There's Something about Mary

Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

My Village


I have officially completed 2 weeks of training!  Six more to go before they let me go off on my own….scary!  So for training all 54 new Peace Corps trainees, they split us up into seven different villages located outside Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova.  My village is Ciorescu, located northeast, about an hour bus ride to the Peace Corps headquarters.  We go to Chisinau once a week, on a very crowded bus that stops at every stop, but it is usually a fun people watching experience.  In my village there are eight other Agribusiness and Rural Development (ARBD) volunteers.  seven males and one other female.  We take language classes together six days a week and are also assigned projects from the ARBD manager.

Last week we had a project to make a local community map (harta).  We all knew the main features of the town, main road, school. market (magazine), bar and soccer (futbol) field.  But to figure out the rest of the town we walked to each persons host (gazda) house/apartment (bloc).  It was a beautiful day, the walk might have been more pleasant had it been 10 degrees cooler, but we all made it through and stopped to get a beer at the end (which is actually made in Chisinau). Here are a few pictures:

Our school where langauge classes are held

Part of the ARBDs

A well, they are all over, most people in our village have their own water source now though

The entrance to my village

And lots of pretty flowers and vegetables gardens (picture of those to come later)

Along with many wells, there are many crosses

A house being built






Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

3 thoughts on “My Village

  1. So pretty, Mary! I love the picturesque little village! 🙂 Your other ARBDs look like a fun group, too! (ps, the guy to girl ratio there is definitely favorable!!!!)



  2. looks awesome! and Heidi is right, the odds are in your favor 🙂 I have to say, their wells are a lot more exciting than anything we have over here. I always wished that my parent’s well was one of those “wishing” types instead of a cement hole in the ground.

    keep having fun!


  3. Both of you are ridiculous! I’ll post more pictures hopefully this weekend, I am going to a bbq/picinic for the 4th of July!

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