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 Communities and Territories 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 and support the Government of Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science reforms. They also facilitate teacher trainings at the In-Service Teacher Training Institutes. While applying learner-centered and competency-based teaching methods, Volunteers partner with Ukrainian teachers to promote inclusivity, especially for rural populations. These approaches lead to improved learning outcomes in the English language, civics education, and other skills that support students to build a more democratic society and succeed in further education and future careers. Outside of the classroom, Volunteers support Ukrainian counterparts’ community initiatives, clubs, and camps which help learners gain the life skills they need to become responsible citizens.

Youth Development:

Volunteers work at schools, vocational technical colleges, youth centers, centers for social services, and youth-focused non-governmental organizations. They coordinate with local Departments of Youth and Sports to help young Ukrainians prepare for careers and lives in the new Ukraine. Volunteers offer young people and staff positive youth development strategies, in-school lessons, and extracurricular activities, and conduct community projects aimed at increasing youth participation, service learning, preventing substance abuse and the spread of HIV. They promote development of skills in information technology, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, media literacy, leadership, civics, resume writing and networking.

Community Development:

Volunteers work with non-governmental organizations and in partnership with municipal or village government organizations. They promote social and organizational development at the grass-roots level to increase the capacity of individual community members and service providers and to assist local institutions in achieving organizational sustainability though capacity building and project management, including co-designing and co-drafting proposals for grant funds for community projects. Volunteers foster cross-sector cooperation and networking  between NGOs, government entities and others and collaborate with local partners to promote civics education, citizen participation, leadership, information technology, financial literacy, media literacy, and other topics.

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

Peace Corps Response Program

Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake shorter-term, higher-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Peace Corps Ukraine has one of the largest Response Volunteer programs globally. These Volunteers bring valuable skills and experiences to projects, serve for one year, and directly support our core programs here. This program is open to returned Peace Corps Volunteers or those with significant professional and technical experience. Peace Corps Volunteer experience is not required.

Partners

  • Ministry of Education and Science
  • Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Ministry for Communities and Territories 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.