1. Guatemala Meet The Parents

      I got an unexpected but very pleasant surprise when my dad called me last saturday night. “I have someone here that wants to talk to you,” he told me from his house in Jersey City, New Jersey. He handed the phone over, and to my amazement I was greeted by Katarina, the mother of one of the teachers I work with here in the Guatemalan highlands. I was so shocked at first by the connection between these two previously seperate parts of my life, it took me a few moments to understand wh...

  2. Bulgaria "S'more" Doesn't Translate

    On a hike this past summer, I introduced my kids to the joy of a campfire necessity - s'mores!

  3. Bulgaria In house dance party

    On a stroll through the Roma Quarter/ghetto to visit some students, I was able to catch this dance party going on through someone's open kitchen door. 

  4. Mozambique Football in Moz

    Mozambican girls showing off their american football skills they learned from PCVs the day before the Super Bowl.

  5. Togo Toys for Toddlers

    Who wouldn't think of a hoe as being a good toy for a three year old?

  6. Bulgaria Fun on the ice

    The local municipality donated three free 1-hour sessions on the winter ice rink to the kids at our Roma middle school in the Samokov mountains - the "Capital of White Sports"

  7. Bulgaria Celebratory Horo

    The Roma middle school in Samokov, Bulgaria celebrates the national culture holiday last May by dancing the Bulgarian folklore horo as a school. 

  8. Rwanda Another Side of Kigali

    When I leave my site and head to Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali, it’s a rare chance to catch up with fellow Volunteers, enjoy Western food, stock up on things I can’t get in other places, and frequent muzungu hang-outs where I can be somewhat anonymous.  As such, most of my time in Kigali has been spent in the wealthier neighborhoods.  But, I recently had an opportunity to see another side of the capital, and it was fascinating. While waiting for my boyfriend, who was coming from the States ...

  9. Namibia Peace Corps Group 32 Namibia

    Using the long exposure feature on my camera, my fellow Peace Corps volunteers from group 32 in Namibia assisted in illuminating the night using only our flashlights to spell out "Peace Corps 32". 

  10. Ethiopia The invisible ones

    In June 2010 I first saw a young lady wandering the streets.  She would dance and sing, or tease passersby, or snatch at someone.  Often they would chase her away, kick at her or throw something at her.  I was told she was crazy, and no other explanation was given.  No one seemed to be concerned about getting her help.  I was told her name is Fana.    She begged for her food and found someplace on the streets to sleep at night.  I started taking some food with me as I was walking and when I ...

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