraine #sokolivka #peaceccorps #peacecorpsukraine #howiseepc #dance #fun #adventure #americans
Peace Corps Ukraine supports LGBTI Pride Month! We hope you do too! 🏳️‍🌈 .
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#pridemonth #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorps #pcukraine #PeaceCorps #Pride2018
Late spring early summer in Ukraine is glorious. The weather is often warm and sunny during the day and still cool in the evenings. It seems to be perfect, absolutely perfect for growing all sorts of wonderful fruits and veggies. I have apples and raspberries and grapes growing in my yard. I can’t wait to pick and share them with my friends and colleagues. Food is a language all its own. It is a way for people to show and share connections and love. It creates reasons to get together and share stories and laughter. It is often through food that I know I’m cared about in my new home where I don’t speak the verbal language well. I have had people at work bring me preserves and new friends share veggies from their gardens. These beautiful черешня small sweet cherries are from my colleague’s yard. They were дуже смачно! Very delicious!  We welcome each other with food and I sure do feel welcome here in my village. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#смачно #черешня #україна #весна #літо #їжа #tasty #sweetcherries #ukraine #spring #summer #food #howiseepc #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52 #travel #neverstopexploring #service
Late spring early summer in Ukraine is glorious. The weather is often warm and sunny during the day and still cool in the evenings. It seems to be perfect, absolutely perfect for growing all sorts of wonderful fruits and veggies. I have apples and raspberries and grapes growing in my yard. I can’t wait to pick and share them with my friends and colleagues. Food is a language all its own. It is a way for people to show and share connections and love. It creates reasons to get together and share stories and laughter. It is often through food that I know I’m cared about in my new home where I don’t speak the verbal language well. I have had people at work bring me preserves and new friends share veggies from their gardens. These beautiful черешня small sweet cherries are from my colleague’s yard. They were дуже смачно! Very delicious! We welcome each other with food and I sure do feel welcome here in my village. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #смачно  #черешня  #україна  #весна  #літо  #їжа  #tasty  #sweetcherries  #ukraine  #spring  #summer  #food  #howiseepc  #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine  #peacecorpsukraine52  #travel  #neverstopexploring  #service 
First week of English summer camp, done!!! We learned about animals, superheros, had a treasure hunt and of course sang the Jellyfish song everyday! #peacecorpsukraine #summerenglishschool #sillyselfies #summerfun
Last week’s Peace Corps training conference was truly inspiring! It was the first time in Peace Corps Ukraine’s history that Ministry-level officials came to speak (and listen!) to Volunteers. More than 20 expert panelists, mostly from here in Ukraine, shared expertise on organizational strategy, sustainability, and efficacy, while putting this information in the context of all the important changes happening now in Ukraine. 
Best of all, after hearing all the advice from these experts, I found myself thinking, “Yes! The organization I’m working with is on the right track!” I am excited to share the insights from this conference with my colleagues at @promolod . Y’all are going to do great things! 📷 @kristineannstull .
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#peacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine #HowISeePC
Last week’s Peace Corps training conference was truly inspiring! It was the first time in Peace Corps Ukraine’s history that Ministry-level officials came to speak (and listen!) to Volunteers. More than 20 expert panelists, mostly from here in Ukraine, shared expertise on organizational strategy, sustainability, and efficacy, while putting this information in the context of all the important changes happening now in Ukraine. Best of all, after hearing all the advice from these experts, I found myself thinking, “Yes! The organization I’m working with is on the right track!” I am excited to share the insights from this conference with my colleagues at @promolod . Y’all are going to do great things! 📷 @kristineannstull . . . #peacecorpslife  #peacecorpsukraine  #HowISeePC 
Snapped this shot on a cloudy evening a good month or so ago now, and forgot to post! This building is called the Marriage Palace. Under the Soviet Union, religious ceremonies were forbidden, so people had buildings like this for weddings instead of getting married in a church. However, the building itself pre-dates Soviet times. Many people still get married here, although now churches are an option as well. .
