My Last 30 Days in Peace Corps

Yes, it’s true, I have 30 days left in my Peace Corps service in Moldova. I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around winding things down. By the time I finish my Peace Corps service in Moldova I will have been in the country for a little over 3 years. That means a total of 39 months or break it down further to 1,154 days.

I am happy to share that I will officially finish my Peace Corps service on July 31st.

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As for what I will be doing after Peace Corps (a question that has come up a lot over this past year), I will once again pack up my life into a few suitcases and then make a slow move to Sweden.

photo source: http://www.operationworld.org/swed

I made the decision to continue my education at Blekinge Institute of Technology with a Master’s in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability. I will be taking part in an intensive 10-month study program along with a number of individuals from around the world. Classes will start mid-August and I will finish in June 2018.

Given the quick turnaround time, once I finish my service I will not be able to make it home to the US anytime soon. However, I hope it will work out to make it home over the holidays.

As I reflect on these three years in Peace Corps, it feels like it went by so fast. Yet, I know that much has changed in and around me through the steady pace of time.  Some days felt like they were forever long and some passed by in a blink of an eye. I know it will take time to fully process these three years and I hope that these next 30 days will be full of much joy as I wrap things up.

Looking back… photos from the first month in Peace Corps three years ago…
 ….and now, recent photos from the past couple of months.

 

 

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16 comments

  1. Congratulations Sara! You have done amazing work, and touched so many lives, these past three years.
    Sounds like you will be working hard in the masters program in Sweden. We wish you the best!
    Love, John and Jo Ann Sengle

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  2. Yes! I’m so excited about your next adventure! We must chat soon. It’s very hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I’ve seen you… I miss you and am so proud of you and your service. You are a powerful and beautiful force, lady! Xoxoxoxo

    P.S. YOU MADE IT THRU 3 YEARS! HOLY GUACAMOLE!

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    • Katie! Awww, thanks for your sweet and encouraging words! Yes, catching up would be fantastic! (how has a year passed by so quickly?!) Miss you! xoxoxo

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  3. Hi Sarah, Congratulations on completing 3 years as a PCV. I suppose you have many mixed emotions swirling around in you head as you transition out of PC and to grad school in Sweden. I am in awe of your courage in taking risks that most of us wouldn’t think of. God kept you safe, and provided many opportunities to impact young men and women who otherwise may not have had that option. You have a servant heart and you are the hands and feet of Jesus to many. I am really proud of all that you have done while over seas and look forward to hearing more details about your studies in Sweden. So are you considered an expatriate now? Very well done girlfriend! Please keep us in the loop. (perhaps continue a blog?) With love and prayers, Jolene Hulson

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    • Thanks, Jolene! Yes, so many mixed emotions going on 🙂 We’ll see how the studies go and if I’ll be able to continue the blog or not. We shall see! Thanks again for your encouraging words and prayers.

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  4. Congratulations my dear friend. From what started out as shaky ground, God has erected firm boulders under your feet. Am happy to see his continued blessings upon you as you continue to make a positive impact in the lives of those around you. Was awesome serving with you and I must say, I miss our hodpodge Moldovan bible study!! Drum bun ❤

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    • Aw, Bonnie! Thanks so much and indeed it was so fantastic to serve with you — I’m so glad our paths crossed here in Moldova. I remember the first time I met you during staging as we met in the hallway during registration, what an incredible whirlwind it has been since then. I wish you all the best on your adventures as well! Drum bun! xoxo

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  5. Sara, I cannot believe it has been three years! Congratulations! I remember when you first made the decision to join. Your journey has been remarkable. And congratulations on your next chapter. What an amazing opportunity! Well deserved indeed!!

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  6. My COS date is in about 6 months and I am already having trouble absorbing it. I know the next 6 months are going to scream by. Seeing your before and after photos really drives it home. Good luck with your post-PC journey!

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