Hello, I am Alexandra and I am an international student from Russia studying in the graduate school in California. After the graduation from Russian Pedagogical University I was humbly surprised and thankful to know that I can pursue my higher education abroad. For the time being in the United States I gained much educational and life experience despite of my age and I am encouraged to share it with those who are looking for both educational and life endeavors.
In fall 2007 I proposed a mission sight in Ukraine to let US students to go and serve in Donetsk Christian University (DCU) assisting teachers during the Summer Intensive English School. Together with my friend I was appointed to lead the team to Ukraine. It was a very exciting news which let me think more about how I can turn this experience into a long term educational bonds. I am eager to let both international and local students explore about countries and cultures different than their own. I am passionate to engage young adults in the educational process, in order for them to have better understanding of values of education. I believe that this leading experience will help me to build further educational and professional relationships between the US and Ukraine and after Russia which will only benefit the countries.
At this time my co-leader and I are focusing on preparing our team for the trip to serve the students at the university in Ukraine. I know that to learn the second language requires much effort and many study aids. For this we are raising funds for the mission trip to bring as much as we can to Ukrainian students and to the University (DCU) itself.
I believe that this mission trip will be a transformational experience both for the American and Ukrainian students.