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Thoughts on Pre-Service Training (PST)

Ever since I have first saw the letters: P S T, I have heard many phrases and descriptions.  The most common phrases include: “Just make it through PST and you will be alright”, “If you can get through PST, you can get through anything”, “The next two years are so much easier”, and (my personal favorite) “You can do this!”.  The phrase that I have personally been holding onto throughout this journey is a quote by Maya Angelou:   “I’ve...

First Week of PST

добре ранок! (Good Morning!) Today marks the one-week anniversary of starting Pre Service Training (PST) in Nosivka in Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine.  A lot has happened this week, so let’s begin!! My first full day of PST involved sleeping late and working in the garden.  Our garden is located in the backyard, with plenty of room to growing fresh veggies and exploring.  We harvested carrots and beets that day.  The pictures below are only a sample of the massive amount of carrots...

Staging and Traveling and Arrival Retreat, Oh My!

A lot has happened this past week!  The first part of my week long adventure involved visiting Washington, DC.  On Sunday after noon, I left my family and friends in South Carolina and several hours later I arrived in DC to complete Staging (Peace Corps speak for orientation).  The Staging process was fun, exciting, and exhausting (little did I know that this would be the most normal sleep that I would experience during this week).  My fellow Peace Corps invitees...

The Card

This is it…the morning that I begin my journey!  At 12:45 pm I will be headed to Washington, DC.  There, I will begin my travels by meeting my fellow trainees and attending a brief orientation.  Until my flight leaves, I have the next several hours to spend waiting.  Unfortunately, I’m experiencing what often comes with playing the waiting game…emotions.  The emotions that have been blocked by activities and tiredness seem to have finally hit me full force: excitement for the...

Packing with a Grain of Salt

  I’m less than one month (10 days, 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 30 seconds) away from my departure to Washington, DC (and then Ukraine) and my bags are still sitting on the floor empty.  It has been easy to get tied up with all the Peace corps happenings (examples: learning a new language and completing a second visa application) and forget about the dreaded task of packing. Even though I hope you find the list below useful, I also...

Top 10 Resources

This week’s blog post is coming to you all a little later than expected.  As many of you know, Tropical Storm Hermine traveled up the Southeastern Coast yesterday.  Due to the bad weather and power flickers, I decided to delay updating my blog.  I woke up this morning to damaged tree limbs, but not much else (my neighbor on the other hand now has a fence to rebuild).  I hope everyone in the southeast are safe and doing well! This...

A New Beginning

Welcome to my Peace Corps blog: A Traveler’s Journey! There are many helpful links (examples: PC & Ukraine and Timelines) on my website that allows for you to learn more about the process of becoming a volunteer and what my destination (Ukraine) is like.  On the “PC & Ukraine” link, you will find information on the Peace Corps and Ukraine, as well as recommended books.  The “Timelines” link explains what the process of becoming a Peace Corps volunteer entails.  Everyone’s...