1. Philippines FILIPINAS on a JEEPNEY, Talamban, Cebu, Philippines

    Three of our Language Trainers on the way to a PC Training event of some kind in late 1985.  All were wonderful and extremely patient ladies!  Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!

  2. Philippines PEEPING CHILDREN, Camiguin Island, Mindanao, Philippines

    PEEPING CHILDREN, Camiguin Island, Mindanao, Philippines This photo was taken during a trip to visit another Deaf Ed PCV's site on the southern-most and largest island, Mindanao.  Unbeknownst to us, the PCV we were supposed to visit had been evacuated for peace and order problems several days earlier.  As we were taught during training, we heeded the advice of the host country nationals in her village who encouraged us to leave the highly charged area we were supposed to visit and go visit n...

  3. Solomon Islands Kai kai nao, ia!

    My wife, Susan, and I served as Community Development Workers on the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal Island. One of our major projects involved assisting local villagers to plan and construct a primary school complex. The community held a large, traditional pig feast to mark the opening of the school.  Susan and I donated a pig for the event, and the local chief insisted that I don a bark loincloth and prepare the pig for baking in a stone oven. An offer I could not refuse!

  4. Niger I had a horse in Africa

    When I was growing up, I was a horse fanatic.  I knew everything about horses--except how to actually ride.  Eventually, I grew out of that.  But shortly after college, I found myself as an agriculture/rural development Volunteer in Anam Tondi, Niger, 8 km through the sand to Ouallam, the nearest market town.  Peace Corps gave us transportation options.  I tried a mountain bike, but quickly (after one trip) realized that 8 km in the sand in 110 degree heat was not what "Outside" mag...

  5. Gabon International Highway

    You won't see this anymore if you are a Peace Corps volunteer. A PCV on a motorcycle. That's me on 50cc Honda. It was slow but it got me around. Peace Corps stopped giving them to volunteers due to all the injuries associated with them. I had my father order me motorcycle parts and a repair manual to get it going.  Future volunteers, I would suggest you learn bicycle repair skills. They could come in handy for yourself and others.

  6. Gabon Travel overland in Gabon

    June 16th, 1980    The African Experience: You asked for it, 24 hours later.  Well, it all started on a Monday misty morning. There I was up bright and early at 6:15 AM, waiting, waiting, waiting......until noon .  Why the delay? The driver is going all over town(Oyem) picking up riders going to Libreville and wanting to maximize profits, he is now waiting for more riders. We can't leave until the van is full.  Oh well, a late start but I am grateful that we are finally moving.  To my left an...

  7. Thailand Tree Planting

    This was at a school in Amphur Sega.  Eucaliptus trees were planted for fuel and to help manage mixing of the salt and fresh water aquafers by having the trees pump out water between them.

  8. Thailand Trust the Children

    In one of my favorite places I worked, Ging Amphur Bung Khong Long, some of the village boys were showing me how they fished.

  9. Thailand Talking Crops and Weather

    Just like home, famers spend a lot of time talking about the crops and weather.  This was a project to raise fish in the rice paddy.  A deep water area was excavated for the fish to stay in during the hot part of the day.  The fish would eat insects in the rice and fertilize it as well, and provide a profitable addition to small acreages.

  10. Thailand Me with my homestay family

    During training, we spent 2 weeks in a village in Nakorn Sawan, learning Thai during the day and lifeways in the evening.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.