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Peace Corps Moldova Welcome Book | January 2007

Peace Corps Moldova Welcome Book | January 2007

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Peace Corps Moldova Welcome Book
Peace Corps Moldova Welcome Book

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After pre-service training, you will receive a monthly living

allowance in local currency that will allow you to maintain

your health and safety while living at a standard comparable

to your Moldovan counterparts.

Moldova has a cash economy, and Moldovan banks and

currency exchange offices are stringent about the condition

of the U.S. banknotes they will accept because of concerns

about counterfeit currency. Make sure that any U.S. currency

you bring is not worn, torn, or written on and that the bills are

fairly new ones. A few banks accept traveler’s checks; others

allow cash withdrawals via credit card or ATM card. ATM

crimes are common, but there are increasing numbers of the

machines in both Chisinau and regional centers. Volunteers

are advised to be cautious about which machines they use.

We discourage you from having cash sent to you from home,



as sending money through international mail is risky. In an

emergency, you can have money sent through Western Union

or international bank transfer. Most businesses, including

restaurants and hotels, do not accept traveler’s checks or

credit cards. Those that do most commonly accept Visa.

It is also recommended that you keep a U.S.bank account

with ATM capabilities to access money from home. It will be

the easiest way to deposit your readjustment allowance when

you complete your Volunteer service (versus having a check

mailed to your home of record).

It is important to recognize that your Moldovan co-workers

and friends will not have large sums of money or credit cards

and that conspicuous displays of wealth on your part could

drive a wedge between you and them. The Peace Corps

strongly discourages you from living beyond your monthly


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