1. Azerbaijan Thanksgiving Prep

    Together with another volunteer, we clean the turkey we just bought to eat for our thanksgiving meal.

  2. Georgia Cold Fingers

    This film is a slightly scary and comedic take on the cold winter months in my mountain-town in Georgia.  Sometimes laughter is the best remedy when your snowed in your house with no school.  My host family and I did get a kick out of the video we made during the heavy snowfall and that's why to me it was a success. 

  3. Azerbaijan Looking at her new home

    After the wedding ceremony, the bride is driven in a line of honking cards where she views her new home for the first time. The furniture and decorations are provided by the bride's family as dowry.

  4. Azerbaijan Looking at her new home

    After the wedding ceremony, the bride is driven in a line of honking cards where she views her new home for the first time. The furniture and decorations are provided by the bride's family as dowry.

  5. Georgia A Typical Day in the Life of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia

    American Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia   Volunteering in a developing country for two years is probably exactly what you expect it to be -- a sparse water supply, gravel roads and an inordinate amount of farm animals.  Living in Georgia might bring out the inner hitchhiker or even the inner vegetarian in you. I wake up at six in the morning with the cocks.  At every hour of the day the cocks can be heard from any corner of my house, but they grow especially noisy at six in the morning, ju...

  6. Kyrgyz Republic Not in My Own Words....

    I am a Nebraskan.  I wanted to join the Peace Corps since I was 8.  Then when I got to college I learned I had to finish college, that is what I did.  I worked my way through college with Peace Corps on my mind.  My Czech/Russian teacher one day started talking about me joining the military.  And I looked at her, with such a strange look, as if my eyes were quoting War and Peace: " screwing up his eyes."  She promised I wouldn't have to do basic training.  I didn't really belive it....

  7. Bulgaria Baba Choir

      A Bulgarian Baba choir performs a wedding dance in Dobarsko part of Razlog municipality, Blagoevgrad Province. This choir is in the community that Peace Corps volunteer Joe Waling lives. One of the women in the choir is Joe's host mother.        The Church of Theodore Tyro and Theodore Stratales is located in Dobarsko and dates back to at least 1614, but some claim 1122. The church is a destination for tourists and the choir performs for the visitors.      I took this low quality video with...

  8. Bulgaria A Tale of Two Minorities

    Suddenly, the music began to blare.  I turned to Katia, my counterpart, for an explanation.  “All the mehani (taverns) turn into discos at midnight.”  My glass of rakia (strong Bulgarian brandy) started teetering precariously close to the edge of our table as my fellow diners leapt to their feet and onto chairs, booths and, particularly impressive in stilettos, bar stools. Welcome to Bansko, Bulgaria.  As the pre-recorded music subsided, a group of Roma musicians took command of the rest...

  9. Georgia Nunu and Emily

    This is me and my host mom right after we made perashki together.

  10. Georgia Rooster

    This photo embodies my pre-service training village, Kvishkheti.

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