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My name is Paden.  I am originally from the small town of Afton, Minnesota. In 2012 I graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA and a year later I came to Moldova.  I have studied and lived away from home before, a few times, in Korea, China, Ireland, Costa Rica and Washington, DC but never for such an extended period of time.


This is the fifth 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.

Well my name is Adam and I am originally from New York. I studied International Business at Liberty University and I love trying new things, meeting new people, learning about different things and experiencing life in unexpected ways. I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Drochia, 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. 

In Moldova, my volunteer work includes being a health education teacher in a small village. While being a teacher takes up most of my time, when I’m not at school, I am with my wonderful host family. One of my favorite things about being a Peace Corps volunteer is the cultural experience of living and doing as the Moldovans do. On the last day of school after my first year of teaching, my host mom decided we’d make the material to put in a ceiling.


My Turning Point


Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is more than just going off for two years to some remote country no one can find on a map.  Those who commit themselves to Peace Corps forfeit friendships; risk their personal well-being; and lose their familiarity with American culture.  Thanks to these sacrifices, volunteers naturally acquire a desire to justify their reason for joining Peace Corps.  As a volunteer serving in the Republic of Moldova, I define success as being able to look back on the two years I spent here and seeing that I had produced some small positive change to a country that has become my second home.

Running in Moldova means running with one headphone out so you can hear cars approach from far enough away to jump out of the street as they zip by — you’d better be listening because they sure don’t seem to be watching. (Pedestrians don’t have the right of way here.)

Today marks the first day of Peace Corps Volunteers from the 28th group in Moldova (M28) beginning to Close their Service in Moldova. Here in Moldova this means they've completed their 26 months of service successfully, and that they are ending their service as Peace Corps Volunteers in Moldova. 


“Perfectly level flying is the supreme challenge of the scale model pilot.” -Milhouse Van Houten

Oleg sits at his cluttered desk tracing rudder patterns onto a large sheet of graph lined butcher paper. Outside the snow is fresh and refracts weak winter light through the century old windows and onto hundreds of model airplanes hanging from the ceiling. Oleg’s partner, Victor is arranging meter lengths of styrofoam next to light-weight wood frames and aluminum motor mounts, which, after assembly, Oleg and Victor will sell to the Italian hobby market. “We are like Ford. You know the first Ford car?” He points to Oleg and back at himself and makes a cranking motion, “Conveyer belt.”

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.