Interview with Yevgen Bezvushko, July 16, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Counterpart Bezvushko was 16 years old when he became an interpreter for an RPCV working at Podillya Pershyi, an NGO in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, originally founded by an RPCV. He progressed in the organization, starting as an interpreter for a RPCV, and becoming its director before leaving it. Volunteers were instrumental in fund-raising for the NGO, as well as in strategically planning for its sustainability. In his role as a counterpart to 3 volunteers, he felt that his preparation from the Peace Corps staff was very helpful especially its on-site visits and assessments of the volunteers’ safety. He and his family were hosts to a volunteer for 2-3 months which, he says, for his parents who lived in the Soviet era, a pleasant surprise. From the RPCV’s, Bezvushko learned to plan his day and his work to achieve his goals, to consider alternative ways of working, and to consider failure as an opportunity to rework an idea, not to discard it. He recommends that future counterparts create personal and professional connections with the volunteers, and that they be willing to consider alternative ways of working in the organization. Bezvushko and his wife credit the husband of an RPCV with sparking their interest in building modern comfortable housing for Ukrainians in the Kyiv area.

Interview Accession

2021oh0596_pcrv0321

Interviewee Name

Yevgen Bezvushko

Interviewer Name

Peggy Walton

Interview Date

2021-07-16

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Bezvushko, Yevgen Interview by Peggy Walton. 16 Jul. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Bezvushko, Y. (2021, July 16). Interview by P. Walton. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Bezvushko, Yevgen, interview by Peggy Walton. July 16, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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