1. Mongolia Mongolian Wedding

    My wife Tunga and I getting married in Sukhbaatar province as Tunga's father, Jargalsaikhan, hands me a traditional silver bowl with Mongolian milk

  2. Mongolia Building a Path Together

    Building a massage pathway outside the provincial hospital, which was part of an overall stress reduction project for patients and staff

  3. Mongolia Golden Mountain

    Overlooking the sacred Mongolian mountain Altan Ovoo, or Golden Mountain, during a three week Children's Summer Camp in Dariganga village, Sukhbaatar province

  4. Mongolia Beginning Summer Camp

    Peace Corps Volunteer Todd Waite looks out on our lake in Dariganga before teaching three weeks of summer camp

  5. Mongolia The Story of My Service

    Sometimes a story is so good that I don’t want it to end. As the pages in my right hand get lighter, I might even flip back a few chapters to try and enjoy it again—to remember what just happened and maybe catch something I missed. For whatever reason, I brought that blue invitation packet with me across the ocean, the same one every Volunteer gets in the mail with “Peace Corps invites you to serve” printed on the front. It’s been a long time since I opened it, more than two years. A c...

  6. Mongolia Close of Service

    Close of Service Conference for our M19 Group as we finished our service in Mongolia.

  7. Mongolia Swearing In Ceremony

    Tunga and I during the beginning of my third year as a PCVL at the 2010 Swearing In Ceremony for our M21 Volunteers.

  8. Philippines Forming Islands in the Philippines

    One of the Philippine creation myths speaks of a lightning bolt blasting rock and dropping islands from the sky to form the vast archipelago.  Another myth suggests that the Filipino people emerged from a piece bamboo before fanning out across the island chain.  It is no myth that life in the Philippines can feel scattered and vast.  Its history is a tangled mix of native roots and colonial influences.  The cultural and geographic diversity can feel as if each of the thousands of islands is ...

  9. Thailand Nice to See You and Good Luck

    I swore in last Monday and took the Peace Corps oath, and am now an official volunteer! So that's pretty cool. I probably won't be able to top that in the course of this post. Some bullet points of interesting mishaps: I went to get a supposedly blind massage from a supposedly blind masseus, but he in fact had the gift of sight and was using it to the fullest. Meanwhile my friend's masseus was either a ladyboy (Thailand's notorious third gender, men who surgically become women) or a ve...

  10. East Timor Talk to a drunken Volunteer: Elvis and the Little Cat Story

    “So it’s right after a bank day right, so I’ve got a pocket of money.  And no one is waiting for me in my site so I stop over in Maubisi and I go over to see Betty and I’m like, want some whiskey? Not like I had to twist her arm. So I pour some myself this big glass and sit down, it’s evening so I can crash on the floor. Well Betty has this little cat.  It’s half grown cute, like cats are, and it’s jumping around and goes out the window.  I’m about to enjoy this drink, my first, and we hear ...

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