1. Dominica Traditional Bath

    Uma, my homestay nephew, was often given a bath like this in the yard.  You will see several local leaves in the bath, these are intentional to assist with keeping bad spirits away.  I love this photo as it shows a lot - cute kid taking traditional bath, coconuts used to sell for livelyhood, and warm Dominica sun.

  2. Dominica Integration, Integration, Integration

    Can you spot the Peace Corps Volunteer?  I was asked by the village cultural group, Karifuna, to participate in their stage performance during the annual Carnival Queen Pageant held before a crowd of 1,000 plus at the National Stadium in the capital city.  It was great fun to dance around on stage all crazy while looking like a smurf.  This was apparently an opposite representation of slavery, the "blue man" is in chains and being oppressed by an evil man with a whip.  Why have me p...

  3. Dominica Morning Prayer

    Students at the Salybia Primary School would begin every morning of instruction with a prayer.  This day I was lucky to catch this nice photo of several of them praying earnestly.

  4. Guyana Phagwah

    Celebrating the Hindu festival of colors, locals are powdered with various colors while singing, clapping and playing instruments. 

  5. Guyana Bike Market

    A way of selling... 

  6. Guyana Born to pose

    Neighborhood children flock to pose when the camera comes out. 

  7. Guyana Walking home

    Amerindian boy walking home

  8. Guyana Looking Out

    A young Guyanese looks out the window to enjoy the people passing by 

  9. Nicaragua Shining Shoes

    I met Diego while walking through town to the main bus stop. He ran up from behind and yelled “Oy,chele!” (hey, whitie!) and offered to shine my shoes. Over his small shoulder he was lugging the typical wooden box the shoe shine boys used to carry their brushes and polish as they ran around town looking for work: dusty cowboy boots and leather shoes. He was about eight years old and had a cocky strut. His hands, face, and tank top were smudged and, in some places, nearly covered with shoe po...

  10. Kazakhstan Losing Control

    It was only my third day in Kazakhstan, but it was an important one.  It was the day volunteers were taken home by our host families, the people we would live with during our three months of training in villages around the city of Almaty.  A nervous energy filled the air as we packed and repacked our belongings, trying unsuccessfully to find a place for the water distiller and medical kits given to us by the Peace Corps.  We all dressed in our Sunday best, whispering and gossiping like nervou...

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