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#палацодруження #черкаси #місточеркаси #архітектура #ukraine #peacecorpsukraine #україна #worldarchitecture #travellife #travelgram
Snapped this shot on a cloudy evening a good month or so ago now, and forgot to post! This building is called the Marriage Palace. Under the Soviet Union, religious ceremonies were forbidden, so people had buildings like this for weddings instead of getting married in a church. However, the building itself pre-dates Soviet times. Many people still get married here, although now churches are an option as well. . . . . . . #палацодруження  #черкаси  #місточеркаси  #архітектура  #ukraine  #peacecorpsukraine  #україна  #worldarchitecture  #travellife  #travelgram 
Amazing group of kids! Enjoyed spending time with them and my wonderful Peace Corps colleagues @nelliepetlick @authorofcatch22 @marissalakuehl - love to all 💗 #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorps #glowbe #tobe #glow #certificates #odessa #molodayagvardia #ukraine #breathe #love #friends
Just a pretty light globe as seen in a rooftop terrace restaurant in Lviv. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#joyspotting #howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52 #lviv #ukraine #colors #colorful #globes #glassart #circles #львів #україна
MiniGLOWBE Friday Success!!! Thank you @marissalakuehl @authorofcatch22 @nelliepetlick for being fabulous and coming in to help help this shindig happen! I oh so enjoyed working with each of you a cannot wait to work together again ☺️ #glow #tobe #glowbe #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #odessa #kids #selfesteem #bodyimage #hivaids #diversity #lifeskills #quest #breathe #ukraine #molodayagvardia
All I’m saying is, Megan Markle got a castle, why can’t I have one?
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Yesterday’s excursion was a blast! I had drum exploring with my students!
All I’m saying is, Megan Markle got a castle, why can’t I have one? . . . Yesterday’s excursion was a blast! I had drum exploring with my students!
Everyday I get different kids, this week I have been really lucky to have some amazing ones! And the whole competitive Bingo faces just cracks me up, love it! Hugs and love to all my kids that pass through my door 🤗 #molodayagvardia #teaching #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #odessa #kyiv #yogagirl #bingo #english #competition #randomactsofkindness #hugs #love
Ukraine killin it with all the street art and murals. This was one of many beautiful views in Kyiv. Looking forward to visiting again sometime. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#ukraine #kyiv #mural #cityart #украіна #київ #travel #service #volunteer #howiseepc #pcukraine #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52
These young ladies were an absolute joy to teach today... and they loved as well as took Random Acts of Kindness Bingo very seriously 😜. I didn’t think they were enjoying themselves so I was going to move on... I got devastated faces and even a little whimper. There faces were apparently just serious game faces, not bored faces, lol! Suffice it to say we kept playing 😉. #mypeacecorpslife #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #odessa #girlpower #bingo #randomactsofkindness #gameon #breathe #love #teaching #yogagirl #molodayagvardia
These young ladies were an absolute joy to teach today... and they loved as well as took Random Acts of Kindness Bingo very seriously 😜. I didn’t think they were enjoying themselves so I was going to move on... I got devastated faces and even a little whimper. There faces were apparently just serious game faces, not bored faces, lol! Suffice it to say we kept playing 😉. #mypeacecorpslife  #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine  #ukraine  #odessa  #girlpower  #bingo  #randomactsofkindness  #gameon  #breathe  #love  #teaching  #yogagirl  #molodayagvardia 
A ride on the Kyiv Funicular. This tram has been helping people get up and down the steep Volodymyrska Hill since 1905! 
Поїздка Київським Фунікулером. Цей трамвай допомагає людям піднятися і спуститися Володимирську Гірку відколи 1905! .
