This is the first in series of interviews, all about Volunteering being a two-way street. We hear the term V-squared, a lot during our training in Peace Corps, which stands for volunteers creating volunteers; and as Peace Corps Volunteers our goal is not simply to encourage volunteering in America, but also in the countries in which we serve.
The girl below was one of the first Moldovans I met when I came to Balti and she is truly exceptional. Her english was great, she’s smart, organized, motivated and more than any of these things always has a smile for everyone.
Dana; 19 years old; Moldova; Graduated from High School “G.Coșbuc”, Bălți, Moldova ( May, 2014); Currently Student at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece (Bachelor of Arts in International Relations).
1. Tell us about the first time you met a Peace Corps Volunteer
If I am not mistaken, I’ve met the first Peace Corps Volunteers around 2 years ago, while I was involved in the organization “ Green School” from Bălți. During a project, I had the chance to meet the first two volunteers from the U.S.A : Leah and Barbara. That moment, was a new beginning, which has opened new opportunities for me. It was a simple, but powerful blessing for me.
2. Has your perspective on Volunteering changed?
There is no doubt that because of Peace Corps Volunteers, my perspective on Volunteering evolved far beyond my expectations. I can say that I found volunteering a significant tool, used in developing a better world. In addition, by practicing this amazing activity, I’ve learnt that we make a life more by giving, than by receiving.
Last, but not least, I can mention that the volunteers taught me to see volunteering not just as a point, included in my Resume (CV) , but as a unique chance to discover both the world and the own personality. That’s why I will say: Thank You to Peace Corps Volunteers!
3. Has your perspective on Americans changed?
I will better say that my perspective on Americans has developed in a better way, rather than saying that it has changed. Even before I met the volunteers from the U.S.A., I had a good impression about the Americans. However, it is worth mentioning that in reality Americans proved to be more dedicated, inspiring, happy, good, and thankful, than in the movies. I am 100 % proud to have Americans friends.
4. How have Peace Corps volunteers impacted your life?
Ohh… This is a question which deserves an answer in format of an enormous essay. I guess, I don’t have enough words to tell about the impact of the Peace Corps volunteers in my life. However, I can try… Firstly, I would love to mention that they taught me to always be simple. Secondly, from them I’ve learnt to smile. Thirdly, I developed my English skills. Moreover, I’ve evolved such abilities as: oral communication, leadership, and time management. In addition, I had the chance to be part of diverse projects, one of the most important being “ Salut, Balti!”. By participating at this project, I got to know new people, I taught Project Management, and I become more confident. Last, but not less important, Peace Corps volunteers helped me in achieving my goals, in becoming who I am , and in being accepted at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece. So, an enormous hug and thank you to the following Peace Corps Volunteers: Leah, Barbara, Paden, David, Matt, Hayle, Daniel, Sara, and Jeff.
5. If you could say one thing to all Peace Corps volunteers what would it be?
Dear Peace Corps Volunteers : Never give up, as people need you! Blessings to all of you, and remember to continue in being the best of whatever you are!
6. If you could say one thing to all Moldovans about volunteering what would it be?
Dear Moldovans, don’t take as an excuse that you don’t have time to volunteer, for you have it, you are maybe in one way or another lazy. Therefore, dedicate some time to volunteer, instead of going to a club or playing at the computer. Don’t do great things, do small things in a great way! I am sure, that Moldovans can do important changes through volunteering! Good luck and start being active!