U.S. Peace Corps in Ukraine

Peace Corps was established in Ukraine in 1992 when Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk and American President George Bush signed a bilateral agreement to establish a Peace Corps program in Ukraine. Since that time the United States Peace Corps has cooperated with the Ukrainian Ministries of Education and Science, Youth and Sports, and Regional Development on jointly conceived activities. American Volunteers work and live side by side with Ukrainian colleagues for two years sharing experiences and developing relationships that often last a lifetime.

Three Peace Corps’ Goals

  1. helping the people of Ukraine in meeting their need for trained men and women
  2. helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of Ukrainians
  3. helping promote a better understanding of Ukrainians on the part of Americans

Projects

Teaching English as a Foreign Language:
Volunteers teach English in Secondary Schools, Universities, and Pedagogical Colleges. They also facilitate teacher trainings at the In-Service Teacher Training Institutes. While applying learner-centered teaching methods, Volunteers partner with Ukrainian teachers to improve classroom management and pedagogy.  These techniques lead to improved learning outcomes in the English language, civic education, and other skills that will help their students acquire succeed both in further education and in a future career.

Youth Development:
Volunteers work in secondary schools, vocational technical schools, and non-governmental organizations and coordinate with local departments of Youth and Sports to help youngUkrainians prepare for careers and lives in the new Ukraine. They offer young people and staff positive youth development strategies, in-school lessons, extracurricular activities, and conduct community projects aimed at preventing substance abuse and the spread of HIV. They promote healthy lifestyles and develop skills in information technology, basic business and leadership, civics, and career development.

Community Development:
Volunteers work mostly with non-governmental organizations and in partnership with municipal or village government organizations. They promote social and organizationaldevelopment at the grass-roots level to increase the capacity of individual community members and service providers, to assist local institutions in achieving organizational sustainability though capacity building and project management, and to foster cross-sector cooperation and networking  between NGOs, government entities and others.

President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR):
Peace Corps Ukraine is a proud member of the PEPFAR Country Team working to reduce stigma and increase tolerance toward people living with HIV.

Partners

  • Ministry of Education and Science
  • Ministry ofYouth and Sports
  • Ministry of Regional Development

Apply for a Volunteer

If your school or organization wishes to invite a Peace Corps Volunteer to work with you, please contact Peace Corps to request an application.