Throughout my service I ask myself one important question- “Is it worth it?”
Is my time and energy- worth investing in a particular project or ideal? All PCVs encounter that question (during their highs and lows of service- some of us dare to ask that question to ourselves daily).
Throughout the summer, Ukraine Peace Corps. volunteers dedicate their time and their effort to make wonderful English camps available to young Ukrainians throughout Ukraine.
Its a lot of hard work.
And it takes months of preparation.
But is it worth it?
As a Peace Corps. volunteer I can tell you these kids, made the time and preparation involved in Camp MAKE- worth it.
There are few times during my service where I have actually felt like something I have been involved in… has made a lasting difference.
But Camp MAKE allowed me to work with some very smart, articulate, and eager young Ukrainians and passionate Ukrainian counselors.
At times camp was crazy.
But in a crazy-fun kind of way.
Camp MAKE stands for:
Students participated in project-planning, leadership, multiculturalism, environmentalism, debate, 2 electives, and a team challenge daily. (All classes taught only in English).
These classes allowed students to cultivate new skills and interact with students from all over Ukraine. (As a cool bonus Peace Corps. volunteers got to work alongside some passionate young Ukrainian counselors).
I judged team challenges.
And each day I found a new reason to be impressed with their creativity…
Their hard work…
And their unique abilities.
They worked together as teams.
And learned how to lead when necessary.
Thanks so much to all of you who responded to my request… and donated money to camp MAKE. You made some Ukrainian kids very happy.
And I’ll admit the counselors had almost as much fun as the kids involved.
You built lifetime friendships.
And created some crazy memories for youngsters that will last for a long time.
(That also includes PCV’s/Ukrainian counselors as well).
Rest assured whatever you gave, no matter how big or how small it was totally worth it…
It made all the difference.
THANK YOU 🙂
Camp MAKE 2013 Camp Song:
Camp MAKE is the place to be for education…
And be free!
Rock my vacation!!!!
It’s not what I’m used to… word variation.
Camp MAKE’s the place to use.
I learned a word just to try it.
Here all my friends don’t mind it…
It felt so wrong. It felt so right… I’m speaking English tonight.