Saturday, July 24, 2010


Since receiving my medical clearance, things have happened pretty quick. Tuesday morning I checked my application status online, discovered that my placement review was complete, and that an invitation packet was in the mail, awesome! It arrived Thursday afternoon, and I have 7 calendar days to accept. So come Monday morning, I'll officially be bound for Ukraine on September 24th!

I hadn't initially thought of Ukraine as a place I'd like to go, but after doing more research, and reading about the experiences of other volunteers, I have to admit I'm getting excited. Ukraine is a big country, and I won't find out where I'll be assigned until after the three-month pre-service training; there are lot of possibilities with a country the size of Texas. In any case, I think the Ukraine will offer exactly the kind of experience I'm looking for. I'll likely have some wild experiences, challenges, frustrations, and hopefully a lot of fun too. I'll doubtlessly learn a lot.

I'm pretty amazed that this whole thing has finally come to fruition. I'm still amazed I made it through the application and interview for that matter. After 6 months this is no longer hypothetical, I've been accepted to the Peace Corps, and I am going to Ukraine.

Now I have about two months to start learning Russian, get my financial affairs in order, pack, and say good-bye to my friends and family.


  1. Congratulations on the placement. Sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity that will continue to shape your life for years to come. I know nothing about the Ukraine (other than the Seinfeld "Risk" episode), but hopefully there's a tenkara-friendly stream or two close to where you'll be serving.

  2. Crossing fingers and hoping for a posting in the Carpathians.

  3. You are about to embark on a special adventure.

    Try to enjoy everything it may offer.

  4. Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.

    I'm really excited about learning a third language (and possibly a fourth too), experiencing Eastern Europe, and getting a better taste for teaching. I'm thankful for the opportunity.

    A posting in the Carpathians, would awesome, but I may have to get my tenkara fix on vacations, I'll just have to see. I'm ok with that though, I knew it could happen all along.

  5. Hey congrats and welcome to PC Ukraine :)
    Here's the link for the official unofficial group:

  6. Congrats to you too, and thank you for the link!

  7. Congrats, I was just accepted to the same program on the same date; I suspect we'll be seeing each other in the near future.

    Feel free to drop me a line at

    I'm just as excited as you are. Anywho, have yourself a fantastic day.

  8. Thanks, congratulations on your invitation!