Last Thursday (June 20th) was my final day at the Gasprinskiy Library after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer for four years. The usual Peace Corps service is for two years, but I extended twice for a total of four years, the maximum amount of time a Volunteer can serve at one site. Needless to say, I loved working at the Gasprinskiy Library and didn’t want to leave!
Inci Bowman from International Committee for Crimea (ICC) asked that I do an interview for the ICC website (iccrimea.com) about my experiences working as a Peace Corps Volunteer at the Gasprinskiy Library. I am very happy to do the interview, as it will give me an opportunity to reflect on my time here. I will publish the interview on my blog to share my thoughts with you dear readers. Now I am preparing to leave for Kyiv and my final day in the Peace Corps at the Ukraine headquarters, and then I am off to Georgia for a three-week hiking trip in the Caucasus with another Peace Corps Volunteer.
Here are some photos from the lovely farewell celebration the library had for me on Thursday:
|With Alie, Director of Window on America Center, who helped me with translating.|
|Gulnara, Director of the library, gives me a present of Crimean Tatar needlework.|
|And flowers too!|
|Natalia, Director of the Orlovka Children's Library, gives me a I Love Crimea bag.|
|Watching the powerpoint I prepared on my library memories.|
|Refreshments on the porch of the library (which I missed because of a TV interview).|
|With Nadije and Leonad, Director of the NGO KrimTiz that we partnered with on our last SPA project.|
And lots of posing with the Library staff:
THANK YOU GASPRINSKIY LIBRARY FOR A WONDERFUL FOUR YEARS. IT WAS AN HONOR TO SERVE IN THE LIBRARY AS A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER.