Growing up in Colorado, I often found myself outside on crisp clear winter nights, watching the stars drift by and remembering a time when explorers used the patterns written in the stars to navigate home after a long journey.
In July 2020, I had the honor to deliver a training within the virtual Youth Empowerment Summer (YES) Program organized for over 50 amazing children from all over the country by Peace Corps Moldova and USAID Moldova.
This is a part of a series of Q&As with returned Peace Corps Volunteers who identify as first-generation college students and/or new Americans. Learn how they navigated the challenges of the decision-making process and service abroad!
What if we taught children with disabilities in Moldova how to be young entrepreneurs? We could teach them skills that would allow them to be financially independent or, at the very least, ease the burden of home-care on their families. But how?
When I came to Moldova I made a list of all the things I wanted to experience and learn. Things like: make mamaliga and eat it with my hands, visit the monastery at Orhei Vechi and the Soroca fortress, and learn embroidery.