This year is the 25th anniversary of Peace Corps in Moldova. Peace Corps began in Moldova in 1993, just 2 years after Moldova gained its independence. Since them over 1,500 volunteers have served here, working with 852 schools and other local organizations. Some statistics of the impact Peace Corps has had (source):
Yesterday, Peace Corps Moldova celebrated together with Peace Corps volunteers, staff, host families, and local partners in the capital. There was a nice ceremony, which included some short speeches by Jody Olsen (Peace Corps director), Tracey Hebert-Seck (Moldova Country director), and James Pettit (US Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova). A number of videos were shared with greetings from partners across Moldova, some volunteers shared their stories, and even stories from some Moldovans whose lives have been touched by Peace Corps Volunteers. A documentary, created over the past couple months and featuring a few Peace Corps Moldova volunteers as they go about their days, was shown (you can find that here). The finale was a dance performance with a group of Moldovan women and girls performing an African dance, which has been one of the projects of my fellow volunteer Anne.
After, there was a reception with delicious food and cake. I was glad my two teaching partners, school director, and my site mate Amir’s two teaching partners were all able to join us for this special day!
As I’ve mentioned, I’m sharing a photo and a look back on my favorite memories in moments in Moldova for each of my last 100 days here. I’m counting down, so here are days 45-41. See all of my “Last 100 Days” posts here.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m sharing a photo and a look back on my favorite memories in moments in Moldova for each of my last 100 days here. I’m counting down, so here are days 50-46. See all of my “Last 100 Days” posts here.
In Romanian, masă means a number of things. It can be used to say “table”, “meal” or even sometimes what we would consider a “party” (of the dinner party sense). It’s a word we hear every day as volunteers and it is a time of not just eating, but also of gathering with friends and family.
One of the highlights of my service in Moldova has been working with a group of my 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students at English Club for the past two years. Today was our last English Club meeting. To thank them for 2 wonderful years, my site mate Amir and I decided to surprise them with an “American masă”.
We made some of our favorite foods and also served iced tea and fruit punch. It was a lot of work (several days of baking and cooking), but in the end it was a huge success! Our menu consisted of deviled eggs, cornbread, banana bread, cinnamon rolls, mac and cheese, tacos, and chocolate chip cookie bars. After everyone had eaten and tried all of the foods, we asked them which of the foods were their favorites. The overwhelming majority voted the tacos as their number one favorite, closely followed by the chocolate chip cookie bars!
Since this was also our last meeting, I said a short speech thanking them for coming to English Club, for being interested in learning English, and for helping make my two years here in Moldova so wonderful. They, in turn, thanked me for coming here and teaching and working with them both during lessons and at English Club. I somehow managed to keep back the tears- but was also very touched by their words. I will miss these kids so much when I leave, but I’m very glad for the time we’ve spent learning, working, and spending time together!
As I’ve mentioned, I’m sharing a photo and a look back on my favorite memories in moments in Moldova for each of my last 100 days here. I’m counting down, so here are days 55-51. See all of my “Last 100 Days” posts here.