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March 2021 marks one year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, resulting in lockdowns throughout the world and the global evacuation of all Peace Corps Volunteers. Given all we have been through, it is with hope and that characteristic Peace Corps resilience that we proclaim we are still here.

This month, we highlight one RPCV who didn't let the pandemic stop her from returning to Ukraine to teach in a village school. We have a recap of our second annual Town Hall - a tradition we are quickly coming to love - and we've got two new projects in the works. Read more below to see how you can get involved!

We wish you good health and perseverance. Всього найкращого, 

~the RPCV Alliance for Ukraine Board of Directors

RPCV Spotlight: Vickie Nailing

For Vickie Nailing, joining Peace Corps Ukraine is just one part of a lifetime of service, education, and the Peace Corps mission to build peace and friendship. Now living in Ukraine during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vickie is taking the swing between in-person and online teaching in stride, and she has big plans for the future.

Read more about Vickie's story here!

Spring 2021 Town Hall Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined the Spring 2021 Town Hall! It was such a joy to reunite with the 20+ staff members and 30+ RPCVs who participated. 

PC Ukraine staff gave updates about what they have worked on while there are no PCVs in country - including delivering meals through the PEPFAR program to food-insecure children living with HIV. Country Director Michael Ketover talked about diversity and inclusion steps implemented prior to the evacuation, including providing minority and marginalized Volunteers with the option to choose sites close to one another for safety and support, as well as diversity training for some staff and all Counterparts. We join him in the expectation that training will expand in the future to include anti-bias and allyship training for all Volunteers, counterparts and staff.

There were plenty of questions about when PCVs will return to Ukraine, of course - for now, we continue to wait and see!

The RPCV Alliance for Ukraine plans to hold these events annually, so keep your eyes peeled for the next one.  
Coming Soon! RPCV AUA Connections Program

The Alliance for Ukraine plans to launch the Connections Program in summer 2021 to provide mentorship, networking, and professional development opportunities for Ukraine RPCVs.

We are looking for your input to shape the development and launch of the Program so that it meets a full range of diverse RPCV needs. We especially encourage Black and other Volunteers of color, LGBTQIA+ Volunteers, and older Volunteers (60+) to get involved. 

Interested? Click here to find out more!

Submit your photos for the 30th Anniversary Calendar!

We are now accepting photo submissions for the 2022 "Treasures of Ukraine" 30th anniversary calendar featuring photos from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, PC Ukraine staff, and counterparts. We hope this calendar will reflect the vibrant history of Peace Corps Ukraine over the past 30 years!

The photo submission deadline is July 31st, 2021. See submission instructions and additional information here.

Calendars will be available for purchase after November 1st, 2021.

Photo by Liz West used under Creative Commons license.

Get involved in an EPCV-made video project

If you worked with youth in Ukraine, you likely know the borshch song (Borshch! Zeleny!) You can thank us later for getting that stuck in your head. With that song as a bit of inspiration, RPCV Miles Green (Group 51) is compiling a short video to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the March 2020 evacuation. Miles finished two years of service in the village of Nosachiv (Cherkas'ka Oblast) and then stayed in Ukraine as a Response Volunteer in Dnipro until evacuating. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication at the Walker Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Please see his instructions below to contribute!

To mark the one-year anniversary of our evacuation, I'd like to make a quick video with volunteers saying "Borshch" followed with a few sentences - anything you would like to say. 5-10 seconds is enough, and you are encouraged to incorporate the borshch song if you know it! All you need to do is film yourself on your phone and upload it to this folder.

The finished video will be shared with fellow RPCVs and our Ukrainian friends and colleagues. 
~In memoriam~

We commemorate the lives of Elena Yushkova, PC Ukraine Language and Cultural Facilitator; and RPCV Daniel Hayden, who founded the Americana English Language Center in Chernivtsi. 

After Elena died from complications due to childbirth, the RPCV community rallied to raise funds for her husband and newborn son. You can read Elena's obituary and a short update on the fundraiser here. 

In announcing Daniel's passing, the Americana Center announced, "We will continue to operate under the quarantine restrictions and provide English education services, because this is what Daniel would have wanted. Americana is and will remain his legacy."

Світла пам'ять.  
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