PC & Ukraine

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961.  Since then, Peace Corps has served 142 countries in the following areas: Education, Health, Youth in Development, Agriculture, Environment, Community Economic Development, and Peace Corps Response.  Over 220,000 individuals have helped those countries through their dedication to serving others.  You can find out more about the Peace Corps and how you can become a volunteer by going to https://www.peacecorps.gov.


Since the start of the program in 1992, over 2,750 people have served in Ukraine.  There are three Peace Corps programs currently in Ukraine: Community Economic Development, Youth in Development, and Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL).  To learn more about Peace Corps Ukraine visit https://www.peacecorps.gov/ukraine/.

Ukraine Map

Facts about Ukraine:

  • Current population: 44,653,228
  • The name Ukraine is believed to originally mean “borderland” or “region”.
  • Ukraine became an independent state on December 1, 1991.
  • Ukrainian is the biggest country in Europe (second biggest if including Russia).
  • July: warmest month, average temperature of 24ºC (75.2ºF)
  • January: coldest month, daytime temperatures around 0ºC (32ºF), but can be quite colder (-20ºC (-4ºF) or lower)

Helpful Resources:

Di Duca, M. & Ragozin, L. (L). (2004). Ukraine. Melbourne: Australia: Lonely Planet.

Helbig, A., Buranbaeva, O., & Mladineo, V. (2009). Culture and customs of Ukraine. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.

Kubicek, P. (2008). The history of Ukraine. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.

Yekelchyk, S. (2015). The conflict in Ukraine: What everyone wants to know. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Recommended books:

Brine, C. & Brine, O. (2014). My whispers of horror: Letters telling women’s true tales from ex-USSR nations. NY & Ontario, Canada: Brine Books Publishing.

Kurkov, A. (2005). Penguin lost. New York, NY: Vintage Book.

Taylor, P. L. (2007). The secret of priest’s grotto: A holocaust survival story. Minneapolis, MN: Kar-Ben Publishing.

Vins, N. (2002). Children of the storm: The autobiography of Natasha Vins. Greenville, SC: JourneyForth.

Zheleznova, I. (1985). Ukrainian folktales. Kiev, Ukraine: Dnipro.