1. Micronesia sunrise from a boat

    The tides again determined our approach to Walung.  Our silent, dark departure from Tafunsak marina allowed a sunrise approach to a community still attuned with non-electrical rhythms.  

  2. Ukraine Russian Teachers

    My host brother Ilya (age 7) and sister Vika (age 6), here on Day 1, were my favorite and most valuable Russian teachers.  They never lost patience and always took the greatest delight in my language blunders.  My first breakthrough moment came with Vika who was (as usual) sitting with me at my desk as I did my homework.  She asked me something I did not understand (again, as usual) and in trying to ask her to repeat I must have said something unintelligible.  She stared at me for a few seco...

  3. Ukraine Babushka

    Babushki, with their quintessential headscarves and frumpy skirts, are a practically a national symbol.  Most have lived through times tougher that any PCV can imagine and a great deal can be learned from sharing a cup of chai with one and listening to a few of her stories. 

  4. Ukraine GLOWing in Ukraine

    What constitutes a youth summer camp in Ukraine?  Five PCVs, two showers, one electric burner, and 28 Ukrainian girls.  Mice, mosquitoes, bed bugs and filthy dorm rooms.  A week before the camp began, we had to cancel the camping component because our equipment fell through and rearrange responsibilities because two volunteers unexpectedly left the country.  Upon discovery of the single working burner, the first camp meal (spaghetti dinner) was a complete disaster.  That night, the five exhau...

  5. Vanuatu Pikinini blong Pentecost

    My Peace Corps experience would have been great without the little ones in this video, but they made it AMAZING! I was a youth development volunteer in the village of Abwatuntora, on the island of Pentecost. Mina, Aniva, Matai and Josep lived with me on a peninsula called Lapawariri. When I took this video, I had just started learning Raga, the language of north Pentecost, so my Bislama suffered a bit. You can hear them speaking Raga behind the camera, which I had to hold, because they wouldn...

  6. Madagascar Alex's Peace Corps Madagascar House Tour

    A tour of my house in Manjakandriana, Madagascar!

  7. Madagascar Portrait of Good Friday

    This is Soajama, whose name means "Good Friday" in Malagasy.

  8. Morocco The Tannery

    Medina Qadima Fez

  9. Ukraine A Taste of Ukraine

    (This ran as a travel essay in the Seattle Times, Aug. 20, 2004.) Since coming to Ukraine in March as a Peace Corps volunteer, my culinary palate has been wiped clean and replaced with something entirely different. I've eaten raw fish, boiled fish head, raw pig fat, squid jerky, pickled everything and an odd assortment of mystery meat, usually doused with ketchup. Pizza usually includes corn and shredded, pickled carrots, and hot dogs are covered with cabbage and mayonnaise. But I e...

  10. Ukraine Top of Pip Ivan

    Teachers, students, and two PCV's spent a day climbing Pip Ivan--at the top, the students explored and the teachers "spread a table" that was a teachers only zone.  There, Ben and I were introduced to the idea of doing a shot of vodka to help renew one's energy--it worked so well that my feet quit hurting and I was ready for the return hike.  I think the kids appreciated the teachers' attitude adjustment.

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