“I like to volunteer and meet new people…” – Meet Cătălina

I’d like for you to meet Cătălina, an active 16 year old from Bălți, Moldova.  I met Cătătlina through another Peace Corps volunteer and she was part of my Technovation Challenge team this past spring. I continue to be amazed and impressed with Cătălina’s attitude and perspective on life and desire to learn and grow. She’s a smart, creative, and positive youth that will make a difference no matter where she goes or what she does in life. This upcoming fall she’ll be attending high school in Romania for the next 4 years, so sadly I won’t get to see her as much anymore. It’s a great opportunity and I’m excited for her as she embarks on this new adventure.

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Tell us a bit about yourself…
I am an ordinary 16 years old girl who loves sports and art, especially music. I can play guitar, the piano and a little bit drums. Also, I like to volunteer and meet new people or help those who are in need.

What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
In my free time I play my guitar or volunteer. Music and basketball are my hobbies.

Tell us about the first time you met a Peace Corps volunteer…
A year and a half ago I met for the first time Peace Corps Volunteers. I met them during a training and I wanted to learn more about who they are and what are they were doing here in Moldova, so I tried to communicate as much as possible with them.

Has your perspective on Volunteering changed?
I learned about Volunteering while I was talking to Peace Corps Volunteers. I liked what was it about so I decided to try to volunteer and I loved it.

Has your perspective about Americans changed?
I was always convinced that every single person on the earth is special and unique and Americans were there as a proof. I liked to learn more about their traditions and culture. They are amazing people.

How have Peace Corps volunteers impacted your life?
Peace Corps volunteers introduced me to the world of volunteering and I loved and appreciated what they were doing, so I am thankful I met them and that they became my friends.

If you could say one thing to all Peace Corps volunteers what would it be?
If I could say one thing to all Peace Corps volunteers, it would be a HUUUUGE “THANK YOU !“

If you could say one thing to all Moldovans about volunteering what would it be?
If I could say one thing to all Moldovans about volunteering, it would be “Do It !“

What are some of your hopes for Moldova’s future?
I hope that Moldova will prosper with a little help from youth who are involved in different projects and volunteers, and from our wonderful Peace Corps Volunteers.

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