1. Uganda The Power of Pineapple

    "What can I do to motivate my students?" I think to myself, as I hastily pack my things one morning before heading to school. "They talk in class, they fail my tests, and even if I broke down and started caning them like the other teachers, they still wouldn't care about physics."   Then suddenly, a revelation: "I'll tempt them with food!"   Bag packed and sandals strapped on, I leave my house—a two-room shop stall at the heart of a rural trading center in weste...

  2. Cameroon Thing Things You Don't Realize...

    … when you have everything. Did you ever realize how dirty you get when you don’t have an actual shower? We are in the midst of dry season here and water is a more precious commodity than ever. While I am lucky and have gotten in good with neighbor kids who come to fetch water for me daily, the supply is still limited. As a result, bucket-bathing daily has become a luxury. That, and it’s really just a huge pain in the rear end. No worries, I have plentifu...

  3. Cameroon Out of Africa

    Sitting at Philadelphia International airport waiting for my connecting flight to St. Louis and having a hard time believing that I am finally back in the USA, after 26 months. The layover in Brussels went smoothly. I parted ways with Laura who traveled with me from Yaoundé. We grabbed a Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks before boarding our respective flights. It felt very correct. I didn’t have the panic feelings that I encountered when landing in Paris last summer. This was a good sign, ...

  4. Cameroon Books For Cameroon

    A proud moment when the 40-foot container carrying 23,000+ books donated by Books For Africa for the Books For Cameroon project arrived in my provinical capital.

  5. Botswana Me and my counterpart

    Me and my 3rd year counterpart - Dr. William Jimbo, the PMTCT Advisor to PEPFAR

  6. Botswana Young Women Empowerment Groups

    Part of a PCV created activity in 4 villages to empower young women in HIV prevention as part of the District's Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) program.

  7. Botswana Crazy cat woman

    Showing my cat to some neighborhood boys. Yes, they totally thought I was the crazy cat woman/a witch.

  8. Botswana Ouch!

    Documenting just one of the MANY injections we got during pre-service training.

  9. Botswana Wheel barrow races

    Neighborhood kids holding wheelbarrow races in my front yard. Molepolole, Botswana

  10. Botswana New Years Eve

    Celebrating New Years Eve with my friends Jes & Kelone and their extended family.

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