This experience has been eye opening. Spending time with our Ukrainian students, in their homeland, has been insprational. Again, the level of kindness and hospitality that I've experienced is amazing. Just tonight, I experience things that will change the way that I look at the world forever. I wont write about it online...if ever, but the lessons that I've learned here will hopefully transform my community one person at a time when I get home.
Today we we had some very tough training. VERY tough. Obody complained nobody whined. Everyone was thankful for the opportunity to work hard. EVERYONE. There were children who took a train 12 hours...there were 22 year olds who took a train 9 hours...there were instructors who took a cab/metro 2 hours...just for the opportunity to train, work hard, and improve themselves.
Its difficult to not be judgmental right now of the way that Western kids are "soft". For those who've never been here...these kids are tough and they come to work! It's been such a blessing to work with them and I pray that, in some small way, I can honor their warrior spirit when I return to the US on Tuesday and begin talking with and working with the people closest to me.