Hey, April & May!

I like to do these monthly recaps, mostly for myself so I can reflect back on what happened each month for me. Time seems to move at a fast-paced warped speed for me lately. I find it difficult to wrap my head around that summer is finally here and it’s about time to say goodbye to some PCV friends very soon.

As I look back to the calendar in April, it was full of Technovation Challenge meetings along with the weekly tech club meetings that I had been working on with a site mate.

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Some of the girls working on their project along with their mentor/coach and teacher.

I even took a last minute vacation to Prague and got some time to recharge and explore a new city with a friend and fellow volunteer.

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One weekend I got to hang out with a lovely group of ladies for a retreat getaway. Hooray for the most ideal location near the gelato place!

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We’ll take a selfie, except I won’t include myself.

Our M29 PCV group had our Close of Service (COS) Conference for a few days which was a great chance to have a last hurrah where we were all together one last time. And of course, to learn all about the COS stuff we need to do before becoming officially Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV).

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Those of us M29s remaining at COS conference.

At the end of April, we had a big event for Technovation Challenge where teams from all over Moldova came to pitch their ideas and apps. It was a lot of work to pull this together and there was no way it could have been done without an incredible team (who even sometimes joined me in my late-night working sessions). 😉

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Presenting the award to the girls who won the local event in Moldova.

 

 

A few days later I then attended the Moldova ICT Summit where I even participated in a panel sharing about the Technovation Challenge program along with some amazing ladies who shared their experience.

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On stage with the team I worked with this year along with 2 girls from the Girls Go IT summer camp.

Whew…. April. Wow. 

May started out right away with the Easter holiday on May 1 where I got to spend some time with my host family taking part in the cultural traditions.

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Then the day after that I picked up my 2 friends from the US who came to visit for a few days. You can read more about this time from some previous posts and even get a taste for what it would be like if/when you visit.

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At one of the popular Moldovan wineries where you go underground to explore the winery and taste the wine. 

In the midst of many meetings and sharing at a Let Girls Learn training, May was also a busy month that continued with Balti hram, a big muddy concert to see a popular local music group (Carla’s Dreams), and a PCV kick-ball tournament (in which I cheered from the sidelines).

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Thousands of people at the outdoor concert for Carla’s Dreams.

May is looking to be a bit slower as things are finalized for my next steps and wrapping things up with Technovation Challenge for this year. It’s been a busy, but good last couple of months. Onward! Haidem mai departe!

 

 

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