This guy has me laughing pretty much every time I see him. Meet Igor, a smart and dedicated 19 year old who grew up in Balti, Moldova. He is currently in his first year of college studying marketing at a ASEM (Academy of Economics studies of Moldova) located in Chisinau. He’ll come and visit his family on the weekends so we get to see him sometimes when he is in town. I appreciate Igor’s willingness to learn new things and hearing his perspective on life. I have learned a lot from him and believe he has a bright future ahead…
What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
Being a college student and working doesn’t really give me much free time, but when I do have it, I use to catch up on my reading, spending time with friends, and volunteering when I get a chance.
Tell us about the first time you met a Peace Corps volunteer…
I first met a Peace Corp Volunteer in August 2013. A friend of mine was planning an event with a volunteer and asked me if I wanted to help. I agreed and we went for a meeting, and that’s the first time I ever met a PCV.
Has your perspective on Volunteering changed?
My perspective on Volunteering has changed, because before I thought that volunteering is just something you do once a week for couple hours, after working with Peace Corps Volunteers I realized that it’s an entire process, where you need to dedicate your time, energy and basically yourself to the cause.
How have Peace Corps volunteers impacted your life?
Where do I start? In the last couple years PCVs have completely changed my life. They made me aware of who I am, what I am capable of and more importantly, what my country is capable of. They taught a lot of useful skills, convinced me to stay and help my country instead of moving away as I initially planned. And thanks to them I have found my first job. The truth is that only couple years ago, I was just going through life without a purpose, of a plan, but now it’s different. I am not the person I was three years ago, and I am glad.
If you could say one thing to all Peace Corps volunteers what would it be?
What you’re doing is important, even if it doesn’t seem like that. Just keep in mind that you are making the world a better place.
Also… If someone gives you a choice: rachiu or wine, always go for the wine.
If you could say one thing to all Moldovans about volunteering what would it be?
Keep volunteering, because not only you are helping those in need, you are also helping yourself, by acquiring important life skills, and meeting a lot of new and interesting people.
What are some of your hopes for Moldova’s future?
My hopes for Moldova’s future? My only hope is that it reaches its potential, and becomes the country it could be, instead of the country it is right now.