Older Peace Corps Volunteers

What’s it like to be an older Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova, in eastern Europe, or in more than 60 other countries around the world? Not Exactly Retired celebrated its 100th blog post with a special series sharing the experiences of some of Moldova’s older volunteers. Here are the four stories from the series: Insights … Continue reading Older Peace Corps Volunteers

Talking Turkey

  I ate Thanksgiving turkey twice on Thursday — first when I usually eat breakfast, then for dinner. The early meal was for a television story on TVR Moldova explaining our holiday to viewers across Moldova and Romania. Cătălina Russu, a television reporter who lives in Ialoveni, invited me to join her as she broadcast … Continue reading Talking Turkey

The Smokehouse Experiment

Smokehouse, a restaurant opened here in Moldova by two former Peace Corps Volunteers, shows how some PCVs contribute even more to a country after they finish their service.  It’s serving up optimism with a side of slaw WorldView, the magazine of the National Peace Corps Association, just published this article I wrote about Smokehouse. You can … Continue reading The Smokehouse Experiment

Painting the Playground

These “Before” and “After” photos tell the story of what Peace Corps can accomplish with a local community, sometimes within a couple of hours.   All three photos above show a playground in central Ialoveni. The left photo, which I shot on Tuesday morning, shows how faded and dingy the equipment looked. The middle and … Continue reading Painting the Playground