Around my 1 month anniversary in the village, my host family and I celebrated with a BBQ. They barbecued turkey and pork. We had a salad of cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers along with side dishes of cheese, bread and plums. We also drank from my host family’s son’s new batch of sauvignon blanc. Succes! … More “One month on site” BBQ Celebration
My primary partner in my village is Lilianei Malancea and I am working with her organization “Centrul Comunitar „Unitate” . For the Peace Corps COD (Community Organizational Development) program, the primary partner is the organization that applied for the volunteer to be stationed in the village or town. The organization is required to identify a … More My primary partner organization and the start of my projects
To celebrate the first day of school, I was invited to an afternoon picnic by my work partner, Lily. We went to her mother’s house and we made soup by the river. It was a beautiful day to spend outside with her family including her mother, her husband, her children, her niece and her nephew. … More Soup by the River
One morning in September, I followed the motorblock on my bike to one my host family’s fields a morning to help pick corn. Villagers have very large gardens and their animals at home and then their larger plots of land surround the village. My host family grows corn, squash and some sort of grain/grass on … More The Bounty of Fall- Corn Harvesting
Friday September 1st was First Bell in Moldova. First Bell is a morning celebration that started with the new first graders being welcomed to the school by their new schoolmates; followed by songs, poems and short speeches by students, teachers and the director of the school. The students present flowers to their teachers and offer up … More First Bell
A walk in the woods and the marshes that are in my new backyard with two of my new local guides. And of course there were frogs, mushrooms, and snakes to be found and inspected as we wandered by the Nistru.
Most Moldovan homes have a fence that surrounds the house. When you visit a friend or family member, you knock on the gate and call to the person. If you don’t hear from the person, you enter into the yard and call again. You need to make sure to know the family dog as he … More The Colors of Moldova- Front Gates
As you walk along any street in a Moldovan village, you will spot tables and/or benches near the gate entrances to the front yards of people’s homes. Particularly on Sundays, you will find people sitting on the benches, chatting with their neighbors or in the evenings during “plimbare”, the more elderly will sit and talk … More Village Meeting Spots- Benches and Tables
My new home for the next two years. I now live with 2 cows, 1 pig, 3 dogs, 2 cats and “yet to be known by me” quantities of rabbits, chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys. My host mom/sister (we are calling each other “sister” as she is just a few years older than me.) makes … More My Permanent Site in Moldova
Made it through PST (Pre-Service Training). We completed our final PST projects, had our final readiness to serve interviews and I passed my language exam. Our language professors worked magic on us and everyone in our group easily passed our language exam. On our last day of class, our language professors gave us chocolates with … More Swearing In- The Big Day!