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#київ #фунікулер #україна #peacecorpsukraine #kyiv #ukraine #kyivfunicular #urbanadventures #travelgirl #travellife #gettingaround #girlswhotravel
A ride on the Kyiv Funicular. This tram has been helping people get up and down the steep Volodymyrska Hill since 1905! Поїздка Київським Фунікулером. Цей трамвай допомагає людям піднятися і спуститися Володимирську Гірку відколи 1905! . . . . . #київ  #фунікулер  #україна  #peacecorpsukraine  #kyiv  #ukraine  #kyivfunicular  #urbanadventures  #travelgirl  #travellife  #gettingaround  #girlswhotravel 
This weekend we had a great celebration in Davydiv. Thanks to the girls of Club Ann for all the work they put into planning and running it! #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #lviv #party #youth #leadership
Got stuck in Balta this weekend, all good plans go amiss here in Ukraine. None the less, I got done what I was sent to do and took my extra time to explore a bit. Very pretty lil town and very quaint. Not a bad place to get stranded in at all ☺️ #mypeacecorpslife #odessa #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #mylife #balta #breathe #plansgoneawry #sunset #yogagirl #justbreathe #iswhatitis
Lovely Chernihiv! I can’t believe how much this city has developed in just one year. It’s great to see Ukrainian cities invest in public community spaces, and in city infrastructure that increases accessibility and safety. ❤️🇺🇦⛲️
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#chernihiv #чернігів #peacecorpsukraine
Lovely Chernihiv! I can’t believe how much this city has developed in just one year. It’s great to see Ukrainian cities invest in public community spaces, and in city infrastructure that increases accessibility and safety. ❤️🇺🇦⛲️ . . #chernihiv  #чернігів  #peacecorpsukraine 
Happy Pride Month 2018! But, why June? 🧐
June is unofficially recognized this year as LGBTQ Pride Month, because of a demonstration that took place in 1969.
The morning of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. Law enforcement could legally justify the raid because Stonewall was serving liquor without a license, but at that time, it wasn’t unusual for police to target gay clubs. What was uncommon is for crowds to fight back.
As officers forced drag queens into a police van, the crowd threw bottles at them. The brawl erupted into a riot, reaching neighboring streets. Police called for backup. Days after the Stonewall Riot, gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights demonstrations took place in New York. Historically, this was the first major demonstration for homosexual rights.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/02/why-lgbt-pride-month-june/363261001/ #pride #pridemonth #lgbt #lgbtq #❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #gad #gadua #gender #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #humanrights
Happy Pride Month 2018! But, why June? 🧐 June is unofficially recognized this year as LGBTQ Pride Month, because of a demonstration that took place in 1969. The morning of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. Law enforcement could legally justify the raid because Stonewall was serving liquor without a license, but at that time, it wasn’t unusual for police to target gay clubs. What was uncommon is for crowds to fight back. As officers forced drag queens into a police van, the crowd threw bottles at them. The brawl erupted into a riot, reaching neighboring streets. Police called for backup. Days after the Stonewall Riot, gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights demonstrations took place in New York. Historically, this was the first major demonstration for homosexual rights. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/02/why-lgbt-pride-month-june/363261001/ #pride  #pridemonth  #lgbt  #lgbtq  #❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #gad  #gadua  #gender  #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine  #ukraine  #humanrights 
Beautiful day out at the National Museum of Folk Architecture just outside of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Прикрасний день в Національному Музеї Народної Архітектури, не далеко від міста Києва. .
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#україна #народнаархітектура #історія #archictecture #ukraine #folklife #peacecorpsukraine #HowISeePC #ukrainegroup51 #travelgirl #travellife #travelgram #learningthings
I had so much fun exploring and learning about my district’s history with the 7th and 8th classes! Peep our super cool, 500 year old castle. #howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #chortkiv
I had so much fun exploring and learning about my district’s history with the 7th and 8th classes! Peep our super cool, 500 year old castle. #howiseepc  #peacecorpsukraine  #chortkiv 
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About to ascend Hoverla, Ukraine’s highest peak. 
Перед сходженням Говерли, найвища гора України. .
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#carpathians #carpathianmountains #hoverla #ukraine #outdoors #hiking #outdooradventures #travelgirl #travellife #travelgram #girlswhotravel #карпати #говерла #україна 
#peacecorpsukraine #pcukraine #peacecorps #peacecorpslife
The face says it all: 
Homeless, jobless, and wandering aimless. 
Here’s to the journey; Twenty-seven months have never been more impactful. 
Officially a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  It is finished. 
#rpcv #returnedpeacecorpsvolunteer #pcv #peacecorpsvolunteer #howiseepc #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #rangthebell #servicecompleted #homeless #jobless #wandering #help #quarterlifecrisis #adventuretime #butreallyhelp
Величезні розписи у Києві. Giant murals in Kyiv. .
