A Cup of Joe was designed to be a place to tell stories. Originally created to have a broad scope of articles and posts, but with the passage of time and new adventures, A Cup of Joe became dedicated to telling stories of life in Moldova from a Peace Corps Volunteer. From the mundane to the extraordinary, these stories give readers insight into the culture, people, and history that makes Moldova so special. For those individuals who might need a refresher: Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe situated between Romania and Ukraine. It is known for its wines, hospitality, and unique history. Articles on this site explore everything that Moldova has to offer, opening new insights about a region and country that many people throughout the world know little about.
As the passing of time continues again, this blog is going back to its original intent; a place to tell stories; however, now it will be through the lens of an American who has come back from serving aboard. Hopefully these new posts will bring some joy and reflection to those who read them. So grab a cup of your favorite joe (or tea if your prefer) and sit down and read some of these posts.
About Blogs From the Past Sections
New posts are created weekly, starting up again in Summer 2022. But in order to search and see old posts, check out Blogs From the Past section in the sidebar. To make it easier to find past posts, the blog is divided into 4 sections:
- Peace Corps
- New World View
- Travel and
Peace Corps is the broadest section and is where most of the blog’s posts are located. Posts in this section consist of Peace Corps Moldova adventures and stories. New World View is dedicated to showing the world through pictures. Even the most mundane scenes can seem magical if viewed from the right angle. This section is to help readers view the world from new angles. The third and newest section at A Cup of Joe is Travel and will typically focus on adventures outside of Moldova and Peace Corps service. The fourth section is Month-In-Review and is created as a central hub to find past blog posts in a more efficient manner. Each post is done at the end of a month and recaps all the blog posts of that month. This is a good section to start for readers looking for past posts to read.
A Cup of Joe is run by aspiring-author and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Joseph. Joseph has a varied background in the writing world, including as a News Correspondent and Columnist for a regional paper to becoming editor-in-chief and publisher for a newsletter serving a large philanthropic organization. Joseph is looking forward to introducing the vibrant and rich culture of Moldova to his readers. To learn more about Joseph, please visit the Just Joe page.
About Peace Corps:
The Peace Corps was formed in 1961 under President John F Kennedy. Since its founding, over 220,000 volunteers have served in over 60 countries. Volunteers spend 27 months spending time in host communities to help local people in the areas of Health, Environment, Education, Youth Development, Community Development, and Agriculture. The mission of the Peace Corps is three-part:
- To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Additionally, Peace Corps also has a set of global initiatives across all partner countries such as a newly created Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative which focuses on advancing workforce development, promoting women’s entrepreneurship and access to capital. For more information about the Peace Corps, visit their website: https://www.peacecorps.gov.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of Peace Corps, the Moldovan government, or any entity of the U.S. Government.
Joe, your dad just told me about your blog. I am going to share it with my class. And occasionally heckle you.
– Mr. Schmitt
That sounds good; hopefully I bring some new insights to them. And I would expect nothing less from you.