Know My Velocity

My Peace Corps Experience in Ukraine

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Progress!

Posted by defyphysics on January 17, 2011

I have now finished all the required reading.  Peace Corps has done a great job with their reading material, and I feel more at ease and confident after having read about what I will be going through. I know that my packing list will become the bane of my existence for the next two months.  I dwell for a month over what to pack on a three night backpacking trip in the mountains, so a two year trip to the other side of the world will be exponentially worse.  I guess it’s a good thing that packing and creating lists are two of my greatest obsessions and oddly, joys.

As for learning the Cyrillic alphabet, I have failed, but only because Olga at work has been teaching me some Russian.  I’ve learned things such as numbers 1-10, which are the same in Ukrainian, but pronounced differently, much like someone from the US and England pronounce words differently.  I’ve also learned some necessary phrases like “Where is the bathroom?” and “How do you say?”  I can’t wait to be fluent in another language.  I keep talking to people from other countries at work, and have nothing but respect and complete admiration for their bravery.  I am going to have some of the best language and cultural training the world has to offer in order to adjust to a new country, while most of the people I have talked to came not knowing more than five words of English and no formal adjustment training.  I am anxious and fearful in my situation, but I can’t even imagine how scared and courageous these people who came here with hardly anything must have been.  It definitely inspires me beyond words.

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