Last week I was able to take part in a 4 day language camp at the Prolisok Sanatorium. This camp was filled with learning and good times. Here are 5 takeaways from my experience at Peace Corps language camp:
- Be Prepared
When I first came to the language camp I had just finished a two week long journey from the Carpathians, to Lviv, and back home where my organization hosted a press conference. That means for two weeks I went without my tutor. However, that still did not mean that I had an excuse not to study.
- Have Fun
It is a good time whenever Peace Corps volunteers get together. My close friends and I see each other a lot, but there are a lot of Volunteers I only get to speak with once or twice a year. Each person has their own something special to offer. I enjoyed playing soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and even trying my hand at acting.
- Do Not be Afraid to Fail
I probably have one of the worse Ukrainian vocabularies in the Peace Corps. However, that did not stop me from trying. I was not shy about the fact that my learning curve is different than my fellow Volunteers. They understand that we all learn languages at our pace.
- Use others as Motivation
My close friends are doing great learning the Ukrainian language. They have all made leaps and bounds in their language skills. At first I was a little discouraged by this, but after a while I learned to use their success as motivation for myself. This has led me to keeping a journal in Ukrainian and extra study sessions at the local coffee shop.
- Trust your Teachers
I knew going into the camp that the Ukrainian teachers working for the Peace Corps were good. However, I had no idea how good they were until I attended this camp. Not only can they teach this complex language in simple terms, but they also do it with vigorous passion.
*These are the thoughts of Richard J. Roman and in no way reflect those of the Peace Corps or its affiliates.