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|Countryname = Moldova
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|CountryCode = md
 
|status = [[ACTIVE]]
 
|status = [[ACTIVE]]
|Flag= Flag_of_Mongolia.svg
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|Map = Md-map.gif
|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/mnwb309.pdf
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|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/mdwb261.pdf
|Region= [[Asia]]
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|Region = [[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
|CountryDirector= [[James Carl]]
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|CountryDirector = [[Jeffrey Goveia]]
|Sectors= [[Education]]<br> [[Health and HIV/AIDS]] <br> [[Youth]] <br> [[Small Business Development]]
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|Sectors =  
|ProgramDates= [[1991]] - [[Present]]
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|ProgramDates = [[1993]] - [[Present]]
|CurrentlyServing= 96
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|CurrentlyServing = 140
|TotalVolunteers= 660
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|TotalVolunteers = 834
|Languages= [[Mongolian]]
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|Languages = [[Romanian]], [[Russian]]
|Map= Mg-map.gif
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|Flag = Flag_of_Moldova.svg
|stagingdate= Jun 3 2010
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|stagingdate= Jun 8 2010
|stagingcity= San Francisco
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|stagingcity= Philadelphia
 
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The people of Mongolia are directing their own transition and advancement and consider Peace Corps' development approach—which emphasizes human capacity building—as compatible with their country's own approach to development. Volunteers provide assistance to organizations and communities whose people lack basic technical skills or knowledge to assist in the transition. The Peace Corps/Mongolia program began with an English education project in 1991 and has expanded to include Volunteers working in numerous sectors directly relevant to national development priorities. In July 2005, President Nambaryn Enkhbayar and Prime Minister Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj both expressed their desire for increased numbers of Peace Corps Volunteers in Mongolia.
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In 1993, the government of Moldova invited Peace Corps Volunteers to come to Moldova. The government representatives believed that well-developed English language skills would help Moldovans participate in the international community and global economy by helping them gain access to a wealth of information, resources, and markets. Current English education Volunteers also incorporate environmental issues into the curriculum.
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Recently, Peace Corps/Moldova added projects in organizational development, and agriculture and agrobusiness to assist the Moldovan government in addressing the country’s economic and social development needs. Peace Corps Volunteers work in 97 towns and villages throughout the country. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 Volunteers have served in Moldova.  
  
  
 
==Peace Corps History==
 
==Peace Corps History==
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Mongolia]]''
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Moldova]]''
  
The Peace Corps established its program in Mongolia at the invitation of the Mongolian government in 1991. The first three Country Directors were Chuck Howell 91-91; Jean Mead 93-95 and Mark  Alan Zober, Ph.D. 95-98.  Since then, more than 600 Volunteers have served in Mongolia, working in the fields of education, environment, health, small business development, information and communications technology (ICT) and nongovernmental organization (NGO) capacity building. All Peace Corps Volunteers in Mongolia are considered community development workers and, as such, support community service activities as well as cross-sector initiatives including youth development, gender and development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and ICT. Currently, 104 Volunteers work in provinces throughout Mongolia.
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In 1993, the government of Moldova invited Peace Corps Volunteers to come to Moldova. The Peace Corps’ first assignment was to help expand the English-teaching capacity of Moldovan educators. Government representatives believed that well-developed English language skills would help Moldovans participate in the international community and global economy by helping them gain access to a wealth of information, resources, and markets.
  
The mission of Peace Corps/Mongolia Volunteers and staff is to provide community-based development assistance that addresses needs identified by Mongolian partners, and to promote cross-cultural understanding between Americans and Mongolians. Peace Corps/Mongolia programs emphasize sustainable community development and capacity building that rely on locally available resources.
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Several years later, Peace Corps/Moldova added projects in organizational development, agriculture and agrobusiness, and health education to assist the Moldovan government in addressing the country’s economic and social development needs. Currently, Peace Corps Volunteers are working in about 100 towns and villages throughout the country. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,000 Volunteers have served in Moldova.
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle ==
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
  
''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Mongolia]]''
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''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Moldova]]''
  
