So, I found out the other day that for the next two years, I will be living in a town in Northern/Central Moldova, just south of Balti.
To put things in perspective, the village I am currently in has about 4000 residents, and my new one has about 15,000. So, technically, I wont be living in a village, but towns here are often like really big villages. I’m actually rather excited about my placement because I am just south of Balti, which is a city (300,000 residents), and only an hour and a half away from Chisinau, the capital.
As for what I’ll be doing, it is still a bit unclear, but at least now I have clues. I have 3 partner organizations! My main job is with the Regional Department of Social Assistance and Family Protection. From what I understand, this is a government agency, and I’ll be working closely with the Raion Council (Like a county board/city council) on strategic development of social welfare programs for the entire region (many villages). This, of course, is what has been deduced from my job description, and I am excited about anything they have for me!
I have two other organizations I’ll be working with; one is a half-way house, and the other is a home for children with mental and physical disabilities. My understanding is that I’ll help with programing and obtaining sustainable funding; however, my job description at this point is subject to change on all fronts.
I would just like to say now that I have never been more excited to work anywhere as I am right now. From what I gather, my experience developing and working with non-profit organizations in the Washburn Legal Clinic will be invaluable here! In the legal clinic I helped develop mission statements and bylaws, evaluated capacity, discussed funding sources, etc. The process of working with NGOs is SO similar! Well, this is coming from a Peace Corps trainee who has yet to really do anything….but let me just say, thank you Washburn School of Law, thank you Washburn Legal Clinic, and thank you Professor Jackson! I truly feel as though my law degree will be a huge asset to my future organization.
I realize my expectations must be tempered, but you know what….I’ll just go ahead and temper them later. For now, I’ll be optimistic😀