1. The Gambia Driver John

    John was a driver for Peace Corps in the Gambia. He had a love for fish, was a little rough around the edges and loved a good laugh. This is a picture we took during a break in driving on mail run. You can see how lush and beautiful the earth is during rainy season and how rich the soil is. Great for growing crops, but not necessarily for driving. 

  2. The Gambia Mail Run

    Mail was delivered monthly via the Peace Corps mail van which two volunteers participated in. This was an amazing opportunity to see the entire country, visit volunteers in their villages and spend some quality car time with Driver John who is one of the most dedicated and personable local you could meet. This picture was taken in Basse when we rolled into town. 

  3. Ecuador Amazon Trek

    “¡Dos días, pura bajada, y sequísimo!” The campesinos assured us that our Amazonian trek would take no more than two days. It would be downhill the entire way and, even though it was the rainy season, completely dry. (If only I could have conjured up that telltale chorus from the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song?!) Well, apparently, either 1) they had never taken the trip themselves or 2) they were giddily seeking Atahualpa’s revenge! It took Mike Wooly and me five long, painful days to rea...

  4. Ecuador Ya Mismo with Mingas

    I felt like I had woken up a half an hour before I had gone to sleep. The sun was still slowly drifting across the Atlantic, and stars from both hemispheres illuminated the Andean sky. I crawled off my paja (straw) mattress, threw on a few layers and began my trek.  I had come up with this elaborate (and somewhat loco) scheme to stock a mountain lake with trucha de arco iris or rainbow trout. It would involve transporting delicate fry from a nursery near Cuenca, Ecuador to a little cloud fore...

  5. Madagascar Peace Corps Madagascar

    Made in honor of Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary, this video specifically highlights the work of volunteers in Peace Corps Madagascar and the impact they have on their assigned communities. 

  6. Moldova Happy Easter!

    Peresecina, Orhei, Moldova after a delicious Easter Dinner I decided to play on the farm.

  7. Moldova March 2011: Folkloric Competition Orhei

    Hello my name is Emily Getty and I am an Agriculture and Rural Business Development Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova. Moldovan folkloric music is an integral part of the culture here. I not only have the amazing opportunity to attend and watch folkloric competitions in my municipality center (raion or Orhei) but there is also a very talented and active women's folkloric choir in my town called Bastina. My host mom and host work partner are both members and recently I was asked to...

  8. Moldova Folkloric Competition Orhei: Bastina

    This is the video of the local Folkloric group competition in the municipality center of Orhei. This video is of the Folkloric Group, Bastina from my village and their performance at the competition. The word Bastina (Bah-shti-na) means motherland or homeland.

  9. Moldova Caruta Ride

    After completing one day of our weekend seminar in Socola, Soldanesti our host offered to take us up to "the hill" where her farm is. She then informed us we would be taking a Caruta or horse and cart to our destination. We were overjoyed with the opportunity to take our first caruta ride in Moldova!!!

  10. Moldova Bird Brain

    Today, March 14, 2011 a bird flew into my office and stayed for about an hour flying back and forth between the agricultural pamphlets and the plant that sits over my partner's desk. My partner just laughed at me when I stood in the corner and waited for him to leave. When he finally flew out she called after him "Mai intrati" meaning... "Come again!"

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