Another trip to Poland
Trip Start Mar 02, 2003
41Trip End Jul 04, 2005
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I've been very busy lately with work organizing a large PDM (Project Design and Management) workshop for the three oblasts in which CRDP (Chornobyl Recovery and Development Program) operates. It's going to be huge! I've been working on the terms of reference and logistics with a couple of my coworkers
Also, my first environmental resource center project is really coming around. I organized a large round-table meeting in Chernihiv (north-east of Kyiv) a couple weeks ago. Now I've mobilized 14!! different NGOs that work with environmental issues to coordinate and work cooperatively on organizing this particular project. It's such a good feeling to be able and create something like this center. I have a lot of days working at UNDP when I don't feel very "volunteer-like" but for the past several weeks I've been working my tail off and achieving really positive results. However, I still can't say that I'm currently a typical PCV - but feel very happy with the work I'm doing. I can't wait to go to the opening ceremony of this environmental resource center.
Well, that's a short update about work. I wish I could talk about more interesting things associated with work, but most days I spend typing up quarterly reports, researching, and coordinating with our regional staff. Nothing extraordinary about that...
But, just like in spring, Kyiv is beautiful in the fall. The leaves are turning, and the chestnuts are falling from the trees. It's gotten quite cold quite quickly, but I'm enjoying the brisk morning walks to work, and the appearance of pumpkins in the markets. The theatre and opera season have started again, and I can go to concerts and shows for less the $5. There are definitely benefits to living in this big city -- and I'm extra lucky to be able to spend some time in the village as well.