During pre-service training you will live with a host family. Housing at your future assigned site is inspected and approved by Peace Corps staff before your arrival at the site, and the cost of housing is usually paid for or shared by the host organization. During your two years of service, Volunteers live in small family compounds or in separate apartments, depending on what is available at their site. Most sites are located either in a provincial town center (aimag in Mongolian) anywhere from 50 to almost 2,000 kilometers (31 to 1,240 miles) by road from the capital, or in provincial villages (soums) that are up to four hours by car from an aimag. A few Volunteers are assigned to Ulaanbaatar.
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You will live with one host family during pre-service training and with another family for the first three months at your site. During training and once you move to your site the family is selected for you. You will have your own room but are likely to share bath and toilet facilities. There is usually running water even in rural areas, however, indoor bath and toilet facilities are less common. After your first three months at your site, you will have the option of finding other housing if it is available, meets the Peace Corps’ safety requirements, and is within the Peace Corps’ housing allowance. Many Volunteers choose to live with a family throughout their two years of service and find the experience a rewarding one. Peace Corps/Moldova will inform you of the trade-offs involved in housing decisions, including matters of safety and security, but the ultimate responsibility for finding housing (if you choose to change housing) after your first three months of service will be yours.
  
Peace Corps’ minimum housing standards stipulate that housing must provide Volunteers with some private space, personal security, adequate heat and water, and, in most cases, a reliable source of electricity. It is Volunteers’ responsibility to work with staff to ensure that their housing conforms to these standards. Programming, safety and security, and medical staff visit Volunteers at their sites early in their service to reconfirm that housing is safe and secure.
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Life in Chisinau, the capital, varies considerably from life in villages, where the pace is slower, the atmosphere charmingly rustic, and the people generally more polite. But along with the great appeal of a gentler pace, villages in Moldova offer a somewhat arduous lifestyle. The primary forms of entertainment are socializing with friends and watching television. People live the life of a farm family even if they work in a profession such as teaching. Each household usually has a very large vegetable garden and all kinds of farm animals to care for. There is generally running water, outhouses are the most common toilet facilities, and bathing is usually done once a week in a bathhouse or using buckets of water in a tub. Despite this lack of amenities, however, life in a village will be rich in traditional Moldovan customs and friendships with Moldovans.
  
If you are assigned to a larger city, you may live in a one-room or two-room apartment by yourself. If you are assigned to a rural area, you might be the only non-Mongolian in town, and you may live in your own apartment in a building with other Mongolian families, in your own ger (the traditional tent used by nomads), or in a small wooden house in a compound with a Mongolian family.  
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Towns or regional centers may lack the compelling appeal of rural Moldova, but the pace is somewhat faster. There are more local resources and more forms of entertainment. Towns and regional centers also have more regular public transportation.
  
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Streets and sidewalks are muddy for a large part of the year in towns and villages alike. Heating in winter can be problematic, as many municipalities cannot afford to turn on the heat until long after the weather has turned cold, and even then heating may be minimal or nonexistent for periods of time. For this reason, host families are required to have independent heating sources. Most families in villages rely on ceramic stoves built into the walls, known as sobas, which burn wood, coal, or corncobs. In larger towns or cities, houses may have their own gas boiler.
  
 
==Training==
 
==Training==
  
''Main article: [[Training in Mongolia]]''
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''Main article: [[Training in Moldova]]''
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Pre-service training begins the day you arrive in Moldova, lasts for about 8-10 weeks, and ends when you are sworn in as a Volunteer. The days are full with plenty to accomplish, so training is nothing like summer camp.
  
The pre-service training hub site is based in a provincial town center, not in Ulaanbaatar, and lasts 11 weeks. You will stay at the provincial center with your entire training group for a few days before being separated into smaller groups by program sector (TEFL, CED, CYD or Health) and moving in with a host family located within one to two hours of the provincial center. The training group will be dispersed among a number of host communities. Married couples may be placed in separate host communities during pre-service training, but this depends on what their program sectors. This community-based approach places Volunteers in more realistic situations and begins to develop community integration skills early on.
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Peace Corps/Moldova uses a community-based training approach. Trainees live in small villages with five or six other trainees from their project area. Language classes occur daily, and afternoons are usually devoted to self-directed activities and homework assignments. Once a week, trainees in each project area meet together at a cluster site for technical sessions. Also once a week, all trainees come to a central hub for administrative, medical, and other special sessions.
  
The typical training day—running from approximately 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.—consisting of four hours of language class, followed by integrated activities and sessions on cross-cultural issues, technical skills related to your assignment, and personal health and safety. Each trainee is responsible for his or her preparation for becoming a Volunteer and is expected to take full advantage of what is offered. The Peace Corps staff strives to maintain an open and supportive learning environment and will provide objective feedback to help trainees develop behaviors that will lead to smoother cultural integration and more effective service.
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The structure of Moldova’s pre-service training requires married couples to live apart in different villages during training. While this may seem like an obstacle for some, most married couples have actually found the arrangement to be beneficial because it allows them to focus on their own training needs and to develop a degree of independence they would otherwise not experience. Couples see each other at the central hub and are free to stay together with their respective host families on weekends and other times that work with the schedule of training activities.
  