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#streetart #streetartukraine #kyivstreetart #вуличнемистецтво #україна #peacecorpsukraine #urbanadventures
We learned about different fruits and vegetables today. Gymnasium #31. Got asked very interesting questions. Please remind me to start charging people for selfies! 😜
#englishsummercamp #language #summer #oneofthegroups #lovechildren #funtimes #volunteer #ukraine #cherkassy #peacecorpsukraine
Yalhinytsya bound, I had such a great time. Thanks Marissa for letting me be a part of your camp I'm in love with your site!!!
#camp #ternopilskaoblast #yahinytsya #villagelife #fun #village #ukraine #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorps
Look, mom, I finally made a friend!!! #howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #summer
Seriously. We had so much fun. #khotynfotress #peacecorpsukraine
Last Tuesday I hosted my last English Club. I took the students on a random scavenger hunt through Khotyn, as a way for me to say goodbye to my town and them. We had such a fun time, ending our quest with a picnic next to the fortress. Thanks kiddos for coming to club so often, for participating in class, and welcoming me to your town. I’ll share a few more photos from the day in a second post! #khotyn  #khotynfortress #peacecorps #ukraine #peacecorpsukraine #englishclub
(If I didn’t tag you and your in a photo, message me and I’ll fix it!)
Last Tuesday I hosted my last English Club. I took the students on a random scavenger hunt through Khotyn, as a way for me to say goodbye to my town and them. We had such a fun time, ending our quest with a picnic next to the fortress. Thanks kiddos for coming to club so often, for participating in class, and welcoming me to your town. I’ll share a few more photos from the day in a second post! #khotyn  #khotynfortress  #peacecorps  #ukraine  #peacecorpsukraine  #englishclub  (If I didn’t tag you and your in a photo, message me and I’ll fix it!)
Today was America Day at summer camp! We (kinda) learned how to play American football and had a lot of fun! #peacecorpsukraine #football #touchdown #ukraine #україна #футбол
“The change I want to see is a start-up environment where everyone, regardless of gender and background, feels welcome and safe; where sexual harassment or discrimination will not impede great talent from producing great impact.” Christine Tsai #gender #christinetsai #gad #gadua #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #strongertogether #change #love #together #discrimination #womenempowerment #women #men #lgbt
What is gender? Genderbread Person answers this simply and lovingly ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #gender #gad #genderbreadperson #lgbt #lgbtq #love #genderreveal #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #openyourheart #whatisgender #genderidentity #genderexpression #biologicalsex #sexualorientation
I need to come here more often! This place is lit! 🔥🔥🔥 #ternopil #ukraine #pcukraine #peacecorpsukraine #iloveternopil #fun #weekendadventures #travel #traveler #instatravel
See you later, Ukraine.... #timetosaygoodbye #peacecorpsukraine #cos #rpcv #ukraine #cherkasy
‘Tis the season for my neighbors to interrupt my afternoon hammock studying with strawberries from their garden. This village has my heart.
‘Tis the season for my neighbors to interrupt my afternoon hammock studying with strawberries from their garden. This village has my heart.
Photo session in front of fountains and poppies in Cherkasy...I will miss these people and this city ❤️ #cherkasy #timetosaygoodbye #peacecorpsukraine #cos #ukraine #rpcv #poppies
I am functionally mute. I kept thinking that by this time in my Peace Corps Service I would have a better handle on the language or I might have found someone who could translate for me. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. My language skills continue to grow but not to a point where I am able to understand or speak at work. At home or in social settings I understand a bit more but I still find it near impossible to find words to speak that allow me to verbalize the thoughts in my head. It is an extraordinary challenge for me, an extrovert. I don’t know what I’m thinking until I say it. That is just how my brain works. I also feel far less than effective at work than I would like but also know that my presence alone helps the community. For example today I was asked to come to a meeting with a group from Lviv that helps families with disabled children. My presence alone in the meeting - even though I don’t understand and can’t participate - lends a credibility to my community. It is a very odd role to play and one I’m learning to become comfortable in. As a female executive in my former life I worked hard to be heard and not just seen. But my role here in Ukraine is exactly reversed. No one really knows what will be the challenges he or she might face as a volunteer. This is one of mine. In fact I wrote this post while in the back of a room in a meeting. It is honestly hard to stay alert when I’m unable to understand. I would have never considered it appropriate in The States but here it does help me reflect. When the horse carts like this are parked at the store just waiting for their driver to come back out they seem to somehow show the same disconnect I do when I don’t understand the swirl of language around me. 
