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. Guinea Insects in Africa

    I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa.  In my current role as stay-at-home mom/housewife (I like to refer to myself as "domestic goddess"), when I tell people I was a PCV in West Africa, they immediately imagine me in some ideal role of service in the middle of the bush and start to ask questions.  And although my stories about my daily life are entertaining and completely fascinating to anyone who has never left the continental United States, this one instance is by ...

  4. Sierra Leone Modu and Eh Wan

    Modu lived across the road from me . . . and loved to come visit and hang out with me and my dog Eh Wan

  5. Niger Braids

    9-year-old Charifa shows off her Eid ul-Fitr hair.

  6. Niger Mother and child

    Abdul Samad discovers his mother's hijab.

  7. Niger At the Feet of the Chief

    Eid ul-Fitr (the celebration of the end of Ramadan) started a few days after I arrived in my site. I lived near the village chief, and while I was walking by his house one day during this celebration, he pulled me into his entryroom to sit next to him and observe these men serenading him.

  8. Tanzania Machine Chickens

    I remember the incubator miracle like it was yesterday.  I was an upper primary school teacher in Monduli, Tanzania in 1966.  Among the projects that I was involved in was the development of a flock of chickens both for eggs and for meat.  The project started with 100 eggs from the area agricultural college and a kerosene incubator provided by Peace Corps. A small room was found for the incubator and the project got underway. As the project progressed, I became aware of not only interest...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

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