1. Ecuador Coffee

    is fruit.  Picked from the tree, the coffee fruit is a welcome change from the everyday lollipop.

  2. Ecuador Bag it!

    Coffee fruit, freshly picked and ready to be processed.

  3. Ecuador Still.

    The water in the high-altitude 'Paramo' ecosystem is so still it acts like a mirror beneath a dazzling tree.

  4. Ecuador Workhorses in Green

    The workhorses here delightfully swim in a sea of good-for-them leafy greens.

  5. Ecuador A hand, please.

    Locals at a prospective tourism site are eager to point out the unique flora and fauna there.

  6. Ecuador Break Time.

    During a "Sustainable Tourism Workshop" (nine hours away from her neck of the woods) we got the chance to tour a site and swim in the river where a community has had many successes developing their tourism product.

  7. Ecuador Developing.

    Handicraft producer in a small indigenous (Kichwa) community called Chaguamango anticipates the sale of her art to the first group tourists to visit the community.  We continue to develop and refine our tourism product to cater to international travelers who want to help conserve the Amazon.

  8. Paraguay Condoms on Bananas

    A safe sex workshop excercise, practicing putting condoms on bananas in a girl's school in Horquetta, Paraguay. 

  9. Paraguay World Map Prison

    Putting the finishing touches on a three month project to paint a world map on the classroom wall of a prison in Concepcion, Paraguay. 

  10. Paraguay How I Learned Guarani

      The Peace Corps is not a travel agency.  I sat nervously in the recruiter’s office, exhausted from the two-hour interview, when I was asked the golden question.  “What part of the world would you like to serve?  Remember, we assign volunteers where their skills are most needed, not because they want to be tourists.”             I desperately wanted to live in Central America.  The climate! The food! The beach! But I was better prepared than that.  “I would like to serve in Central America s...

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