1. Fiji Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji: Chapter One

        Coconut palms swayed in the trade winds like tipsy hula dancers. Turquoise waves nibbled the virginal seashore. A flock of multi-hued parrots landed in unison on a nearby baka tree. They opened their beaks as if chirping their songs for me and me alone. How fortunate I felt to be working in that pristine, primitive paradise, untouched by television and fast-food joints. Then again, island life was hard. People lived in rat-infested thatched huts with no indoor plumbing or electricity. But...

  2. Vanuatu Some more s'mores?

    An American tradition during cool summer nights is getting cozy by the campfire for some songs and s'mores!  Who doesn't enjoy melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows squeezed between two sweet graham crackers?  In Vanuatu cooking over a campfire is far from special.  We cook over it 3 times a day!  I wanted to teach them about our tradition and eat some chocolate!  My mom from home sent along the fixins for s'mores and my host family enjoyed an American treat for the first time.  It was a ...

  3. Vanuatu Relief From the Heat

    Spanky the Peace Corps Dog takes a small respite from the heat and humidity in a luxurious muddy puddle after a one mile walk along North Efate's Ring Road. When asked, why? he barked, Don't judge me...a dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do!"

  4. Vanuatu Got Laplap?

    I fell in love with Taro Laplap after visitng the island of Ambae in Vanuatu. Laplap is a traditional baked dish of Vanuatu made of root crops (taro in this case), beef, cabbage and buckets of coconut milk. mmmmmm!

  5. Vanuatu Girls Just Want to Have Fun

    My Onesua Presbyterian College's Girls' Club meets every Wednesday afternoon to discuss quality of good leaders, embracing our inner Goddess and encouraging confidence in each other. The theme for this afternoon was 'let your inner Goddess shine' in front of the camera. It wasn't until the end of the photo shoot that we realized our 'GIRLS CLUB' poster was missing an L...hence the laughter, now we're known as the GIRRRRRS Club! 

  6. Vanuatu On the Dance Floor

    Students of Onesua Presbyterian College let loose on the dance floor during one of our Entertainment Friday night events where they had the chance to show off their best custom dance in hopes of winning points for their dorm. 

  7. Vanuatu Arong

    My brother Bill Tui and his wife Dinah sit on the traditional marriage bed of 'arong', or woven mats, while being honored with baby powder, perfume, and flowers on their wedding day.  Paama marriage ceremonies are known throughout Vanuatu for their arong tradition, which is typically preceded by the men from the woman's family dancing and singing around the bride-to-be while the groom and his brothers attempt to steel her away from the human fortress - a fun and extremely difficult task as he...

  8. Vanuatu Cooking With Bamboo

    On the island of Paama, camping in the yam garden isn't unusual during the planting season.  I spent a few days in my adoptive family's yam garden in 2005 with some brothers and my Papa Edwin, seen here roasting bamboo stuffed with island cabbage and coconut milk for 'wasem maot' for the kava we chewed and drank as the sun went down.

  9. Micronesia Dengue Fever in Micronesia, 1974

    Dengue Fever in Micronesia, 1974   Letter from Karen Knudsen to her mother describing husband Greg Knudsen’s bout with dengue fever during their Peace Corps service as teachers in Truk (Chuuk), Micronesia, in 1974. Karen later came down with the fever, too.   November 10, 1974 Dear Mom,             Boy, I hope you never get a letter as miserable as this from me again. Right now everything is so bad! Things are just falling apart.             The major issue at hand is “sicknesses!” Peace Corp...

  10. Tonga Holopeka Sunset

    Sunset in Holopeka, Ha'apai, my homestay village for Group 72 Pre-Service Training.

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