How to Utilize Facebook in Moldova

I have now served two years in Moldova as a small enterprise development volunteer with the Peace Corps. Social media has been the key instrument for marketing and advertisement of any of the institutions, programs, or projects I have worked on, but particularly Facebook. I utilize it to create pages and events; post videos, pictures,…

Timp de Reflectie XVII

Two months of service now remain. I reflect on a day of hosting international guests at the Business Incubator of Leova and detail what life is like in our town.

Leova Basketball Court makes National News

Thank you to an incredible network of donors from the U.S. and an active local community, the city of Leova was able to raise enough funds to refurbish the local basketball court behind the Russian school. The project took six months to complete and was accomplished primarily through crowdfunding donations on Indiegogo from personal contacts. An amazing…

On His Way to the States

Playing basketball with the guys one day after work, I was approached by Alex. He and I were acquaintances through a family I spent quite a bit of time with in town. He waltzed over to me on the court and asked if I could help him to improve his English. Based on trial and error, I…

How to Create an Indiegogo Campaign

This past fall and winter the community of Leova, Moldova and I built a basketball court for the kids in our city. Due to the lack of extracurricular activities, problems with drugs and alcohol, countless hours spent online, and apathy amongst children we decided it was time for a change. We did not have sufficient…

3 Essentials of a Great Counterpart

Working in a different country and culture, especially given the socioeconomic landscape of Moldova, provides many challenges. Over the 18 month span of living and working abroad, I have encountered a diverse group of businessmen, entrepreneurs, government officials, volunteers, teachers, and students to partner with. Many have looked for the easiest route to success, yet…

Education standards need to be raised in rural Moldova

On November 13, 2013 my business partner and I held a 1.5 hour training for 25 local high school students on communication and negotiation skills. The first segment detailed proper communication skills when interviewing with an employer, greeting someone in business, and negotiating terms of a business deal. From the start I felt these topics…

Cum să Creați un Cont de Facebook

Dupa ați creat un cont de email puteți merge mai departe cu un cont de Facebook. Odată folosită că platformă de comunicare printre prietenii la universitate, Facebook dezvolta pentru toata lumea să utilezeze. Chiar întrprenderi mari, mijolcii, și mici crea pagini de afaceri pe Facebook să comunice cu clienții potentiali! Pentru dumneavoastră hai să incepem…

30 Days Straight: #14,15

– Yet again, I could not stick to writing a post daily but for good reason. – Last night was my friend Slon’s birthday. We began the night by going over to the office building behind our friend Alex’s hardware store. There we had a giant feast with pork chops, sausages, homemade pizza, egg casserole, three…

Wounded But Not Slain

Since moving to Moldova, to become a PCV, I have been trying to deny the reality that truly exists here. That reality is poverty. Mentally, I go through my day pretending that everything is normal; that I am equal and that we all share the same luxuries. I convince myself that this world is in…

Timp de Reflectie X

Tasks are eliminated. Worries are left behind. Cultural differences cease to exist. Reality vanishes. My eyes focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. When the ball is in my hands, I feel powerful. I feel in control. In the office when in conversation with colleagues I feel helpless and encounter many problems.…

Timp de Reflectie VIII

Work. Life. Balance. I am starting to find my groove within the company, Entranse, and community, Leova, only one week into Peace Corps service. Please feel free to provide any criticism(s) you may have or ideas you would like me to share moving forward. O zi buna:

One Man’s Request

After 2 months of intensive language lessons, training sessions, and business development meetings I will hopefully be transitioning from Peace Corps Trainee to Peace Corps Volunteer August 3rd, 2012. In order to achieve this, I needed to write a letter to the current Peace Corps Director of Moldova requesting this invitation. I finished my letter today, which…