1. Kiribati The Girl Sickness

    A long time ago there was a very smart woman somewhere in Kiribati who told all of the men that when she had the "girl sickness;" she shouldn't wash, cook, or clean out of fear of contaminating things.  Well, at least that is how I imagine the custom came about.  However, that wise woman overlooked one thing... now all the young girls had to tell everyone when their time came for the monthly visitor.  And thus began another tradition of having a village celebration on the 3rd day of a girl's ...

  2. Ukraine Our Garden

    This charming young lady holding our dog is our neighbor, Nastia. From late spring until late fall, our garden was full of flowers and vegetables. 

  3. Ukraine My wonderful host family

    I lived with the Skrebnevas for three years. They are wonderful, caring people and we had great times together, especially the summer holidays.

  4. Ukraine My Students

    This is a photo of one of my English classes as we showed off a newspaper from Monterey, California, my home town.

  5. Senegal The quiet moments

    PCV Grant Rowland catching up with his host father at the end of the day in their compound courtyard. 

  6. Senegal Mangrove Replanting - With help from PC Washington!

    PCVs came from around the region to help with a Mangrove Replanting Day in Sokone, Senegal on August 18th, 2009.  We were fortunate to have the Acting Director of Congressional Relations from Peace Corps Washington, Suzie Carroll, join us!  Pictured: young Senegalese boy, PCV Rithvik Balakrishnan, and Suzie Carrol

  7. Senegal Teaching they community

    PCV Abigail Fay teaching the women in her village to make a nutrient and protein-rich porriage to feed their under-weight children and babies.

  8. Senegal Carrying water

    As Volunteers, we learn to live like our community members, including carrying water from the well on our heads!  Pictured: Jen Newton and Laurel Gladish, both Senegal '07-'09

  9. Senegal Constant company

    With over 45% of the Senegalese population under the age of 18, there are always children to play with or babies to hold.  They love the attention.  In this photo I'm playing with a little Senegalese girl in the village of a fellow PCV on the morning of a religious pilgrimage that I had come down to see. 

  10. Senegal All-Dressed up... for a wrestling tournament!

    The Wrestling Tournaments in Senegal are the highlight of the year for many Senegalese villages. Three of us had come down to visit our fellow PCV Laurel Gladish's village, Dassalam-e-Sereer for her villages tournament.  Picture: L-R: Laurel Gladish, Sara Hollerich, Jen Newton, Jessica Flaten, all Senegal 07-09

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