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Revision as of 18:12, 5 September 2010

US Peace Corps

Status: ACTIVE

American Overseas Staff (FY2010): FP 03 (Erwin, Penelope, J, $ 80,861), FP 04 (Ross, Thomas, D, $ 65,520), FP 01 (Teschner, Douglass, P, $ 130,656)

Latest Early Termination Rates (FOIA 11-058):

(2008 26 %),  (2007 28 %),  (2006 27 %), 2005 34 %

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Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country Director:

Diana Schmidt


Community Economic Development
English Language Education
Youth Development

Program Dates:

1992 - Present

Current Volunteers:


Total Volunteers:


Languages Spoken:

Ukrainian, Russian


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Ukraine was the first successor nation of the Soviet Union to invite the Peace Corps to establish a program on its territory. Volunteers in Ukraine work throughout the country to help Ukrainians develop approaches to effecting positive change and skills necessary for communication in the global community.

Since achieving independence in 1991, Ukraine has taken steps toward representative democracy, political pluralism, and a free-market economy. Recently, a dramatic proliferation throughout Ukraine of small business startups and new community organizations signals a country on the move and a people increasingly taking advantage of their new freedoms.

In response to Ukraine's expressed needs, Peace Corps Volunteers work in the areas of community economic development, English language education, and youth development.


Work Areas

Small Business Development Work duties include: • Fostering cooperation among businesses, civil society, and local government • Providing trainings on management, • Supporting project development, • Facilitating community dialogue, • Introducing electronic data management technology and training and teaching modern forms of project planning, problem solving, and management.

Education (TEFL) Work duties include: • Working as English teachers and English teacher trainers • Bringing new knowledge and methodologies to the Ukrainian educational system • Fostering teacher-to-teacher links to promote the exchange of information on the best teaching methods. • Establishing or expanding English teaching resource centers and contributing to curriculum development and the production of innovative English teaching materials • Organizing and leading language and sports camps for Ukrainian youth • Initiating and participating in English clubs • Assisting with in-service teacher training; sponsoring student newspapers; organizing essay and debate contests; and seeking ways to transmit health topics, information technology, gender issues, and other subjects through their English lessons and extracurricular activities with their students.

Youth Development Intro: The youth development project helps youth to prepare for active roles in the social and economic life of contemporary Ukraine by assisting them to develop skills that will improve their ability to lead healthy lives, obtain dignified and remunerative employment, and be active and responsible citizens of Ukraine.

Institutional collaborations: youth centers, cultural organizations, departments of family, youth and sport, centers of social services for youth, government services for minors, youth nongovernmental organizations and boarding schools.

Work duties include: • Offering young people in-school lessons and extracurricular activities, • Conducting community projects aimed at preventing substance abuse and the spread of HIV, and promoting a healthy lifestyle, • Helping youth develop skills in information technology, business, leadership, civics, ecology, and career development • Organizing summer camps promoting active citizenry, • Initiating journalism programs, • Implementing Big Brother/Big Sister programs on mentoring orphans and disadvantaged youth and conduct educational seminars for teachers.

Ongoing projects

Links to Ukraine website, or links to volunteer posted projects

PCPP Ukraine projects

Links to Ukraine PCPP projects

Volunteer Journals

Peace Corps News

Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by country of service or your home state

The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.
Peace Corps volunteer visits Rotary - Walker Pilot Independent

Peace Corps volunteer visits Rotary
Walker Pilot Independent
Steph Munson, a 2005 graduate of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School, shared her recent experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine April 15 with the Walker Rotary Club. Munson was teaching English in one of the Ukraine schools at the time of the ...

St. Charles Peace Corps volunteer describes his time in Ukraine - Chicago Daily Herald

St. Charles Peace Corps volunteer describes his time in Ukraine
Chicago Daily Herald
After Peace Corps meetings in Washington D.C., Dixon was sent to Ukraine, with a site assignment in Vinnytsia, a city of 380,000 where the average person lives on $175 a month. His assignment was community development. Peace Corps volunteers live ...

Quincy native adjusting to life at home after being evacuated from Ukraine - Quincy Herald Whig

Quincy native adjusting to life at home after being evacuated from Ukraine
Quincy Herald Whig
When Brennan Pruett returned from Ukraine, he wasn't quite the same. His close friend, Jenny Logan, said the normally talkative Peace Corps volunteer was quiet at first. Instead of talking, he's been listening much more. Pruett savored the jazz music playing ...

Peace Corps volunteer describes time in Ukraine - Kane County Chronicle

Kane County Chronicle

Peace Corps volunteer describes time in Ukraine
Kane County Chronicle
Dixon returned March 1 to the United States after he was among more than 200 Peace Corps volunteers who were forced to evacuate from Ukraine because of the country's civil unrest. He had been in Ukraine since March 2011 for preservation and recovery ...

Q&A: Hillsboro graduate describes life during Ukraine crisis as a Peace Corps ... - The Oregonian

Q&A: Hillsboro graduate describes life during Ukraine crisis as a Peace Corps ...
The Oregonian
Jake McGrew, a 2008 Century High School graduate, speaks to Kim Porter's fifth and sixth grade students at Witch Hazel Elementary about his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. He had been stationed there since September until conflict grew too ...

and more »
Innovators: The Peace Corps' disparate global footprint can make innovation ... - Washington Post

Washington Post

Innovators: The Peace Corps' disparate global footprint can make innovation ...
Washington Post
From cities in Ukraine and Guatemala to rural villages in Thailand and Zambia, the areas where Peace Corps operates have varying stages of technological advancement. That makes innovation especially difficult, Andrews says, but not altogether impossible.

