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From Ukraine to UK – Iryna’s story

Chris June 16, 2024


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I am joined by Iryna Hordiienko, a Ukrainian immigrant, who shares her story of growing up in poverty and facing abuse in her family. She left Ukraine to escape the war and came to the UK in search of a better life. Iryna discusses the challenges she faced in getting to the UK and the anxiety she still feels about the war in her home country. Despite her difficult past, Iryna is determined to make the most of her new life and strives to make every moment count. Iryna shares her experiences of living in the UK and the challenges she faced in Ukraine. She discusses the differences in mentality between British and Ukrainian people, including politeness and the pace of life. Iryna also talks about her love for traveling and the difficulties of affording travel within the UK. She describes herself as motivated, driven, and sometimes naive. Iryna offers advice to Ukrainians who are settling in the UK, emphasizing the importance of learning English and not giving up.


Takeaways
Growing up in poverty and facing abuse in her family, Iryna Hordiienko left Ukraine to escape the war and came to the UK in search of a better life.
The journey to the UK was challenging, but Iryna was determined to leave her past behind and make a fresh start.
Iryna still feels anxiety about the war in Ukraine and has nightmares about it, but she appreciates the safety and opportunities she has in the UK.
Despite her difficult past, Iryna is determined to make the most of her new life and strives to make every moment count. Living in the UK has been a positive experience for Iryna, who has found kind and helpful people.
The differences in mentality between British and Ukrainian people can be challenging, such as excessive politeness and a slower pace of life.
Iryna enjoys traveling and believes it is important to prioritize experiences over material possessions.
Learning English is crucial for a successful life in the UK, and Iryna encourages Ukrainians not to give up and to embrace the opportunities available.
Chapters
00:00 Introduction: Irina’s Background and Journey
02:53 Childhood Struggles: Poverty, Bullying, and Violence
07:20 Comparing Ukraine and the UK: Perspectives on Living Conditions
11:34 Journey to the UK: Overcoming Language Barriers and Fear
22:27 Navigating the Challenges of Moving to a New Country
25:11 Cultural Differences: Politeness and Pace of Life
26:55 Adapting to the UK Mentality
28:18 Money Worries and Financial Struggles
34:31 Personal Growth and Positive Changes
35:43 Overcoming Bullying and Negative Experiences
38:47 Living in the Moment and Embracing the Future
41:13 Welcoming Immigrants and Embracing Diversity

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