PST - Pre-Service Training / the first two months, where we're trained
PCT - Peace Corps Trainee / what I was for the first two months
PCV - Peace Corps Volunteer / what I am now
RPCV - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer / what I'll be in 2016
COD - Community and Organizational Development / the sector I fall under
SED - Small Enterprise Development / another sector, aka COD's BFF (that's best friends forever)
EE/HE - English Education/Health Education / the two education sectors
CD - Country Director / the woman in charge!
PCMO - Peace Corps Medical Officer / our doctors
HCN - Host Country National / the awesome Moldovans that we work with
ET - Early Termination / when someone leaves.. early
COS - Close of Service / when you finish your 27 months
There are way more that we get to use, but I figure these should be what I might use here that could be confusing.
The Peace Corps traces its roots to 1960, when then-Sen. John F. Kennedy challenged
students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace
by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew a federal
agency devoted to world peace and friendship. Although times have changed since the
Peace Corps’ 1961 founding, the agency remains true to its original mission:
1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
So I am here in Moldova trying to do the best I can with these 3, and trying to spread peace and friendship wherever I go.