I came across this bridge that had locks in formed into the shape of a heart. I learned from the locals that when you fall in love you take your significant other to the bridge lock on a new lock and then throw the key into the river to signify never ending peace and love.

Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Tondraya Burton, Ukraine

I came across this bridge that had locks in formed into the shape of a heart. I learned from the locals that when you fall in love you take your significant other to the bridge lock on a new lock and then throw the key into the river to signify never ending peace and love.

Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Tondraya Burton, Ukraine

Peace Corps love Valentine's Day locks heart hearts Ukraine culture traditions

According to various traditions throughout the world, “wish trees” posses spiritual power to which offerings are made. At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Peace Corps offered attendees the opportunity to attach messages to a wish tree to honor the memory of Peace Corps friends lost or to offer good will to Peace Corps Volunteers and partners around the world.

According to various traditions throughout the world, “wish trees” posses spiritual power to which offerings are made. At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Peace Corps offered attendees the opportunity to attach messages to a wish tree to honor the memory of Peace Corps friends lost or to offer good will to Peace Corps Volunteers and partners around the world.

Peace Corps Smithsonian Folklife Festival wish tree traditions