New baby birds

When I returned from Armenia in July, the sound of “peeps” was louder at my house; there were now baby ducks with white feathers and with brown feathers, geese, turkeys and chickens. The white ducks were growing the fastest. The geese got to hang out in a makeshift glass house for a week until they … More New baby birds

Unitate Summer Camp

The Unity Community Center ran a two week summer camp for 25 students and had 8 youths volunteer during the camp.  There were great activities everyday and I am really grateful that I work with some amazing women at the center. Ludmila, Liliana and Viorica are in the first photo with hand painted “Unitate” branded … More Unitate Summer Camp

Grant Writing and Creating a Better Summer Camp

In the beginning of 2018, Liliana and I started talking about what project could use additional funds to improve the already great services that the Unity Community Center provides.  We discussed the idea of improving the summer camp that the center had produced for the last two years and how that could be enhanced in … More Grant Writing and Creating a Better Summer Camp

Creating a Tech Club

There is a chart for Peace Corps service that talks about the sweet spot of the intersection of the country priorities, the local community priorities/resources and the volunteers skill set.  For me, this spot is with technology and digital communications. I love technology and thinking about the future. I follow futurist thinkers, I enjoy reading … More Creating a Tech Club

Capacity Development in a Moldovan Village

The first goal of the Peace Corps program is to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. In the COD (Community Organizational Development) sector, this means that our projects are focused on capacity building in communities; how can we support and encourage organizations and individuals to learn … More Capacity Development in a Moldovan Village

View inside the mystery building and Ziua Nistrului

As villages/towns/cities expand and contract, there is always a building or two that sits dormant for awhile.  And my village has one in the center of the village. I have asked about it and was told it was some sort of bank / accounting center during the Soviet times. Every time I saw the building, … More View inside the mystery building and Ziua Nistrului