1. South Africa Leapin' Lizards!

    This large lizard with crazy eyes fell off the rafters on our porch ("stoep") and our brother from our host family picked it up to show it to me.  Our home for 2 1/2 years can also be seen in the background.

  2. South Africa Laundry the Local Way

    My wife, Lora Willard, is carrying our laundry on her head as she heads back home through the village after a hot day of washing clothes with the other women at the river.  Lora found that washing at the river was more effective with our limited water supply and carrying the laundry on her head was easier than in her hands.  At least in this instance, local is better!

  3. South Africa Literacy Begins At Home

    My wife, Lora Willard, began gathering book donations to work on a literacy project at our schools.  But before she got a chance to begin the project at school, she pulled out a few books at our home.  Once the kids saw we had books they called all their friends and gathered around in our yard for an impromptu story time!  Literacy really does begin at home (our home in South Africa, in this instance)!

  4. South Africa South African Summers

    There was a small river between our village and the neighboring village and summer rains would help fill it up enough for swimming.  It was also about the only way to cool off during the horriffic heat of South African summers and the local kids weren't shy to take advantage of it.  Here's a late afternoon picture of our brother in our host family following his friend with a large leap into the cool waters, while his sister in the background looks on.

  5. South Africa Dance Your Heart Out!

    In our village they often have traditional Mchongolo dancing parties for various occasions.  This one was after the completion of a one-year "wearing the black" grieving process for a prominent family in our village who lost a member of their family.  You can see that the boys are really dancing for all they're worth and the expressions on their faces tells the whole story!

  6. South Africa After-School Snack!

    At school one day after classes I saw some girls throwing rocks at a tree and picking things up off the ground.  When I walked up, they were proud to show me the Mopani Worms (caterpillars) that they had caught for dinner that night!

  7. Zambia African Skies

    The most beautiful rainbow of my life.  

  8. The Gambia Samba and Bull

    Samba Sowe poses with the family bull in the farms outside of Sare Tubai, The Gambia.

  9. The Gambia Revisited

    Ibrima Sowe masters the skill of walking in his family's sandy compound in Sare Tubai, The Gambia on my visit back 3 years after my service ended.

  10. The Gambia Cherno

    Cherno Sowe celebrates at a wedding in Serekunda, The Gambia.

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