1. The Gambia Joankunda

    She sits in the shade on a worn pink silky cloth laid on the raised cement slab that is a resting place in the late afternoon. Joankunda and three of her grandchildren gather under the sloping grass roof while the children’s mothers sweat over simmering pots of spicy stew that will be the evening meal for the family. Now that her two oldest sons are married, Joankunda no longer has to cook. The daughters-in-law take turns preparing the food. This is a well-deserved break for Joankunda, a...

  2. The Gambia A Lovely Parting Gift

    A Lovely Parting Gift Twenty-one is a certain age, at least it was for me. I was certain that I understood how the world should work and disdainful of how people had so thoroughly messed it up. I left school certain that I was armed with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world. I thought I knew what lay ahead for me when I got on that plane for Peace Corps. I didn’t have a clue. Twenty-five years later I still don’t know what difference I made in that little mud-hut...

  3. Sierra Leone Modu and Eh Wan

    Modu lived across the road from me . . . and loved to come visit and hang out with me and my dog Eh Wan

  4. Nepal Peace Corps Nepal 1987

    I served in N161 and this slide show documents my travels in Tarai, Pyuthan, Salyan, Nagarcot, Kathmandu and other places.

  5. Samoa See The World

    I was supposed to leave the country, but it wasn’t looking good, being 120 feet in the air surrounded by dozens of police and firemen straining their necks to see me. It went down like this:After living it up one night, I sat alone on my front porch pondering a life of tomorrows because my departure was imminent. An adventurous, altruistic pursuit below the equator had beckoned to me. I was 24 years old, and felt hesitant to leave the hometown I knew so well for so much of the unknown. Sunset...

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