Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Back in Kyiv!

After my two day (four hours a day) Russian exam last week we had a week and a half off of classes so I decided to make the most of it and travel around to get some more interviews for my research. We started out in a snowy Kyiv where I tried to get interviews with government officials and they proceeded to brush me off...little do they know I will be calling them again next time I am in town! The one thing I have learned through my fieldwork experience is persistence does pay off eventually! I also visited the IOM and found some great sources for my research, the only problem was I had to haul all those wonderful books  around Ukraine with me for the rest of the trip!

A snowy photo looking down Kreschatik, the main street of Kyiv. 
 This is Independence Square where the main events of the Orange Revolution took place.
I visited the offices of the A21 Campaign an anti-trafficking organization working in Ukraine and we cracked open this anti-trafficking game that I wrote about in a previous post. We discovered that it is more of a migration game but they did have some trafficking information so it was worth breaking it open and having a look. 
I also was able to visit their beautiful shelter where they rehabilitate victims of trafficking. The walls were plastered with cards wishing the women well and I thought this was such a wonderful idea, to give words of encouragement to women who have been through so much. I plan on doing this with my students when I get back to the US....also I think I will try to get the first and second year Russian and Ukrainian classes to write to them in Russian/Ukrainian too! 

If you are interested in writing to the victims in Ukraine here is some information you need to know before writing and here is where you can mail the cards:
Kyiv - 1  P.O. Box B267
Ravnushkina Tetiana Valeriivna

If you would like to do more to help, here are some items they currently need in their shelter and the address you can send them to:

Gryshkovska Tetiana Valeriivna

I did do one touristy thing while I was in Kyiv. I visited the National Art Museum. I went on Tuesday but it was closed (contrary to what my guide book said) so I went again on Wednesday before we took the train to Vinnitsya. 


  1. Glad you were able to visit A21! Thats great! Looking forward to hearing about it!

  2. Kyiv is one of the best cities for visiting. It will be cheap travel and the capital of Ukraine has rich history. There are a lot of churches, museums and monuments. I was there in 2014 with a group of tourists from the http://touristclub.kiev.ua/. We've also visited Lviv and i strongly recommend you this tourist route.


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