What it feels to prepare for leaving Ukraine, having served two years as US Peace Corps volunteer? Find out in the new post on the blog "Oh pancake!"
Last week, I traveled back to Chernigov for Group 42′s Close of Service conference. There, I met with the remaining PCVs who began Peace Corps with me two years ago. In September 2011, ninety-seven Americans arrived in Ukraine; in September 2013, the number has dropped to the low eighties (either eighty-one or -two). I saw there people I had not seen since swearing-in and I saw volunteers whose names I never knew and whose faces I only faintly recognized. But I also met up with some people who had once been an integral part of my service–training really–and whose friendship had somehow succumbed to distance and time spent apart.