Area Peace Corps volunteer reflects on life in Ukraine - The Keene Sentinel

Area Peace Corps volunteer reflects on life in Ukraine
The Keene Sentinel
They came with only the necessities, backpacks of clothes and toiletries, to wait it out. It was Feb. 21, and Robin Picard, along with the other 228 Peace Corps volunteers in Ukraine, were sent to regional apartments as protests in Kiev escalated.

and more »
WHA fourth-graders learn about Peace Corps in Ukraine - Walker Pilot Independent

WHA fourth-graders learn about Peace Corps in Ukraine
Walker Pilot Independent
... learn about Peace Corps in Ukraine by Brooke Wynn, Rayna Wood, Ally Sea and Mackenzie Moore The Pilot Independent. Steph Munson came to Janelle Johnson's fourth-grade class to talk about her work experience with the Peace Corps in Ukraine.

and more »

( As of Monday April 21, 2014 )

Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Ukraine

The opening of Peace Corps programs in the Newly Independent States corresponded with the beginning of the end of decades of mistrust and hostility between the United States and the former communist governments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In the decade that Peace Corps Volunteers have worked in Ukraine, they and their Ukrainian counterparts have faced and overcome a wide range of challenges. Suspicions harbored for years are difficult to overcome. Ambiguity and economic instability have been the norm in Ukraine during the difficult transition to integration with the West. Working and living in a country that is simultaneously deconstructing and reconstructing can often be confusing and frustrating. The Peace Corps has always prided itself on its ability to provide flexible and adaptable Volunteers, and the program in Ukraine truly tests this ability.

The formal agreement establishing Peace Corps/Ukraine was signed in May 1992 in Washington, D.C., by former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk and former U.S. President George Bush. Since the first group of Volunteers arrived in Ukraine in 1992, more than 1,000 Volunteers have worked in three project areas: business development, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), and environmental protection. Currently, more than 300 Volunteers work in more than 100 cities and towns throughout the country’s 24 provinces and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Ukraine

Although you will find an environment similar to Western standards in Ukraine, living conditions are not the same as in the United States. Accordingly, you will have to make some adjustments in your lifestyle. Volunteers in Ukraine live in a wide range of sites, from large, European-style cities (up to 20 percent of the Volunteer population) to small towns or villages with few modern amenities (up to 80 percent of the Volunteer population). Generally, housing is in short supply, space is at a premium, and accommodations will be cramped. It is not uncommon for a volunteer to have no control over the heating and water supply in his or her living arrangement. Some volunteers have outdoor plumbing and a coal burning stove.

During Pre-Service Training (PST), you will live with a host family. This homestay is designed to help you learn about Ukrainian culture, facilitate your language learning, and enhance your safety. While an effort is made to find a good fit for each trainee and host family, there is no guarantee that your host family will be non-smoking or able to accommodate your dietary preferences.

Up until Group 35, Peace Corps Ukraine also had volunteers live with a host family following swearing-in and installation at permanent site. This homestay was for a period of one to three months and served as a means of integration into the community. However, the majority of volunteers starting with Group 35 no longer live with a host family upon arrival at site. In rare cases, due to a housing shortage, some volunteers do live with host families, but most likely a volunteer will have private living arrangements in either a house, apartment, or university dormitory.

Public transportation in Ukraine is relatively reliable but lacking in speed and comfort. Volunteers travel by marshrutka, bus, and train, or any combination of the three. Marshrutka can come in the form of a medium to large size van or a minibus. They are used frequently for both intra and intercity travel. The same is true for buses. For long distance travel, locals and volunteers use trains, which generally run on time, but travel very slowly as a rule. There are three classes of train tickets, first class (luxe), second class (coupe), and third class (platzcart). Most volunteers travel platzcart.


Main article: Training in Ukraine

The overall goal of Pre-Service Training (PST) is to prepare trainees for safe and successful service in their future assignments and communities. The emphasis during training is on enhancing existing skills and experience to the Ukrainian environment, as well as on developing new knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable successful integration, effective work, and the trainee's ability to care for his or her own health and safety. The training program has five major components: technical training, language training, cross-cultural training, health training, and safety and security training. The homestay experience during PST is one of the most valuable aspects of training.

The training program recognizes that trainees come with a unique set of skills and experiences along with a well-developed sense of curiosity, independence, and the ability to adapt to new situations. Thus training is designed to provide trainees with strategies for taking more responsibility for their own learning.

Peace Corps Ukraine uses a community-based model of training. The entire training group will meet only for PST orientation, called the Arrival Retreat and at the end of PST at the Swearing-In Conference. For most of the training period, trainees will live in clusters, in towns and villages located in Kyivska and Chernigivska oblasts. Clusters consist of four to five trainees assisted by a Language and Cross-Cultural Facilitator (LCF) and a Technical and Cross-Cultural Facilitator (TCF). Trainees will study either Ukrainian or Russian. In addition, they will be given various assignments in the community that will enable them to apply and further develop their skills. In the past an event called Site Visit took place around the midway point of training in which trainees were sent to visit their future sites and meet with Ukrainian counterparts. However, beginning with Group 34, this has been discontinued. Site announcement now takes place during the Swearing-In Conference.

Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Ukraine

The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the importance of health maintenance behaviors. The Peace Corps in Ukraine maintains a clinic with four full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are available in Ukraine at carefully screened local facilities. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.

Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Ukraine

In Ukraine, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Ukraine.

Outside of Ukraine’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may also be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Ukraine are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Ukraine

Packing List

Main article: Packing List for Ukraine

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Ukraine and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Ukraine.

Luggage should be tough and flexible, like duffel bags and backpacks without external frames. When choosing luggage, remember that you will be hauling it in and out of buses and trains and often lugging it around on foot (there are no porters!).

Country Fund

Contributions to the Ukraine Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Ukraine. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

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