*Disclaimer: The ideas and views put forward in this blog are mine alone, and do not represent the Peace Corps, the US Government, other Peace Corps Volunteers, or the Republic of Moldova.
Hey all! My name is Hannah, and this blog is meant to be an avenue for my friends and family to keep up with my adventures in Eastern Europe for the next two years.
I was born in the Midwest, but spent most of my adolescence in rural Southern Oregon. I spent the last four years attending Reed College in Portland, working towards my Bachelor’s degree. I was fortunate enough to be a House Advisor, as well as plan a campus-wide, three-day festival called “Renn Fayre.” I also had the pleasure of joining an a cappella group, and I found out that singing is a way for me to escape my stress. I made the most amazing and caring friends, and had the most dedicated professors that I likely will ever have the pleasure of knowing. In my senior year at Reed, I applied to the Peace Corps, knowing that I wanted to live abroad while I was young, but wanted to be a part of something that promoted sustainability within communities, and made a positive impact without fostering dependence on the US. I then accepted an invitation to serve with the Peace Corps in Moldova. They (somehow) graciously allowed this Economics major to take on the role of Health Education (HE) Volunteer from June 2017-August 2019. I’ll be partnered with local teachers to create lesson plans and teach six health education classes per week to children ages 7-18–all completely in Romanian! I also will work to co-organize school health campaigns, co-lead youth health clubs, co-design small health projects in schools and within the community.
About Peace Corps:
The Peace Corps was formed in 1961 under President John F Kennedy. Since its founding, over 220,000 volunteers have served in over 60 countries.Volunteers spend 27 months spending time in host communities to help local people in the areas of Health, Environment, Education, Youth Development, Community Development, and Agriculture. The mission of the Peace Corps is three-part:
To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Additionally, Peace Corps also has a set of global initiatives across all partner countries such as “Let Girls Learn,” which focuses on improving access to education for women and young girls. For more information about the Peace Corps, visit their website: https://www.peacecorps.gov/.