Judi Davis

Volunteer: Judi Davis

Bio:

I served as an Environmental Volunteer in the lovely town of Kosiv in western Ukraine.  Historically, Kosiv was and still is a vacation destination in the Carpathian Mountians.  I was assigned to work at one of the local schools, Persha Skola or School # 1.  I had a great community partnership and had the opportunity to participate in multiple summer camps, eco clubs, teach yoga, English Club, etc.  We camped and hiked our way around the Carpathians--climbed the highest peak in Ukraine ......and several others.  Together, we created the first school newspaper.  As is not unusual, I came away with much more than I could ever give. 

2004 - 2006


Contributions from Judi Davis

  1. Morocco Christmas Cake!!

    My back was acting up and it was bone chilling cold, both, outside and in my Moroccan host family’s home on Christmas day in 2006.  I hadn’t planned on doing anything to celebrate Christmas.  My host family was not home.  I was just hanging out with a hot water bottle and a book when a fellow PCV phoned to say that he was outside in the street---he had something for me.  Andrew (who created thirdgoal.org) lived an hour or two from me and had been in country a year longer than I.  I went outsi...

  1. Ukraine Orange Revolution

    We were fortunate to serve during the Ukrainian Orange Revolution.  This is a shot of a young woman activist in Kiev.

  2. Ukraine Top of Pip Ivan

    Teachers, students, and two PCV's spent a day climbing Pip Ivan--at the top, the students explored and the teachers "spread a table" that was a teachers only zone.  There, Ben and I were introduced to the idea of doing a shot of vodka to help renew one's energy--it worked so well that my feet quit hurting and I was ready for the return hike.  I think the kids appreciated the teachers' attitude adjustment.

  3. Ukraine "Keep It Clean"

    "Keep It Clean" is an environmental campaign that may be familiar to many volunteers.  Kosiv students embraced the day.  This girl even embroidered the logo on her pants. 

  4. Ukraine Baseball Camp

    Ukrainian campers and PCV's at baseball camp in Kosiv.

  5. Ukraine Baseball-Ukrainian Style

    Kids at my school wanted to learn to play baseball.  We had some equipment, but not nearly enough.  So, a friend, who works at Yahoo!, asked his team if they could spend a bonus on baseball gear--they agreed!  We ended up with enough equipment to have a "baseball camp."  I don't know anything about baseball, so volunteers who do came and did a week long baseball training camp--it was so much fun!  There were kids from about 6 or 7 years old to 18 all playing and learning together.  The kids w...

  6. Ukraine Ukrainka yogini

    My Ukrainian friends invited me to come to their exercise class.  A Russian woman had been there 10 years earlier and taught them an aerobics routine--they had been following it to a "T" for the past 10 YEARS!!!  That is how dedicated they are to being fit.  They asked me to introduce them to yoga and we began practicing together in a unheated gym--my yoga friends from the States sent us mats!  In the winter we could see our breath and our feet were blue.  The women brought their ki...

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