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June 10, 2009

Prolouge - A new adventure begins

Off to Philadelphia for Staging...One long afternoon of registration where we officially became Peace Corp Trainees. June 10th is now here and I am sitting at JFK airport with my PC peers waiting for 4:30 pm to board our flight. We are a group of 65 from different walks of life, different age groups all super excited to get to Moldova and start training.

Training will be for six weeks and will be very hectic. We hit the ground running when we get to Chisinau with long days and lots and lots of information. It will be great though and we are all up for the task at hand.

So... off we go. Next post will be from Moldova.

August 8, 2009

It's Official

Today I was officially sworn in by our CD as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The first phase of Training is over and now it is time to get to work. I also got the results of my first official Language Proficiency Exam and I scored a whopping Intermediate High. Intermediate Mid is the required level so I am pretty darned proud of myself. Eu pot sa vorbesc limba romana - I can speak Romanian.

I also moved to my host community that I will be working in for the next two years and it is awesome. My host family is great though it was sad leaving my host family in my training village. Moldovans are kind, hospitable people and I feel the love here as I did in my other village.

On Friday we had our farewell party and my group got dressed up in Moldovan national costumes and danced Moldovan dances and sang Moldovan songs in Romanian. It was so great. I even sang a duet with a fellow trainee, in Romanian! It was awesome. Imi place Moldova!!! I love Moldova.

This journey has been great so far and I look forward to all the wonderful experiences I will have here. I will share each and everyone of them with you all.

Once again thanks for all your prayers and well wishes.

November 2, 2009

Pre-Service Training (PST) is finally over!!

Over the last two weeks we M24 Community and Organizational Development (COD) and Agri-Business (AGs) volunteers were back in our training villages for Phase III of PST. It ended last Friday with an informal dinner at a nice Italian restaurant in Chisnau with a visit from the US Ambassador to Moldova and a champagne toast. We are officially, officially volunteers!!!

Training was great, it was also very good to see all my program colleagues and the AGs as well. We always have fun when we get together. It was even greater for me since I was with the family that I consider to be my family here in Moldova. I was super spoilt for the last two weeks and miss them like crazy already! I absolutely love them all, each member, and will be visiting even when I am done with my assignment here in Moldova. They feel so honored to have hosted an American in their home and are genuinely very good people to the core.

Another milestone that we are approaching is our three month mark!!! November 8th to be exact! This may not seem like a big deal but it really is. PC has a policy that volunteers are to remain at site during the first three months of service. This is meant to help us with our integration into our new communities and to bond with new host family. Now that our three months are up we are free to leave our communities without asking permission; to sleep away from site and.... to leave the country on vacation. We are now free to move about the country and the world!!!! So, of course being a traveler, I will definitely be booking planes, trains and automobiles every opportunity I get, starting with a day trip to Romania in the very near future. Stay tuned!!!

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to My Take on all Things Moldovan: A Peace Corps Volunteer's Adventures While Living and Volunteering in Moldova in the Training category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Things I like about Moldova is the previous category.

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