1. South Africa The Pied Pipers

      Soon after Woody and I first arrived to our permanent site, one day after school we had a gaggle of children follow us home like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.  Each one carrying a brick in their hands. When we stopped and asked why they were carrying bricks, they answered in unison “I don't know.”  Well, it turned out that our principal arranged to have a shower drain and “septic” tank (really a French drain) installed at our house and he asked literally every child from the school to bring...

  2. South Africa Today's Reader is Tomorrow's Leader

    At one of our primary schools, the library has been up and running for a while thanks to the previous PCV. Therefore, I thought that it would be a good idea to start a Reading Rewards program there in order to rejuvenate the kids' interest in reading. At our schools at least, the kids all seem to love competitions. So, this new Reading Rewards program seems to be just the thing to get them excited about reading. I called the competition the “Big Five Readers” and made a chart for each grad...

  3. South Africa After-School Snack!

    At school one day after classes I saw some girls throwing rocks at a tree and picking things up off the ground.  When I walked up, they were proud to show me the Mopani Worms (caterpillars) that they had caught for dinner that night!

  4. Zimbabwe The Road to the Zambezi

    This was taken on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls at sunset. I was trying to take a picture to highlight how terrible the road as a result of the constant rain poured on it that is generated by the spray of the falls. In the end, with the sun filtering through the clouds of mist the picture turned out really romantic.

  5. Zambia Seka

    Laughing children were the highlight of my time in the village.

  6. Zambia African Skies

    The most beautiful rainbow of my life.  

  7. The Gambia Samba and Bull

    Samba Sowe poses with the family bull in the farms outside of Sare Tubai, The Gambia.

  8. The Gambia Revisited

    Ibrima Sowe masters the skill of walking in his family's sandy compound in Sare Tubai, The Gambia on my visit back 3 years after my service ended.

  9. The Gambia Cherno

    Cherno Sowe celebrates at a wedding in Serekunda, The Gambia.

  10. Cameroon Karate Kids

    Kids in Mobe (a village I worked with on a well installation project) showing off their best karate moves

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