Thirty four U.S. Peace Corps volunteers were sworn in in Moldova
U.S. Ambassador to Moldova Michael Kirby said the volunteers have the valuable task to make progress "through self-sacrifice, while bringing a change for the better in Moldova. You will contribute to developing the civil society, by joining the efforts of non-governmental organisations, local public administrations, farmers, schools etc., so as to edify a better future for the citizens of this country," the U.S. diplomat also said.
Moldova Peace Corps Volunteer Greg writes: Underwear Anyone?
"I have now joined the league of people who have said completely and utterly embarrasing things in another language without having the slightest idea until it's all said and done. My passing into the ranks happened earlier this week when I showed up to meet some friends at the school for a workout."
Moldova Peace Corps Volunteer Lacrima writes: Moldovan superstitions
"If you read while you're eating you will not remember what you have read."
Heath Melrose meets future wife during Peace Corps assignment in Moldova
He and his fiancee, Ana Ciudnaia, plan to marry in June in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, where she is a university senior. They plan to live in Oklahoma initially, although Melrose hopes to live abroad again in the future.
Moldova RPCV Marc Williams practices Acupuncture
Originally from Ohio, Marc initially visited Vermont in 1996 while hiking the Appalachian Trail. After that adventure, he joined the Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova, which is between Romania and Ukraine. While there, he developed a nerve blockage and partial paralysis of his fingers and arm. "It was undiagnosed for a long time, but after a treatment of acupuncture and massage by a Soviet neurologist I was cured," he said. "When I returned to the U.S., it felt like a natural progression to study this field."