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

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

Health Day at the school and teaching photography

At the end of May, the school had a health day that consisted of the students and teachers doing exercises together and running either around the school or the fields. The students were separated by grade with the primary grades doing races with potatoes, the older girls playing a form of catch volleyball  and the … More Health Day at the school and teaching photography

Encouraging Volunteerism in Women from the Village

In March, I attended two workshops that included women from my village and two of my partners.  It was held by Concorida, an NGO that supports the elderly and children in my village. Many of the attendees are retired teachers and staff from the mayor’s office. At the first session we discussed our values and … More Encouraging Volunteerism in Women from the Village

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

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

Hub Site Days

One day a week we travel from our village to our “Hub site” or group site. On this day we get to see the other volunteers in Heath Education and English Education.   During our sessions we review policies and safety practices, participate in discussions about diversity and gender equality as well as get medical … More Hub Site Days