#peacecorpsukraine52 #peacecorpsukraine #howiseepc #meetings #volunteer #service #ukraine #language #languagelearning #mute #horses #patience
I am functionally mute. I kept thinking that by this time in my Peace Corps Service I would have a better handle on the language or I might have found someone who could translate for me. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. My language skills continue to grow but not to a point where I am able to understand or speak at work. At home or in social settings I understand a bit more but I still find it near impossible to find words to speak that allow me to verbalize the thoughts in my head. It is an extraordinary challenge for me, an extrovert. I don’t know what I’m thinking until I say it. That is just how my brain works. I also feel far less than effective at work than I would like but also know that my presence alone helps the community. For example today I was asked to come to a meeting with a group from Lviv that helps families with disabled children. My presence alone in the meeting - even though I don’t understand and can’t participate - lends a credibility to my community. It is a very odd role to play and one I’m learning to become comfortable in. As a female executive in my former life I worked hard to be heard and not just seen. But my role here in Ukraine is exactly reversed. No one really knows what will be the challenges he or she might face as a volunteer. This is one of mine. In fact I wrote this post while in the back of a room in a meeting. It is honestly hard to stay alert when I’m unable to understand. I would have never considered it appropriate in The States but here it does help me reflect. When the horse carts like this are parked at the store just waiting for their driver to come back out they seem to somehow show the same disconnect I do when I don’t understand the swirl of language around me. #peacecorpsukraine52  #peacecorpsukraine  #howiseepc  #meetings  #volunteer  #service  #ukraine  #language  #languagelearning  #mute  #horses  #patience 
Мак! Poppy! 
These red poppies that grow in Ukraine are huge compared to the delicate orange California poppies I’m used to. 
Ці червоні маки, які ростуть в Україні, з величезним розміром відрізняються від тонких, оранжевих маків Каліфорнія. 
In Ukraine, the red poppy is a symbol of remembrance of WWII. 
В Україні, червоний мак є символом пам‘яті Другої Світової Війни. .
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#мак #квітка #красаукраїни #природа #красота #україна #ukraine #poppy #flowers #peacecorpsukraine #HowISeePC
Мак! Poppy! These red poppies that grow in Ukraine are huge compared to the delicate orange California poppies I’m used to. Ці червоні маки, які ростуть в Україні, з величезним розміром відрізняються від тонких, оранжевих маків Каліфорнія. In Ukraine, the red poppy is a symbol of remembrance of WWII. В Україні, червоний мак є символом пам‘яті Другої Світової Війни. . . . . #мак  #квітка  #красаукраїни  #природа  #красота  #україна  #ukraine  #poppy  #flowers  #peacecorpsukraine  #HowISeePC 
Today was my last Last Bell. I’m so lucky that I got to spend the last two years teaching such wonderful kids and working with such great teachers. I will miss this school and this village. 💙💛💙💛 #lastbell #peacecorpsukraine #timetosaygoodbye #ukraine #останійдзвоник
Я спортсменка

Thank you @isuzulove for the sweet pic.
Я спортсменка Thank you @isuzulove for the sweet pic.
This rug is about to get a whoopin’
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#housework #rugbeater #peacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine #pcvlife
“If not us, who? If not now, when?” Thank you so much to all of my professors and friends who supported me throughout the years
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I can’t wait to start my next journey as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine 🇺🇦 in August @gopeacecorps .
#peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #mcla2018 #sociology #anthropology #history
Beautiful Volunteer Zoua at the end of her service in Bucha. Check out our Facebook page (link in bio), where there is a new post about Zoua and her time in Ukraine! 🇺🇦 . .
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#peacecorpsukraine #pcukraine #peacecorps #ukraine #tefl #internationaldevelopment
У цьому розписі відображений відомий будинок Черкас. Розпис знаходиться на стіні бібліотеки для дітей. 
A famous Cherkasy building is portrayed in this mural on a wall of the children’s library. .
