Peace Corps volunteer Jeremy Borovitz of Paramus, N.J., has been teaching guitar and music lessons to 10 youth in Ukraine and recently recorded an album to buy for school supplies for students.
“We recorded a music album with eleven songs. The album was being sold in America and in Ukraine,” said Borovitz who has been working as a youth development volunteer since March 2010. “We raised about $550 for school supplies, and we will buy new speakers and a school guitar.”
The students used the record sales to buy school supplies for their classmates who cannot afford them. One of Borovitz’s students, Katya, wrote the words and music to a song that can be listened to here: http://jeremyintheukraine.blogspot.com/2011/11/dream.html.
Borovitz has been teaching guitar lessons to ten students for over a year. The students choose the songs they would like to learn, Borovitz teaches himself how to play the songs, and then teaches his students. So far, they have learned: "Let it Be," by the Beatles, "No Woman no Cry" by Bob Marley, and the students have taught Borovitz several Ukrainian folk songs. They are also preparing to record a new album.
“Teaching guitar never factored in to what my service would look like, but it has emerged as a huge and awesome component,” Borovitz said.
About Peace Corps/Ukraine: More than 2,505 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Ukraine since the program was established in 1992. Currently, about 536 volunteers serve in Ukraine. Volunteers work in the areas of education, economic development, and youth development. Volunteers are trained and work in Russian and Ukrainian.
About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.