1. China I've Never

    Teaching at a univeristy as part of my PCR service was both challenging and incredibly fun.  During my early morning classes, one of best ways to kick off class and wake up students was to play a game.  Here, during a fast-paced round of "I've Never", I somehow got caught in the middle.

  2. China I've Never

    Teaching at a univeristy as part of my PCR service was both challenging and incredibly fun.  During my early morning classes, one of best ways to kick off class and wake up students was to play a game.  Here, during a face-paced round of "I've Never", I somehow got caught in the middle.

  3. China Scrabble Buddy

    One of my favorite parts of serving as a PCRV in China has been the friendships I've been able to build.  Clare, a student from my university, and I would often go to a coffee shop and play BananaGrams together.  Needless to say, my expereince serving in PC China has been vastly different from my service in PC Niger.

  4. China Lou Shan Guan

    My students and I took this  jumping picture in front of Chairman Mao's famous quote at Lou Shan Guan, a historic place in China's communist history.

  5. St. Kitts and Nevis It's better to have something to remember than nothing to regret

    Before leaving for service, I contemplated the friends' weddings I'd miss, babies I’d meet after they were toddlers, holidays I’d spend away from family and milestones I’d miss out on while living in a foreign land. There were the jobs I couldn’t have. The money I couldn’t save. It was all a little overwhelming. Was the Peace Corps worth all that I’d be giving up? Now I know. Yes. But I didn’t realize why until a fellow EC80er was sent back to the states. She wasn’t ready to go. There...

  6. St. Kitts and Nevis 180 degree turn

    From the NBA to the ICC, from sushi to yucky cookup, from driving through 5 lane highways to reckless buses and uphill hikes home, from chilly nights wrapped in blankets to multiple cold showers and fans. But oddly enough, the things I thought I missed the most about home, I missed while I was there. I rubbed my feet back and forth through the soft carpet, blasted MY music in the car while driving, drank endless amounts of milk and OJ, and took long hot showers. But when its out of sig...

  7. Senegal You say tomato, I say...

    Ya (Mama) Oumy posing with part of the harvest from the women's group vegetable garden, made possible through a USAID Food Security grant in 2010.  That's a lot of tomato sauce and delicious vitamins!

  8. Senegal First Communion

    Senegal is 95% Muslim, so the Christians (mostly Catholics) are few and far between.  However, in the big cities, there are a few churches and each service is an experience, complete with beautiful music and drumming, dancing, and multi-lingual experiences.  These young children were celebrating their First Communions and the church was packed in celebration.

  9. Senegal Rose Colored Glasses

    I taught the kids in my compound (and my chef du village father and everyone else...) how to use their hands to make a pair of eye glasses, the way I did as a child.  Hours and DAYS of enjoyment, laughter, and cultural exchange! Then we danced the Macarena...

  10. Senegal Hoopiness!

    I host a Girls Club in my neighborhood which meets twice a month. I try to involve the girls in creative thought and play.  This week, we made hoops from PVC pipe, connectors, and electrical tape and learn some basic moves.  They were movin' and groovin' in no time--quick learners!  Just before this video was shot, I challenged the girls to hoop in silence for 5 minutes.  As you can see (hear) this didn't really work that well.  The high-pitched moaning is an attempted form of commuication.

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