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

Ultimul Sunet

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On May 31st all the schools around Moldova celebrated “Ultimul sunet”  or “last bell.”  I did not attend the ceremony, but heard that speeches were given by students, teachers and some community leaders (mayors).  The seniors all walked through at the same time and received certificates and then the “last bell” was rung and the ceremony was over.

Every school starts (September 1st) and finishes (May 31st) on the same day.  And it makes perfect sense to me why, I remember going to school in Washington and the different school districts in my town would have different start dates, some before Labor Day and some after, and also different vacation schedules.  That is not the case in Moldova.  But I can see how it would make life super simple.

And congrats to all the education volunteers for making through the year!

O zi buna!

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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!

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