Happiness is international: Peace Corps Week in Moldova

Happiness is international: Peace Corps Week in Moldova
By Rebecca Lehman and Chris Flowers
March 14, 2016

The Peace Corps turned 55 years old this year!

We were very excited to mark this in our community in Moldova through Peace Corps Week, which is celebrated internationally February 28 through March 5. Our local celebrations gave us the opportunity to connect with our community in new ways while also highlighting the mission and goals of the Peace Corps. Connecting with Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools opportunities helped us and our colleagues participate in the international celebration while teaching about Moldova and its culture.

We are immensely grateful to all our community members and fellow volunteers who made this week happen! We are particularly grateful to our local library who hosted all the events.

Sunday 28 February

Jenny Sayles traveled in to present her films about happiness in Moldova. She spoke about her experiences before and in Moldova as well as the filmmaking process.

Volunteer Jenny Sayles shared her film about happiness in Moldova.
Volunteer Jenny Sayles shared her film about happiness in Moldova.

Monday 29 February

Monday afternoon, we hosted an English hour at the library where we screened videos from the Peace Corps Week video contest on Highlighting Happiness. We had a great mix of students from primary school through high school who learned about Peace Corps countries and talked about happiness.

English hour at the library
English hour at the library

Chris and our Romanian language teacher Mrs. Zinaida Rusnac participated in the Peace Corps Office of the Third Goal webinar on Celebrations.

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Tuesday 1 March

Rebecca and her health education partner, Mrs. Olga Rotari, and their 5th grade student Ilana V. participated in the Peace Corps Office of the Third Goal webinar Joy of Learning. 

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Wednesday 2 March

In the afternoon, we hosted a Creative Hour at the library inviting community members to participate in Peace Corps’ third goal: Helping Americans learn about other countries and cultures. They were asked to draw or write about something they’d like Americans to know about Moldova.

During PC Week 2016, we hosted a Creative Hour at the library, inviting community members to participate in Peace Corps’ third goal: Helping Americans learn about other countries and cultures. They were asked to draw or write about something they’d like Americans to know about Moldova.
Creative Hour at the library

Wednesday evening, Chris and our host mother, who is also Chris’ colleague, participated in the Peace Corps Office of the Third Goal webinar Joy of Cooking.

Friday 4 March

Kaya Koban, Megan Atencio, and Israel Collier traveled to our town to present about their lives in America and their experiences in Moldova as Volunteers. We had a lovely conversation about food, culture, holidays, and family with our library community.

Many thanks again to all who helped make this week possible! We greatly enjoyed sharing about Peace Corps’ mission and goals as well as work in our country and the world.

Rebecca Lehman and Chris Flowers

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