 
==Health Care and Safety==
 
==Health Care and Safety==
  
''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Mongolia]]''
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''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Moldova]]''
  
The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Mongolia maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Medical services such as testing and basic treatment are limited in Mongolia. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Moldova maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and consultations with specialists, are also available in Moldova and will be arranged by the medical officer if they become necessary. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
  
Serving as a Volunteer overseas entails certain safety and security risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment, a limited understanding of the local language and culture, and the perception of being a wealthy American are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk. Property thefts and burglaries are not uncommon. Incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur, although almost all Volunteers complete their two years of service without serious personal safety problems. In addition, more than 84 percent of Volunteers surveyed in the 2004 Peace Corps Volunteer Survey say they would join the Peace Corps again.
 
  
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==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
  
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Moldova]]''
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Mongolia]]''
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In Moldova, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Moldova.
  
In Mongolia, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Mongolia.
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Outside of Moldova’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Moldova are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
  
Outside of Mongolia’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is viewed as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Mongolia are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to differences that you present.  
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To ease the transition and adapt to life in Moldova, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.  
  
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
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|H1s=  75
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|H2r=  7
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|H2r=  44
|H2s=  88.9
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|H2s=  81.3
|H3r=  23
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|H3r=  50
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Mongolia]]''
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Moldova]]''
  
* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Mongolia?
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Moldova?
* What is the electric current?
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* What is the electric current in Moldova?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* How much money should I bring?
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* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
* What should I bring as gifts for Mongolian friends and my host family?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Moldovan friends and my host family?
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training, and how isolated will I be?
 
* How do Volunteers deal with the pressure to drink on social occasions?
 
* Are the heating systems as poor as some have said?
 
* Where will I eat during pre-service training?
 
* My friends and family keep telling me to pack toilet paper—is this necessary?
 
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home from Moldova?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
  
  
 
==Packing List==
 
==Packing List==
  
''Main article: [[Packing List for Mongolia]]''
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''Main article: [[Packing list for Moldova]]''
 
 
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Mongolia and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, remember that you have a 102-pound weight restriction on baggage.
 
  
You can find almost anything you need in Ulaanbaatar and many basics can be purchased in aimag centers (provincial capitals). Depending upon your site, you may have limited time to shop in Ulaanbaatar until your first in-service training, which is usually held in December. So think carefully about those essential winter items you will need during your first few months at your site.  
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Moldova and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Moldova.
  
 
* General Clothing
 
* General Clothing
* For Women
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* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
* For Men
 
* Shoes
 
 
* Kitchen
 
* Kitchen
* Personal Hygiene & Toiletry Items
 
 
* Miscellaneous
 
* Miscellaneous
* Work Items for Health and Community and Youth Development Volunteers
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==Peace Corps News==
 
==Peace Corps News==
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Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
 
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
  
''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22mongolia%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
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''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22moldova%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
  
<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/mg/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
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==Country Fund==
 
==Country Fund==
  
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=309-CFD Mongolia Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Mongolia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=261-CFD Moldova Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Moldova. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[List of resources for Mongolia]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Moldova]]
* [[Volunteers who served in Mongolia]]
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* [[List of resources for Moldova]]
* [[Friends of Mongolia]]
 
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/mg.html Peace Corps Journals - Mongolia]
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/md.html Peace Corps Journals - Moldova]
  
[[Category:Mongolia]] [[Category:Asia]]
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[[Category:Moldova]] [[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
 
[[Category:Country]]
 
[[Category:Country]]

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Region:

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country Director:

Jeffrey Goveia

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Program Dates:

1993 - Present

Current Volunteers:

140

Total Volunteers:

834

Languages Spoken:

Romanian, Russian

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In 1993, the government of Moldova invited Peace Corps Volunteers to come to Moldova. The government representatives believed that well-developed English language skills would help Moldovans participate in the international community and global economy by helping them gain access to a wealth of information, resources, and markets. Current English education Volunteers also incorporate environmental issues into the curriculum.

Recently, Peace Corps/Moldova added projects in organizational development, and agriculture and agrobusiness to assist the Moldovan government in addressing the country’s economic and social development needs. Peace Corps Volunteers work in 97 towns and villages throughout the country. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 Volunteers have served in Moldova.


Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Moldova

In 1993, the government of Moldova invited Peace Corps Volunteers to come to Moldova. The Peace Corps’ first assignment was to help expand the English-teaching capacity of Moldovan educators. Government representatives believed that well-developed English language skills would help Moldovans participate in the international community and global economy by helping them gain access to a wealth of information, resources, and markets.

Several years later, Peace Corps/Moldova added projects in organizational development, agriculture and agrobusiness, and health education to assist the Moldovan government in addressing the country’s economic and social development needs. Currently, Peace Corps Volunteers are working in about 100 towns and villages throughout the country. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,000 Volunteers have served in Moldova.

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Main article: Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Moldova

You will live with one host family during pre-service training and with another family for the first three months at your site. During training and once you move to your site the family is selected for you. You will have your own room but are likely to share bath and toilet facilities. There is usually running water even in rural areas, however, indoor bath and toilet facilities are less common. After your first three months at your site, you will have the option of finding other housing if it is available, meets the Peace Corps’ safety requirements, and is within the Peace Corps’ housing allowance. Many Volunteers choose to live with a family throughout their two years of service and find the experience a rewarding one. Peace Corps/Moldova will inform you of the trade-offs involved in housing decisions, including matters of safety and security, but the ultimate responsibility for finding housing (if you choose to change housing) after your first three months of service will be yours.

Life in Chisinau, the capital, varies considerably from life in villages, where the pace is slower, the atmosphere charmingly rustic, and the people generally more polite. But along with the great appeal of a gentler pace, villages in Moldova offer a somewhat arduous lifestyle. The primary forms of entertainment are socializing with friends and watching television. People live the life of a farm family even if they work in a profession such as teaching. Each household usually has a very large vegetable garden and all kinds of farm animals to care for. There is generally running water, outhouses are the most common toilet facilities, and bathing is usually done once a week in a bathhouse or using buckets of water in a tub. Despite this lack of amenities, however, life in a village will be rich in traditional Moldovan customs and friendships with Moldovans.

Towns or regional centers may lack the compelling appeal of rural Moldova, but the pace is somewhat faster. There are more local resources and more forms of entertainment. Towns and regional centers also have more regular public transportation.

Streets and sidewalks are muddy for a large part of the year in towns and villages alike. Heating in winter can be problematic, as many municipalities cannot afford to turn on the heat until long after the weather has turned cold, and even then heating may be minimal or nonexistent for periods of time. For this reason, host families are required to have independent heating sources. Most families in villages rely on ceramic stoves built into the walls, known as sobas, which burn wood, coal, or corncobs. In larger towns or cities, houses may have their own gas boiler.

Training

Main article: Training in Moldova

Pre-service training begins the day you arrive in Moldova, lasts for about 8-10 weeks, and ends when you are sworn in as a Volunteer. The days are full with plenty to accomplish, so training is nothing like summer camp.

Peace Corps/Moldova uses a community-based training approach. Trainees live in small villages with five or six other trainees from their project area. Language classes occur daily, and afternoons are usually devoted to self-directed activities and homework assignments. Once a week, trainees in each project area meet together at a cluster site for technical sessions. Also once a week, all trainees come to a central hub for administrative, medical, and other special sessions.

The structure of Moldova’s pre-service training requires married couples to live apart in different villages during training. While this may seem like an obstacle for some, most married couples have actually found the arrangement to be beneficial because it allows them to focus on their own training needs and to develop a degree of independence they would otherwise not experience. Couples see each other at the central hub and are free to stay together with their respective host families on weekends and other times that work with the schedule of training activities.

Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health care and safety in Moldova

The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Moldova maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and consultations with specialists, are also available in Moldova and will be arranged by the medical officer if they become necessary. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Moldova

In Moldova, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Moldova.

Outside of Moldova’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Moldova are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.

To ease the transition and adapt to life in Moldova, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.

  • Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
  • Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Volunteers
  • Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities


Frequently Asked Questions

Moldova
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

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Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps?|}} Rank:
2008 H2r::44|}}
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Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::50|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::81.3|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::40|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::103.5|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::62|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::43.8|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::55|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::72.4|}}
2008BVS::Moldova


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Moldova

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Moldova?
  • What is the electric current in Moldova?
  • How much money should I bring?
  • When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
  • Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
  • Do I need an international driver’s license?
  • What should I bring as gifts for Moldovan friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Can I call home from Moldova?
  • Should I bring a cellular phone with me?


Packing List

Main article: Packing list for Moldova

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Moldova and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Moldova.

  • General Clothing
  • Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
  • Kitchen
  • Miscellaneous


Peace Corps News

Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by country of service or your home state

The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.
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Country Fund

Contributions to the Moldova Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Moldova. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

See also

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