1. Senegal Curiosity

    Leyna Ba can't resist taking a closer look at the camera

  2. Senegal Tangana

    There are very few things that could get me to step out of the brightly lit miniature America known as the Peace Corps regional house onto the dark sketchy streets of Kaolack at night, but freshly fried eggs and potatoes is one of them. Let me paint for you a picture of how I went about acquiring my dinner last night. Stepping out of the front door of the regional house feels a bit like stepping onto another planet. Headlights wink through a haze of dust hanging in the air, silhouetted f...

  3. Guatemala Horse Races

    Residents of the town of Todos Santos Cuchumatan engage in a horse race every year. The only stipulation is that the contestants must be (very) drunk, per a tradition based on a legend that the first man brave enough to ride a horse in Guatemala was from this town and was drunk when he did it, thus disproving the Spaniards' warnings that if a Guatemalan tried to ride a horse, they would be met with instant death.

  4. Guatemala The San Marcos Market

    I love my trips to the market. Although there is a grocery store in San Marcos, selling many of the same goods, I always prefer to go to the market for the human interaction and to know that most of my money is staying with Guatemalans (the grocery store is owned by Walmart!) Also, the market is just beautiful :)

  5. Burkina Faso A Woman's Place?

    “Ko ko ko!” I look up from my book while anxiously waiting for students to arrive on the first day of the student-run “kids’ school.” “Ayo. Fofoo. Wariga.” “Yes. Hello. Come in,” I reply to the voice announcing a girl’s arrival at my courtyard gate. I wait in the shade of my straw porch, lazily deciding not to face the brutal Sahelian sun since custom doesn’t require me to rise to greet her. Since moving to Burkina Faso last year, I have found that the temperature seems to intensify...

  6. Lesotho Next Generation

    My husband served in the tiny country of Lesotho from 1977-1979.  31 years later he returns, bringing me and our two sons (12 and 10 years old) to meet his family there.  Nothing felt more amazing than feeling the love his former co-workers and friends have for Kenton.  As fresh and deep - like he had never left.  We sensed the honor and pride in their voices and actions --we all became one family.   To celebrate my husband's friend and former PC co-worker, Simon, arranged for us to travel up...

  7. Liberia "Going Bananas"

    Liberians are very capable of carrying most anything on thier heads, and in this case, it is bananas getting a ride...

  8. Uganda Cabbage patch

    Crop irrigation, Ugandan style.

  9. St. Lucia Solar Ovens

    I did a summer camp in August 2010 for my Girl Guide Company and we earned the Climate Change and Food Security badge. Here are some girls putting together their solar ovens for one of our activities that week. 

  10. St. Lucia Walking Grande Anse

    Grande Anse Beach is located at the undeveloped Northeast corner of St Lucia. This is where Leatherback turtles lay their eggs from April to August each year. A group of PCVs camped-out on the beach with our tour guide and woke up at 2am to watch a leatherback lay her eggs. Here are four of us enjoying the scenery. Photo by Julie F.

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