Fox Valley Man Recalls His Time Teaching in Ukraine - WBAY

Fox Valley Man Recalls His Time Teaching in Ukraine

Grand Chute -

Dave Demro watches the images coming out of Ukraine, sometimes in disbelief.

The Grand Chute man spent six months in 2008 teaching English at the Ukrainian Institute of Arts and Sciences the capital city of Kiev.

"It seems like just yesterday that I was standing there," Demro said looking at pictures. "And now I see the ground is just black, black, black."

Demro taught 46 college-age students and lived with a host family.

"The injustice that you see everywhere," he recalls. "Everything you want done requires a bribe, whether it's from getting your telephone hooked up to having your car fixed, everything requires bribery. The country's just filled with corruption. Everywhere you look, corruption in the government, corruption all the way down to your local.."

Demro said what he remembers is the people's desire for freedom.

"These people are no different than we were in 1776," he said. "These are people fighting for their freedoms, and until you've really lived in an area where everything is controlled and your freedoms are taken away, and you're being told what to do every step of the way, only then do you realize how fortunate you are to have your freedom."

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