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#streetart #streetartukraine #вуличнемистецтво #черкаси #місточеркаси #cherkasycity #cherkasygram #cherkasy #peacecorpsukraine #ukrainegroup51
Introducing the tremendous Violet Esipila GADs VP! Violet is a Peace Corps Group 51 Youth Development Volunteer. Before Peace Corps Violet studied at Penn State as well as at William Peterson University. She is passionate about helping children, empowering women, and spreading the word of inclusivity and the beauty of diversity. Each day she is serving in the Peace Corps is a day she sees as an opportunity to help, share, and learn. #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #mypeacecorpslife #gad #gadua #gender #diversity #development #womenempowerment #gogirl #ukraine
Introducing the tremendous Violet Esipila GADs VP! Violet is a Peace Corps Group 51 Youth Development Volunteer. Before Peace Corps Violet studied at Penn State as well as at William Peterson University. She is passionate about helping children, empowering women, and spreading the word of inclusivity and the beauty of diversity. Each day she is serving in the Peace Corps is a day she sees as an opportunity to help, share, and learn. #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine  #mypeacecorpslife  #gad  #gadua  #gender  #diversity  #development  #womenempowerment  #gogirl  #ukraine 
My day is done ✅ today😫 #chickens #rooster #villagelife #village #peacecorpsukraine
Building Art in Kyiv. Took this pic a couple of weeks while I was doing business. I do love the building art that is throughout Ukraine 🎨 #mypeacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorps #art #buildingart #graffiti #ukraine #kyiv #odessa #love #balloons #whale #bluewhale
Went into a restroom while I was in Kyiv and saw this... and it was love at first sight. Absolutely adore this picture, makes me smile every time I see it. #mypeacecorpslife #bum #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #toilet #wc #loveatfirstsight #love #ukraine #kyiv #odessa #beyourself #perfection #relax #justbreathe
Friends, family, people of the internet!! This is my last request for donations for Camp TORCH!! We had 300 kids apply for 40 spots but we are not fully funded yet! We have one more week to raise about 500$. 10$ can help these kids learn about diversity and their rights! If you have a real job or want to get some money back on your tax return please help us out! https://www.peacecorps.gov/donate/projects/camp-torch-2018-pp-18-343-009/
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#peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsgo #peacecorpsfun #dogood #fundraiser #helpus #howiseepc #torch
Friends, family, people of the internet!! This is my last request for donations for Camp TORCH!! We had 300 kids apply for 40 spots but we are not fully funded yet! We have one more week to raise about 500$. 10$ can help these kids learn about diversity and their rights! If you have a real job or want to get some money back on your tax return please help us out! https://www.peacecorps.gov/donate/projects/camp-torch-2018-pp-18-343-009/ • • • #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine  #peacecorpsgo  #peacecorpsfun  #dogood  #fundraiser  #helpus  #howiseepc  #torch 
Got myself done up all proper at #нічвмузеї (Night at the Museum). I love classic Ukrainian fashion! 
Я гарно і правильно одягалась за допомогою #нічвмузеї. Я люблю класичну українську моду! .
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#україна #черкаси #місточеркаси #українськамода #peacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine #ukrainegroup51 #HowISeePC #nightatthemuseum #travelgram #travelgirl #travellife #girlswhotravel
Got myself done up all proper at #нічвмузеї  (Night at the Museum). I love classic Ukrainian fashion! Я гарно і правильно одягалась за допомогою #нічвмузеї . Я люблю класичну українську моду! . . . . #україна  #черкаси  #місточеркаси  #українськамода  #peacecorpslife  #peacecorpsukraine  #ukrainegroup51  #HowISeePC  #nightatthemuseum  #travelgram  #travelgirl  #travellife  #girlswhotravel 
More beautiful colors and street art from Krakow. I want to enjoy the whole piece, but honestly, all I can see are what I think are noodles. Ramen, miso, udon, pho, doesn’t matter. I miss noodles. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~#streetart #kraków #krakow #poland #kazimierz #color #art #noodles #noodleart #travel #beauty #explore #neverstopexploring #peacecorps #howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52
The best part of living in the village is you get to see cool  stuff like ☝🏿☝🏿#village #villagelife #ukraine #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorps
Just a door in Kraków. There was so much to see in this fine city. I was enjoying the colors and vibrancy of of the Kazimierz neighborhood. ~~~~~~~~~~
#kazimierz #krakow #poland #travel #explore #holiday #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52 #howiseepc #doors #vines #purple #grafitti