Jeff Faust

Volunteer: Jeff Faust

Bio:

 

I worked as a lecturer at two universities in the city of Poltava, teaching topics such as business English and economics. Peace Corps set me on a path of living abroad, I've since lived in Japan and now reside in Turkey.

2005 - 2007


Contributions from Jeff Faust

  1. Ukraine Meeting My Host Family

      Within my first six months in Ukraine I lived with threedifferent host families. They were all great and really helped me to get adjusted to life in Ukraine. However that doesn't mean it was always easy to live with them, often it wasn't. I particularly remember when I got to my training site of Rokytne; a town of 15,000 people, three hours south of Kyiv; I was unsure if I'd be able to handle living with my first host family. There was my first impression of four members of that family...

  2. Ukraine Ukrainian Marriage Agencies

      When my Ukrainian girlfriend broke up with me I wasn't thrilled, but I wasn't that surprised either, the relationship was stalled and I knew it was going to end eventually. That she broke up with me did come as a surprise to people back in America who seemed convinced that Ukrainian women would want to marry me for a ride back into America.  They didn't.  Girls there wanted the same thing they wanted from me in America, which was friendship.  The somewhat aggravating result was that most o...

  3. Ukraine Angel Tree

    This about a project we did at Christmas time called "Angel Tree"  It went like this: Peace Corps Volunteers and our University Students went to local orphanages and had kids write down gifts that they wanted on paper angles.  Many of the kids asked for gifts that were far to expensive, such as bikes, Playstations and cell phones (some specified models).  One boy actually asked for a Rolex.  Then we put the paper angels on a tree outside a mall and asked people to take an angel ...

  1. Ukraine Pig Statue

      I found it amusing that someone decided “You know who needs a statue? Pigs.” It seems particularly odd to me now that I live in a Muslim country where people are revolted by pigs.

  2. Ukraine Easter Egg Hunt

      Here are some children searching for eggs at a hunt organized at an orphanage by Peace Corps Volunteers.

  3. Ukraine дуже Ukrainian Girls

      This is at "Survival Camp" put together by volunteers to give students a chance to be outdoors and practice English.  Pictured are two of our campers posing in traditional Ukrainian clothes, making them "дуже" (very) Ukrainian Girls.

  4. Ukraine Making bread the old fashioned way

    I signed up for a "rural tourism excursion" which was another volunteer's project to make promotional materials to promote green tourism in the small town of Mogilev-Podolskiy near the boarder of Moldova.  So I was alternating between pretending to be a visitor and operating the camera.  At this home full of old ladies they would make bread for you from scratch and then sing for you while it baked.  Which was cute at first, but do you know how long it takes to make bread the old f...

  5. Ukraine Making bread the old fashioned way

    I signed up for a "rural tourism excursion" which was another volunteers to make promotional materials to promote green tourism in the small town of Mogilev-Podolskiy near the boarder of Moldova.  So I was alternating between pretending to be a visitor and operating the camera.  At this home full of old ladies they would make bread for you from scrach and then sing for you while it baked.  Which was cute at first, but do you know how long it takes to make bread the old fashioned w...

  6. Ukraine At Work

    This is me at the University where I taught with two of my students.  For awhile I had the idea that I would let my hair grow long while I was in the Peace Corps, this photo was taken shortly before I decided that was a bad idea.

  7. Ukraine Greek Ruins of Ukraine

    This is from a Summer camp I worked at in Sevastopol, a cit in Crimea.  During the moring I would teach English and in the afternoon we would go out sightseeing.  Here we are at some ancient Greek ruins. 

  8. Ukraine Peace Corps Presentation

        I came to realize that while most people had known about the Peace Corps for years, few really understood what the organization was or why it existed at all. So when my university asked me to put on a presentation for a conference I chose Peace Corps as my topic. The three goals of Peace Corps, the different fields and countries it worked in was pretty much all new information for my audience.  

  9. Ukraine Mummy Maker

      Here my English Club is having a Halloween Party I put together for them. They were at first reluctant to embrace a party like atmosphere while in a classroom, but they enthusiastic wrapped each other up in toilet paper.

  10. Ukraine Angel Tree

      Two of my University students, Victoria and Dasha, distributing Christmas gifts at an orphanage as part of our “Angel Tree” project.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.