Our trip is only a few days away and if you’re anything like me, you still need to pack your suitcase, buy toiletries, exchange some cash, and memorize some last minute Ukrainian phrases (“Hello”, “Excuse me”, “Do you speak English”, and “Don’t shoot! I’m an American!”). Just kidding about the last one…
Regardless of all the last minute stresses, I am crazy excited to head to Ukraine with such a fabulous set of students! And just how fabulous are we? You can judge for yourselves! Feel free to check out a mini profile of all (well not all, but most) participants taking part in this Kiev trip! To save you from the future awkwardness of not knowing someone’s name, below please find a picture of each participant and what he or she is most looking forward to during this trip. Also, if you’re looking to make small talk as we’re flying 4,500 miles to our destination, there is one thing we all share in common: a love for Disney! So what are you most looking forward to in Kiev? And what Disney character would you be?? Check out what we have to say!
I am looking forward to practicing my (very limited) Russian and doing important service work alongside our very talented student participants!
Disney character: Flounder, from the Little Mermaid
I am most looking forward to singing Katy Perry with Ukrainian Polka bands. This should be a unique cultural experience and one that will undoubtedly enhance the trip.
Disney character: I would be the monkey from jungle book
I’m excited to learn a lot about a new community, and to travel with people I know in order to help people I don’t.
Disney character: I’ve always loved Dick Van Dyke’s character, Bert, in Mary Poppins…he’s always having fun and he has such a positive attitude.
I am most looking forward to speaking with and helping residents of the former Soviet Union, and getting a sense what life is like for them.
Disney character: Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast
I’m (not most, but really) looking forward to learning about Ukrainian culture, especially their arts and food.
Disney character: Miss Bianca from Rescuers Down Under because of her fabulous style and grace.
I can’t wait to experience what Jewish life in Kiev is like and meet the people living there and get to know them better. I’m also really excited to learn about Kiev before the war and what the Jewish community was like.
Disney character: I would be Pocahontas, because I have always wanted to stand on a cliff and have my hair blow in the wind and to have a grandmother willow.
I’m most excited to learn about the history of the Jewish community of Ukraine.
Disney character: I would be Pocahontas, because I can paint with all the colors of the wind.
I’m most looking forward to coming into contact with a new Jewish community and helping out where I can.
Disney character: I would be Simba from The Lion King.
I am really looking forward to spending time with some great people in a place that I’ve never been before, while doing some good for the world. (is that too short / nondescript?)
Disney character: I kind of wish I could be Mary Poppins. I’m not really able to articulate why at the moment though.
On our trip to Ukraine, I am most looking forward to working with our Ukrainian peers at the Hillel there and finding out about how Judaism plays a role in their life.
Disney character: I would probably be Sebastian from The Little Mermaid
I’m looking forward to connecting with both generations of Jews in Ukraine — old and new.
Disney character: I’d be Tinkerbell. I’ve ingested so much Red Bull, I actually have wings.
I’m most looking forward to working with such an amazing group of individuals. Everyone has something unique to contribute and many have continued to inspire me throughout my time at NYU.
Disney character: Donald Fauntleroy Duck
I’m most excited to learn about Eastern European Jewry and spend time with some awesome people.
Disney character: I love the little dragon-ey dude from Mulan!
See you all Sunday!
Till then, enjoy some Ukraine-inspired tunes:
Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple
The Beatles – Back in the U.S.S.R.