Peace Corps Ukraine | 6 Months In


I'm sitting in the office right now and I just realized that it is Wednesday and I haven't prepared anything to post today. I had some ideas on what I wanted to post but didn't get around to the research because I thought I had time. Whoops.

But also in looking at the date I realized, Staging was 6 months ago. I left America 6 months ago tomorrow. I can not believe how fast time has flown. Yet at the same time it feels like two life times have passed since I was home.

It's funny when I message people to catch up, I expect monumental changes to happen, like siblings finally getting engaged or promotions happening and I usually get a similar response. " Katie's it has been like 3 months since you last say me" I supposed I think like this because my like is totally different than it was 6 months ago.

In those 6 months I have lived with 3 different host families, in two different cities. Taken a 17 hour train and then been excited when the 12 hour was available the next time. Mixed up the Ukrainian words for cooking and speaking countless times. Had Indian food for the first time ( bet you didn't expect that).and joined a band ( bet you also didn't expect that).

I have met so many wonderful people and done some really cool things. However 6 months is less than 1/4 of my service which is crazy to think about.

So here, for your reading pleasure is my 6 months Peaks, Pits, Praises, and Prayers.

What are those you ask? Well, once someone in a small group told me that they kept a daily journal like that. They wrote out their high point ( which forced them even on a bad day to think positive) then they acknowledged their low point and thought about how to solve it. Praises and prayers are pretty self explanatory.

Peaks: A big peak for me came early on, during training. The little girl who lived below my host family didn't speak a lick of English but would come over to play. One day I was trying to teach her go fish and I was able to communicate the rules of the game to her in Ukrainian and she slowly began to get the rules and finally started talking and laughing with me. Up until that point when I asked her a question in Ukrainian she would giggle and hid but through teaching her go fish, we broke down that barrier and for the next month before I left, you better believe she never left me alone.

Another Peak, which was just a really cool and random experience was when my host mom took me to a film set. You can be sure to look out for that blog once the movie comes out and I can post the pictures.

Pits: Feeling lost in the doldrums and without purpose on low days.

I have had my fair share of down days and days when I questioned just what exactly was I doing here. Just a few days ago I was ready to throw in the towel and ET ( early terminate) ( quit) However, I can always count of my friends and a little prayer to put things in perspective.

Praises: A huge praise is finally getting connected to a church and a small group here. Ever since I met some American missionaries here they, and the HCNs who attend their church have welcomed me with open arms. They have invited me to parties, Ukrainian traditions, and helped me find a hair salon and look for apartments. I am so so thankful that I have that group of people in my life while I am here.

Another huge praise is that I am going on vacation next week and then MY PARENTS ARE COMING TO VISIT and I can not wait for that!!!

Prayers: My prayer since I have been here is that I can clearly hear God's voice and that I have the discipline and courage to step where He calls. I want to serve the people of Ukraine to the very best of my ability

As always thank you so much for your support I have felt so loved by all the people send cards for me to open each day and for the kind messages and the interests in the things I post. I look forward to continuing to update every Wednesday and Sunday.

If you have any questions or things you want to know about Ukraine, shoot me an email and I can try and answer them!

xx

Katie