Student performance in Nizhyn

Name: Jessica Zychowicz
U-M Affiliation: Student

Where do you work?

University of Michigan

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

2005-2007

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Ukraine

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Educator

Is there a specific person (or persons) who made a strong impression on you during that time?

My fellow volunteers and my colleagues at school, however, the host families who welcomed me into their heritage, homes, and friendship affected me most of all. We are still close friends.

What was one of the most memorable moments you had as a volunteer?

Getting internet installed in the school I worked as part of an educational resource center and helping my students use it for the first time.

In what ways did your Peace Corps experience affect your life and/or career decisions?

I've gained a long-term commitment to public service that runs very deep.

In what ways did your U-M education, both inside and outside the classroom, prepare you for your Peace Corps experience?

My experiences in Peace Corps continually enrich, and are enriched by, my current doctoral research on women in the region.

What advice would you give to others who are contemplating going into the Peace Corps?

Do not be afraid. You will gain everything you give, and more.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Friendship tops the list everytime.

What lessons did you learn in the Peace Corps that you carry with you today?

Patience. Trust. Even creativity.

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