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The geographical middle point of Europe and its largest country, Ukraine remains a mystery to the outside world. It's a young nation searching for its identity, and yet the various puzzle pieces that make Ukraine what it is today have a long history and include unique traditions and culture. For centuries the country has been at the crossroads of different cultures, each of which left its distinct mark on Ukrainian history and its people's mentality. In June of 2017 a visa-free program with the EU was introduced, paving the way for Ukraine to become a new EU member in the foreseeable future. Today the overwhelming majority of Ukrainians continue to strive for an independent and democratic society in which the Ukrainian identity can become more defined and protected. 

Cultural Detective Ukraine will help you understand Ukrainian friends and colleagues better so that you will have more productive and enjoyable relationships, and so that you can make the most of your work and travel to Ukraine.

Cultural Detective Ukraine contains the following stories and critical incidents:

  • Center for Alternative Oriental Medicine:

    A Chinese graduate of the medical university in Kyiv hires his university friend to help him start an oriental medicine center.

  • Chicken Kiev:

    A Dutchman buys a farm in Central Ukraine and hires a well-recommended Ukrainian woman to manage it.

  • Days of French Culture:

    The head of the French cultural center in Kyiv hires a local event management agency to organize a festival.

  • Heritage Trip:

    A US American of Ukrainian heritage travels to Odessa to spend a year with his cousins to get to know his roots.

  • Hiring Employees:

    A young German professional is sent to Ukraine to manage sales and distribution there.

  • House Project in Western Ukraine:

    Experienced Canadian volunteers arrive in rural Ukraine to help build a home for a family in need.

Cultural Detective Ukraine was authored by Olga Collin, Elena Shliakhovchuk and Dianne Hofner Saphiere.