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Haley Bader

Hey! You've made it to my site, and I'm thrilled to introduce myself... my name is Haley, and I'm currently a Community and Organizational Development Volunteer with the “Miras-Moldova” Public Association in Comrat, Gagauzia, Moldova. I help out with organizational development, assist with reporting projects and do some English tutoring - when I'm not cooking, reading or spending time with friends. But my real passion is writing, and here I stand. This blog is a personal exploration of the time I spend (sometimes stumbling!) in Moldova. Hope you enjoy!


Look me in the eyes and tell me you’re not blank. Tell me you’re not nervous, you’re not sly, you’re not chill. Move away, cross your arms, falter, lean in, touch my knee, roll your eyes. You hide that much, too. Your laugh is lilting, your tone is […]

Street Art Moldova

As you enter Chisinau from the south-side highway, you’re diverted to the right. The minibus ascends, not too steep, to “Telecentru,” a landmark characterized by bridges and strange traffic patterns. We volunteers memorized the place last summer – it was the first stop we always made before heading […]

Bumpy Rides with Fidanjik

The summer months are movement. My French colleague Rachel, who volunteers at our local rehabilitative center “Fidanjik” 3 days a week, had been fundraising for an excursion for her “babies” – and, now that the sticky weather permits, her outdoor projects are taking off.

Pride of Chisinau

On Sunday, May 21st I attended the Gay Pride Parade in Chisinau. I arrived at 11:50, and a few rubber-neckers were already beginning to crust around the edges of the police barricade. I entered at the left corner of Bucuresti and Ismail streets. This was the only point […]