Moldova

Stories from Moldova

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Moldova.

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Addressing community needs by building on community strengths leads to long last results – even years later!

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On June 24, Peace Corps held a ceremony to honor the 2021 recipient of the Peace Corps’ Lillian Carter Award and countless distinguished Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Peace Corps gave me a way to embrace a new purpose after I retired in 2010.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Older American man celebrates birthday with Moldovan grandmother and wife

If I’d celebrated my 65th birthday like many Americans, I might have gone to a fancy restaurant with friends and family.

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I have made it through my first holiday season in Moldova!

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Before arriving in Moldova, I had a romanticized idea of what it meant to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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I asked some of my fellow volunteers what they are thankful for.

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I was born in Manila, Philippines, and my family immigrated to California when I was 11.

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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?

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When I accepted my invitation to serve and began preparing to come to Moldova, one of my biggest questions was of course: what am I going to be eating every day?

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We each have a unique opportunity to bring hope every day to someone.

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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.

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“Do you have cheerleaders, like in the movies? Can you show us a cheer?”

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May is nationally recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month.

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