Today was site placement announcement, which means that all of the PCTs in my group (M28 -the 28th group of PCVs in Moldova) found out where we would be living and working for our next two years of service. In August we will be officially sworn in as Peace Corps Volunteers and move to these new sites (but this Sunday we will go on a site visit).
For the site announcements a lot of current PCVs from all over Moldova came to Chisinau and the Country Director, Janet read the placements individually, while our program coordinators directed us to spots that had been marked on a chalk map of Moldova so we could see what other M28s were near us and meet some of the current volunteers serving in our area.
And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for …. my site announcement! I will be living in Balti and working with an NGO called Casmed. Balti is in the northern part of the country and is the second largest city in Moldova in terms of area (the largest being the capitol, Chisinau) and the third largest in terms of population (Balti’s population is around 150k). Since it is in the northern part of the country it gets pretty cold in the winter, but that also means the summers are pretty mild. There were two other M28s, who have been placed in Balti (one SED and one EE) and there are at least two M27’s (one from Fairfax, Va!) who currently live there.
The NGO I have been paired with, CasMed offers geriatric care, medical and social service in the Northern part of Moldova. This service is the alternative to nursing home care, that the ageing population often can’t afford. The geriatric nurses and social worker, visit the ageing clients in their home and provide the necessary services.
This Sunday (as I mentioned above) I will travel the two hours from Stauceni to Balti to meet my host family, work partner and begin exploring the city. After spending Sunday and Monday nights there, I will return to Chisinau with my work partner for a conference with them and the other PCTs, their partners and PC staff. I am excited (and a little nervous) to meet my new host family, work partner and see my new city – but let the adventure commence!