Are you sick of them yet? Do they remind you of the military? Do you know what any of them mean? Here's a cheat sheet. 

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. 



  1. Ummm... that closing graphic/comment actually brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy to have found your blog. I'm being considered for PC service in Moldava... have my Skype interview next week... and it's awesome to have a little picture of what that service was like for you!

    1. I'm glad you've found my blog! Good luck on your interview :)