1. Kazakhstan Inviting the New Year

    As an OCAP volunteer I am involved in promoting activities that bring together the colleagues of Samal Center, a rehabilitation center for disabled children and youth. As 2011 approaches, the country of Kazakhstan celebrates with Grandfather Frost and Snow Granddaughter, rather than Santa Clause and his elves. Here we see Grandfather Frost performing a traditional song while the colleagues dance together and sing along.  

  2. Samoa Sili River

    Local kids playing in the river on a Saturday afternoon.

  3. Azerbaijan Azerbaijani Meal

    In Azerbaijan us PCV's use the word 'guest' as a verb, and 'going guesting' usually involves visiting an HCN's house, bringing them a small gift, having many cups of tea, and being greeted with a LOT of delicious food! Pictured here are: fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, an assortment of pickled items, stoliçni (an Azerbaijan potato salad), uç bacı dolması (three sister dolma, which is stuffed eggplant, tomato, and pepper), and a fresh pasta & chicken dish whose name I forget.

  4. Azerbaijan A PCV Christmas

    One of the volunteers had a birthday a few days before Christmas, and a bunch of his HCN friends threw him a party at a local restaurant, complete with a Christmas tree! We gathered in front of the tree with the local Şaxta Baba (Azerbaijan's version of Santa Claus) for a PCV family photo. (Please Note that Santa Claus is smoking hookah, haha.)

  5. Bulgaria Merry Christmas!

    Getting ready to celebrate with their annual Christmas program, 5 kindergarteners at the Roma kindergarten in Samokov Bulgaria stop for a photo op while sporting their new Santa hats! 

  6. Suriname projects

    Two Peace Corps projects have consumed most of my time.  The first is continuing to train the Park Rangers in using a laptop computer.  We had to send our laptop into the city for six weeks which was a bit of a setback.  The tutoring is slow due to the newness of them using a keyboard and mouse for the first time however we’re starting to see progress which is mutually satisfying.  I have received a new laptop which I’m hoping is a little more reliable. On the second project a group of ...

  7. Suriname bricks

    handmade bricks for the bakery.  Only 273 more to go

  8. Suriname swim hole

    my place to cool off

  9. Suriname tranquil moment

    on the river

  10. Georgia a merry christmas, or something like it

    This was my second Christmas in a foreign land, a land where Christmas is on an entirely different day, so the locals make nothing of it.  But to be honest, I never get into a holiday spirit anyway.  Holidays are something that I like to believe don’t really affect me, though they might affect my relations with other people and the going-ons around me.  They make for themes to parties, but they don’t give me any sense of meaning or reality, no stability of philosophy or character.  Character...

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