1. Guatemala Sisters

    Sisters at a Cajolá festival.

  2. Guatemala Age and Beauty

    A local woman in my training town, San Antonio Aguas Calientes. 

  3. Romania And the Cheese Stands Alone

    “We soon reached his cave, but he was out shepherding, so we went inside and took stock of all that we could see. His cheese-racks were loaded with cheeses, and he had more lambs and kids than his pens could hold…When he had so done he sat down and milked his ewes and goats, all in due course, and then let each of them have her own young.  He curdled half the milk and set it aside…” Thus is the excerpt from Homer’s Odyssey (in a translation from the Ancient Greek by Samuel Butler, the Victori...

  4. Romania Hungry for More

    As I sit down to write yet another account of the unique life I’ve had here in Romania Peace Corps, it occurred to me that one of the greatest joys I’ve found has been to visit, nurture, admire, imbibe, or otherwise ingest glorious things from the gardens of my neighbors and my own.  After just having finished a small, but precious bunch of early black grapes (struguri), I decided to take a seat on the wicker bench outside the home of some of my most favorite Romanian friends here in a villag...

  5. Romania On Common Ground

    -Two CofC Grads Share a Peace Corps Thanksgiving   Life in America is one unique experience after another.  We’ve got shops on every corner selling any manner of goods and people who come from all over the globe right next door.  There are languages and foods and religions galore, not to mention opinions, customs and such.  It’s one of the things that we pride ourselves on and truly, it is not lost on us Peace Corps volunteers as we change our usual habitat for something bigger than ourselves...

  6. Kenya Can a simple compliment lead to rashes and bleeding from the eyes?

    It is almost February and my school is getting ready for the form one students to report. I am anxious for them to come so I can begin teaching. I am currently only teaching one class and am afraid I am getting relaxed and used to my light schedule. I also think it is not the best practice to have students show up to school more than a month after opening day. I am actually not looking forward to the first few weeks of teaching the form one students. It will take them a few weeks to u...

  7. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Youth Matters Fixed

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  8. Thailand World AIDS Day - Getting to Zero

    Two PC volunteers, about 10 adults and 130 children -- participated in a bike ride for World AIDS Day on December 2, 2011.  The bike ride was the final event from a AIDS/HIV Life Skills Camp held earlier in 2011 in the province of Nakhon Phanom Thailand. Participants showed their support to those living with HIV or AIDS by wearing a red bracelet and also by displaying one of several signs on their body or their bicycle. Signs shared 5-year goals from the UNAIDS program. Signs were available i...

  9. Philippines 50 Years of Service

    While enjoying the Bobon Sto. Nino festival in Northern Samar, the four of us, volunteers in Batch 268, met a volunteer from Batch 3 who had returned to his former site in the Philippines to enjoy the festivities!

  10. Madagascar Rose-Tinted Glasses

    my As much as we all may joke about Peace Corps goggles (it is not a joke: it is an affliction!), many of us have switched those spectacles for another pair of late. Long ago, when it meant little to me, I heard through the usual twisted, time-distorted chain of Peace Corps wisdom about the rose-tinted glasses. These, the legend went, slip down over your eyes during your last weeks in your village; they distort your once reliable vision and suddenly you find all that once irritated you to no ...

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