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Another thing, Kristin. Here in Ukraine, we have a fairly good support system for those struggling to adjust. There is a peer counseling program that has proven to be effective, as well as support from designated PC staff. That said, I know from some PCVs that the outreach programs and other help provided isn't always enough. There's certainly room for improvement.
On the topic of gay/lesbian volunteers, given the level of homophobia that exists here in Ukraine, I like to think we do a good job of teaching about equality - at least to the youth. Our gender and development working group provides helpful materials, lessons and more to all volunteers, while also hosting a number of events.
I agree with you that in just an hour-long program we can't get to talking about the more serious issues. But if you'd like - or if anyone would like to - you can message me or email me: email@example.com. My blog is borderland-chronicles.com.
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