“I am Moldovan but a piece of my personality is American…” – Meet Nadia

Meet Nadia, one of my wonderful language tutors. I usually see Nadia’s smiling face about once a week where I practice my Romanian and get help with any questions and the grammar issues I have. Nadia is 34 and lives here in Balti, she is originally from Soroca. She studied English Philology from the State University of Moldova, Chisinau.  Currently, she is an English teacher, and also helps students such as myself with Romanian as well. I have enjoyed getting to know Nadia over the past couple of months so I hope you enjoy getting to know her a bit and her experience with volunteers…

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your family:
My family is not big. We live in Balti. My husband’s name is Radu. He is a graphic designer. I have a son, Vladut. He is 6 years old. I have also a sister, Victoria. She lives in Chisinau, she plays the violin, and is very successful in this. I am proud about my family.

What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
I like dancing zumba, reading books, and of course spending time with my family.

Tell us about the first time you met a Peace Corps volunteer…
It was in 2008 when I became a language instructor at Peace Corps. I remember how nervous I was, struggling to understand what Americans say. Fortunately I felt comfortable very soon listening and speaking to them because they all were very nice and patient with me.

Has your perspective on Volunteering changed?
Yes it has. I began to appreciate a lot the people who decided to be volunteers, understand their values and try to introduce them into my own values, to do something good and valuable for somebody and enjoy their happiness.

Has your perspective about Americans changed?
I didn’t have anything to change, just strengthened my good opinion about them.

How have Peace Corps volunteers impacted your life?
The experience I had getting to know them is very precious for me. They taught me about their way of life, culture, values. I am Moldovan but a piece of my personality is American, because I tried to learn from them good things, what our people need to improve, I mean way of life or mentality, and I am glad that I began to think differently the things that helped my life be better.

If you could say one thing to all Peace Corps volunteers what would it be?
You do a great job, guys. Thank you all!

If you could say one thing to all Moldovans about volunteering what would it be?
Being a volunteer is important. It helps you get new experiences and make the lives of people better.

What are some of your hopes for Moldova’s future?
I hope one day it would be a country with much more opportunities for people to study, work, and have fun, so that nobody will have to work abroad and be away from his/her family.

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