Tomorrow starts the final phase of Pre-Service Training (PST) for me. What is that you say, more training? I thought you were already a sworn-in volunteer. In Moldova, the training for Agribusiness and Community Development volunteers is handled a bit differently. We had an initial 8 weeks of training, and then we were sworn in and sent off to work in our villages. The working with our partners and at our sites is considered to be Phase II of PST, and now after 7 weeks we have 2 more weeks of training for what is called Phase III.
This phase takes place at our original village, we have language in the morning and technical sessions in the evening. And most every volunteer is living with their original host family.
I left at around 1:30 from Rîșcani, and my host mom was so worried about my bag being too heavy, she saw a guy she knew driving down our road and she asked if he would give me a ride to the bus station. Once we arrived at the bus station the nice man stayed until my rutiera arrived, and he told the driver I where I was going and that I was American. The driver gave me the seat next to him, which I am very thankful for because the rutiera was packed! I counted 43 people who got off, including myself. There are only about 15-20 seats, so the other 20+ people had to stand all crowded together. I think the driver liked me, he gave me some candy and kept asking me questions. (He was also rather old, I seem to attract the old men like my mom does….thanks mom :)).
I arrived in Ciorescu, my original site at about 4:30, walked to my old host family and was greeted with excitement! My host mom told me I looked very pretty and that I had lost weight (don’t really think so, but still a nice thing to hear). She and my host sister made coltunasi with brinza, which are a ravioii filled with cheese….absolutely delicious! I also had some tea in MY cup. All summer I always got the red tea cup, and once again that is the cup I received. I love my little red cup 🙂
Training starts tomorrow…wish me luck