It’s official! I’m finally an official Peace Corps volunteer aka PCV. Our swearing in ceremony was on Wednesday, July 30 in Chisinau, Moldova. It was a long day after 8 weeks of pre-service training for our group of Community & Organizational Development trainees along with the Social & Economic Development trainees. The Health Education & English Education group of trainees will be sworn in as volunteers around August 13 since they are currently in practice school for the last 2 weeks of their pre-service training.
Wednesday morning I packed up my life again and said goodbye to my host family in Magdecesti and boarded the ruteria along with 6 other volunteers and all of our stuff.
Once we arrived to Chisinau and moved all of our stuff into a storage room, some of us made our way to Tucano for some coffee drink-treats.
The swearing in ceremony included some Peace Corps staff, language teachers, some Peace Corps mentors, Moldovan partners, local media, the US Embassy, among many others.
After the ceremony we snacked on some foods and said goodbyes to our COD & SED family of friends as host families arrived for the host family conference. (I have other photos from the day but just haven’t downloaded them yet)
After signing the host family agreements, we said goodbyes and separated into our arranged transportation along with all of our belongings for our 2 years of service. My host dad had to take care of some things in Chisinau before leaving so one of my partners and I went to a café to celebrate with fried ice cream while we waited.
Once my host dad was ready to go – we swiftly made our way to Bălți, just in time for dinner. I was warmly greeted by my host mom and I immediately started unpacking my life to get settled into my new home.
After some Romanian charades and an email to my mom at home reassuring her I made it safely to Balti (after being prompted by my host parents that it was important to do), I collapsed into bed recounting the day’s events. I discovered many blessings from the day and past 8 weeks of PST as well as much to look forward to as my service in Moldova officially unfolds here in Balti.