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Hi! My name is Leah and I grew up in Fairfax, Va. I graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2011. After graduation I worked in Washington, DC and until June of 2013, I had never spent more than two consecutive weeks outside of Virginia. Now, I have been living in Moldova for over a year – a country I had never heard of before my Peace Corps nomination arrived.

How did you end up here? In this moment, in this time, in this place?

My second semester of MBA, I had shingles and was in isolation for 2 weeks. During isolation, I had too much time to think about life and applied for the Peace Corps.

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My name is Amanda, I am 23 with a bachelors degree in Geography. I live in a small village in south west Moldova where I teach Health Education.

How did you end up here? In this moment, in this time, in this place?


Four planes and many hours of travelling. On a serious note, I needed to make a change. When life comes easy you forget to appreciate the small things. I wanted to be reintroduced to the small things.

About a year ago, three Peace Corps Volunteers, two M29s (who were freshly arrived) Adam and Tyler and one M28, Leah, began planning for a food booth at a yearly Pumpkin Festival in Lozova. This is a booth that had been done the previous year, with great success and which raised a lot of money for an organization in Balti that provides services for people with Tuberculosis in Balti. 

Three M27 Peace Corps Volunteers, Quinn, Philip, and Patrick dressed as Moldovan grandmothers, and created their own rap. This rap is in Romanian and is about life in Moldova. In the video below they are rapping to the children of the community center in Iargara, Moldova.

Andrei is a young Moldovan man of medium height with a lean, wiry frame.  The thing you notice about him immediately is the pair of special glasses he wears containing very thick lenses, like the bottoms of soda bottles. 

Last Sunday, I set out with a few friends to find the Jewish cemetery in Balti. There is a long history of Judaism in Balti. As of the end of the 19th century, more than 10,000 jews, lived in Balti; meaning that over half the city’s total population was jewish.  Yad Vashem (the Israeli holocaust museum) has a great history of the jewish community in Balti, which can be found here and is definitely worth a read.

1. The landscape and climate. Driving across the country really is something out of a story book.

Moldova’s natural beauty is breathtaking: endless fields of sunflowers during the summer, the trees turning yellow, orange, and red in the fall, a layer of fresh snow blanketing a sleepy village during the winter, and the roses and fruit trees blossoming in the spring. In Moldova, you get to experience the beauty of all four seasons – a rarity in Peace Corps.

I have realized something really important living abroad in a country where the majority of people do not speak English (at least not well enough to communicate everything) – how essential communication is to, well everything. I understood before, during misunderstanding with friends and others, the importance of effective communication, but here I am talking about basic communication.

This is re-posted from Diez on August 14th, 2013. The original article can be viewed HERE.

Agentia guvernamentala americana Corpul Pacii in Moldova celebreaza astazi, 14 august, 20 de ani de la venirea primilor voluntari in Republica noastra.

Voluntarii americani isi fac serviciul in Moldova din 1993. Cu aceasta ocazie a fost organizat evenimentul “Storytellers”, unde au fost prezentate succesele si provocarile de care au avut parte agentia in aceasta perioada.

This is re-posted from FoxNews on November 3th, 2014. The original article can be viewed HERE.

By Tracey Brynes

The landlocked, former Soviet-bloc nation is located between Romania to its west and Ukraine to its north, east and south.

 

This is re-posted from Wall Street Journal on April 9, 2015. The original article can be viewed HERE.

A military drill in another breakaway region—this time in Moldova.