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

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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?


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?”


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

Red dyed eggs for Easter

Please don’t make me wear my big puffy jacket one more time!”

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When I first started my Peace Corps Moldova journey back in June 2017, one thing I kept hearing was that you will have many difficult days, many great days, and few days where you feel truly successful.

Now I can safely say, I feel truly successful.

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Sometimes Peace Corps Volunteers touch lives in unexpected places, such as on a dance floor or a basketball court.

Alicia Nyein PCV Moldova

As a first-generation immigrant to the United States, I have experienced the challenges of integrating into a new culture as well as the benefits of community development.


I’ve been at my site for a little over one year and some of my dearest friends here are the three ladies at the store where I do my shopping. 


Peace Corps’ Health Education program began in Moldova in 1997; before then, health education had not been taught in Moldovan schools.

Teaching English in Moldova

English Education was the first Peace Corps program in Moldova in 1993 and has continued strong ever since.

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More than 1,500 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Moldova since 1993.


When people hear the word “sustainability,” it typically conjures up images of farm-to-table restaurants that serve organic food grown by local farmers.

Mentoring Youth at risk

When Alex joined our project, he was 16, out of school and always goofing around. He and his friend Mihai had broken into houses and gotten in trouble with the police. Their lives were heading in a bad direction.

Soccer in Moldova

 “Volunteer integration” with a community can take place in numerous ways, from sharing food at a table to saying hello to new people or partaking in a new holiday or tradition with host country nationals.