Editor’s note — Trish Ostroski, who was a longtime theatrical reviewer for the Tolucan Times, is currently serving in the Peace Corps.
Peace Corps Week celebrates President Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. We are encouraged to reach out to America during this time. Visit peacecorps.gov.
I work in community and organizational development in Moldova in Eastern Europe. Moldova has about four million people. There are about 100 Peace Corps volunteers currently serving in towns and villages throughout the country working on economic and organizational development, supporting health projects, and teaching English. Visit moldova.peacecorps.gov.
My assignment is to an organization — See, Understand, Express. This non-governmental organization supports teaching and development of English language studies, cultural opportunities, and community programs in our city Durlesti.
One of our partners is MasterPeace. MasterPeace aims to involve people with peace via the arts i.e. programs and events.
I serve as the MasterPeace ambassador for the Day of International Peace. This day was established by the United Nations to be held on or around Sept. 21. In 2013, we planned and held Durlesti’s first event of this type. The day was a great success and included youth involvement, songs, dance, crafts, the word “peace” constructed in several languages, and a minute of peace. One of the locals school invited me to come for a peace-themed assembly the following week. About 300 attended and we received coverage on local television.
My other projects include a conversation club, mentoring support for college students, representation at school and town events, and serving with a group of Peace Corps volunteers developing a United Way for Moldova.