1. Kiribati Peace Corps Office

    Here's the Peace Corps Office on South Tarawa

  2. Kiribati Nei Emma

    One of the little girls on North Tarawa in the village of Tabonibara that would hang out with me during training :)

  3. Kiribati South Tarawa Lagoon

    high tide

  4. Fiji Toothbrush Drill

    My host family sister Adi had to improvise in order to reach the water faucet during her morning brush...

  5. Fiji Open Wide Please...

    The dentist and his assistant extract a tooth from a student during a health team school tour on my home island of Kadavu.

  6. Fiji na veivuravura

    After completing our World Map project at Saivou District School, I wanted the kids to see themselves how much they'd learned. They'd taken a pop-quiz before the project began and few could name more than 5 countries around the world, or tell you which continent was where. After the project, I clipped up all my precious newsweeks and on each photo wrote the name of a different country where the picture was taken. The kids lined up in relay teams to see who could get rid of their stack of phot...

  7. Fiji meke ni yaqona

    This was part of a ceremony to officially honor the opening of the Ra provincial meeting house- a building that took many years to fundraise and build. cheif guest of the day was then Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase (who was ousted in Fiji's 4th coup later that same year). In any case, native Fijians love a good celebration and they take their local protocal very seriously, especially with such an important guest. These local men are dressed in traditional leaf skirts and slathered in coconut ...

  8. Kiribati The Girl Sickness

    A long time ago there was a very smart woman somewhere in Kiribati who told all of the men that when she had the "girl sickness;" she shouldn't wash, cook, or clean out of fear of contaminating things.  Well, at least that is how I imagine the custom came about.  However, that wise woman overlooked one thing... now all the young girls had to tell everyone when their time came for the monthly visitor.  And thus began another tradition of having a village celebration on the 3rd day of a girl's ...

  9. Samoa See The World

    I was supposed to leave the country, but it wasn’t looking good, being 120 feet in the air surrounded by dozens of police and firemen straining their necks to see me. It went down like this:After living it up one night, I sat alone on my front porch pondering a life of tomorrows because my departure was imminent. An adventurous, altruistic pursuit below the equator had beckoned to me. I was 24 years old, and felt hesitant to leave the hometown I knew so well for so much of the unknown. Sunset...

  10. Fiji School Tour

    Hospital dietician taking height and weight of school children during the school tour on my home island of Kadavu...

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