1. Moldova Apple Juice, Moldovan Style

    There are two sounds I failed to capture but that you must insert into the video for yourself. The first is the sound of grown men and children alike yelling, “Shhhhhoo! Shhhhhoo!” at the chickens, who sneak over to eat the apple bits. The second is the laughter of the little boy’s sister as he tries to juice apples with the men.  

  2. Moldova Cutting a pig

    How to kill your pig for food, Moldovan style

  3. Moldova Winter in the Moldovan forest

    The second snowfall in my village, which is enveloped in a centuries-old forest

  4. Moldova Gender Roles

    The Romanian language is split into genders, just like French or Spanish. For example, masă, or table, is feminine while scaun, or chair, is masculine. I introduce myself as a profesoară, not a profesor, because I am a woman. This makes teaching gender roles to my 5th-7th grades this week difficult, as the very words I speak have an assigned gender. Usually, the masculine and feminine versions of a word have the same meaning. I may be an americancă and you may be an american, but we are ...

  5. Macedonia The Bus....

    September 19, 2010 It was my third week of “practicum” meetings on Mondays and Tuesdays and I was traveling for the fifth time alone by bus to Kumanovo.  I walked farther down the lane than normal to a bus stop that was (to my knowledge at the time) visited by two alternative bus routes, thus increasing my chance of catching a ride to town.  After waiting only a few minutes, and much to my delight, a very large bus barreled down around the corner and glided to a stop. The doors smacked o...

  6. Ukraine Our Garden

    This charming young lady holding our dog is our neighbor, Nastia. From late spring until late fall, our garden was full of flowers and vegetables. 

  7. Ukraine My wonderful host family

    I lived with the Skrebnevas for three years. They are wonderful, caring people and we had great times together, especially the summer holidays.

  8. Ukraine My Students

    This is a photo of one of my English classes as we showed off a newspaper from Monterey, California, my home town.

  9. Azerbaijan Second Form

    This is my second grade English class, pictured with my Azeri counterpart, Mahire muellime.  Adorable kids.

  10. Ukraine Um, so, how was it?

    In the almost six years since I finished my Peace Corps service in Ukraine, I've thought a lot about what it all meant. Peace Corps as an organization often poses the questions: "What does your Peace Corps service mean to you?" or "How has you Peace Corps service impacted you life?" However, the question I've most been asked since I returned five years ago is: "Um, so, how was it?" A pretty impossible question to answer, actually. How to explain that you experience your highest highs ...

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