I say, "It was a grand adventure...one of the best in my life."
|Saying goodbye to Luda who hosted me in her home during training|
Now many of those stories are captured in a video. Before I left Ukraine, actually my last day, the Peace Corps ask me to share my experiences for future groups of Peace Corps Volunteers.
I had given presentations at two Peace Corps workshops. Labeled "21 Tips for Community Integration" , it was well received.
|Yelena, Director of Hearts of Love, meets me during Peace Corps swearing in ceremony , June 2009|
So I was pleased, although a little nervous, to make the presentation again and this time into a video camera. I felt that I did okay, but if you ever have done anything like this, you know that as a presenter with only a camera as an audience, you don't really know. The camera gives no feed-back and mostly you're just glad it's over. The Peace Corps staff said they would edit pictures and slides from my PowerPoint Presentation into the video.
I left Ukraine in June of 2011. Since then, I wondered from time to time what became of the video. But I never heard a word until this week.
The staff had been working on the video. A final version has been prepared and is being used with new Peace Corps Volunteers.
Iryna Krupska, who directs training for the Peace Corps in Ukraine, shares in an email:
"It felt like you were here, while we watched the final version of the video. I could feel your kindness and wisdom, your big and loving heart in every word you were saying. I just keep being amazed at how inspiring and instructive your tips are. I’m sure that many generations of PCVs will benefit from them and as a result would be able to better understand Ukraine, have more patience and inspiration and have a more rewarding give and take experience here.
THANK YOU for continuing your service to Ukraine!"
The video has been placed on the web and can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/33968664
Amazingly, the adventure continues...What a ride!