1. East Timor Knock Knock.

      Today my Alim Cansio had a bunch of friends roughly our age over.  They had two big containers of palm wine.  Cansio killed a chicken and tossed onto the coals of a fire feathers and all.  It cooked quickly and dried out.  Soon we were breaking off delicious stringy meat and drinking. The day was too hot for drink and soon I was loopy.  Cansio’s friends kept quizzing me about life in America.  I scrolled through my foggy mind for something interesting and decided to explain knock knock jok...

  2. Jordan Standing alone, among many...

    One of the things the young women and I would do in my village was take walks through the rock fields. Away from the shabob (boys) we would sing and dance, gossip and laugh- really LOUD!

  3. Jamaica Jamaica Recap

    Lived the dream!

  4. Uganda The Cinderella Next Door

    As I walk past six-year old Paulina who is bent over the sink in the middle of her second load of dish washing, she smiles pleasantly and replies quietly, “I’m fine,” when I greet her. Her ebony skin glistens in the splashes of sun-lit soapy water and her small hands work methodically as she meticulously scrub each dish caked with remnants of the previous meal. When I stop to ask her why she isn’t attending school today, she cheerfully answers that she would attend the next day. C...

  5. Azerbaijan A Tale of Two Countries: Father and Son in the Peace Corps

    A Tale of Two Countries Father and Son in the Peace Corps By Mason Robbins, RPCV, Haiti 1999-2001, and Joel Robbins, RPCV, Azerbaijan, 2007-2009 Mason--We like to be able to boast to others, “Been there, done that.” Saying it makes us feel older, more experienced, wiser, more proud and condescending, maybe, when we are young. Saying it to my 63-year-old father makes me proud. Not proud of me, proud of him. My father served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan from 2007 ...

  6. Haiti A Tale of Two Countries: Father and Son in the Peace Corps

    A Tale of Two Countries Father and Son in the Peace Corps By Mason Robbins, RPCV, Haiti 1999-2001, and Joel Robbins, RPCV, Azerbaijan, 2007-2009 Mason--We like to be able to boast to others, “Been there, done that.” Saying it makes us feel older, more experienced, wiser, more proud and condescending, maybe, when we are young. Saying it to my 63-year-old father makes me proud. Not proud of me, proud of him. My father served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan from 2007 ...

  7. Azerbaijan Wide-Eyed

    The students in this elementary classroom were shocked to have an older PC volunteer and two of his Azeri college students help teach an English class. You gotta love these faces.

  8. Azerbaijan Novrus Celebration

    Students at Sheki Pedagogical Technicum celebrate the new growing season by dancing in traditional costumes around a bonfire. Zoroastrian traditions concerning fire, wind, water and earth govern this holiday.

  9. Senegal Lunch

    Anyone Hungry?

  10. Senegal "White person, your hair is so pretty. But, your body is dirty."

    For eighteen months, I lived in Senegal, West Africa.  For eighteen months, I listened to strangers, acquaintances and, at times, my closest friends refer to me as “toubab.” Toubab is the name given to white foreigners. Sometimes it’s used as an identifier.  I would hear my sister say over the phone, “You know, Bienta Toubab.”  Which was important because I was living in a family that had four women named Bienta. But it was still hard.  It was never, “Bienta Voluteer,” since I ...

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