Looking Back During Close of Service Conference

It’s been a little quiet on my blog lately, but that’s been because there hasn’t been much time to reflect and share about all the great things going on recently. There also hasn’t been much time for sleeping for me either, and add to that a not so great aspect of Peace Corps service: getting sick with giardia (again). But besides that part, it’s been a fun but crazy busy time.

Recently our M29 group of volunteers that I arrived with in 2014 all gathered together for our Close of Service (COS) Conference. We spent 3 days together learning about all the paperwork that needs to be filled out over the next couple of weeks/months. In addition to that, we shared stories of “impact” from these past 2 years and also some of our embarrassing stories as well — which were mostly filled with funny and cringe-worthy bathroom stories (not a surprise).

Steve sharing about his moment of impact from his latest adventure in being able to take a group of youth he had been working with to a competition in the US.
Terry put on her super-hero cape and had us all laughing as her back-up dancers joined in a PCV song remix.

There were questions and statements posted around the room where we shared various responses to them on the infamous flip chart paper (we will miss it after we leave, or maybe not).

All in all, it was a great time to see everyone and spend time to catch up, play, and reflect. I am going to miss this crew, it’s been a wild ride and we’ve learned a lot — from one another and within our communities. Hooray for COD’s! (Volunteers in the Community & Organizational Development Program)

M29 COD Peace Corps Volunteers! 

We laughed and cried. Played games and chatted for hours. Unfortunately, I ended up working a lot during our breaks and free time due to a big event that was coming up for Technovation Challenge, which I’ll share more another time. The deadline for team submissions fell right in the middle of our conference so my friend, Olivia and I stayed up until the deadline to help teams who were trying to submit their projects up to the last minute. Since the deadline was at 5 pm PT that meant we were up past 3 am!

Olivia and I at 3:00 AM after teams submitted their projects. 

I am going to miss this M29 crew. We all have one thing in common and that is that we came to Moldova and showed up. We may never know the impact we have had on the communities and people we met, but one thing for sure is that we are all leaving having been impacted by the people and communities we shared the past 2 years with.

The whole M29 Peace Corps Volunteer Group!

2 Replies to “Looking Back During Close of Service Conference”

  1. So sorry you were sick, again!  Hope you’re all healed up.  So, what’s your next adventure? ☺

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®4


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