1. 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 ...

  2. Georgia World AIDS Day Initiative Group

    In Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, Peace Corps volunteers McKinze Cook, Kelley Gallagher, Kimberly Tramel and Sean Fredericks, along with EVS and Teach-and-Learn-With-Georgia volunteers, worked together to create a peer education initiative group comprised of local teenagers. These young people received a series of trainings about HIV and AIDS, then used that information to design a comprehensive campaign to increase awareness in their community. On World AIDS Day, December 1, the initiative group took...

  3. Guatemala Above The Crowd

    A child in the Aldea of Pahaj leans over the top of schools fence to see the parade for Carnival.  

  4. Guatemala Super Moon on Top of a Volcano

    I took this photo on top of Volcan Tajamulco, the tallest volcano in Central America (Guatemala).  We climbed it the night that the moon was at its closest point to the earth and it made for some great photos.  This is a photo of other PCV's enjoying the view.  

  5. Guatemala Rain on a Tin Roof

                The rain used to be quite calming before the beginning of the rainy season.  It would be something that I enjoyed sleeping in, especially with the tin roofs here in Guatemala.  Yet, now the overly loud slapping of rain against the slim pieces of tin that make up the roof is far less romantic than before.  Storms were always part of what I loved about the world.  Back home storms came far more subtly, gently rolling through in the distance and giving fair warning to all who lived ...

  6. Madagascar Manakara Be Sunset

    After a relaxing day with Volunteers of the SudEst, it's really overwhelming how breathtaking the Manakara Be sunset can really be!  There is just nothing better than being with friends, toes in the sand, enjoying the comfortable 4th of July weather and capturing one of the amazing scenery shots of Madagascar, like this one posted here.  Mazotoa!  

  7. Honduras Head, Shoulders. Knees and Toes

    These teachers were part of the Teaching English and Methodology course that Peace Corps Honduras Youth Development project does in collaboration with the Honduran Secretary of Education. PCVs teach public school teachers HOW to teach English so they can better fulfill the government's mandate that they all teach English in the public schools. This video is from their graduation ceremony.

  8. Madagascar Mody

    Elementary school students walking home for lunch in the rain.

  9. Madagascar Mother and child

    Anketrakabe, Madagascar

  10. Madagascar Race to the Finish

    During an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention bike tour, we held several condom races.  Teams competed to demonstrate propler condom use and ran to the finish (a trash can).  Here a woman runs to victory!

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