1. Solomon Islands Verandah!

    We waited for a few months for our house to be built; during that time we felt isolated because the temporary digs were not equipped with a verandah, which we noticed quickly was important to every house. All social activity, communication, news-telling and decision-making took place there. When the house was complete and the full-length verandah went into use, Rachel and began our Peace Corps service in earnest.

  2. Micronesia Micronesian Family

    I was very lucky to have lived with two really great Micronesian Families--during training and after.  It was kind of weird living with a family again after not having lived with my own for quite a while.  But as I said, both families were wonderful and very protective.  They made sure I had everything I needed and I felt very wanted and loved. It was tough being that far away from my friends and family (I'm from NY) but they really tried to make my stay as comfortable as possible.

  3. Nepal Her American Sister

    I remember her smiling up at me one evening.  The light was fading in the sky, and the Dhorpatan hills out beyond the village were turning blue in the gathering dark.  The stars would be out soon, and maybe a moon.  She laughed as she swatted the ox with a short stick, urging him into the barn.  “He is my husband,” she joked, slapping the black haunches again, “Isn’t he handsome?” She was seventeen, a high-caste girl, from a good family.  I was barely twenty-two and fresh from a liberal ...

  4. Nepal Baglung Pani Miss

    A word of advice: avoid moving to a village where a volunteer preceded you. When I moved to Baglung Pani, Andy Walker was my own personal Freddy Krueger, popping into every conversation, and shredding my every deed. At each “good morning,” people would point to the hostel next to the school and tell me, “Andy Walker built that. What are you going to build?” At noon, the woman who gave me tea would drill me with questions in rapid Nepalese and then announce, “You don’t speak as wel...

  5. Guinea Insects in Africa

    I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa.  In my current role as stay-at-home mom/housewife (I like to refer to myself as "domestic goddess"), when I tell people I was a PCV in West Africa, they immediately imagine me in some ideal role of service in the middle of the bush and start to ask questions.  And although my stories about my daily life are entertaining and completely fascinating to anyone who has never left the continental United States, this one instance is by ...

  6. Philippines Close of Service

    Close of service in Baguo, Philippines for group 250.

  7. Philippines Teacher Training

    I conducted a workshop in Agusan del Norte, Philippines for all teachers in teaching methods. 

  8. Philippines Christmas in Mindanao

    Christmas, 1997 along the north coast of Mindanao, Philippines.  I helped give out food and toys to residents. 

  9. Philippines Fiesta in Buenavista

    Myself and educators marching in a parade during fiesta in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. 

  10. Philippines Cooperative Learning

    Children in North Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines in a cooperative learning group at their elementary school. 

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