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Anastasiya
Shchukina
Languages: 
English
French
Ukrainian
January, 1996
Bio: 
As a Ukrainian who was born and raised in Kenya, I could never really place where I am from. These past few years, after finishing an international Christian high school in Nairobi, I headed off to Brussels, Belgium, where I studied Medicine and French for a year, then returned home to Kenya where I continue studying and working. Currently, I am in the process of transferring from my university in Brussels, for one in Budapest, Hungary. In the meantime, I decided to take a bit of a break. I am very passionate about people and the environment. Kenya is a very beautiful country with wonderful, friendly and happy people, but it is one plagued by poverty and corruption. I grew up seeing extreme poverty behind my back yard, and that is what ultimately pushed me to study medicine. I want to help these people who have so little, yet give so much and with such joy. The world beyond Kenya's boundaries is calling me, and I am eager to open my scopes and understanding of what it is like to live in other countries around the world. I love languages and am fascinated by various cultures and peoples. My hope is that I can gain a better understanding of human beings, and at the same time leave an imprint on the lives that I touch, in a positive way.
Volunteering Experience: 
Every year, my school would organize trips to various rural areas of Kenya to help people. We would go for a week and live with these people, sing in their churches, and teach and play with their children and orphans. These yearly trips were major turning points in my life, as each time we left for the countryside, I was reminded of what the life of a poor person is like. These trips reminded me of the fact that we are all human beings, no one better or worse than the other, and the only thing that separates me from them, is luck. I was very lucky to have wonderful friends and a loving family, and I consider myself to be especially lucky because I was exposed to the injustices of this world at an early age. These experiences truly carved me into who I became as a person, and allowed me to create my own philosophy and outlook on life. I believe in the saying that the meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life is to give it away. That is what I'm hoping to do while I volunteer, and what I hope to apply in my actions for the rest of my life.
Education: 
Finished high school and first year of university
Occupation: 
Student
Other Skills: 
Leadership and teamwork
Speak 5 languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian, French, Kiswahili
Knowledge in the Sciences, literature and history
Willingness to work and am very friendly
Anastasiya Shchukina
Nairobi
Kenya
Languages:
English, French, Ukrainian
January, 1996
Description
As a Ukrainian who was born and raised in Kenya, I could never really place where I am from. These past few years, after finishing an international Christian high school in Nairobi, I headed off to Brussels, Belgium, where I studied Medicine and French for a year, then returned home to Kenya where I continue studying and working.

Currently, I am in the process of transferring from my university in Brussels, for one in Budapest, Hungary. In the meantime, I decided to take a bit of a break.
I am very passionate about people and the environment. Kenya is a very beautiful country with wonderful, friendly and happy people, but it is one plagued by poverty and corruption. I grew up seeing extreme poverty behind my back yard, and that is what ultimately pushed me to study medicine. I want to help these people who have so little, yet give so much and with such joy.

The world beyond Kenya's boundaries is calling me, and I am eager to open my scopes and understanding of what it is like to live in other countries around the world. I love languages and am fascinated by various cultures and peoples. My hope is that I can gain a better understanding of human beings, and at the same time leave an imprint on the lives that I touch, in a positive way.
Volunteering Experience
Every year, my school would organize trips to various rural areas of Kenya to help people. We would go for a week and live with these people, sing in their churches, and teach and play with their children and orphans.
These yearly trips were major turning points in my life, as each time we left for the countryside, I was reminded of what the life of a poor person is like. These trips reminded me of the fact that we are all human beings, no one better or worse than the other, and the only thing that separates me from them, is luck.

I was very lucky to have wonderful friends and a loving family, and I consider myself to be especially lucky because I was exposed to the injustices of this world at an early age. These experiences truly carved me into who I became as a person, and allowed me to create my own philosophy and outlook on life.

I believe in the saying that the meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life is to give it away.
That is what I'm hoping to do while I volunteer, and what I hope to apply in my actions for the rest of my life.
Education
Finished high school and first year of university
Occupation
Student
Other Skills
Leadership and teamwork, Speak 5 languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian, French, Kiswahili, Knowledge in the Sciences, literature and history, Willingness to work and am very friendly
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