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This is the third in series of interviews, all about Volunteering being a two way street. V - squared stands for volunteers creating volunteers, as Peace Corps Volunteers our goal is not simply to encourage volunteering in America, but also in the countries in which we serve. 

This is the second in series of interviews, all about Volunteering being a two way street. V - squared stands for volunteers creating volunteers, as Peace Corps Volunteers our goal is not simply to encourage volunteering in America, but also in the countries in which we serve. 

This is the first in series of interviews, all about Volunteering being a two way street. V - squared stands for volunteers creating volunteers, as Peace Corps Volunteers our goal is not simply to encourage volunteering in America, but also in the countries in which we serve. 

Below is the first of this series, from a youth from Balti, Moldova. Dana; 19 years old; Moldova; Graduated from High School “G.Cosbuc”Currently Student at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece (Bachelor of Arts in International Relations).

Host Families fall under the category of things I had completely wrong about the Peace Corps.

Myself and many others envisioned living arrangements and accommodations in Peace Corps to be something along the lines of circular huts, daily battles with massive insects, and solitary living. When I learned that Peace Corps Moldova requires us to live with a host family during Pre-Service Training and a different host family for at least the first three months at our permanent sites, my immediate reaction was, ‘Well fine. I can suck it up for 6 months, then I am striking out on my own!’

In 2014 a team of Peace Corps Volunteers and local Moldovan friends decided to participate in the International Justice Mission's December campaign to raise money for human trafficking prevention and victims. 

When I first arrived in Balti for my site visit, I was met at the bus station by one of my future co-workers and an alumni of the FLEX program, who happened to be a volunteer at a partner NGO of my organization's. This girl, Catia, did not stop talking, in rapid fire english from about the moment I met her, until she eventually left my host family's home, much later that night. 

… or realities of riding a Rutiera in Moldova.

What is a rutiera?

Rutiera or mini-buses, are buses that seat between 16 and 20 people and are one of the primary ways to get around Moldova, within and between cities, villages, towns, ect. Often a rutiera may be your only way to get between places, but sometimes there may also be a bus or a train.

Catedrala Mitropolitana Nasterea Domnului (Nativity Cathedral) is pretty good as churches go. Pretty good, not great. It’s got all the walls and crosses you’d want in a church (about four of each).

I’m traveling north, visiting a friend in a small town, Larga, that’s only reachable via two rutieras (micro-buses) a day from Balti. I was told there was a bus from a larger town about ten miles from Larga, Briceni, to Larga at 12:30. I get to the bus station in Balti around 7a and wait until around 9a before I catch a rutiera to Briceni, but I’m finally on the way and I’ve got a seat. (Until you’ve riden on a rutiera, over Moldova’s road, for two hours, standing, you don’t appreciate what a rough ride is- trust me.)

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.