1. Bulgaria Snowmen can dance?

    Who knew snowmen could dance? Or shall I say snowgirls?

  2. Bulgaria Getting Dressed

    These 12th grade boys are getting dressed for their dance performance. It was definitely a two person job. 

  3. Bulgaria Best Friends

    They're always smiling.

  4. Bulgaria Confusion

    This student makes every class completely worth it because I always know what he's thinking (especially if he's understanding) based on his expression. 

  5. Turkmenistan Teke Turkmen Bash Salmak

    This is a tradition that Teke women do after they have a wedding. The married women and single girls from the groom's family will wrestle for the new bride's womanhood. As you can see it gets pretty intense! Also, don't mess with Dayzas... they are strong women! 

  6. Philippines Explaining Coral to Filipinos

    I have been doing so much class observation. It is beneficial because there is so much about the educational system that confuses me still, despite having spent weeks here. Many times, my counterpart does not involve me with his lesson planning. (However, after observing several classes of his, I realize that he just reads from the book and does not actually plan any lesson.) Today, I didn’t feel like I could bear the monotony of it all, so I volunteered to do the lesson, despite no pr...

  7. Philippines A Protracted Expanse of Ocean

    Sometimes I feel that being a Peace Corps Volunteer feels as if I am hand-delivering piles of bricks across a muddy riverbed to provide a community with the means to build. It’s as if I am carrying the weight on my shoulders through a thick mud. To me, this mud I must trod through everyday represents the all-encompassing and foreign culture of the Philippines. As a Peace Corps Volunteer working at the community-level, I carry my load brick by brick. Over time I can see the buildings get...

  8. Philippines The Bangka

    A bangka is a Filipino boat made out of wood and bamboo. As we noisely motor to one of the 7,107 island of the Philippines, the Filipino man navigates the boat with his bamboo pole.

  9. Bulgaria Ain't No River Wide Enough

    2010 TEFL Academy in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The newest PCVs were teaching a class of 3rd Graders "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for a performance later that week.

  10. Philippines Snowing in the Philippines

    My students always ask me what snow is like, as they have never experienced a temperature less than 70 degrees farenheit. For Christmas, I taught my students how to make snowflakes out of white paper. They had a great time cutting out their own unique designs. Then we all threw them up into the air, making it snow in the Philippines for the first time!

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