1. Dominica Creole Corps: A Day in the Life of a Dominican Peace Corps Volunteer

    As part of the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary celebration, a group of volunteers serving on Dominica came together to make this video. Every Peace Corps experience is different, but working on a tiny island with a population of only 80,000 people makes our service truly unique. Dominica, known as the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, is a relatively untouched secret with incredible gifts ranging from from active volcanoes to sprawling landscapes, from sky-high mountains to one of the world's only b...

  2. Dominica Traditional Bath

    Uma, my homestay nephew, was often given a bath like this in the yard.  You will see several local leaves in the bath, these are intentional to assist with keeping bad spirits away.  I love this photo as it shows a lot - cute kid taking traditional bath, coconuts used to sell for livelyhood, and warm Dominica sun.

  3. Dominica Integration, Integration, Integration

    Can you spot the Peace Corps Volunteer?  I was asked by the village cultural group, Karifuna, to participate in their stage performance during the annual Carnival Queen Pageant held before a crowd of 1,000 plus at the National Stadium in the capital city.  It was great fun to dance around on stage all crazy while looking like a smurf.  This was apparently an opposite representation of slavery, the "blue man" is in chains and being oppressed by an evil man with a whip.  Why have me p...

  4. Dominica Morning Prayer

    Students at the Salybia Primary School would begin every morning of instruction with a prayer.  This day I was lucky to catch this nice photo of several of them praying earnestly.

  5. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mattafix & Camp Courage (In My Hometown)

    Mattafix's Marlon Roudette shares about lessons learned growing up in his hometown of St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Camp Courage, a youth empowerment initiative in development by current Peace Corps Volunteers in SVG.

  6. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mattafix Camp Courage

    As in many of our countries served, St. Vincent has a very high unemployment rate, causing many teenage boys to turn to negative lifestyles. Camp Courage is a career development camp for boys near high school graduation to give them the resources necessary to make the transition between school and the workforce a little smoother. Marlon Roudette, lead singer of the popular group Mattafix, is a native of St. Vincent and was home for the holidays. We made this short promotional video for our ca...

  7. Dominica Twavay Fo

    Mac was well into his sixties when this was taken, yet carrying this heap of plantains was no problem for him.  Most would cut off parts and carry them separately, but he decided to take the whole bundle.  Hard work indeed.    

  8. Dominica Coconut Tree

    I never understood how Dominicans did stuff like this with such ease (look closely and you'll see a man up there).  It looked to me like they were climbing small skyscrapers sometimes.  Great to have a guy like this around when you are thirsty though. . .

  9. Dominica Layou

    On a trek down Dominica's largest/longest river, the Layou, we got this great photo of a friend from the village doing a backflip off a sandbar.  He was fearless, and did stuff much crazier than than this on a daily basis.  40 foot jump into a river from a tree?  No problem.  This was a great hike though as we were completely stuck in nature for several hours, just trekking the river.

  10. St. Lucia Future Farmers of St. Lucia

    I have a good size farm in my backyard that grew mostly weeds. I asked 2 neighborhood boys if they wanted to clear it for me. They agreed to EC$10.00 each and set about with tools that outweighed them. The adults in the community criticized me for using boys to do a man's job. On the third day the boys were joined by other friends and worked to complete the job for gratis. As the boys worked the conversation was constant and about the games they would buy with the money. Ten minutes after pay...

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