COD Projects: Interviews and Surveys

During COD (Community Organizational Development) training, we are asked to complete several group community projects. Our second project included interviewing, in Romanian, our Mayor and the local librarian to find out more about the town. We discussed how many people lived in the town, what were the main projects that the Mayor’s office was working on, … More COD Projects: Interviews and Surveys

Learning about permanent site placement and my primary partner organization

During week 4 of our training, we had a day filled with much excitement and a little nervousness as we found out the location of our permanent sites.  I had been wondering how they would share with us about our permanent site placement as it would include not only where we would live but also … More Learning about permanent site placement and my primary partner organization

Cultural Trip: Moldovan Monasteries

During our training, we were brought on a culture trip to visit three of the monasteries close to Chisinau: Mănăstirea Suruceni or Sfăntul Gheoghe Monastery, Suruceni Mănăstirea Condrita or Sfăntul Nicolae Monastery, Condrița Căpriana Monastery, Căpriana The predominant religion in Moldova is Christian Orthodox and the establishment of the first Christian communities in the area date … More Cultural Trip: Moldovan Monasteries

Visiting Libraries

In June, I went along with a small group of other COD volunteers to a nearby town to visit a current COD volunteer. We stopped in at the library, the culture center, a very modern childeren’s learning center and a gym. The volunteer and her community partners have done an amazing job empowering youth to … More Visiting Libraries

Moldovan Food: Plăcintă, Pârjoale and Soups

I’ve been enjoying learning about all the different traditional dishes that are cooked in Moldova. My host mom made more Plăcintă, this time in a roll. She also served a meal made with other typical dishes including: Pârjoale- ground meat fried in patties. Salată castraveti- a salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and parsley. Brânză- home … More Moldovan Food: Plăcintă, Pârjoale and Soups

What will I work on: Peace Corps Partner Organization Selection

A Community Organization Development (COD) volunteer is partnered with an individual from the primary organization that applied to be a partner with Peace Corps.  The organization agreed to have a staff member partner with the volunteer on a project and help the volunteer integrate into the community. The volunteers are matched with these organizations based … More What will I work on: Peace Corps Partner Organization Selection