October Update

Luhansk's Central Park
Fall is here
Neighborhood Church

Fall colors on driveway in
front of my apartement

Hello Everyone,

Life has been busy over here.  
Where did October go!  

Art Workshop
National Talent Contest for the Disabled
Cooking Club Meeting #2
Fun at Work

Since pictures speak at least 1000 words,
I will just populate this update with photos 
and captions for the photos.


October 16-17-18, 2010
Workshop Weekend for 
Finals in the Ukrainian National Talent Competition for the Disabled
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Confidence Building and Choreography Session
Workshop Leader:  Vitaly Bolodimirovich - Dramatic Arts Teacher 

Vitaly working with a performer
Vitaly Bolodimirovich - dramatic arts teacher 
who works with disabled, leading a workshop and 
choreography session
Vitaly working with dancers in a
confidence building session
Vitaly working with the wheelchair dancers
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Art Activity Workshop - We Understand Each Other
Workshop Leaders:  Peace Corps Volunteers
Wyoming McKenzie, Hailey Spencer, Nazgol Zand and Caroline
(Photos of workshop from Wyoming)
Making Name Tags-- getting acquainted
Wyoming and her activity pals
I love Wyoming's green dots on her cheeks

Nazgol and a fingerpaint specialis

Caroline and friends

Hailey, Caroline and Sveta
Sveta is a wonderful singer1
Having fun!

Peace Corps Regional Manager
(for our group) joined in the fun

Post Workshop Fun!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Ukrainian National Talent Finals Competition for the Disabled
Ukrainian National Theater, Luhansk
Students from Cultural and Drama Institute
Opening the Talent Competition
All competitors on stage
Grouped by Regions/Oblasts

Sergei, 18 yr.-old from Luhansk
Opened the Competition
Wonderful voice!

Children from the Luhansk Orphanage
All three groups on the stage 
Children from the Luhansk Orphanage

Ella and her mom, Roxanne
I spent a week with both of them at conference for the disabled.
Ella and her mom LOVE to sing and both sing very well!

A wonderful "sister act" -
also both had fun at the art workshop!

My finger painting specialist
Also a promising singer!
More of my art workshop participants dancing and having fun!

Another finger painting specialist and
also a very good singer!
Former Miss World-Ukraine competitor in background.

Mother and daughter singing together.
The song:  Mama!

Marla  - a budding author
She read one of her own poems.

Wheelchair dancer.
Another Wheelchair Dancer.

Sveta, 29-yr. old, singer
Exceptional voice.

Another group dancing and having fun!
Tatyana, my organization's director.
Receiving flowers and a standing ovation for all her work for the Festival.
Amazing young woman.
2nd Meeting of the Cooking Club
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Preparing Beer the "Mexican Way"
Salt, Limes (YES LIMES) and Ukrainian micro brew!

The Table- ready for all the food groups:
Meat, liquid protein, carbohydrates, and sugars!

Artiom, the official Cooking Group Photographer
Sergey, the official "Beer Meister"

Preparing fried apples to go with the sausage
Taya, Caroline, Wyoming and Alexie
Enjoying the results of the cooking adventure
Roman, Tanya, Sergey, Taya
Eugene, Kate, Olya
Enjoying the results of the cooking adventure
Plum Kuchen
Homemade Pork Sausage
Fried Apples
Mashed Potatoes

Cooking Club results!

Celebration Lunch
Work Colleague was just married
Monday, 25 October 2010
Celebration Lunch

My work colleagues
(l to r:) Dim-Social worker; Tatyana,-Director, Alexie- lawyer and Tatyana's husband,
Marian- office assistant, Lena- new bride and office assistant,
Irina - Office manager, Sasha- IT expert, Natalya - Press secretary
Loshya-driver, Galena - accountant

A toast to the new bride!

Enjoying life in Ukraine!

Happy Halloween to everyone!


  1. Caroline-I love seeing all these photos and followig your life in Lugansk.It looks like you are really in your "element". Working on different talents and developing them in the disabled-You are giving them such a wonderful gift! You go, girl.
    Carol O'Keefe

  2. Caroline-this blog tugged at my heart. If everyone looked outside of themselves and gave to others the way you do, our world would be a much better place. You are such a wonderful ambassador for America. Love you, my friend.

  3. Caroline---what wonderful photos---and the children are so cute. You are an inspiration to us all. Happy Halloween to you too. And when you get back I know you'll have some wonderful recipes to share. The food looks yummy!

  4. Caroline,
    Celebrating young talent. . . having fun . . . toasting a new bride. . . making and sharing meals. . . enjoying each other. . . . What joy!
    You, and your teammates, are really changing lives in the best way.