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The past few months have been an absolute blur of activities.  Between school and the Peace Corps organization itself, I’ve been kept very busy.  As such, I haven’t had much time to blog, but now offer this summary of recent events in the hopes of bringing everyone up to speed on some of the highlights […]

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Summer as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania is an incredible time.  School is out and volunteers are left to fill their free time participating in camps, travelling and entertaining visitors from the States.  One of my favorite weeks this summer was spent in the Țibleșului Mountains in the Mărămureș region of Romania.  A volunteer […]

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Every year it begins basically the same way, the air surrounding the camp is full of apprehension and nervous excitement.  As the initial campers arrive, the first question is always something similar:  “What are the other campers like? Are they nice, friendly or are they mean?” As the week progresses this apprehension gives way to […]

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Immediately following the end of the 2011-2012 school year in June, two of my best stateside friends flew to Romania for a visit, Jen from San Diego and Luke from Boston.  On our agenda were the usual Romanian tourist destinations; Centrul Vechi in Bucharest, Piața Sfatului and Biserica Neagra in Brașov, the Mathias Rex statue […]

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As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I am encouraged to take on additional projects that are beyond the required minimum commitment of teaching a set number of hours per week in my assigned high school.  For example, some volunteers organize summer camps, others work with local community libraries, and others partner with non-governmental organizations that work […]

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Better than “event” or “special occasion,” I have intentionally chosen the word “phenomenon” to describe Romanian weddings because that is what they are; no holds barred extravaganzas which are unparalleled by any celebration I have ever before witnessed.  During our initial Peace Corps training we were introduced to the various Romanian events that we might […]

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Often, I comment to friends and family that I feel as though every day is a workday and, to a large extent, this is true.  After all, my “office” is essentially the entire country in which I serve.  Summed up, our goals as Peace Corps Volunteers are to help host country nationals with skills development […]

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The week leading up to our Easter/Spring break was a bit of an experiment.  Titled “Școala Altfel,” the Romanian Ministry of Education tasked schools to provide students with one week of nontraditional education.  In a normal school day students go from one classroom to another, from one subject to another, have their lectures and do […]

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Early on in the process of becoming a volunteer, during the initial pre-service training, the program staff review each volunteer’s general background, work experience and evaluate their practicum performance in-country. Bouncing this information off of a brief survey each volunteer completes, they begin to make the important decisions surrounding each volunteer’s future service. Namely, review […]

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An Amiens Interlude

Seeing as how Matt’s friends in nearby Amiens, were the main catalyst for this whole trip to France, we thought it smart to head north for a visit to show our appreciation.  Again, Matt knows these students through his Romanian tutor who studies and rooms with them in Amiens.  So on Monday morning we packed […]

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