Saturday, we had our language proficiency testing, which was an oral sit down interview with a language tester. Somehow, I managed to score an ‘intermediate high’ score. I was pretty thrilled and feel like I had a good test. We have excellent language trainers and staying with a family that doesn’t speak any English has been a contributing factor to doing decently with Romanian. Also, knowing from past experience how important it is to learn the local language has been a good motivator to do my homework and study outside of class.
Monday, we had individual interviews with the deputy country director, and also gave our group presentation to our small enterprise development program supervisors…and this was done in Romanian.
Tuesday we were given the day off, which I enjoyed very much by sleeping in, slowly packing up my bags and listening to some podcasts. Very relaxing.
Wednesday, we had our swearing in ceremony in Chișinău. The US Ambassador to Moldova was there and gave a speech as did a couple volunteers, our program directors and the director of Peace Corps here in Moldova. Our partners and host families at our permanent site were asked to come. Peace Corps brought Allison in from her training village as well for the occasion. The ceremony was nice.
Here are a couple links to video produced in the Moldovan media for the event:
That afternoon, I headed out to Nisporeni with the mom at our new home stay, Tatiana, and my partner Alex and director of the business incubator, Vitalie.
We got to Nisporeni around 4:30 and I settled into our room, had dinner with our hosts and had a relaxing evening, happy to have completed training.
On Thursday and Friday, I spent time at the business incubator and settled into my desk. The director of the business incubator (Vitalie) and my partner (Alex) took to the district headquarters and I had formal introductions with the district president.