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Free trip to Ukraine as elections observer

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Free trip to Ukraine as elections observer

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April 28, 2014
Must have valid Canadian passport. Must be fluent in Ukrainian or Russian and have previous election experience.

Note - a former co-worker did this years ago. He said it was an eye opening experience. He had relatives in the area so that made it even better for him. Still expect work, it isn't an easy gig and could even be dangerous depending on where you're situated.

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Looks very cool

Wish I had the time and language to do that
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the way things are looking over there, i'd be more concerned about knowing Russian than Ukrainian. seriously though, good opportunity for people who like to travel and see different cultures, etc.
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It doesn't say the language requirements are a must, just 'ideal.' I might give it a shot

It says: "Candidates can only apply to be either a Long-Term Observer (at least 8 weeks) or a Short-Term Observer"

Would applying to be a Long-Term observer increase my chances?
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kind of a volatile environment to go isn't it?
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DaveCCC wrote:
Apr 26th, 2014 5:22 pm
It doesn't say the language requirements are a must, just 'ideal.' I might give it a shot

It says: "Candidates can only apply to be either a Long-Term Observer (at least 8 weeks) or a Short-Term Observer"

Would applying to be a Long-Term observer increase my chances?
It says "competency" though.
In short, unless you can speak it (or have worked for an NGO like the UN), your chances are next to nil.

I would try for it if could.
"Boss, I need 8 weeks off..." lol
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Putin's gonna rip you a new a-hole. Don't go you guys. :o
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About the language requirements, for the short-term job, all it says is:

"Proficiency in Ukrainian and/or Russian is an asset."
"The ideal candidate would have previous domestic or international electoral experience, in-Ukraine/regional work experience. Some conversational knowledge of Ukrainian/Russian is desirable."

So it would depend on how many applicants with language skills they can get considering they're asking for 300 volunteers. Plus the news stories there might scare away alot of potential applicants.


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There's a REAL possibility you'll be coming back to Canada in a coffin. Good luck with your "free" trip.
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*fine print: must subscribe to certain political views to be eligible
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I'll admit there is definitely some risk involved but I balance that with a very unique opportunity being offered. i'm applying today (the deadline). I don't speak Russian or Ukrainian but I have quite a bit of relevant experience. Wish me luck :)

Dang - my passport expires in June. I hope others were able to apply.
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KOI423b wrote:
Apr 27th, 2014 10:20 pm
There's a REAL possibility you'll be coming back to Canada in a coffin. Good luck with your "free" trip.
Yeah, but it would be a flag-draped coffin :)
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