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

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Last week I shared my casa mica with 2 Moldovan men who live in Chisinau but for the week were working in Riscani.  I think I have mentioned before that my host mom is working on starting an agrotourism busines, and last summer my host family remodeled the casa mica to be a penisune (similar to a bed and breakfast).  In the past I have had 2 girls from Germany stay with me for almost 2 months, a group of guys who worked for the Ministry of Finance in Chisinau for a week, an older couple from a different area of Moldova for 2 months and a group of Ukranian teachers for 1 night.
The 2 men who stayed with me last week work for a German company and their task is to travel around Moldova, also Romania and find the remains of German soldiers from World War II.  The one guy that I was talking to told me about how after they find the remains, they take them to a cemetary in the capital, or if the family wants them returned, then the family pays to have the remains returned to Germany.  From what I could understand, most of the time, the remains were buried in a make-shift cemetary that was not very marked, so now they are being built over.  We also talked a lot about the difference in businesses and how people work and think between Moldovans and Americans.  I thought it was all very interesting to find out his perspective.


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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