Joining the Peace Corps and Pursing My Master’s in Moldova

Joining the Peace Corps and Pursing My Master's in Moldova

Joining the Peace Corps and Pursing My Master’s in Moldova

There are many ways to go about volunteering abroad. You can pay for the experience, you can travel with a missionary group, a doctor, a non-governmental organization, with your school or university, or even through a government organization. After much deliberation over what to do next in my life I decided to make the most of my master’s program by pursuing a Master’s International through both the Peace Corps and Cornell University.

After twelve months of waiting, studying and more waiting I finally received my Peace Corps placement in the Republic of Moldova. With seven months until departure I had plenty of time to discover all the wonderful things about my soon-to-be host country. But first, I just needed to do a Google search to figure out exactly where in the world Moldova was located… Europe! Eastern Europe! How exciting!

Flash forward about sixteen months and you will find me on a futon-like bed in a cozy room with orange wall paper, located in a small Soviet bloc-style apartment on the main street in a village of 8,000 people in the raion or municipality of Orhei in the Republic of Moldova.

My professors and I got to work on dissecting the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a post-Soviet republic tucked between Romania and the Ukraine. What would I research? What does an agriculture and rural business development volunteer do?

Flash forward about sixteen months and you will find me on a futon-like bed in a cozy room with orange wall paper, located in a small Soviet bloc-style apartment on the main street in a village of 8,000 people in the raion or municipality of Orhei in the Republic of Moldova.

And to tell you the truth, I don’t know many of the answers to the questions I came here with. I am still trying to find interesting research opportunities. My job description changes with my underwear, on a daily basis. And I’m still not sure if my English club, monthly women’s group seminars or presence in this village is making a difference but that is exactly why my commitment to this community is for two years.

Everyday I meet new people, find new challenges and opportunities and learn new idioms and cultural norms. If you would like to follow my adventures more closely please check out my blog.

 

Joining the Peace Corps and Pursing My Master’s in Moldova

About Emily Getty

Emily GettyEmily Getty served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova.

3 thoughts on “Joining the Peace Corps and Pursing My Master’s in Moldova

  1. egetty05
    egetty05
    March 13, 2011
    Reply

    Hello Rachel! Thank you for your comment. It is odd that one of your dreams is to visit Moldova! There is a small tourism industry here. You do NOT need a visa and can get a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport for 90 days. Here are some helpful links: Learn the language: http://www.livemocha.com Buy the Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com and search Moldova. Best tourism site: http://www.romaniaandmoldova.com Another tourism site: http://www.md4ever.com It also may be helpful to find some Americans (Peace Corps volunteers or Fulbright scholars) living and working here to show you around. Search Facebook Pages: Peace Corps Journals Moldova Moldova is a country full of warm people, cold buildings and delicious wine and interesting food. I invite you to come and experience the amazing hospitality of this small Eastern European country. I hope this helps!

  2. Rachel
    March 13, 2011
    Reply

    Oddly enough, one of my dreams is to visit Moldova. Did you need a visa? Is there a tourism industry there?

    • egetty05
      March 14, 2011
      Reply

      Hello Rachel: I posted a comment to answer your question, but if you have anymore specific questions feel free to reach out to me.

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