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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.

In the grand scheme of things, I have sort of been a nomad all of my life. I grew up in the small town of Viroqua, Wisconsin and consider it my hometown, yet I’ve lived in multiple places (cities, states and even another country prior to Moldova), went to multiple schools in my childhood, and met a multitude of people. No matter what, though, I am a Wisconsin girl at heart. Moldova is surprisingly similar to Wisconsin in scenery, climate and in some ways even lifestyle. I have to admit, this does make me miss home more often than not. Currently, I live and work in a town called Orhei, which is about an hour north of the country’s capital, Chisinau. I am a Community and Organizational Development volunteer working with a local youth center.

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.

Arriving in Nisporeni, I did not know where my service would lead me. I envisioned myself surrounded by children and making a difference in my community. It has been my goal to learn the native language, understand the culture and celebrate Moldovan traditions. It has also been my goal to represent America and share our traditions with my new found Moldovan family and fellow volunteers.

This video was submitted for consideration in the 2015 Peace Corps Week Video Contest, ‘Host Country Heroes.’ This contest encourages currently serving and returned Peace Corps Volunteers to help Americans better understand the people in their host countries through engaging videos.

“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.”

Valea Morilor is one of my favorite places in Chisinau. I love strolling along the long lakeside walks, through forest paths, and up the steep stone steps. I even like the hard sand beach and weird frog smell. It’s a break from the city right in the middle of the city. But if City Hall got its way three years ago, none of this would exist.

… 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.

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.