1. Peru Quesillo

    My neighbor invited me to watch her make cheese one afternoon. Everyday she collects milk from her neighbors, and in the afternoon, she puts all in a large vat and mixes it with the culture and salt. Then she fits it all into molds once it start curdling. This is called "Quesillo" and is eaten plain or on potatoes.

  2. Peru Knitting in the Sierra

    I was invited to a meeting in one of my communities only to find out that the meeting didn't start on time. The women, however, didn't seem phased, as they were all busy knitting and talking to one another.

  3. Peru Tamales & Friendship

    One of the local mothers groups called a "Comedor Popular" invited me to make "tamales" one day, one of the typical food made from corn in the andean area of Peru. What I thought was only going to be an hour tutorial, ended up being a full day affair, and not just about "tamales," but also getting to know the women. In the end, I ate lots of good food and made a few more friends.

  4. Peru Nueva Vida

    I live right next door to the health post and one night, our obstetrician came over to tell us that a woman was giving birth next door. I came over to see if I could help, and ended up witnessing my first birth. The baby was not breathing when it first came out, but my community partner skillfully and confidently brought the baby back to life.

  5. Peru Town Meeting

    I was invited to one of my communitie's town meeting where the town's leader announced the construcion of a new health post in their town. These ladies were patiently waiting for the meeting to begin.

  6. Madagascar Famadihana

    Honoring their ancestors by dancing with them at the Turning of the Bones festival near Ambatondrazaka, Madagascar.

  7. El Salvador Skype

    This family just came to my house to skype with their son whom they have not seen since 1998. He is living illegally in the states. It was also the first time the mom had ever seen a computer. When her son's face came on the screen she started crying and kept saying "that's my son... That's my son" and then the whole family talked for 2 hours and never had to worry about how much it was going to cost them. We had to shine flashlights on her face cause my house only has one light bul...

  8. Mongolia Matching Hats

    A fellow PCV and I went to his coworker's homes during Tsagaan Sar. Even the children get in on fox-hat action!

  9. Mongolia Traditions!

    During Tsagaan Sar, it's tradition to pass snuff bottles to each other and sniff them. This is quite the rare moment where Mongolians are smiling in a photograph. :) This was taken at my hospital Tsagaan Sar meeting, where everyone chats and greets each other on the new year.

  10. Mongolia Grandmothers

    During Tsagaan Sar ("White Moon/Month"), the biggest holiday in Mongolia, people visit each other's homes. This is my counterpart's mom and her sister, in their best deels (traditional clothing).

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