(All opinions and descriptions of life in Ukraine contained herein are mine. I do not, nor am I qualified to,
express the official opinions of the Peace Corps or the U.S. Government.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The One Year Mark

Dang. It's been a while since my last post. I must apologize, but the first month of school has almost come and gone and it feels like things are moving again. From laziness of summer to the grind of school.
But the cool part is, school has taken a whole new fun-ness to it if you will (yes I know that's not a word, no I don't care).

First off, I finally started my photography club this week. I'm very proud to say that there has been a lot of interest in it, and the three cameras I received from National Geographic are being put to good use. I will be posting the pictures this next week on a separate blog (it will be linked here), so that is very very exciting for me.

I  am also starting to get the hang of teaching a bit more on lock-down. I mean, it's no piece of cake by any means, but it's definitely starting to make more sense in terms of how to structure my time and what to focus on and what not, etc.

Furthermore, i'm now tutoring several students after school, and am holding several English and outdoor sport clubs. I am able to converse more with my students (mainly because I think we met half way between my skill level in Russian improving, as well as their English skill level improvement) and feel very confident that I understand mostly what my students are saying to me.

Lastly, *drumroll sounding* yes, yes it's true- As of September 26th I will have been in Ukraine for exactly one year. Unbeleivable. I know. I still can't wrap my mind around it. It seems like yesterday I got off onto the rainy tarmac in Kiev Boryspol. I was warned it would go by fast, but who would have thought this fast.

Looking back at all I have accomplished, and all that lays ahead of me, I can proudly say this is the best choice i've made for myself in a long long time (probably ever). I am not just proud of my decision, but I'm glad to admit that I didn't really believe it would do such wonders to my maturation/individuation process- but here I am a year later in awe of what i've been able to accomplish all on my own, and never a moment of "Oh crap, what have I done with my life."

Anyways, enough of the drivel- I'll leave you all with some photos I took with a student the other day while we were working on our first photo project entitled "My Armyansk". She really got some winners, and i'll post those on the student blog, but for now you have some of mine :)

Love and Peace from the border lands AKA UKRAINYA
Nitai "Rijik" Vinitzky (Rijik= red head)

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