1. St. Lucia Greasy Pole Madness

    This is a picture of me and a couple of friends erecting the greasy pole as part of Independence Day activities in St. Lucia.  While it looks difficult putting it up, it certainly proved much more challenging for community members to scale to the top and claim the cash prize, and of course, a bottle of rum. 

  2. Dominica A Grandpa To Look Up To

    During a long wait at a village bus stop for a ride to town, I was able to witness this moment between a grandpa and grandson.  As we all took refuge from the hot afternoon sun, I noticed what a great photo it would be and thus asked permission to take the photo - luckily the shot came right when the little boy was looking up at his grandpa.  It was nice to see Mr. Frederick out and about, as walking for him was rather difficult after a fall had rendered him partially disabled years back.  On...

  3. St. Lucia The Reality of Reality TV

    For the St. Lucian tourist industry, the world recession seemed to have bypassed the island like the September hurricanes thanks to the reality TV show, The Bachelor. Some of you might recall Jake taking Vienna to the Soufriere Sulphur Springs. The scene of them frolicking in the gray colored mud with a bottle of champagne nested along side Jake’s submerged hip, was indelibly imprinted in the minds of every June bride. They all longed to repeat that exact moment and many did. Like everything...

  4. St. Lucia Living Without Nelbert Phillips

    Nelbert Philips was a plump 12 year-old sixth grader that constantly projected a mischievous grin that contrasted against his dark complexion. When asked a question, he would tilt his head slightly to the left and ponder your motivation for asking.  Slowly that smile would emerge and his face would expand. Sometimes he would answer, other times he would shy-away and disappear into the background.    Nelbert’s friends were also the quiet and shy types, more studious, less “troublesome.” On th...

  5. St. Lucia The Human Body: An Advanced Course in Patois

    While serving as a PCV on the island of St. Lucia, I really enjoyed the opportunity to have a crack at learning another language, and had the chance to take extended Patios lessons alongside a fellow PCV and friend.  One of the most satisfying and amusing parts of my Patios lessons was learning seemingly inapplicable vocabulary that somehow extraordinarily enough found its way into everyday conversations. One day, when my fellow PCV was disappointingly absent attending a meeting, leaving me f...

  6. Dominica My House

    The village of Vieille Case lies in the northern part of Dominica, It’s built into a steep, Jagged hillside. With mountains to the west and ocean to the east, Its one of the most isolated villages on the island.. Difficult to get in and out of, It all depends if you can hitch a ride with one of the few passing cars or trucks. I lived on a hamlet of Vieille Case called Ambas (pronounced amber). between my house and the school I was teaching at was a large valley, so each day I would have to w...

  7. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Home Sweet Homes

    It's so simple and beautiful. I'm very blessed to be able to call this place my home.

  8. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Carlos, my friend Levi

    This is Carlos. I'm Heather. We call each other Levi.

  9. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Johnny & Me

    Johnny and me walking home after school.

  10. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Love To Learn

    A grade 6 class at Lowmans Leeward Anglican School in Lowmans Hill, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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